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The Mystery of the Cross

March 30, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Melissa Elson, Prayer, Show Notes

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they reflect on the meditations of Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen on Good Friday and the Passion and death of our Lord.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • Dan's advices everyone to watch the movie The Passion of the Christ today to better reflect on the reality of the suffering and agony of Jesus in his last hours on earth.
  • Fr. Gabriel suggests that we voluntarily accept suffering and unite our sufferings to those of Christ.
  • The Agony in the Garden presents us with the extreme abandonment and desolation Jesus experienced in His soul feeling abandonment, desolation, and the weight of all the sins of mankind.
  • the mystery of the crossSt. John of the Cross speaks of self-mortification as the way to pick up the cross and follow Jesus.
  • In order to imitate Christ, we need to come to know Him by studying His life, which has been proclaimed through the gospels.
  • St. John says we must renounce any sensory satisfaction that is not purely for the honor and glory of God.
  • St. John advises that if we practice detachment of earthly pleasures and resist our will, we will experience “great delight and consolation.”
  • St. John leads us to Christ through the way of “nothing.”

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Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of SpiritualDirection.com, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, the High Calling Seminary Preparation Program, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. In 2018, he launched the annual Avila Summit held at Hanceville, Alabama. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband, father of four, and grandfather of one, the President and Chief Operating Officer of EWTN News, Inc., a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer, speaker and pilgrimage director who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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