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Why Catholics Honor Mary

May 23, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, FEATURED

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Why Catholics Honor Mary All relationships, of course, are a two-way street. They require something from us — phone calls and visits, acts of thoughtfulness, time spent together. They demand that that we give something of ourselves to the other. In our relationship with Mary, she helps give new life to our souls, prays for us, and provides us with what we need to grow in grace. In return, she deserves our honor and love, just... Read More

92. Go! Matthew 28:11-20 Trinity Sunday Gospel

May 23, 2018 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“…God alone satisfies and infinitely surpasses man’s desire, which for that reason is never at rest save in God.” – St. Thomas Aquinas Matthew 28:11-20: Now while they [the women to whom Christ had appeared] were on their way, some of the guards went off into the city to tell the chief priests all that had happened. These held a meeting with the elders and, after some discussion, handed a considerable sum of money... Read More

The Beautiful Collect of the Mass

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Christopher Carstens to discuss participation in the liturgy and the beauty of the opening prayer (or collect) of the Mass. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What is the sacramental principle? What is mystagogy? Why is the opening prayer of the Mass so important? What should be happening during the opening prayer? How is it possible that a God that doesn't need us thirsts... Read More

If You Want Peace in Your Life, Pray the Rosary

May 21, 2018 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Mary, Prayer, Rosary

If You Want Peace in Your Life, Pray the Rosary   Editor's Note: Today is the first memorial of “Mary, Mother of the Church” as prescribed by Pope Francis earlier this year. Dr. Peter Howard makes a strong case for doing what “Mary, Mother of the Church” told us to do at Fatima: Pray the Rosary! This is probably my tenth revision of this blog post. With it being the month of Mary and the month of Fatima... Read More

The Initiatives of the Holy Spirit

The Initiatives of the Holy Spirit   Presence of God – O Holy Spirit, come and direct my soul in the way of sanctity. MEDITATION Although our soul is supernaturalized by sanctifying grace, our powers strengthened by the infused virtues, and our actions preceded and accompanied by actual grace, still the manner of our acting always remains human, and is therefore incapable of uniting us perfectly with God, of bringing us... Read More

The Sending of the Holy Spirit

May 20, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Holy Spirit, Meditations, Pentecost, Prayer, Solemnity

The Sending of the Holy Spirit * When the Lord told his disciples to go and teach all nations and baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit [cf Matthew 28:19], he conferred on them the power of giving men new life in God. He had promised through the prophets that in these last days he would pour out his Spirit on his servants and handmaids, and that they would prophesy [cf Joel 3:1]. So when... Read More

The Unquenchable Fire of Love – Part 1 Mini-Course on Prayer

May 19, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, Prayer

Mini-Course on Prayer Part 1: The Unquenchable Fire of Love   The first Jews used the symbol of unquenchable fire to depict the all-consuming power of God's love. The first Christians however believed that this love was now embodied in the Risen and glorified body of Jesus, as he rose from the dead on the first Easter day, and they used the radio-active energy of the sun to symbolize its saving power for all of us. This was most... Read More

Establishing a Lasting Prayer Life

May 18, 2018 by  
Filed under Connie Rossini, Dan Burke, DI Radio, Prayer, Show Notes

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with author Connie Rossini about the necessities to establishing a lasting prayer life. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Why does Fr. Philippe focus on having a strong faith as a necessary step to establishing a lasting prayer life? What role do feelings play in prayer? How can false humility drive us away from prayer? Why is perseverance important for spiritual growth? What... Read More

Aspirations Rising Up Like Incense to God

Aspirations Rising Up LIke Incense to God St. Francis de Sales, Doctor of the Church, recommended that we “make spiritual aspirations to God by short, ardent movements of [our] hearts” and taught that “… ejaculatory prayer was strongly recommended by the great St. Augustine to the devout Lady Proba” (Introduction to the Devout Life, II, 13). The Abbott Blessed Louis de Blois (François-Louis Blosius), O.S.B., a 16th... Read More

The Holy Spirit is God’s Gift to You

May 16, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney

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The Holy Spirit is God's Gift to You Not only to possess us does the Holy Spirit live in us, but also to be possessed by us, to be ours. For love must possess, as well as be possessed. He is the Gift of God Most High — Donum Dei Altissimi. Now, the gift that belonged to the giver becomes the possession of the one who receives it. The Gift of God is ours through the stupendous prodigy of love. Almost every time that Sacred... Read More

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