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The Initiatives of the Holy Spirit

The Initiatives of the Holy Spirit   Presence of God – O Holy Spirit, come and direct my soul in the way of sanctity. MEDITATION Although our soul is supernaturalized by sanctifying grace, our powers strengthened by the infused virtues, and our actions preceded and accompanied by actual grace, still the manner of our acting always remains human, and is therefore incapable of uniting us perfectly... Read More

Ten Practical Steps to a Sanctified Life

Let us turn to some practical aids that can encourage us to establish a strong spiritual life. This is by no means an exhaustive list; rather, it’s simply a starting point for your own exploration. And realize, too, that you won’t achieve these all in one week or even one month — and you’re not supposed to. As St. Philip Neri says, “One should not wish to become a saint in four days but... Read More

The Lord Will Not Delay

The Lord Will Not Delay Second Sunday of Advent Presence of God – I place myself in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, to receive His two-fold invitation to confidence and repentance, contained in today’s liturgy. MEDITATION After we have considered the sublime program of sanctification which we should follow, it is very consoling to consider the magnificent texts of today’s liturgy.... Read More

Love of the Cross

September 14, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Feast Days, Suffering, The Cross

LOVE OF THE CROSS From a Meditation by St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross   “We hear repeatedly that St. John of the Cross desired nothing for himself but to suffer and be despised. We want to know the reason for this love of suffering. Is it merely the loving remembrance of the path of suffering of our Lord on earth, a tender impulse to be humanly... Read More

Diligence

Diligence   Presence of God – O God, make me diligent in Your service, diligent and prompt in every duty! MEDITATION A prudent man is also diligent; he carefully examines and selects the means best suited to his sanctification, and diligently makes use of them. “He hath done all things well,” St. Mark said of Jesus (Mark 7:37). Speaking absolutely, such praise belongs only to Jesus, whose... Read More

Discernment of Spirits Rule 1

Discernment of Spirits: Rule 1 This week, Dan and Melissa discuss the first rule of the discernment of spirits by Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Rule 1 –  “In the persons who go from mortal sin to mortal sin, the enemy will propose apparent pleasures, making them imagine sensual delights and pleasures in order to enslave them more and make them grow in... Read More

Calming the Storm: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila Day 30, Pt 2

Calming the Storm 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Part 2, Day 30 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio Why does God allow suffering? St. Teresa helps us make sense of God's role in our suffering. Join Dan and Melissa as they reflect on letters from St. Teresa from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila…and on calming the storm. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why does God “raise up storms”... Read More

Mysticism and the Machine: Mysticism and Magisterium Part V

Mysticism and the Machine Mysticism and Magisterium Series Part V The central truth running through this series of posts on “mysticism and magisterium” is the active and effective presence of Christ in the Church. This affirmation is not an abstraction, but a fact realized in all the circumstances of history. The Church is a person, not a thing and our relationship with “her” is sacramental,... Read More

Sanctification in the Apostolate

Sanctification in the Apostolate   Presence of God – Give me light, O God, that I may recognize the graces You have prepared for me to lead me to sanctity; help me to correspond with them. MEDITATION It is the saints who are the most efficient apostles. Must we then be saints before devoting ourselves to the apostolate? Theoretically, this is the ideal, but in practice, it is impossible. To... Read More

Abandonment XXI – Modeled After the Incarnate Word

September 24, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Detachment

The workings of God within us carry out in the course of time the designs which Eternal Wisdom has formed in regard to everything. In God all things have their own design, and His wisdom alone knows what that is. Though you read the will of God in regard to others, this knowledge cannot direct you in anything. In the Incarnate Word, in God Himself, is the design after which you were meant to be formed... Read More

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