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Jesus Chose Mary for Himself

September 19, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, FEATURED, Mary, Saints and Blesseds

Jesus Chose Mary for Himself  If 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 the Church,... Read More

123. Leaders Like Christ (Mark 9:30-37)

September 19, 2018 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“I desire to love you, O my God, with a love that is patient, with a love that abandons itself wholly to you, with a love that acts, and most important of all, with a love that perseveres.” – St. Theresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart Mark 9:30-37: After leaving that place they made their way through Galilee; and he did not want anyone to know, because he was instructing his disciples; he was telling them, ‘The Son of... Read More

Is there a demonic attack against priests? New Divine Intimacy Radio Episode

“Is there a demonic attack against priests?“ Is there a demonic attack against priests? Why emphasize prayer rather than action during this turbulent time in the Church? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with the author, Kathleen Beckman about her book, Praying for Priests to address these questions and more.  Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What is the Foundation of Prayer for Priests and how... Read More

Praise for A Catholic Guide to Mindfulness

September 18, 2018 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Books, Drafts, Mindfulness, Prayer

The work of author Susan Brinkmann to inform faithful Catholics about mindfulness has received an enthusiastic endorsement from a spiritual leader at EWTN. Mindfulness is an increasingly popular but dangerous Eastern meditative practice which is contrary to authentic Christian spirituality. Fr. Paschal Mary, MFVA is Vocation Director for the Missionaries of the Eternal Word and Administrator of the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament... Read More

Temperance

Temperance   Presence of God – Teach me, O Lord, to mortify my flesh, in order that I may live fully the life of the spirit. MEDITATION We may fail in our duty either because of the hardships and sacrifices we encounter, or because of the allurements of pleasure. Our help in the first case is the virtue of fortitude; in the second, the virtue of temperance. Temperance is the virtue which moderates in us the inordinate desire... Read More

Our Lady of Sorrows, Cause of Our Joy

September 15, 2018 by  
Filed under Drafts, Feast Days, FEATURED, Mary, Suffering, The Cross

Our Lady of Sorrows This week we'll celebrate two important feasts: the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, on September 14, and the following day, September 15, we'll remember Our Lady of Sorrows.  Two days linked forever in meaning, inseparable, poignant. September 15 also happens to be my birthday.  And for a long time, as long as I was old enough to realize who I shared the day with, I felt a little – cheated. I mean, it's... Read More

Litany of Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows

September 15, 2018 by  
Filed under Devotions, Litanies, Liz Estler, Mary, Prayer

The Litany of Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows* Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us. God the Father of heaven, have mercy on us. God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us. God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us. Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us. Holy Mary, pray for us. Holy Mother of God, pray for us. Holy... Read More

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

September 14, 2018 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Feast Days, FEATURED, Liz Estler, Meditations

EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS (Triumph of the Cross) This feast celebrates three things: the discovery of the true cross by St. Helena, the dedication of the Basilica and Shrine built on Calvary by her son Emperor Constantine, and the triumph of the cross by which Christ defeated sin and death, winning for us salvation and everlasting beatific life in heaven. St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross wrote this meditation on September... Read More

Conflict within in the Church, righteous anger, and Jesus’ view on wealth and holiness – Newest Podcast

September 14, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Show Notes

“Conflicts in the Church, Righteous Anger, and Jesus' view on wealth and holiness.” Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answer your questions about the news, conflict within in the Church, righteous anger, and Jesus' view on wealth and holiness. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: In light of his recent appointment as President of EWTN News, how will Dan's spirituality impact the way he manages the news for EWTN? How... Read More

From Meditation to Contemplation – Part 12 Mini-Course on Prayer

September 13, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, FEATURED, Prayer

Mini-Course on Prayer Section 2  Christian Meditation Part 12 – From Meditation to Contemplation   Editor's Note: In Part 11, David Torkington introduced Christian meditation. Today, he will talk about Lectio Divina, love as the ground of our being, and discuss some aspects of meditation.   In vocal prayer, despite the time given to brief moments of silence, we have been doing most of the talking. However, for... Read More

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