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92. Go! Matthew 28:11-20 Trinity Sunday Gospel

“…God alone satisfies and infinitely surpasses man’s desire, which for that reason is never at rest save in God.” – St. Thomas Aquinas Matthew 28:11-20: Now while they [the women to whom Christ had appeared] were on their way, some of the guards went off into the city to tell the chief priests all that had happened. These held a meeting with the elders and, after some discussion, handed... Read More

301. The Church Gets Going (John 20:19-31) Pentecost Gospel

“Christ who is God, supreme over all, has arranged to wash man clean of sin and to make our old nature new.”  –  St. Hippolytus John 20:19-31: In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you’, and showed them his hands and... Read More

148. Sent to Conquer (Mark 16:9-20)

“… That missionary responsibility must once again become strong within us: if our faith makes us glad, let us feel bound to speak of it to others. The extent to which people will be able to accept it will then be in God’s hands.” – Pope Benedict XVI Mark 16:9-20: Having risen in the morning on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary of Magdala from whom he had cast out seven... Read More

291. Truth and Joy (John 17:12-19)

“But whenever we think of Christ, let us always bear in mind that love of his which drove him to bestow upon us so many gifts and graces.” – St. Teresa of Avila John 17:12-19  ‘While I was with them, I kept those you had given me true to your name. I have watched over them and not one is lost except the one who chose to be lost, and this was to fulfill the scriptures. But now... Read More

Knowing Your Sins; Meditating More Effectively

Questions on Knowing Your Sins and How to Meditate More Effectively How can we become more aware of our sins? How does our disposition help us to meditate more effectively? Dan and Melissa answer these questions as they reflect on the book Finding God Through Meditation by St Peter of Alcántara.     Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why do I find myself unaware of how I've offended... Read More

Entering into Holy Week

March 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Holy Week, Show Notes

Entering into Holy Week Holy Week, the most important week of the liturgical year, is upon us.  To help us prepare, Dan and Melissa discuss some of the ways we can orient our hearts to this most holy season. Show Notes: Regardless of how well (or poorly) you have maintained your Lenten commitments, it's not too late. Matthew 20:1-16, Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard, tells us that God's grace... Read More

Am I Too Much Work for God?

I have a hard time accepting that God loves me just the way I am. I experienced abuse growing up, and lived in a very dysfunctional family. My son had cancer and chemo at the age of 13. I married an emotionally, religiously abusive husband. I have a hard time knowing and accepting God accepts and loves me. I feel like maybe I am too much work, even for God. Can you help me? It’s understandable to... Read More

How does one Receive what God Wants to Give?

Dear Fr. John, thank you for “The Better Part“. I have kept up with all days following the calendar in the back. I treasure this book as it “lives” at my bedside ready to nourish and inspire. I especially have benefited from the entries where a figure from Scripture speaks in the first person. I write because my search for a remedy for a life-long spiritual matter has reached... Read More

Dryness in Prayer – Our Part in the Struggle (Part II of III)

Editor's Note: In Part I, we talked about what is going on with dryness or aridity in prayer. Today, we will look at our part in the struggle. A reader asks: Dear Father John, I have been praying (mental prayer) for a long time. But lately I seem to be experiencing dryness in my prayer – I just don't seem to get as much out of it as I used to. Is this the “dark night of the soul”?... Read More

The Danger of Martha’s Vindication

October 9, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Prayer, Scripture

I have noticed a troubling trend in past years when the Gospel reading about Mary and Martha’s encounter with Christ surfaces. Of course we all know the passage: “Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted... Read More

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