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The Visitation: Mary Visits Elizabeth

Mary Visits Elizabeth Feast of the Visitation From a Commentary on the Gospel of St. Luke by St. Ambrose, Bishop* When the angel revealed his message to the Virgin Mary he gave her a sign to win her trust. He told her of the motherhood of an old and barren woman to show that God is able to do all that he wills. When she hears this Mary sets out for the hill country. She does not disbelieve God’s word; she feels no uncertainty... Read More

The Beads and Repetition of the Rosary

May 30, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney

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The Beads and Repetition of the Rosary We should begin with what is most obvious in the Rosary. An aid is used in this prayer: a string or a chain of beads. Some of these beads are larger or are marked apart from the others by a greater distance. Ten smaller beads follow a larger one and form a decade. The whole chain has five such decades. The decades taken together are preceded by a sort of preface, formed by a little crucifix... Read More

Listening to the Readings at Mass

How can we truly hear and understand the Word of God at Mass? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Christopher Carstens to discuss the most effective way to listen to the readings during the Liturgy of the Word. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What does it mean to hear the readings at Mass? What is the sacramental principle? St. Benedict proposes that we listen to the Word of God with the “ears of our... Read More

Mary’s Apostolate

Mary's Apostolate   Presence of God – O Mary, Queen of Apostles, obtain for me the heart of an apostle. MEDITATION Mary is, at the same time, the model of both contemplative and apostolic souls. Furthermore, by combining in herself the highest contemplative life with the highest apostolic life, she teaches us that contemplation and the apostolate, far from being opposed to each other, complement, support, and maintain each... Read More

On the Love of the Three Divine Persons for Man

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On the Love of the Three Divine Persons for Man* Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity Sermon XXIX of St Alphonsus Liguori “Going, therefore, teach ye all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” (Matthew 28:19) St. Leo has said, that the nature of God is, by its essence, goodness itself. “Deus cujus natura bonitas.” Now, goodness naturally diffuses itself. “Bonum est... Read More

Listen to St. Teresa of Avila – Part 2 Mini-Course on Prayer

May 26, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, Prayer

Mini-Course on Prayer: Part 2: Listen to St Teresa of Avila   Editor's Note: In Part 1, David Torkington introduced us to the unquenchable fire of love. Today, he will talk about St Teresa of Avila's wisdom regarding how to go forward in prayer. Making the spiritual ascent into God is rather like trying to run up a downward escalator. The moment you stop moving steadily forwards is the moment when you start moving steadily... Read More

Dispositions Involved in Establishing a Prayer Life

May 25, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Melissa Elson, Prayer, Show Notes

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Connie Rossini about Fr. Jacques Philippe's book Time for God and the efforts and dispositions involved in establishing a prayer life. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Why are prayer and the liturgy attacked so frequently in our time? Love is a matter of will not of feelings. How should one go about advancing in prayer if he or she is authentically trying to love God? The... Read More

In The School of the Holy Spirit

May 24, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Holy Spirit, Nancy HC Ward

The Holy Spirit's School Nancy HC Ward Reviews Fr. Jacques Philippe's Book “In the School of the Holy Spirit”   Are you Pursuing a Plan for Holiness? In his book, In the School of the Holy Spirit, Fr. Jacques Philippe writes, “Holiness is not a program for life, but something obtained from God. We all have the power to become holy, simply because God lets himself be won over by the trust we put in him.” Fr.... Read More

Why Catholics Honor Mary

May 23, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney

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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

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

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