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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

Introduction to St. Therese of Lisieux

January 11, 2018 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Kristin Aebli

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Introduction to St. Therese of Lisieux “For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.” – St. Thérèse of Lisieux St. Thérèse was born in France on January 2, 1873. She was raised in a family of great faith, and when Thérèse was nine years old, her older sister, Pauline, entered the... 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

August 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, DI Radio, Resources Edition, Show Notes

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

A Practical Commentary on St. Teresa’s Way of Perfection

A Practical Commentary on St. Teresa’s Wisdom BOOK PICK: The Way of Prayer In The Way of Prayer, Carmelite Father Gabriel of Saint Mary Magdalen leads us into the refreshing solitude and silence opened up in St. Teresa of Avila’s Way of Perfection. Father Gabriel challenges us to take up St. Teresa’s teachings to satiate our own thirst for Christ in the difficult circumstances of our own lives. With... Read More

The Never-Ending Process of Spiritual Growth

August 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

The Process of Spiritual Growth The Lord (Week 8 of 23) He who had lived in darkness was suddenly flooded with light that, pouring in through his eyes, dazzlingly illuminated everything within him. Then Jesus taught him to adjust himself to the new brightness both within and without: to perceive in the natural light also that other, holy light which contact with the light of the world had kindled.... Read More

Miracles and Crosses – Two Sides of the Same Coin

July 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Miracles and Crosses – Two Sides of the Same Coin The Lord (Week 6 of 23) The miracle reveals the world as it appears to God: the world viewed from within, from the perspective of the human heart and human fate. It also teaches us who God is: him to whom man’s fate means so much…He is the God of hearts. …God is moved by the suffering human heart; the pain of it clouds his face, and we... Read More

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