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The Queen of Seasons

May 12, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Mary, Poetry

The Queen of Seasons (A Song for an Inclement May)   All is divine which the Highest has made, Through the days that He wrought, till the day when He stay'd; Above and below, within and around, From the centre of space, to its uttermost bound. In beauty surpassing the Universe smiled, On the morn of its birth, like an innocent child Or like the rich bloom of some delicate flower; And the Father... Read More

A Mind at Peace in the Age of Distraction

A Mind at Peace: Reclaiming an Ordered Soul in the Age of Distraction   Description: Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they offer solutions to our culture's technologically obsessed world by speaking with Dr. Christopher Blum about his book A Mind at Peace: Reclaiming an Ordered Soul in the Age of Distraction. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What was the inspiration/motivation for the... Read More

Who is St Januarius?

September 19, 2015 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Memorial, Pilgrimage

Today is the feast of St Januarius, also known as San Gennaro.  The streets of Little Italy in New York City are filled with festival goers, eating Italian foods and all sorts of yummy things. Do you think if you stopped any one of these party-goers on the street and asked them who San Gennaro is and why a whole day is dedicated to his memory… would they know? Maybe. Maybe not. But hey!... Read More

Litany of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

June 13, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Litanies, Mary

Litany of the Immaculate Heart of Mary*   Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. 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... Read More

Christ, the One Teacher of All (Mysticism and Magisterium: III/VI)

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Christ, the One Teacher of All (Mysticism and Magisterium: Part III of VI) We might summarize the previous two posts in this series by saying that we are called to think with the Church because Christ and the Church possess same Spirit who is present throughout history in the details. When the Church teaches, Christ teaches, and those who depart from the Church depart from Christ. In this post, we... Read More

Called to Holiness (Part I of II)

December 28, 2013 by  
Filed under Holiness, Ralph Martin

Called to Holliness (Part I of II) Jesus summed up His teaching in a startling and unambiguous call to His followers: “You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Mt. 5:48). Perfect in purity of heart, perfect in compassion and love, perfect in obedience, perfect in conformity to the will of the Father, perfect in holiness-when we hear these words, we can be understandably... Read More

The Anglican Bridge (Part II of II)

October 5, 2013 by  
Filed under Conversion, Paul McCusker

Author Paul McCusker

Life as I See It I have written elsewhere that the genius of Anglicanism was in its integration of aspects of Catholicism with Reformation thought. As a Protestant, this was appealing to me because of its familiarity. As someone who didn’t know much about Catholicism, I didn’t realize just how Catholic many of its practices were. The more I studied and became more engaged in Anglicanism, the more... Read More

Lead Kindly Light

Lead Kindly Light Lead, Kindly Light, amidst th'encircling gloom, Lead Thou me on! The night is dark, and I am far from home, Lead Thou me on! Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see The distant scene; one step enough for me. I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou Shouldst lead me on; I loved to choose and see my path; but now Lead Thou me on! I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears, Pride ruled... Read More