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August 31, 2016 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Meekness

Meekness   Presence of God – Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto Thine. MEDITATION Temperance makes man master of himself by controlling the passions of concupiscence; meekness makes him master of himself by controlling the impulses of anger. The great value of this virtue lies in the fact that it assures the soul of that inner peace which is so necessary in order to fulfill serenely all its duties... Read More

Is Prayer an Escape from the Real World?

August 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Prayer

  Is Prayer an Escape from the Real World?   Some think that prayer is an escape from the real world. To these, I say that there are prisons from which it is good to escape. Lots of people banally exist imprisoned in what we call “the real world.” Locked up in the fantasy land of adults and the culturally and politically powerful, they are not free to live life to the full. All the same, I cannot agree that... Read More

What Is Truth? (Hint: Not Facebook)

August 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Life of Christ (Week 21 of 27) This book continually makes me marvel and appreciate our faith and our Savior all the more. In this week's chapters, I found myself facing people who I related with, who I knew, who I have been. Pilate was one of those who believed that truth was not objective but subjective, that each man determined for himself what was to be true. It is often the fault of practical men, such as Pilate, to regard... Read More

Having Too Many Spiritual Directors

August 29, 2016 by  
Filed under Challenges, Fr. Bartunek, Perspective, Spiritual Direction

HAVING TOO MANY SPIRITUAL DIRECTORS   Dear Father John, I recently read something about having too many spiritual directors. Is there such a thing? How many is too many? Is it OK to have more than one? It depends on what you mean by “spiritual director.” Strictly speaking, spiritual direction is an ongoing relationship in which the spiritual director serves as a special guide and companion as we continually strive to discover... Read More

Why Pray? – Part III of III

August 26, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Into the Deep, Melissa Elson, Prayer, Show Notes

Why Pray? Part III of III   Description: Why pray? In this last installment of the Why Pray? series, Dan and Melissa discuss what prayer is and debunk the popular idea that prayer is just a means of attaining what we want.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is prayer? How do the saints describe a healthy, meaningful prayer life? How can we avoid treating God like a vending machine? What is the result of a deep... Read More

The Desert in Carmelite Spirituality

The Desert in Carmelite Spirituality “What did you go out to the wilderness to see?” (Matthew 11:7). These were Jesus’ words to the crowd. John took to the desert to draw people out into solitude to prepare their hearts for the coming of the Messiah. For many years the desert had become a place of encounter. In 1 Kings 19:1-8, a long time before John’s appearance we learn of another prophet, a man of mystery, who appeared... Read More


Generosity   Presence of God – Fill my heart with Your spirit of generosity, O Lord, so that I may know how to give myself wholly to Your service. MEDITATION Generosity is very similar to magnanimity but has a wider scope, including not only great things, but anything which concerns the service of God. It urges the soul to do all with the greatest devotion. Generosity is the virtue which teaches us to spend ourselves, without... Read More

Miracles of Mercy: Retreat Guide on the Healing Touch of Jesus

August 23, 2016 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mercy, Retreat Guides

MIRACLES OF MERCY: A RETREAT GUIDE ON THE HEALING TOUCH OF JESUS The newest Retreat Guide from RC Spirituality, Miracles of Mercy: A Retreat Guide on the Healing Touch of Jesus, is now available at When was the last time you reflected deeply, even meditated, on one of Jesus’ miracles? He performed an awful lot of them. Thirty-four are recorded in the Gospels. And St. John tells us that those are just... Read More

Obstacles or Opportunities? When Life Throws Curves, Drink from the “Cup”

August 23, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Life of Christ (Week 20 of 27) Looking beyond all secondary causes, such as Pilate and Annas, the Romans and the Jews, Our Lord saw not enemies to be defeated by a sword, but a cup offered by His Father. Love was the motive and spring of His Sacrifice… — Life of Christ, Chapter 42, Paragraph 5 The above quote perfectly encapsulates everything I have felt when reading the diary of Elisabeth Leseur. When I try to describe her... Read More

Why Pray? – Part II of III

August 19, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Into the Deep, Melissa Elson, Prayer, Show Notes

Why Pray? Part II of III   Description: Why pray? On this week’s Divine Intimacy Radio Show and Podcast, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson dive into Dan’s new book on prayer titled, Into the Deep: Finding Peace through Prayer and explore how the depth of God's eternal love for each and every soul draws us to prayer. Topics/Questions covered in the show:  What is the importance of realizing God's personal love in one's... Read More

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