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The 7 Habits of People Who Place Radical Trust in God

April 29, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Holiness, Suffering, Trust in God

? The 7 Habits of People Who Place Radical Trust in God Reposted with permission of Jennifer Fulwiler I read a lot of biographies and memoirs about inspiring people who place radical trust in God. (By “radical” I don’t mean reckless or imprudent, but am referring to the difficult, very counter-cultural act of recognizing God’s sovereignty over every area of our lives. More on that here.) From He Leadeth Me to God’s Smuggler,... Read More

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April 28, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Reader Feedback

Dear friends, As with any technology and human interaction, our comment feedback system has not worked so well lately. At present, we are experimenting with Facebook comment capabilities and it is up and running for those who have Facebook profiles. Why did we do this? Well, there are several reasons: We thought that having profiles connected with comments would create increased interpersonal engagement because it is more personal... Read More

Pope Benedict On Divine Mercy

April 28, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Divine Mercy

“God’s passionate love for his people – for humanity – is at the same time a forgiving love. by The Editors, National Catholic Register correspondent “God’s passionate love for his people – for humanity – is at the same time a forgiving love. It is so great that it turns God against himself, his love against his justice.” This is a startling, radical, statement about divine mercy – the kind of declaration... Read More

The Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

April 26, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Litanies, Prayer


The Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us. God, the Father of heaven, have mercy on us. God, the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us. God, the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us. Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us. Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father, have mercy on us. Heart of Jesus, formed by the Holy Spirit in the... Read More

The Ancient Path to God

April 26, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke

The Ancient Path to God Thus says the LORD: “Stand at the crossroads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls…” Jeremiah 6:16 + “The Book of Jeremiah combines history, biography, and prophecy. It portrays a nation in crisis and introduces the reader to an extraordinary leader upon whom the Lord placed the heavy burden of the prophetic... Read More

Father Z’s 20 Tips for Making a Good Confession

April 24, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Penance/Confession, Sacraments


You and I are going to die someday. We don’t know when. When we die we will be judged. Scripture teaches, and Christ’s own words and actions make clear, that there are some sins bad enough to kill the life of grace in the soul and sever you from friendship with God. Die in that state and you will be eternally separated from God. If you think about that – eternal separation from God – which doesn’t immediately... Read More

Christ’s Last Supper: “Take and Eat” What did Jesus really mean?

Christ's Last Supper by Kathyrn Marcellino On Holy Thursday, we celebrate Jesus' Last Supper before his death. On that night,” He said to them, ‘I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer'” (Luke 22:15). “And he took bread, and when he had given thanks he broke it and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.' And likewise... Read More

Stages of Love in the Spiritual Life

April 14, 2011 by  
Filed under Charity, Dan Burke, Spiritual Development

There are three stages in our love for God: servile love, mercenary love and filial love. The word servile derives from “servant”. A servant (or employee) does his master’s will out of fear of punishment. Likewise, beginners in the spiritual life do God’s will, obey the Commandments, avoid sin, and go to Mass on Sunday, etc, because otherwise they fear and expect God’s anger and punishment. This is a necessary step in... Read More

Encounter With Mercy

Announcing: Encounter With Mercy – A Step-by-Step Guide to the Sacrament of Reconciliation I am happy to announce the first official publication of Catholic Spiritual Direction! The forward is written by Cardinal Justin Rigali. This step-by-step guide is compact (back pocket or purse size), simple to read, and perfect for rediscovering or deepening our understanding and practice of one of the greatest gifts we have as Catholics.... Read More

Should My Confessor and Spiritual Director be the Same?

Dear Dan, should I get spiritual direction from the priest who regularly takes my confession? I don't know if he would be interested but I wanted to ask about the appropriateness of this approach before I ask him. Is there a downside? As with most questions we receive, yours is very encouraging. The first level of encouragement comes from your regular commitment to confession. The second is that you are answering the call to deepen... Read More

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