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106. Giving More and Getting More (Mark 4:21-34)

“… Love him and let your whole aim and intention be directed to pleasing him always. Have no fear, for even if all the saints and every creature abandon you, he will always be ready to help you in your needs.” – St. Cajetan Mark 4:21-34: He also said to them, ‘Would you bring in a lamp to put it under a tub or under the bed? Surely you will put it on the lamp-stand? For there is nothing... Read More

How Our Lord’s Ascension Into Heaven Increases Our Faith

How Our Lord's Ascension Into Heaven Increases Our Faith* At Easter, beloved brethren, it was the Lord’s resurrection which was the cause of our joy; our present rejoicing is on account of his ascension into heaven. With all due solemnity, we are commemorating that day on which our poor human nature was carried up, in Christ, above all the hosts of heaven, above all the ranks of angels, beyond the... Read More

The Spirit of Faith

The Spirit of Faith   Presence of God – Give me, O Lord, that spirit of faith which will keep me in contact with You in every occupation and circumstance of my day. MEDITATION There are two chief obstacles which hinder us from keeping in contact with God while we are at our daily tasks: First, there is the almost wholly worldly, material point of view with which we usually consider persons... Read More

The Victory of Christ over Sin and Death

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The Victory of Christ over Sin and Death The Incarnation and the Resurrection I wish to clarify some fundamental truths regarding our Faith and the complex theme of evil spells. Even before speaking of these evils and their author, the devil, and in order to discourage the temptation of sensationalism, I shall put together two fundamental premises that regard Jesus Christ, the Master, the Savior,... Read More

Questions You Never Thought to Ask – Part I

Questions You Never Thought to Ask Part I Show Notes: Questions about the Faith can be difficult to answer sometimes. In his book A Priest Answers 27 Questions You Never Thought to Ask Fr. Michael Kerper explains how to approach answering questions about the Faith as well as tackles some interesting questions from Dan and Melissa. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is the best way to answer... Read More

Obedience, Prayer Methods, Spiritual Consolations

Obedience, Prayer Methods, and Spiritual Consolations   Description: Today, Dan and Melissa answer your questions about prayer methods, obedience to Church teaching, and spiritual consolations. Topics/Questions covered in the show: When time is limited, what is the best way to pray when we are given so many options in the Church such as the Liturgy of the Hours, the rosary, Lectio Divina,... Read More

News Anxiety

August 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Anxiety, Dan Burke, DI Radio, Melissa Elson, Show Notes

News Anxiety   Description: Today, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson answer your questions about how to handle the news when it disturbs your peace. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can we listen to the news when it affects our peace of mind? Why does the news excite so much anxiety? Can we trust the media? What is the best news source? What is our role in counteracting the chaos and turmoil... Read More

Prayer, Theological Virtues, Spiritual Aridity – Part 2

Today, in part two of a special two-part interview Dan speaks with Fr. Jacques Philippe about establishing a successful prayer life and entering into contemplation. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What are a few of the most common pitfalls or difficulties that lay people experience in prayer and how can they be avoided? Poverty and humility in prayer is most affective in building a strong... Read More

What’s Gritty, Gutsy, Requires Patience and is Absolutely Necessary? Granite Faith

June 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Granite Faith The Lord (Week 2 of 23) What is demanded of us, as of her, is a constant wrestling in fide with the mystery of God and with the evil resistance of the world. Our obligation is not delightful poetry but granite faith — more than ever in this age of absolutes in which the mitigating spell is falling from all things and naked opposites clash everywhere. The purer we see and understand... Read More

Are Your Children Open to the Miraculous or do You Unwittingly Stifle Their Faith?

March 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Are Your Children Open to the Miraculous or do You Unwittingly Stifle Their Faith?   Our Lady of Fatima (Week 2 of 8) What interested Jacinta most was the story of the Passion of Christ, which Lucia, with the native talent that shows sporadically in her four memoirs, must have made graphic enough. Jesus praying alone in the Garden while His friends slept and His enemies plotted; Jesus being... Read More

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