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The Little Way of St Therese of Lisieux

Description: This week Dan and Melissa speak with Dr. Anthony Lilles about the little way of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and how this practical guide to spirituality can help anyone find Christ.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: Saint Thérèse explains that Jesus' heart breaks when Christians are ungrateful for what He has done in their lives, especially when they reject the grace that He has given them. What is Saint... Read More

God has Revealed His Love through His Son

God has Revealed His Love through His Son* From a letter to Diognetus No man has ever seen God [1 John 4:12] or known him, but God has revealed himself to us through faith, by which alone it is possible to see him. God, the Lord and maker of all things, who created the world and set it in order, not only loved man but was also patient with him. So he has always been, and is, and will be: kind, good, free from anger, truthful; indeed,... Read More

Saint John the Evangelist

December 27, 2016 by  
Filed under Christmas, Feast Days, Liturgy, Liz Estler

Contemplative Prayer and the Beloved Disciple

Saint John the Evangelist Today, the Church celebrates the Feast of Saint John the Evangelist. It is St. John who is thought to be the “Beloved Disciple”, the Apostle who is referred to as the one “whom Jesus loved” six times in the Gospel of St. John (John 13:23, 19:26, 20:2, 21:7, 21:20, 21:24). He is the only one of the Twelve who was understood not to have been martyred and, thus, lived to old age.... Read More

Dangerous Habits – Serious or Mortal Sin?

December 26, 2016 by  
Filed under Addiction, Challenges, Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Direction

Dangerous Habits   Dear Father John, What if someone has a habit which is a grave sin (say, porn, masturbation, gambling, alcohol, fornication, etc.) so there is probably not full consent. Can they receive communion, or do they have to go to confession before communion in each instance? Or is that something the priest should address on an individual basis in Confession? Your instinct here seems to be on target. Factors that... Read More

Series on Scrupulosity

December 26, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Scrupulosity

On Scrupulosity Series Scrupulosity Series Dear Friends, Series on Scrupulosity We have updated the Scrupulosity Series with links for easier access to all the posts on scrupulosity. You can find the titles and the links below! Seek Him – Find Him – Follow Him Dan Editor's Note: Here are helpful posts on scrupulosity, which, according to the definition of scrupulosity in the glossary of Dan's book “Navigating... Read More

The Nativity of Our Lord

The Nativity of Our Lord Christmas Day! The Savior has Appeared The Nativity of Our Lord Presence of God — Behold, I am at the feet of my Incarnate God, who has become a Child for love of me! I adore, I thank, I love! MEDITATION God is charity: He has loved us with an everlasting love! “I think God must have said to Himself: Man does not love Me because he does not see Me; I will show Myself to him and thus make him... Read More

Oblation of St Therese of Lisieux

Description: This week Dan and Melissa are joined by Dr. Anthony Lilles as they unravel the meaning of the oblation of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: Was the book, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love, intended to be an informative book about Saint Thérèse? What does “oblation” mean to Saint Thérèse? How can an oblation (self-offering) be a form of holocaust? How is Saint... Read More

Discerning the Will of God with St. Ignatius of Loyola

Discerning the Will of God: St. Ignatius of Loyola and the Discernment of Spirits   Every Christian at some point in his or her journey of faith ends up asking the question: How do I know when the thoughts I have are from God? Discerning the will of God is not always easy to do, but the Ignatian tradition of discernment of spirits can help. Íñigo López de Loyola was a soldier who experienced a conversion while recovering... Read More

Apostolic Action

December 21, 2016 by  
Filed under Apostolate, Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy

Apostolic Action   Presence of God – I place myself in the presence of Jesus, in order to learn from Him, the first Apostle, the Apostle par excellence, the qualities I need to make my activity of real value to souls. MEDITATION During the three years of His public life, Jesus carried out an exterior apostolate on a large scale, but His activity was never separated from His intimate union with the Father; rather, it blossomed... Read More

How to Read Your Way to Heaven

December 20, 2016 by  
Filed under Books, Liz Estler, Meditation, Prayer, Resources, Vicki Burbach

How to Read Your Way to Heaven A Spiritual Reading Program for the Worst of Sinners, the Greatest of Saints, and Everyone in Between   What if I told you, you could chart a course to heaven simply by reading? The fact is that many of the saints regularly read the spiritual classics. And, what they read affected their spirituality, their Catholicity, and their lives in a positive way. Here at we have... Read More

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