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Feast of Sts Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels

September 29, 2018 by  
Filed under Angels, Feast Days, FEATURED, Liturgy, Liz Estler

Feast of Sts Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels*   “You should be aware that the word “angel” denotes a function rather than a nature. Those holy spirits of heaven have indeed always been spirits. They can only be called angels when they deliver some message. Moreover, those who deliver messages of lesser importance are called angels; and those who proclaim messages of supreme importance are called... Read More

Divine Intimacy Radio – Questions and Answers with Dan Burke

Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answer your questions about the dark night of the soul, lectio divina, concentration during prayer and the differences between the purgative and illuminative stages of prayer. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Must we all experience the dark night of the soul at some point in our interior lives? What should we do during the “contemplatio” step of lectio divina? What should... Read More

What is a General Confession?

September 27, 2018 by  
Filed under Drafts, Fr. Bartunek, Penance/Confession

General Confession and Scrupulosity   Dear Father John: What is a general confession?  And, under what circumstances should one make a general confession?  Should a scrupulous person make a general confession? Thank you for your question.  I hope I can shed a little bit of light on the nature of general confession. What “General Confession” Refers to Usually, the term “general confession” refers to going to confession... Read More

What Mary Does for Priests

September 26, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, FEATURED, Mary, Prayer, Prayers, Priests

What Mary Does for Priests   Most people are aware that Pope John Paul II credited Mary’s intercession for sparing his life when four bullets from a would-be assassin struck him while he was blessing pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square on May 13, 1981. A year to the day later, the pope placed one of those bullets in Mary’s crown at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fátima in Portugal. This leaves little doubt as to the real, practical... Read More

124. Sin Matters (Mark 9:38-50)

September 26, 2018 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, Sin, The Better Part

“There is a crown for those who in times of persecution fight the good fight; there is a crown too for those who in times of peace keep true to their conscience.” – St. Cyprian Mark 9:38-50: John said to him, ‘Master, we saw a man who is not one of us casting out devils in your name; and because he was not one of us we tried to stop him.’ But Jesus said, ‘You must not stop him: no one who works a miracle in my name... Read More

New Divine Intimacy Radio Episode: Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with the author, James Day about his book, Father Benedict.

What was significant about the papacy of Pope Benedict XVI and what should we take away from his years as our pontiff? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with the author, James Day about his book, Father Benedict to address these questions and more. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What was the inspiration behind the book? What surprising about Pope Benedict's papacy and writings? How did Pope Benedict challenge... Read More

Blessed are They that Hunger and Thirst after Justice

Blessed are They that Hunger and Thirst after Justice   Presence of God – O Holy Spirit, may I no longer hunger for the things of earth, but for heavenly things alone. MEDITATION When the Holy Spirit becomes master of a soul and takes entire control of it, He communicates to it an invincible strength which sweeps away and overcomes all obstacles, enabling it to bear all kinds of suffering. As the strong are not easily satisfied,... Read More

A Novena for Justice and Healing in the Church

Dear Friends, The Church is suffering. Victims are suffering. Faithful priests and Bishops are suffering. The laity are suffering. All of this suffering comes through sin, unbelief, and injustice. The answer to this crisis – the solution that every Catholic can participate in, that you can participate in, is to be a conduit of grace through prayer. God has ordained that His grace and healing come through the prayers of His... Read More

New Divine Intimacy Radio Episode: Questions and Answers – Overcoming habitual, mortal sin, and the desire for prayer.

“St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, overcoming habitual, mortal sin, and the desire for prayer.” Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answer your questions about delving into the writings of St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, overcoming habitual, mortal sin, and the desire for prayer. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: In what order should one read the writings of St. Teresa of Avila and... Read More

Called and Chosen: A Retreat Guide on Vocation & the Calling of St. Matthew

September 20, 2018 by  
Filed under FEATURED, Fr. Bartunek, Retreat Guides, Vocations

Called and Chosen: A Retreat Guide on Vocation & the Calling of St. Matthew Editor's Note: Tomorrow is the feast of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist. We can prepare for that by watching Fr. John Bartunek's retreat guide on vocation and the calling of St. Matthew, introduced to us in this post today. This guide is available as a video, audio, or as a PDF companion guide. Many people nowadays talk about a shortage of priests... Read More

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