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Not Excusing Oneself

Not Excusing Oneself   Presence of God – O Jesus, who willed to be silent before him who condemned You to death, teach me the art of not excusing myself. MEDITATION In any failure, fault, or personal error, our ego instinctively tries to excuse itself. It is the tactic of pride–which is not willing to admit its mistakes and schemes–to hide them under more or less false pretexts, always... Read More

Education and Culture at the Service of the Apostolate

Education and Culture at the Service of the Apostolate Presence of God – Teach me, O Lord, to put into the service of the apostolate all the talents I have received from You. MEDITATION Together with the natural virtues placed at the service of apostolic charity, it is also necessary to consider the other human qualities which give the apostle an ascendency in his field of activity, not for his... Read More

Aridity and Progress

Aridity and Progress Presence of God – O Lord, help me to seek for You and to unite myself to You, even through the aridity and powerlessness of my spirit. MEDITATION Even without the presence of the physical or moral causes which we have mentioned before, it is possible to pass from a state of sensible fervor to one of absolute aridity. This happens by the direct work of God which makes it impossible... Read More

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday   Presence of God – I place myself in Your presence, O Lord; illumine with Your light the eternal truths, and awaken in my soul a sincere desire for conversion. MEDITATION: “Dust thou art, and into dust thou shalt return” (Genesis 3:19). These words, spoken for the first time by God to Adam after he had committed sin, are repeated today by the Church to every Christian,... Read More

Of Adversity and Resisting Temptation

Of Adversity and Resisting Temptation*   OF THE PROFIT OF ADVERSITY 1. It is good that we have sometimes troubles and crosses; for they often make a man enter into himself, and consider that he is here in banishment, and ought not to place his trust in any worldly thing. It is good that we be sometimes contradicted, and this, although we do and intend well. These things help often to the attaining... Read More

Obtaining Peace and Zeal for Growth in Grace

OF OBTAINING PEACE, AND OF ZEAL FOR GROWTH IN GRACE   1. We might enjoy much peace if we would not busy ourselves with the words and deeds of others, and things which appertain nothing to our charge. How can he abide long in peace, who thrusteth himself into the cares of others, who seeketh occasions abroad, who little or seldom cometh to himself? Blessed are the single-hearted; for they shall... Read More

Obedience, Subjection and Superfluous Words

October 4, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Imitation of Christ, Obedience

Obedience, Subjection and Superfluous Words   OF SUBJECTION AND OBEDIENCE 1. It is a great matter to live in obedience, to be under a superior and not to be at our own disposing. It is much safer to obey than to govern. Many live under obedience, rather for necessity than for love; such are discontented, and do murmur. Neither can they attain to freedom of mind, unless they heartily put themselves... Read More

Making a Solemn Commitment to God

September 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Into the Deep, Prayer, Show Notes

Description: This week Dan and Melissa lay out the importance of making a solemn commitment to God as a step to building a successful prayer life. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How do we discern God's voice from our own during prayer? How can we add spiritual reading to a busy schedule? Why is making a solemn commitment to God important in the spiritual life? What is the best way to go about... Read More

Inordinate Affections, Vain Hope, Pride, Too Much Familiarity

August 16, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Imitation of Christ, Sin, Virtue

Of Inordinate Affections, Vain Hope and Pride, And Too Much Familiarity   OF INORDINATE AFFECTIONS 1. Fly the tumult of the world as much as thou canst; for the talk of worldly affairs is a great hindrance, although it be done with sincere intention; for we are quickly defiled, and enthralled by vanity. The man that is not perfectly dead to himself is quickly tempted and overcome in trifling... Read More

Of Wisdom, Forethought, and Reading the Holy Scriptures

August 9, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Imitation of Christ, Scripture, Wisdom

OF WISDOM, FORETHOUGHT, AND READING THE HOLY SCRIPTURES   Of Wisdom and Forethought in our Actions 1. We must not give ear to every saying or suggestion, but warily and patiently ponder things according to the will of God. But alas; such is our weakness, that we often rather believe and speak evil than good of others. The perfect do not easily credit everything spoken, for they know that human... Read More

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