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Various Forms of the Apostolate

Various Forms of the Apostolate   Presence of God – O Jesus, teach me to pray, suffer, and work with You for the salvation of souls. MEDITATION When we speak of the apostolate, we think almost exclusively of external activity; this is certainly necessary, but it is not the only kind of apostolate. We must always bear in mind that Jesus saved us not only by the activity of the last three years... Read More

What is spiritual gluttony? Dan Burke answers on new episode of Divine Intimacy Radio.

Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answer your questions about prayer, distractions at Mass, conversation with God, spiritual gluttony and the timeline of spiritual progress. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What does “let us bless the Lord” mean the Liturgy of the Hours? What should we do when we are distracted at Mass after receiving Holy Communion? St. Teresa of Avila says prayer... Read More

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Avila Institute Fall Courses    Contemplative Prayer and the Angelic Doctor (SSF 250)   Too often, our modern minds consider St. Thomas Aquinas to be something of a rigid and sterile academic. Nothing could be further from the truth. His piercing intellectual receptivity, his child-like purity, and his poetic intuition are just a few reasons the Church lifts him up as Her Common and Angelic... Read More

Peace and Spiritual Renewal – Life-Changing Pilgrimage with Dan Burke and Anthony Lilles

October 1, 2018 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Dan Burke, FEATURED, Pilgrimage

We live in a time where we are constantly assailed by noise and busy-ness. If we walk away from our computers, our phone begins to buzz. We go out to eat and there are televisions on every wall. Exercise equipment in the gym is now equipped with TV as the pounding music rages from the cycling room. Now even gas station pumps have televisions! Noise! To keep our sanity and refresh our souls, sometimes... Read More

St. Therese: His Strength Made Perfect in Her Weakness

October 1, 2018 by  
Filed under Claire Dwyer, Humility, Saints

Gravure de "Sainte Thérèse de l'Enfant Jésus, Histoire d'une âme écrite par elle-même, Lisieux, Office central de Lisieux (Calvados), & Bar-le-Duc, Imprimerie Saint-Paul, 1937, édition 1940."

If there was ever a Saint who needed no introduction, it may be the one who opens October – St. Thérèse of Lisieux.   Born in France in 1873, the fifth surviving daughter of St. Louis and Zélie Martin, she lived a simple, happy childhood marred by the death of her mother when she was only four years old.  Thérèse remained surrounded by the intimacy and devotion of her tight family circle... Read More

A Novena for Justice and Healing in the Church

Dear Friends, The Church is suffering. Victims are suffering. Faithful priests and Bishops are suffering. The laity are suffering. All of this suffering comes through sin, unbelief, and injustice. The answer to this crisis – the solution that every Catholic can participate in, that you can participate in, is to be a conduit of grace through prayer. God has ordained that His grace and healing... Read More

The Church is Calling: Be a Mystic!

August 30, 2018 by  
Filed under FEATURED, Joseph Hollcraft, Mysticism, Prayer

The Church is Calling: Be A Mystic! Often, we hear the word mystic, and think of such words as rapture, ecstasy, visionary, and so on. On one hand, rightfully so, the likes of Saint Padre Pio and Saint John Bosco, to name a few, are known for their “mystical” experiences of bi-location and the like. But there is a broader sense of this word that applies universally — that sense of... Read More

Mary’s Apostolate

Mary's Apostolate   Presence of God – O Mary, Queen of Apostles, obtain for me the heart of an apostle. MEDITATION Mary is, at the same time, the model of both contemplative and apostolic souls. Furthermore, by combining in herself the highest contemplative life with the highest apostolic life, she teaches us that contemplation and the apostolate, far from being opposed to each other, complement,... 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

Love One Another: Retreat Guide on St. Therese’s Little Way of Charity

Love One Another: on St. Therese's Little Way of Charity Written by Fr. John Pietropaoli, LC and presented by Fr. John Bartunek, LC, ThD   Christ’s great commandment is that we love one another as he has loved us. Inasmuch as we live that out, we are Christians in name and in fact. But we encounter an obstacle: our own weakness and sinfulness. Luckily, God has given us the saints, friends... Read More

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