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Our Lady of Sorrows, Cause of Our Joy

September 15, 2018 by  
Filed under Drafts, Feast Days, FEATURED, Mary, Suffering, The Cross

Our Lady of Sorrows This week we'll celebrate two important feasts: the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, on September 14, and the following day, September 15, we'll remember Our Lady of Sorrows.  Two days linked forever in meaning, inseparable, poignant. September 15 also happens to be my birthday.  And for a long time, as long as I was old enough to realize who I shared the day with, I felt a little... Read More

Domestic Monastery and Altars in the Home

Domestic Monastery and Altars in the Home

Domestic monastery and altars in the home. Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answer questions from listeners about suffering, setting up a domestic monastery, and self-esteem. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Do we have to suffer in order for our prayers to be pleasing to God? How can we make a domestic monastery in the home in a practical sense for a family with young children or teenagers? What... Read More

Suffering, Forgiveness, and the Holy Spirit

August 17, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Melissa Elson, Prayer, Suffering

Join Dan Burke as he answers questions from listeners about forgiving others, prayers during suffering, and the Holy Spirit. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Is it right to pray for God's judgment on someone who caused us injustice? How can we pray during suffering and avoid despair? Why do some people resist the Holy Spirit? Are prayers during suffering, when you do not feel engaged in prayer,... Read More

Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; from the cloud came a voice, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” Mark 9:7 Not only is Jesus transfigured before the eyes of Peter, James, and John, but they also hear the voice of the Father and “see” the Holy Spirit as the presence in the cloud. In this theophany, the entire Trinity is... Read More

The Way of the Cross

The Way of the Cross   Presence of God – O Holy Spirit, teach me the value of suffering, so that I may esteem it and love it as a means of sanctification. MEDITATION We must be thoroughly convinced that if the Holy Spirit works in our souls to assimilate us to Christ, He can do so only by opening to us the way of the Cross. Jesus is Jesus Crucified; therefore, there can be no conformity to... Read More

What is Mortification?

Dear Father John, What is “mortification” and how does it relate to Lent? What does Saint Paul mean in 1 Corinthians 9 where he says, “I pummel my body and subdue it…”? Is he talking about mortification? The root word for “mortification” comes from the Latin, mors and mortis, and it translates as “death.” In the spiritual life, therefore, mortification... Read More

Prayer, God’s Will, & Helping the Suffering

Prayer, God's Will, and Helping the Suffering   Description: Today Dan and Melissa answer your questions about helping others in need, discerning God's will, and prayer. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What can we say to those who are undergoing devastating suffering and how can we help them? Is there a dichotomy between St. Augustine's admonition to “Love God and do what you will”... Read More

From Grief to Grace

From Grief to Grace Description: When tragedy, loss or failed expectations strike, how can we cope with our circumstances in a healthy, faithful way? Today, Dan and Melissa speak with Jeannie Ewing about her book From Grief to Grace: The Journey from Tragedy to Triumph to better understand God's will in difficult situations. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What was the inspiration behind this... Read More

Am I Outside of Sanctifying Grace?

Am I Outside of Sanctifying Grace?   I make spiritual communion because I'm trying to be obedient to the church. My husband is a non-Catholic and refuses to get his first marriage annulled. So where does that leave me? I regularly attend mass. I've been instructed by my priest that I should not receive the Sacraments (confession and communion). Am I left outside of sanctifying grace? Thank you... Read More

St. Rose of Lima and the Fragrant Love Born of Suffering

St. Rose of Lima and the Fragrant Love Born of Suffering Thinker: The Mystic Rose of Lima Rose was not an academic and had little in the way of formal education, although she did learn to read. Among her favorite books were biographies of Saint Catherine of Siena and the spiritual guidebooks of another notable Dominican, Venerable Louis of Granada. In fact, his Book of Prayer and Meditation became... Read More

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