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The Sign of the Cross

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Christopher Carstens to discuss participation in the liturgy and the meaning and significance behind making the sign of the cross. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What three events happen during the liturgy? How do we understand the sacramental principle? What is mystagogy? What does it mean to make the sign of the cross? How can the faithful... Read More

Participating in Holy Mass

Participating in Holy Mass Presence of God – O Jesus, immolated at every moment of the day on our altars, let me share in Your Sacrifice. MEDITATION The Encyclical Mediator Dei exhorts all the faithful to “participate in the Eucharistic Sacrifice, not passively, carelessly, and with distractions, but with such ardor and fervor that we shall be closely associated with the High Priest.” It is... Read More

Participation in the Mass

April 27, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, John Johnson, Mass, Show Notes

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with John Johnson, Associate Director of the Avila Institute, about the importance of our participation in the Mass and how if affects not only us but all of those around us. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What effect does the Mass have on the souls of the faithful? What does the Old Testament say about disobediently making an offering to God? What... Read More

How to Receive Communion to the Fullest

How to Receive Communion to the Fullest To the victor I will give the right to eat from the tree of life that is in the garden of God. — Revelation 2:7 Any road trip requires energy. Fast-food restaurants know this, and their siren songs — the waft of cooking oil carrying the unmistakable scent of french fries — have tempted many a traveler to pass through their drive-throughs. Gas stations... Read More

A Devotional Journey Into the Mass

Join Dan Burke and guest host, Stephanie Burke, as they speak with Christopher Carstens about his book A Devotional Journey into the Mass to help us discover the meaning and beauty of the liturgy. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What are the major themes of the book? Why is active participation in the Mass so important? What does “active participation” in the Mass mean and how can... Read More

The Stillness and Silence of Mass

January 24, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Liturgy, Mass, Prayer, Silence

When Holy Mass is properly celebrated there are moments in which the voices of both priest and faithful become silent. The priest continues to officiate as the rubrics indicate, speaking very softly or refraining from vocal prayer; the congregation follows in watchful, prayerful participation. What do these intervals of quiet signify? What must we do with them? What does stillness really imply? It... Read More

Preparing for Mass: Taking a Cue from A Prayer for Priests

April 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Bryan Jerabek, Liturgy, Mass, Prayer

Preparing for Mass: Taking A Cue from A Prayer for Priests A little over five years have now passed since the new translation of the Roman Missal went into effect in the various English-speaking countries. In this wonderful new edition, if you turn to the latter part of Appendix VI, there are prayers that the priest is encouraged to say before and after Mass. And one of them – the “Formula of... Read More

National Mass of Thanksgiving Celebrating Elizabeth of the Trinity’s Canonization

September 26, 2016 by  
Filed under Canonizations, Dan Burke, Events

Calling All Carmelites!  National Mass of Thanksgiving in Celebration of the Canonization of Elizabeth of the Trinity presided over by Archbishop Gomez I am overjoyed to announce that the Avila Foundation along with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Carmelites of the Sacred Heart of Los Angeles will host a special Mass of Thanksgiving in celebration of the life and canonization of Elizabeth... Read More

Fr Anthony de Mello, Spiritual Direction, Discerning God’s Voice in Prayer

Questions on Fr Anthony de Mello, Spiritual Direction and Discerning God's Voice in Prayer This week Dan and Melissa discuss a follow-up question about the writings of Father Anthony de Mello leading someone to the Catholic Church.  Also, Dan answers questions regarding the need to disclose your past during spiritual direction, as well as discerning God’s voice in prayer. Topics/Questions covered... Read More

Prayer Difficulties & Importance of Prayer Posture

Difficulties in Prayer and the Importance of Posture in Prayer Overcoming difficulties in prayer and the importance of posture in prayer.  What are the Church's guidelines about kneeling and genuflecting? Dan and Melissa discuss these topics and more as they answer questions from listeners. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Has Dan always found spending time with God in prayer easy? Does it get... Read More

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