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Crumbs for a Banquet Feast

November 19, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Feast Days, Seasonal Meditations

Crumbs for a Banquet Feast

Only one who has never been at the great banquet feast of Christ will insist that the crumbs under the world's table are a perfectly acceptable alternative.

Your place is reserved for you… this is why He called you into being… don't settle for crumbs.

The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that you might have life, and that more abundantly. – Jesus (John 10:10)*

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*This is from the portion of Saint John's Gospel called “The Good Shepherd Discourses”.

The thief and robber of the sheep,—as for instance a heretic or schismatic, a Scribe or Pharisee, or especially a false Christ,—comes to carry off the sheep (i.e., the faithful) from God and the Church, whose property they are, to hand them over to the synagogue of Satan, and there kill them by heresy and sin, and cast them into hell. But I who am the true Shepherd of the sheep (i.e., of the faithful) came down from heaven, not for My own sake, but for that of the faithful, that being freed by Me, they may have the life of grace, even yet more abundantly. The [Greek word] may be taken either as an adverb (abundantly), or as an adjective (abundant), that is, surpassing, exceeding all measure, that is. that they may abound in My doctrine and grace, and may live thereby, quick in spirit, enriched with spiritual gifts both in this world by grace, and in the world to come by glory.**

** from Cornelius à Lapide. (1908). The Great Commentary of Cornelius à Lapide: S. John’s Gospel—Chapters 1 to 11. (T. W. Mossman, Trans.) (Third Edition., Vol. 5, p. 365). Edinburgh: John Grant.

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Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of SpiritualDirection.com, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, the High Calling Seminary Preparation Program, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. In 2018, he launched the annual Avila Summit held at Hanceville, Alabama. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband, father of four, and grandfather of one, the President and Chief Operating Officer of EWTN News, Inc., a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer, speaker and pilgrimage director who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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