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How to Receive Communion to the Fullest

February 28, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Christopher Carstens, Mass

How to Receive Communion to the Fullest To the victor I will give the right to eat from the tree of life that is in the garden of God. — Revelation 2:7 Any road trip requires energy. Fast-food restaurants know this, and their siren songs — the waft of cooking oil carrying the unmistakable scent of french fries — have tempted many a traveler to pass through their drive-throughs. Gas stations also gear their business to... Read More

How Deadly Sins Affect Our Relationship with God

Which sins are the most detrimental to our relationship with God? Dan Burke and Melissa Elson discover the answer to this question as they speak with Dr. Kevin Vost about his book The Seven Deadly Sins: A Thomistic Guide to Vanquishing Vice and Sin. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What are the seven deadly sins and where are they in the Bible? Why are these sins “deadly”? Who are some of the key figures in... Read More

Humility and Confidence

Humility and Confidence   Presence of God – Out of the depths of my misery I have cried to Thee, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice…. I trust in Thee. MEDITATION Christian humility does not lower, it elevates; it does not cast down, but gives courage, for the more it reveals to the soul its nothingness and abjection, the more it moves it toward God with confidence and abandonment. The very fact that in everything—in essence... Read More

Avila Institute Events

Join Dan Burke and guest, Kristin Aebli, as they speak about important events happening at the Avila Institute. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is an “Into the Deep” event? How are retreatants impacted by the event? What effect does the event have on one's spiritual life after the event is over? What is the format of the “Into the Deep” event? Dan and Kristin speak with retreatants about their... Read More

Feast of the Chair of Peter, Apostle

February 22, 2018 by  
Filed under Church, Church Authority, Feast Days, Liz Estler

Feast of the Chair of Peter, Apostle* The Church of Christ rises on the firm foundation of Peter’s faith. Out of the whole world one man, Peter, is chosen to preside at the calling of all nations, and to be set over all the apostles and all the fathers of the Church. Though there are in God’s people many shepherds, Peter is thus appointed to rule in his own person those whom Christ also rules as the original ruler. Beloved,... Read More

The Origin of the Wood of the Cross

February 21, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Lent, The Cross

Wood

When the world rang with the news that the Holy Cross had been discovered, and everyone was asking for details, according to the working of each individual mind, there arose these questions among others: Of what wood was it made? Where did it grow? In which locality budded forth that plant that, when matured, was to become the instrument of torture and the crude deathbed of the Son of God, the Son of Man, and the means of the... Read More

A Devotional Journey Into the Mass

Join Dan Burke and guest host, Stephanie Burke, as they speak with Christopher Carstens about his book A Devotional Journey into the Mass to help us discover the meaning and beauty of the liturgy. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What are the major themes of the book? Why is active participation in the Mass so important? What does “active participation” in the Mass mean and how can we accomplish it? How should... Read More

Confession

Confession   Presence of God – At the foot of Your Cross, O Jesus, I confess my sins. Pour over me Your Precious Blood that it may purify my soul. MEDITATION Penance is the sacrament of Christ’s Precious Blood in which God—according to the eloquent words of St. Catherine of Siena—“has bathed us in order to cleanse the face of our souls from the leprosy of sin.” If mortal sin only is the necessary matter of this... Read More

Contemplative Aridity

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Connie Rossini about contemplative prayer and aridity. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is contemplative aridity? How do you know that you are experiencing contemplative aridity? How should you respond to God when you are called to this state of prayer? How is contemplative prayer different from centering prayer? What happens during the simplicity and silence of contemplative... Read More

Introduction to Saint Francis of Assisi

February 15, 2018 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Kristin Aebli, Saints

Peace Prayer Attributed to Saint Francis of Assisi Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; Where there is darkness, light; Where there is sadness, joy. O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek To be consoled as to console, To be understood as to understand, To... Read More

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