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Voluntary Attachments

Voluntary Attachments   Presence of God – O Lord, I place myself in Your presence, begging You to enlighten my soul so that I may see what are the obstacles to my union with You. MEDITATION “To be perfectly united to God by love and will, the soul must first be cleansed of all appetites of the will, even the smallest” (John of the Cross, Ascent of Mount Carmel I, 11,3). In the language... Read More

Jesus the First-Born of All Creatures

Jesus the First-Born of All Creatures   Presence of God – Give me light, O Lord Jesus, to see in the lowliness of the Child, the indescribable Majesty of the Son of God. MEDITATION Jesus “is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of every creature; for in Him were all things created in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible … all things were created by Him and in Him. And... Read More

The Word was Made Flesh … and Dwelt Among Us

The Word was Made Flesh … and Dwelt Among Us * Then He summoned an archangel, Saint Gabriel: and when he came, Sent him forth to find a maiden, Mary was her name. Only through her consenting love Could the mystery be preferred That the Trinity in human Flesh might clothe the Word. Though the three Persons worked the wonder It only happened in the One. So was the Word made incarnation In Mary's... Read More

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

December 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Liz Estler, Mary, Prayer, Solemnity

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary “The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is in perfect harmony with the spirit of Advent; while the soul is preparing for the coming of the Redeemer, it is fitting to think of her, the all-pure one, who was His Mother. The very promise of a Savior was joined to, or rather, was included in the promise of this peerless Virgin. After... Read More

The Yes of Perfect Consent

The Yes of Perfect Consent   Presence of God – Lord, grant that I may give You the free and full consent of my will. MEDITATION St. John of the Cross very aptly says that the characteristic of union of wills is the yes of the soul’s “free consent” (Living Flame of Love 3,24) by which it gives itself entirely to God, surrendering itself completely to Him by the full and total gift of its... Read More

Courageous and Impatient Love

Courageous and Impatient Love Presence of God – May Your love, my God, make me intrepid in seeking You, and impatient to possess You. MEDITATION Although the soul subjected to interior purifications by the Holy Spirit is profoundly conscious of its own misery and unworthiness, it is nevertheless “sufficiently bold and daring to journey toward union with God” (John of the Cross, Dark Night of... Read More

Passive Purification

Passive Purification   Presence of God– My God, illumine my way, that I may not go astray in the midst of the darkness of tribulation. MEDITATION Although it is possible for us to enter the night of the spirit by a generous practice of total renunciation and an intense exercise of the theological virtues, we will never be able to penetrate into its deepest part if God Himself does not place... Read More

The Holy Spirit and the Apostolate

The Holy Spirit and the Apostolate   Presence of God – O Holy Spirit, take possession of my soul and transform it into a chosen instrument for the glory of God and the salvation of souls. MEDITATION The heart of the apostolate is love. St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus understood this well; after having passed in review all possible vocations, and recognizing that they would not suffice to appease... Read More

Obedience, Prayer Methods, Spiritual Consolations

October 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Obedience, Prayer, Show Notes

Obedience, Prayer Methods, and Spiritual Consolations   Description: Today, Dan and Melissa answer your questions about prayer methods, obedience to Church teaching, and spiritual consolations. Topics/Questions covered in the show: When time is limited, what is the best way to pray when we are given so many options in the Church such as the Liturgy of the Hours, the rosary, Lectio Divina,... Read More

The Dark Night of the Soul

“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me” (Mark 8:34b) St. John of the Cross is one of the most misunderstood of the spiritual Doctors of the Church, yet his wisdom has led untold numbers of thirsty pilgrims to pure wells of salvation, contemplation, and union with God. Saint John’s life as a spiritual doctor, his major writings and his central... Read More

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