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Love One Another: Retreat Guide on St. Therese’s Little Way of Charity

Love One Another: on St. Therese's Little Way of Charity Written by Fr. John Pietropaoli, LC and presented by Fr. John Bartunek, LC, ThD   Christ’s great commandment is that we love one another as he has loved us. Inasmuch as we live that out, we are Christians in name and in fact. But we encounter an obstacle: our own weakness and sinfulness. Luckily, God has given us the saints, friends who can guide us along the narrow... Read More

Spiritual Progress, Contemplation, & Papal Questions

September 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Challenges, Contemplation, Dan Burke, Pope, Prayer

Spiritual Progress, Contemplation, & Papal Questions   Description: Today Dan and Melissa answer your questions about hindrances to our spiritual progress, the meaning of contemplative prayer, and our responsibility in dealing with matters involving the papacy. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What sorts of problems hinder our spiritual progress? What moves God to bring us closer to Him? How does one begin contemplative... Read More

One Thing Eucharistic Adoration

September 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Adoration, Avila Foundation, Eucharist, Kristin Aebli, Prayer

Eucharistic Adoration   “Christ held Himself in His hands when He gave His Body to His disciples saying: ‘This is My Body.' No one partakes of this Flesh before he has adored it.” – St. Augustine What is Eucharistic adoration and why do Catholics worship Jesus under the appearance of bread? God humbly comes to us as nourishment through the Host. This is a great mystery and sounds crazy to some people.... Read More

Our Mother of Sorrow and Love

September 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Mary, Spiritual Reading

Our Mother of Sorrow and Love

Love gives new life to the heart. By its nature, the heart lives for itself; when it is struck by love, it begins a new life for the one it loves. So the Blessed Virgin lived by the strength of her love. Her condition was one of mortal sorrow, a crucifying sorrow, and, amid this sorrow, she lived by love. She always kept before her eyes Jesus Christ crucified. For the efficacy of faith is such that, if St. Paul was able to say... Read More

The Prayer of Women

September 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, DI Radio, Melissa Elson, Prayer, Resources Edition, Show Notes

The Prayer of Women   Description: Today, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson speak with Kathleen Beckman about her book When Women Pray and discuss the prayer practices and effects of prayer on the lives of eleven, well-known Catholic women. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Which women were chosen to contribute to the book and why? Is there a difference between the way men and women pray? What is spiritual motherhood? How can... Read More

How to Be Humble

September 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

How to Be Humble The Lord (Week 15 of 23) But can sin hinder the all-powerful will of love? Can't God fill men with such horror of sin that they fly to him in contrition and love? Who is to say what is possible and what not? No, there must be something else in God that the word love does not cover. It seems we must say, God is humble. But first let us clarify the word. We use it to describe someone who bows to the grandeur of... Read More

The Gift of Fortitude

The Gift of Fortitude   Presence of God – O Holy Spirit, You know how weak I am; make me strong with Your divine fortitude. MEDITATION Under the influence of the gift of fear, the soul puts itself completely into the hands of God and has but one desire, that of never being separated from Him. The gift of fortitude comes to strengthen it so that it may be always more and more courageous in serving God. In the measure that... Read More

Prayer Distractions, the Rosary, Trusting God

September 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Melissa Elson, Prayer, Rosary, Show Notes, Trust in God

Struggling with Prayer Distractions, Praying the Rosary & Trusting God   Description Today Dan and Melissa answer your questions about overcoming distractions in prayer, praying the rosary, and trusting God. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can we become more disciplined in prayer? How can we avoid becoming distracted while praying the rosary? While praying the rosary, should we focus on the mysteries, the prayer,... Read More

Why is Contemplative Prayer So Important?

September 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Contemplation, Kristin Aebli, Mental Prayer, Prayer

Contemplative Prayer and the Angelic Doctor What are the three types of prayer? There are three types of prayer: vocal, meditative, and contemplative. Vocal prayer can include basic prayers such as the Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, etc. and also the words in our mind that we share with God. However, vocal prayer is not enough to sustain a growing relationship with God because we actually need to speak with Him through another... Read More

How to Trust God

September 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Trust in God

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. -Hebrews 10:23 In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus speaks very movingly about the need to rely on our Father’s loving care: “Do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the... Read More

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