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Dwelling of Jesus on the Altars


ON THE LOVING DWELLING OF JESUS CHRIST ON THE ALTARS OF THE MOST HOLY SACRAMENT “Come to me, all ye that labor and are burdened, and I will refresh you.” Matthew 11:28 Having to depart from this world after he had completed the work of redemption, our loving Savior did not wish to leave us alone in this valley of tears. “No tongue,” says St. Peter of Alcántara, “can express the greatness of the... Read More

On the Holy Communion

March 30, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Eucharist, Lent, Meditations, Preparation for Death

ON THE HOLY COMMUNION “Take ye, and eat: this is my body.” Matthew 26:26 Let us consider the great gift which Jesus Christ has bestowed on us in the institution of the most holy sacrament; the great love he has shown to us in this gift; and his great desire that we should receive this gift. Let us, in the first place, consider the great gift which Jesus Christ has bestowed upon us in giving us himself entirely for... Read More

Emotions in a Fallen World (Part I of II)

March 30, 2015 by  
Filed under Challenges, Fr. Bartunek, Loving God, Spiritual Direction

Dear Father John, my very emotional nature often gets me in trouble. Why do we have emotions in the first place? What's the purpose of them? THE NINE BASIC emotions are just the raw material for this complex, powerful, and intriguing dimension of the human soul, the dimension of our feelings. The varied reality of day-to-day experience rarely stirs up any single one of them with perfect purity and clarity. Rather, they get mixed... Read More

The Triumphal Entrance of Jesus

The Triumphal Entrance of Jesus Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday) Presence of God: O Jesus, I want to follow You in Your triumph, so that I may follow You later to Calvary. MEDITATION Holy Week begins with the description of the triumphal entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem on the Sunday before His Passion. Jesus, who had always been opposed to any public manifestation and who had fled when the people wanted to make Him their king (cf.... Read More

On the Love of God

March 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Lent, Loving God, Meditations, Preparation for Death

ON THE LOVE OF GOD “Let us therefore love God, because God hath first loved us.” 1 John 4:19 Consider, in the first place, that God deserves your love, because he has loved you before you loved him, and because he has been the first of all to love you. “I have loved thee with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3). Your parents have been the first to love you on this earth; but they have loved you only after... Read More

On Confidence in the Patronage of Mary

March 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Lent, Mary, Meditations, Preparation for Death

ON CONFIDENCE IN THE PATRONAGE OF MARY “He that shall find me, shall find life, and shall have salvation from the Lord.” Proverbs 8:35 “O, how great should be our thankfulness to the mercy of God, for having given us for our advocate Mary, who, by her prayers, can obtain for us all the graces we stand in need of” (St. Bonaventure in Salve Regina). Sinners, brethren, if we find ourselves debtors to the divine... Read More

Entering into Holy Week

March 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Holy Week, Melissa Elson, Show Notes

Entering into Holy Week Holy Week, the most important week of the liturgical year, is upon us.  To help us prepare, Dan and Melissa discuss some of the ways we can orient our hearts to this most holy season. Show Notes: Regardless of how well (or poorly) you have maintained your Lenten commitments, it's not too late. Matthew 20:1-16, Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard, tells us that God's grace is available to everyone... Read More

On Perseverance


ON PERSEVERANCE “He that shall persevere to the end, he shall be saved.” Matthew 24:13 St. Jerome says, that many begin well, but few persevere. “Incipere multorum est, perseverare paucorum” (Lib. i. Contra Jovin). Saul, Judas, Tertullian, began well, but ended badly, because they did not persevere in grace. “Non queeruntur in Christianis initia,” says the same St. Jerome, “sed finis”... Read More

Of Six Things Necessary to Prayer


Of Six Things Necessary to Prayer “These are the exercises and meditations, Christian reader, wherewith every day you may feed your soul, which if you do rightly use, you will never want matter to engage your mind devoutly. But note that meditation, if it be well performed, ought to consist of six parts; some of which go before, others follow mental prayer. Preparation: First, before we apply ourselves to meditation, it is... Read More

On Prayer

March 26, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Lent, Meditations, Prayer, Preparation for Death

ON PRAYER “Ask, and it shall be given you; for every one that asketh receiveth.” Luke 11:9,10 Not only in this, but in a thousand places in the Old and New Testaments, God promises to hear all who pray to him. “Cry to me, and I will hear thee” (Jeremiah 33:3). Turn to me, and I will hear you. “Call upon me, and I will deliver you from all dangers” (Psalm 50:15). “If you shall ask any thing... Read More

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