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Forty Anti-Catholic Lies Part 3 – Did Catholics invent purgatory? Is the pope the anti-Christ?

Did Catholics invent purgatory? Is the pope the anti-Christ? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson in part three of their interview with Dr. Gerard Verschuuren about his book, Forty Anti-Catholic Lies to debunk these myths. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Did Catholics invent purgatory?  Why do non-Catholics believe that the pope is the anti-Christ? Can Catholics earn their salvation? What is the difference between salvation... Read More

Love of Neighbor and Love of God

Love of Neighbor and Love of God   Presence of God – Make me understand, O Lord, that the surest sign of my love for You is a sincere love for my neighbor. MEDITATION A soul who lives for God sometimes needs to be reassured that its love for Him is not an illusion. What criterion will give it the greatest certitude? St. Teresa of Jesus says, “We cannot be sure if we are loving God, although we may have good reason to... Read More

Suffering, Forgiveness, and the Holy Spirit

August 17, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Melissa Elson, Prayer, Suffering

Join Dan Burke as he answers questions from listeners about forgiving others, prayers during suffering, and the Holy Spirit. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Is it right to pray for God's judgment on someone who caused us injustice? How can we pray during suffering and avoid despair? Why do some people resist the Holy Spirit? Are prayers during suffering, when you do not feel engaged in prayer, reaching God? Is God pleased... Read More

Prayer of St. Augustine in Aridity

“Lord, my God, You who are holy, look and see my affliction! Have pity on the child whom You have engendered in sorrow and do not consider my sins, lest you forget Your power over them. What father will not liberate his son? And what son has not been chastised by his father's compassionate rod? O Father and Lord, although I am a sinner, I am nonetheless Your child, because You have created and recreated me. Can a mother forget... Read More

On the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

August 15, 2018 by  
Filed under Assumption, Liz Estler, Mary, Solemnity

On the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary From a Sermon by St. John Damascene Editor's Note: Although the Dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother was promulgated less than 75 years ago (1950), and is relatively new to those teachings which we, as Catholics, owe the assent of faith to, this excerpt from one of Saint John Damascene's homilies on the Assumption (from around the early 8th century) proves that belief in the... Read More

Mary’s Innocence is the Help of Sinners

August 15, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney

innocence

Mary's Innocence is the Help of Sinners  There is nothing more touching in the Gospel than the way God treats his reconciled enemies — that is, converted sinners. He is not content to wipe away the stain of their sins. It is easy for his infinite goodness to prevent our sins from hurting us; he also wants them to profit us. He bring forth so much good from them that we are constrained to bless our faults and to cry out with... Read More

258. Eating Right (John 6:52-59)

August 15, 2018 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“This sacrament is operative to produce both love and union with Christ. The greatest showing of love is to give oneself as food.” – St. Albert the Great John 6:52-59: Then the Jews started arguing with one another: ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ they said. Jesus replied: ‘I tell you most solemnly, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you will not have life in you. Anyone... Read More

Did Catholics Manipulate the 10 Commandments? Invent New Sacraments?

August 14, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Melissa Elson, Resources Edition, Show Notes

Did Catholics manipulate the Ten Commandments or invent new sacraments? Join Dan Burke in part two of his interview with Dr. Gerard Verschuuren about his book Forty Anti-Catholic Lies to debunk these myths. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What is Luther's doctrine of sola scriptura (Scripture alone) and why don't Catholic subscribe to that belief? Why do non-Catholics believe that Catholics manipulated the Ten Commandments? Did... Read More

The Measure of Fraternal Charity

The Measure of Fraternal Charity   Presence of God – O Lord, make me understand the full meaning of Your words: “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” (Matthew 22: 39). MEDITATION When Jesus gave the precept of fraternal charity, He Himself set its measure: “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” (Matthew 22:39). This measure is so great that it would be difficult to exceed it, when we consider how much every... Read More

Distractions, Aridity, and Self-Knowledge

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer questions from listeners about distractions in prayer, contemplative aridity, and the importance of self-knowledge in overcoming sin. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What should we do if we feel guilty when we get distracted while spending time in mental prayer? Is contemplation the same as meditation? How important are short prayers throughout the day? What if memories occupy... Read More

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