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Participating in Holy Mass

Participating in Holy Mass Presence of God – O Jesus, immolated at every moment of the day on our altars, let me share in Your Sacrifice. MEDITATION The Encyclical Mediator Dei exhorts all the faithful to “participate in the Eucharistic Sacrifice, not passively, carelessly, and with distractions, but with such ardor and fervor that we shall be closely associated with the High Priest.” It is not enough to be present at Mass;... Read More

Participation in the Mass

April 27, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, John Johnson, Mass, Show Notes

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with John Johnson, Associate Director of the Avila Institute, about the importance of our participation in the Mass and how if affects not only us but all of those around us. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What effect does the Mass have on the souls of the faithful? What does the Old Testament say about disobediently making an offering to God? What does St. Paul say about unworthily... Read More

How can We Celebrate the Easter Season More Fully?

April 26, 2018 by  
Filed under Easter, Fr. Bartunek

Dear Father John, The wonderful season of Easter is upon us. Lent has been a great time to prepare for the victory of the cross over death. Thank-you Jesus Christ, Holy Redeemer. What are appropriate things we can do to celebrate Easter, especially for the entire season?   I love this question! Ever since I was ordained, I have been struck every year by the decrease in daily Mass attendance as soon as Lent ends. I am not trying... Read More

Communion Reveals God’s Love for You

April 25, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney


Communion Reveals God’s Love for You Not only does Communion enlighten our mind by a special grace, revealing to us, by impression rather than by reason, all that our Lord is, but it is also, and above all, the revelation to our heart of the law of love. The Eucharist is the sacrament of love par excellence. Certainly the other sacraments are proofs of God’s love for us; they are gifts of God. But in the Eucharist, we receive... Read More

Did You Hear the News? Join Us for the Avila Summit this Summer!

April 24, 2018 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Avila Summit, Events, Kristin Aebli

Did you hear the news? Just this week, Dan Burke was approached by a benefactor. Wishing to remain anonymous, the benefactor did something amazing. This person paid for half of the next 75 Avila Summit tickets. Register for the 2018 Avila Summit for just $250, while the 75 tickets remain (as I'm writing this, there are actually 65 left!). If you want to be a part of this milestone event held this July 13-15 at the Shrine of... Read More

Catholic Guide to Loneliness

April 24, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Resources Edition, Show Notes

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they address the growing epidemic of loneliness with author Dr. Kevin Vost and interview him on his book The Catholic Guide to Loneliness.   Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What is loneliness? Is social media causing people to become less connected? What are the three psychological and behavioral components to loneliness? What are some unhealthy manifestations of loneliness? Why... Read More

The Spirit of Faith

The Spirit of Faith   Presence of God – Give me, O Lord, that spirit of faith which will keep me in contact with You in every occupation and circumstance of my day. MEDITATION There are two chief obstacles which hinder us from keeping in contact with God while we are at our daily tasks: First, there is the almost wholly worldly, material point of view with which we usually consider persons and events; Second, there is... Read More

The Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd Presence of God – I come to You, O Jesus, my Good Shepherd; lead me to the pastures of eternal life. MEDITATION The liturgy today sums up in the gentle figure of the Good Shepherd all that Jesus has done for our souls. The shepherd is everything to his flock; their life, their sustenance, and their care is entirely in his hands, and if the shepherd is good, they will have nothing to fear under his protection,... Read More

From Meditation to Contemplation

April 20, 2018 by  
Filed under Contemplation, Dan Burke, DI Radio, Prayer, Show Notes

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they reflect on the meditations of Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen on the transition from meditation to contemplation. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: We must have an understanding of the transition from meditation to contemplation in order to cooperate with God. How can someone advance in the spiritual life if they have trouble meditating? Meditating is both thinking about Scripture... Read More

Introduction to St. Elizabeth of the Trinity

A soul united to Jesus is a living smile that radiates Him and gives Him. – St. Elizabeth of the Trinity “Letters from Carmel” In 2016, Pope Francis announced the canonization of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, a French Carmelite nun of the early 20th century. Saint Elizabeth was set upon nothing less than dwelling in God and allowing Him to dwell in her. This was her sole focus. She lived with such an intensity... Read More

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