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What Should We Pray For?

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What should we pray for? In what order? Find out in today's excerpt and reflection from Finding God Through Meditation. Of Petition This noble oblation being well performed, we may securely and confidently proceed to the asking of any gifts and graces. First, therefore, Almighty God is to be prayed to with inflamed charity and ardent zeal of his divine honor, for the conversion of all nations, that all people may be illuminated... Read More

Peace to Men

December 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Christmas, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Peace

Peace to Men December twenty-ninth Presence of God – I place myself at the feet of the Infant Jesus to meditate on the angels’ hymn: “Peace on earth to men of good will” (Luke 2:14). MEDITATION At Bethlehem the angels announced two things: glory to God and peace to men; the one corresponds to the other. No one glorifies God as much as that little Babe lying on the straw. He alone, being the eternal Word, can give God... Read More

Gay Son Wants “Gay Marriage”: How to Respond?

December 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Challenges, Church Teaching, Fr. Bartunek

Gay Son Wants “Gay Marriage” How to Respond? Dear Father John, Sorry to keep bothering you but in light of the new ruling allowing “gay marriage” throughout our nation I was wondering, how are we as faithful Catholics to respond to this? How should we feel? My oldest son is gay and he's very passionate about this new law and I don't know how to respond to him. I don't want to turn him off to God but on the... Read More

On the Feast of the Holy Family: Our Own Family Circle

On the Feast of the Holy Family: Our Own Family Circle  Could failure to follow God’s commands be robbing your family of grace? God not only became one of us, but he was born into a family with parents: Our Blessed Mother Mary, and a father, St. Joseph.  There’s no escaping the message that families are intended to be holy places for children to grow and prepare to enter the world. The Fourth Commandment orders us to: “Honor... Read More

Believing in Love

Believing in Love Presence of God – O most sweet Infant Jesus, permit me to enter into the abyss of Your infinite love, so that I may believe in it with all my strength. MEDITATION When creating us, God loved us so much that He made us to His own image and likeness; when redeeming us, He loved us so much that He made Himself to our image! Christmas is pre-eminently the feast of love—the love which was revealed, not in the... Read More

Prayer Need & Centering Prayer: Finding God through Meditation

Centering Prayer and the Necessity of Prayer What is “centering prayer”? Can it lead to contemplation? Do I need to pray to be saved? Dan and Melissa discuss the necessity of prayer and answer these questions and more as they reflect on the book Finding God Through Meditation by St Peter of Alcántara.   Topics/Questions covered in the show: Is contemplation the same thing as centering prayer? Can contemplation... Read More

When the Sun Rises in the Morning Sky – Final Hours of Advent

December 24, 2015 by  
Filed under Advent, Carmelite Sisters

When the Sun Rises in the Morning Sky… the Final Hours of Advent The Final Hours of Advent: Our city endured another power outage not too long ago. I remember it quite well because it happened in the middle of the night. The next morning – remember, we wake up way before the dawn – it was amazing to find ourselves in total darkness. Of course, we had placed flashlights and lanterns in appropriate places to be used in such... Read More

The Mystery of the Incarnation

December 22, 2015 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Meditations

The Mystery of the Incarnation Presence of God – I place myself in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, with an ardent desire to penetrate the infinite mystery of divine love which impelled God Himself to become “one of us.” MEDITATION God is Love; everything He does, both in Himself and outside of Himself, is a work of love. Being the infinite good, He cannot love anything outside of Himself from the desire of... Read More

Hearing the Call of the Bridegroom

December 21, 2015 by  
Filed under Advent, Anthony Lilles, Contemplation, Prayer

Hearing the Call of the Bridegroom “Let me see you, let me hear your voice.”  These final days of Advent lift our hearts to the coming of Christ and are meant to move us to pray.  How can we not make prayer part of our lives when we consider what it means that the Word of the Father came in history and what it means that Jesus continues to come to us in mystery?  To help us feel this in our souls, to help us raise... Read More

How Can I Grow in Virtue? (Part II of II)

December 21, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Prayer, Spiritual Direction, Virtue

How Can I Grow in Virtue? Part II of II Editor's Note:  In Part I, we examined how we grow in virtue, how the virtues grow together and what constitutes the primary spiritual workout that helps us grow in the virtue we seek.  Today, we will look at how much we should pray throughout the day and throughout the rest of our lives. Here is the question we are considering: Dear Father John, I am trying to be a better person but I... Read More

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