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The Cries of Jesus from the Cross

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Allen Smith about his book, The Cries of Jesus from the Cross for insight into the life and works of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What inspired Al to compile these particular writings of Archbishop Sheen? Why are the writings of Archbishop Sheen important in our current time? Is there any update on the cause... Read More

Humility in the Apostolate

Humility in the Apostolate   Presence of God – Impress in me such a deep sense of my poverty, O Lord, that I may look to You for everything and attribute to You, to You alone, all that is good. MEDITATION Humility is the indispensable foundation of the whole spiritual life; hence it is the basic condition of every apostolate and constitutes the principal part of the program of abnegation and... Read More

Can my care, be considered a prayer?

Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answer your questions about the Avila Institute's High Calling Program, holiness, caring for a sick spouse and talking during Mass. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What is the Avila Institute's High Calling Program? What should we do when we are impatient when asking God to make us holy? When one cares for a sick spouse and cannot pray, is the care being... Read More

What is contemplative prayer?

Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answer your questions about contemplative prayer, practicing the presence of God, living out a holy marriage, and performing penance. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What is contemplative prayer? What is the best way to practice the presence of God? When someone is in an unequally yoked marriage, how can they best reach out to their spouse and live out their... Read More

The Power of Contemplative Prayer

Contemplative prayer has immense power against all kinds of evil. This silent movement of the heart unveils self-contradictions and rash judgments that threaten one's own integrity and, at the same time, this vulnerability to God is healing balm for the integrity of others. This deep stillness of spirit allows God to establish one's whole being in His very Presence so deeply that one cannot remotely... Read More

St. Therese: His Strength Made Perfect in Her Weakness

October 1, 2018 by  
Filed under Claire Dwyer, Humility, Saints

Gravure de "Sainte Thérèse de l'Enfant Jésus, Histoire d'une âme écrite par elle-même, Lisieux, Office central de Lisieux (Calvados), & Bar-le-Duc, Imprimerie Saint-Paul, 1937, édition 1940."

If there was ever a Saint who needed no introduction, it may be the one who opens October – St. Thérèse of Lisieux.   Born in France in 1873, the fifth surviving daughter of St. Louis and Zélie Martin, she lived a simple, happy childhood marred by the death of her mother when she was only four years old.  Thérèse remained surrounded by the intimacy and devotion of her tight family circle... 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... Read More

Domestic Monastery and Altars in the Home

Domestic Monastery and Altars in the Home

Domestic monastery and altars in the home. Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answer questions from listeners about suffering, setting up a domestic monastery, and self-esteem. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Do we have to suffer in order for our prayers to be pleasing to God? How can we make a domestic monastery in the home in a practical sense for a family with young children or teenagers? What... Read More

On Handling Just and Unjust Blame

August 23, 2018 by  
Filed under FEATURED, Humility, Jessica Fahy

On Handling Just and Unjust Blame It is very easy to be misunderstood and wrongly accused. It is likely that all of us have had this experience at one time or another. Often our reaction is NOT one of meekness and humility – those qualities of Jesus' most Sacred Heart He asks us to imitate: Learn of me, for I am meek and humble of heart. (Matthew 11:29) We might “argue with that person... Read More

The Spiritual Joy of the Servants of God

April 18, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney

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The Spiritual Joy of the Servants of God Spiritual joy is, as its name denotes, the joy that the heart of man experiences in the possession and enjoyment of spiritual gifts. He is joyful because he knows that God has deigned to call him His friend and His child, that he lives under the protection of the Most High, and that he hopes soon to be united to God his Father in eternal bliss. All those who... Read More

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