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Catholicism and Buddhism – Clearing Up the Confusion

February 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Buddhism & Zen, Can I Trust?, Dan Burke


There is much confusion and misinformation in our time regarding the compatibility of Buddhism and Catholicism. Dr. Clark is both a faithful Catholic and a Chinese scholar (he reads Chinese fluently), his work is well researched, solid, trustworthy, and charitable. Joined with Carl Olson, an excellent theologian, there is no better combination of authors to shed light on this important topic. We are grateful for their efforts... Read More

Means of Preparing for Death

February 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Death and Dying, Lent, Meditations, Preparation for Death

MEANS OF PREPARING FOR DEATH “Remember thy last end, and thou shalt never sin.” Sirach 7:36 All confess that they shall die, and die only once, and that nothing is of greater importance than to die well; because on death depends whether we shall be forever in bliss or forever in despair. All know that their dying well or ill depends on their leading a good or a bad life. How, then, does it happen that the greater part... Read More

Mortification & Spiritual Progress

Dan and Melissa explore mortification, its meaning, and purpose. Topics: What is mortification? Voluntary actions by which we gradually put to death all of our vices, sinful habits and self-centered tendencies that lurk beneath them.  The purpose of mortification and self-renunciation is about cleaning up “the garden of the soul” as many saints describe it. We must not only uproot sin but fill our souls with virtue to replace... Read More

Peace of the Just at Death

PEACE OF THE JUST AT DEATH “The souls of the just are in the hands of God, and the torment of death shall not touch them. In the sight of the unwise they seemed to die…but they are in peace.” Wisdom 3:1-2a, 3b The souls of the just are in the hands of God. If God holds fast in his hands the souls of the just, who can snatch them from him? It is true that hell does not cease to tempt and attack even the saints... Read More

Contemplation & Meditation Lies: Peter of Alcantara, Teresa of Avila


In 1577, St. Teresa of Avila completed what is heralded as her seminal work on mental prayer, meditation, and contemplation in the Interior Castle. This guidebook to the most profound depths of prayer has become the standard against which all serious inquiries into interior progress must be measured. This is the reason that it is to St. Teresa that the Catechism of the Catholic Church poses the question, “What is contemplative... Read More

Death of the Just

February 26, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Death and Dying, Lent, Meditations, Preparation for Death

DEATH OF THE JUST “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” Psalm 116:15 Considered according to the senses, death excites fear and terror; but, viewed with the eyes of faith, it is consoling and desirable. To sinners it appears full of terror; but to the saints it is amiable and precious. “It is precious,” says St. Bernard, “as the end of labors, the consummation of victory,... Read More

A Dying Christian Careless about Religion

February 25, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Death and Dying, Lent, Meditations, Preparation for Death

SENTIMENTS OF A DYING CHRISTIAN, WHO HAS BEEN CARELESS ABOUT THE DUTIES OF RELIGION, AND HAS THOUGHT BUT LITTLE OF DEATH. “Take order with thy house; for thou shalt die, and shalt not live.” cf Isaiah 38:1 Imagine yourself at the bedside of a negligent Christian, who is overpowered by sickness, and has but a few hours to live. Behold him oppressed by pains, by swoons, by suffocation, by want of breath, by cold sweats;... Read More

Why Porn and Marriage Don’t Mix

Why Porn and Marriage Don’t Mix Even the non-religious world is coming to understand that pornography is not good for anyone. In the [TED] talk The Great Porn Experiment, Gary Wilson presents studies and images of the brain to clearly show how damaging it is. In spite of these revelations, it’s being promoted in unexpected circles as a good thing for couples in a committed relationship. For instance, The Huffington Post, a... Read More

Death of the Sinner

February 24, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Death and Dying, Lent, Meditations, Preparation for Death

DEATH OF THE SINNER “When distress cometh upon them, they will seek for peace, and there shall be none. Trouble shall come upon trouble.” Ezekiel 7:25-26 At present sinners banish the remembrance and thought of death; and thus they seek after peace, though they never find it, in the sinful life which they lead. But when they shall be found in the straits of death, on the point of entering into eternity, “they... Read More

From Justice to Fortitude

February 24, 2015 by  
Filed under Book Club, Cardinal Virtues, Fortitude, Sarah Reinhard

The Four Cardinal Virtues (Week 8 of 12) From Justice to Fortitude This week, we straddle two virtues: the end of our discussion of justice and the beginning of our discussion of fortitude. And while they went together somehow, I can't seem to bring them together cohesively into this writing assignment. So, given that, I'm going to focus on fortitude, a virtue I've admittedly never really thought much about. Fortitude presupposes... Read More

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