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Domestic Monastery and Altars in the Home

Domestic Monastery and Altars in the Home

Domestic monastery and altars in the home. Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answer questions from listeners about suffering, setting up a domestic monastery, and self-esteem. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Do we have to suffer in order for our prayers to be pleasing to God? How can we make a domestic monastery in the home in a practical sense for a family with young children or teenagers? What makes a prayer space... Read More

The Church is Calling: Be a Mystic!

August 30, 2018 by  
Filed under FEATURED, Joseph Hollcraft, Mysticism, Prayer

The Church is Calling: Be A Mystic! Often, we hear the word mystic, and think of such words as rapture, ecstasy, visionary, and so on. On one hand, rightfully so, the likes of Saint Padre Pio and Saint John Bosco, to name a few, are known for their “mystical” experiences of bi-location and the like. But there is a broader sense of this word that applies universally — that sense of encountering the divine via contemplation... Read More

The Eucharistic Jesus: A Mighty Healing Force Against the Devil

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The Eucharistic Jesus: A Mighty Healing Force Against the Devil An arrow that should be found in the quiver of an intercessor is the Eucharist. Jesus said, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.... Read More

115. Hard-Hearted Hypocrisy (Mark 7:1-23)

August 29, 2018 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“Be courageous; be not puffed up by prosperity nor cast down by adversity. Keep humble in this life so that God may exalt you in the next.”  – St. Stephen of Hungary Mark 7:1-23: The Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered round him, and they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with unclean hands, that is, without washing them. For the Pharisees, and the Jews in general, follow... Read More

Forty Anti-Catholic Lies Part 4 – Do Catholics worship Mary?

Forty Anti-Catholic Lies Part 4 – Do Catholics worship Mary?

Forty Anti-Catholic Lies Part 4 Why do Catholics call priests Father? Why do Catholics confess their sins to a priest instead of directly to God? Do Catholics really worship Mary? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson in part four of their interview with Dr. Gerard Verschuuren about his book, Forty Anti-Catholic Lies to debunk these myths. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Jesus says to call no man father, so why do Catholics... Read More

Prudence and Rectitude

Prudence and Rectitude   Presence of God– Teach me, O my God, the prudence which leads to You by the straight path of duty and truth. MEDITATION Prudence is not limited to suggesting good works to be done in order to attain sanctity, but it remains with us while we do these works, and enlightens us as to the best conduct to observe therein, according to the circumstances of the moment. For example, prudence tells us when... Read More

Sin, Gluttony, and The Dark Night

August 24, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, FEATURED, Prayer, Show Notes, Spiritual Direction

Sin, Gluttony, and The Dark Night

Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answer questions from listeners about sin and imperfections, “the dark night,” and spiritual gluttony. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What is the difference between venial sins and imperfections? How does personal sin affect others? What should we do if the news draws us to despair? What is “the dark night” that St. John of the Cross refers to so frequently? What... Read More

On Handling Just and Unjust Blame

August 23, 2018 by  
Filed under FEATURED, Humility, Jessica Fahy

On Handling Just and Unjust Blame It is very easy to be misunderstood and wrongly accused. It is likely that all of us have had this experience at one time or another. Often our reaction is NOT one of meekness and humility – those qualities of Jesus' most Sacred Heart He asks us to imitate: Learn of me, for I am meek and humble of heart. (Matthew 11:29) We might “argue with that person in our head,” justifying... Read More

On the Queenship of Mary

August 22, 2018 by  
Filed under FEATURED, Liz Estler, Mary, Memorial

On the Queenship of Mary Memorial of the Queenship of Mary In 1954, Venerable Pope Pius XII formally promulgated the memorial of the Queenship of Mary with his encyclical Ad Caeli Reginam (Queen of Heaven). It was initially celebrated on May 31st but subsequently transferred to August 22nd, seven days after the Solemnity of the Assumption. In this encyclical, Pope Pius set down in writing what had long been part of our Catholic... Read More

Mary’s Faith – Sophia Institute Press Book Excerpt

August 22, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney

Mary's Faith Such trials God prepares for holy souls! When Joseph thought himself obliged to abandon as faithless the one whom he had chosen as the purest of virgins, he was about to do what would be fatal both to the mother’s purity and the child’s life. He could not be unaware that the Blessed Virgin was with child, and what could he think but that it had come about naturally? For it would not have occurred to any man to... Read More

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