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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

Conversion of Saint Paul

Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul* Editor's Note: St Paul's conversion is the only conversion the Church celebrates as a feast.  Today, we meditate on the impact of that event on Saul of Tarsus and, by extension, on us as well … as presented by St John Chrysostom. For love of Christ, Paul bore every burden Paul, more than anyone else, has shown us what man really is, and in what our... Read More

Some Babies Cry when a Cross Touches Their Forehead at Baptism: Why?

December 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Baptism, Fr. Bartunek, Sacraments

  Dear Father John, I like to ask you something. I am a protestant minister and I realized that sometimes when I have baptized a child they scream when I put a cross on their forehead and then calm down after they have been baptized. I just wonder what makes some babies cry when a cross touches their forehead?” This is an interesting question, especially since you have identified what seems... Read More

Mortification and Self-Denial

Mortification and Self-Denial   Description: Today Dan and Melissa talk about mortification and how we can love God more fully by denying ourselves of earthly things. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What does St. Teresa of Avila mean when she says, “Prayer and a comfortable life do not go together”? What does it mean to take up our cross in the midst of all of the comfort we... Read More

Chaplet of Our Lady of Sorrows (The Seven Dolors Chaplet)

September 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Chaplets, Devotions, Liz Estler, Mary, Memorial, Prayer

Chaplet of Our Lady of Sorrows The Seven Dolors Chaplet Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows On the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows, today, we bring you this devotion, which began in the 13th century and was reintroduced to the world by Our Blessed Mother during the approved apparitions of The Blessed Virgin Mary of Kibeho, Rwanda with some slight variations. It honors the Sorrows the Virgin Mother of... Read More

The Precious and Life-Giving Cross of Christ

September 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Feast Days, The Cross

The Precious and Life-Giving Cross of Christ* How precious the gift of the cross, how splendid to contemplate! In the cross there is no mingling of good and evil, as in the tree of paradise: it is wholly beautiful to behold and good to taste. The fruit of this tree is not death but life, not darkness but light. This tree does not cast us out of paradise but opens the way for our return. This was the... 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

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 author, 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 book? How... Read More

Pope Saint Leo the Great on the Passion of the Lord

April 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Holy Week, The Cross, Triduum

Pope Saint Leo the Great's Sermon LV on the Passion of the Lord* I. The difference between the penitence and blasphemy of the two robbers is a type of the human race. … In speaking but lately of the LORD’S Passion, we reached the point in the Gospel story, where Pilate is said to have yielded to the…wicked shouts that Jesus should be crucified. And so when all things had been accomplished,... Read More

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