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The Beauty of the Devout Life

In order to be devout, not only must we want to do the will of God, we must do it joyfully. If I were not a bishop, yet knew what I know, I would not want to be one. But being one, not only am I obliged to do what this annoying office requires, but I must do it joyfully, and I must take delight in it and accept it. To do so is to follow St. Paul’s saying, “in whatever state each was called, there... Read More

Saint Francis de Sales: Five Steps to a Good Morning

The mental activity described here is a shortened version of what St. Francis de Sales says of the morning exercise in his Introduction to the Devout Life. While its five parts appear at first to be rather detailed, this exercise is not intended to be painstaking or time-consuming. Rather, it can and should be done briefly, yet fervently, as a way to focus our thinking about the day that beckons. Since... Read More

A Mind at Peace in the Age of Distraction

A Mind at Peace: Reclaiming an Ordered Soul in the Age of Distraction   Description: Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they offer solutions to our culture's technologically obsessed world by speaking with Dr. Christopher Blum about his book A Mind at Peace: Reclaiming an Ordered Soul in the Age of Distraction. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What was the inspiration/motivation for the... Read More

Reflecting on the Sign of the Cross

September 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Prayer

The Sign of the Cross is a Christian ceremony that represents the Passion of our Lord by tracing the shape of the Cross with a simple motion. It is a ceremony, I say, and here is what is meant by that term. A skillful manager assigns to each of his subordinates his proper task, making all of them useful, not only those who are vigorous and energetic, but also those who are less so. Similarly, the... Read More

Bear Ye One Another’s Burdens

Bear Ye One Another's Burdens   Presence of God – Give me, O Lord, prompt, attentive charity for the needs of others, a charity which, for the love of You, knows how to make itself all things to all men. MEDITATION Everyone has some burden, more or less heavy, to bear: physical or moral weakness, the press of duties and responsibilities, fatigue or other troubles which weigh on his shoulders.... Read More

The Precept of Charity

The Precept of Charity   Presence of God – O Lord, teach me to love You truly, with my whole heart, my whole soul, and with all my strength. MEDITATION “Virtue lies in the golden mean.” This maxim which is so exact for the moral virtues, cannot be applied to the theological virtues, which, having an infinite object, can have no limit. The measure of our faith, hope, and charity is to believe,... Read More

Live Today Well: St. Francis de Sales’s Simple Approach to Holiness

Description: Dan and Melissa speak with Fr. Thomas Dailey about his book Live Today Well: St. Francis de Sales' Simple Approach to Holiness. Questions/Topics discussed on the show: Who is St. Francis de Sales and what is appealing about his spirituality? How does St. Francis make holiness available to everyone regardless of vocation? What is St. Francis' approach to prayer and does he advocate... Read More

Awareness of Misery Key to Mercy of God

Awareness of Misery Key to Mercy of God

Awareness of Misery Key to Mercy of God   You ask me if a soul sensible of its own misery can go with great confidence to God. I reply that not only can the soul that knows its misery have great confidence in God, but that unless it has such knowledge, the soul cannot have true confidence in Him; for it is this true knowledge and confession of our misery that brings us to God. All of the great... Read More

Meekness

Meekness   Presence of God – Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto Thine. MEDITATION Temperance makes man master of himself by controlling the passions of concupiscence; meekness makes him master of himself by controlling the impulses of anger. The great value of this virtue lies in the fact that it assures the soul of that inner peace which is so necessary in order to fulfill... Read More

Discernment of Spirits Rule 12: Strength of Enemy vs Power of Prayer

The Strength of the Enemy vs the Power of Prayer   Description: How strong is the enemy? Today Dan and Melissa discuss strength and weakness when faced with temptation from the enemy and how it relates to the active prayer life and the power of prayer.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is Saint Teresa of Avila’s advice about the tactics the enemy uses to dissuade those beginning... Read More

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