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St Aquinas On Giving Thanks

November 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Gratitude, Prayer, Spiritual Direction

St Aquinas On Giving Thanks* (Homily XXXII — Three-fold Benefits) Editor's Note: On this Thanksgiving Day in the United States, in order that we might properly give thanks to God, we can read Saint Thomas Aquinas' explanation of how Christ teaches us to give thanks … and then, put it into practice! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.  May the Lord always bless you abundantly. “And... Read More

The Saints Ever Gave Thanks to God

November 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Saints

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Thanksgiving has been in all ages the characteristic of the saints. Thanksgiving has been their favorite prayer; and when their love has been grieved because men were unthankful, they have called on the animals, and even on inanimate creatures, to bless God for His goodness. St. Lawrence Justinian has a beautiful passage on thanksgiving in chapter 28 of his Treatise on Obedience: Whosoever should... Read More

National Mass of Thanksgiving Celebrating Elizabeth of the Trinity’s Canonization

September 26, 2016 by  
Filed under Canonizations, Dan Burke, Events

Calling All Carmelites!  National Mass of Thanksgiving in Celebration of the Canonization of Elizabeth of the Trinity presided over by Archbishop Gomez I am overjoyed to announce that the Avila Foundation along with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Carmelites of the Sacred Heart of Los Angeles will host a special Mass of Thanksgiving in celebration of the life and canonization of Elizabeth... Read More

Giving Thanks to God, Recognizing Spiritual Haze

Giving Thanks to God and Recognizing the Spiritual Haze   How should we respond to experiencing God in prayer? What is “spiritual haze”, where does it come from, and how should we properly deal with it? Dan and Melissa look to the wisdom of St Peter of Alcántara in the book Finding God Through Meditation as they discuss answers to these questions in today's show.   Topics/Questions... Read More

New Day, New Blessings

October 21, 2014 by  
Filed under Examen, Fr. Najim, Spiritual Direction

To say that I love being a high school chaplain is an understatement. As I walk the halls of La Salle Academy, I’m often reminded of the verse from Psalm 16, “He has put into my heart a marvelous love for the faithful ones who dwell in his land.” I truly love the students that the Lord has entrusted to my spiritual care. As a “father” to the students, I often challenge them to think and act... Read More

How to Overcome Anxiety

October 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Anxiety, Fr. Najim

 How to Overcome Anxiety Anxiety robs us of inner peace. Nothing good comes of it. Anxiety causes restless days, sleepless nights, and even affects our health. So if nothing good comes from anxiety, why do we allow it to have so much power over us? I think because it's such a powerful emotion; it grips us, and we actually feel powerless over it. We feel that we are held captive by it. But do we need... Read More

Give thanks to the Lord – Psalm 105:1-5

March 3, 2012 by  
Filed under Meditations, Scripture

Give Thanks to the Lord! Give Thanks to the Lord! Giving Thanks to the Lord! PSALM 105:1-5 O give thanks to the LORD, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him, sing praises to him, tell of all his wonderful works! Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice! Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his presence continually. Remember the wonderful... Read More

What are you thankful for?

November 13, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, General

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Every year at the thanksgiving table our family tradition is to allow each member to express what they are particularly thankful for. As the parents of four teens we have heard some pretty memorable responses. I will never forget the year that our daughter expressed thanks for her suffering. She said that she knew that God was working in and through her personal experience of the pains of life. That... Read More