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How to Participate in the Eucharistic Prayer

January 31, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Christopher Carstens, Liturgy, Mass

Eucharistic

  You are a priest forever in the manner of Melchizedek. — Psalm 110:4 Near the center of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, the famous image of Adam’s creation at the hand of God is a majestic reminder of our humble dependency on God for our very being. Whether as faithful pilgrims or curious tourists, the chapel’s guests can’t help but gaze up at this work of art. What do they see? Some see color, form,... Read More

Pray the Rosary More Effectively

Join Dan Burke and guest host, Stephanie Burke, as they speak with Connie Rossini for a second interview about how to pray the rosary more effectively through her book The Contemplative Rosary (co-authored by Dan Burke). Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What is contemplative prayer? How is it different from vocal prayer? What are some signs that you may be experiencing contemplative prayer? How can vocal prayer and the rosary... Read More

Living Christ

Living Christ   Presence of God – O Jesus, deign to imprint Your likeness on my poor soul, so that my life may be a reflection of Yours. MEDITATION The imitation of Christ should not be limited to some particular aspect of His life; it means living Christ and becoming completely assimilated to Him. The life-giving principle of our resemblance to Christ is grace: the more grace we possess, the greater our resemblance to... Read More

Authentic Contemplative Prayer

Join Dan Burke and guest host, Stephanie Burke, as they speak with Connie Rossini about authentic contemplative prayer. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is authentic contemplative prayer? Why did Connie start the authentic contemplative prayer group? Why do we need to bring clarity to the realm of spirituality? What are the top three problems with centering prayer? How should we begin a prayer routine? What is “affective... Read More

Conversion of Saint Paul

January 25, 2018 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Liz Estler, Loving God, Renunciation, Self-Denial

Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul* Editor's Note: St Paul's conversion is the only conversion the Church celebrates as a feast.  Today, we meditate on the impact of that event on Saul of Tarsus and, by extension, on us as well … as presented by St John Chrysostom. For love of Christ, Paul bore every burden Paul, more than anyone else, has shown us what man really is, and in what our nobility consists, and of what... Read More

The Stillness and Silence of Mass

January 24, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Liturgy, Mass, Prayer, Silence

When Holy Mass is properly celebrated there are moments in which the voices of both priest and faithful become silent. The priest continues to officiate as the rubrics indicate, speaking very softly or refraining from vocal prayer; the congregation follows in watchful, prayerful participation. What do these intervals of quiet signify? What must we do with them? What does stillness really imply? It implies above all that speech... Read More

The Little Oratory

How can we make the home a place of peace and prayer? Today, Dan and Melissa discuss the book The Little Oratory: A Beginner's Guide to Praying in the Home with author Leila Lawler to help families orient their lives to Christ. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is an oratory? How should one go about setting up his or her prayer space? Is a prayer corner or space expensive? What does it mean to develop a regular, daily... Read More

Jesus and the Glory of the Father

January 22, 2018 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Meditations

Jesus and the Glory of the Father   Presence of God – O Jesus, increase within me Your love and Your zeal for the glory of the Father; teach me to despise all personal glory and to flee from it. MEDITATION  “I honor My Father…. I seek not My own glory.” “I receive not glory from men” (John 8:49, 50; John 5:41). Jesus ever sought His Father’s glory, and to this end He chose for Himself utter humiliation, even... Read More

How Can I Overcome Habitual Sin? Can Fasting Help?

Topics/Questions covered in the show: What are attachments and disordered attachments? What are the steps to overcoming habitual sin? What role does fasting from food play in overcoming habitual sin? Is it okay to fast for both spiritual and physical reasons simultaneously? Resources: Spiritualdirection.com – website EWTN Global Catholic Radio Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation EWTN Religious Catalogue – online Navigating... Read More

Ten Practical Steps to a Sanctified Life

Let us turn to some practical aids that can encourage us to establish a strong spiritual life. This is by no means an exhaustive list; rather, it’s simply a starting point for your own exploration. And realize, too, that you won’t achieve these all in one week or even one month — and you’re not supposed to. As St. Philip Neri says, “One should not wish to become a saint in four days but step by step.” And remember... Read More

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