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137. Staying Ready (Mark 13:28-37)

November 14, 2018 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“Not all of us are called to undergo martyrdom, but we are all called to a life of Christian virtue. Now virtue demands courage… It demands from us daily, assiduous, unremitting effort to our very last breath, and so it can be called a slow and continuous martyrdom.” – Venerable Pope Pius XII Mark 13:28-37: ‘Take the fig tree as a parable: as soon as its twigs grow supple and its leaves... Read More

What is contemplative prayer?

Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answer your questions about contemplative prayer, practicing the presence of God, living out a holy marriage, and performing penance. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What is contemplative prayer? What is the best way to practice the presence of God? When someone is in an unequally yoked marriage, how can they best reach out to their spouse and live out their... Read More

Blessed are They that Hunger and Thirst after Justice

Blessed are They that Hunger and Thirst after Justice   Presence of God – O Holy Spirit, may I no longer hunger for the things of earth, but for heavenly things alone. MEDITATION When the Holy Spirit becomes master of a soul and takes entire control of it, He communicates to it an invincible strength which sweeps away and overcomes all obstacles, enabling it to bear all kinds of suffering.... Read More

My Appetite for Information is Endless: Is Curiosity Bad?

Dear Father John, Many spiritual writers and saints have cautioned against excessive curiosity. Why is this? Curiosity leads to knowledge and knowledge is a virtue. So how can curiosity be bad? I am very curious and love to learn about anything and everything. God's great universe is endlessly fascinating and the more I learn and experience, the more reverence I have for God the Creator. So…... Read More

The Initiatives of the Holy Spirit

The Initiatives of the Holy Spirit   Presence of God – O Holy Spirit, come and direct my soul in the way of sanctity. MEDITATION Although our soul is supernaturalized by sanctifying grace, our powers strengthened by the infused virtues, and our actions preceded and accompanied by actual grace, still the manner of our acting always remains human, and is therefore incapable of uniting us perfectly... Read More

The Virtues of St. Patrick

March 17, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Memorial, Prayer, Saints

The Virtues of St. Patrick* Saint Patrick's Day A Discussion of the Virtues Found in His Confession “We have no difficulty in realizing the moral grandeur of St. Patrick’s character, because it is revealed to us in all its features not only in his active life and labours, but even still more strikingly in his Confession. In the Confession, we see his character reflected as in a mirror, so... Read More

Reflecting on Blind Obedience

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they reflect on the meditations of Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen on blind obedience. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What does Fr. Gabriel mean by obedience and why should we be obedient to our superiors? How is obedience the free sacrifice of liberty? Do we have to be obedient in the case of a sinful act? How should someone in religious life handle situations... Read More

The Litany of Humility: How Can I be Freed From the Desire to be Loved?

Dear Father John, I am trying to pray the Litany of Humility [by Servant of God Cardinal Merry del Val] with special reverence and attentiveness during this Lent, and in doing so the following question keeps recurring to me: In the Litany of Humility, the second request is: “From the desire of being loved, Lord Jesus, free me!” How am I to understand this request? I had thought that to... Read More

Humility Through Humiliations

Humility Through Humiliations   Summary: Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they reflect on the meditations of Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen on humility through the willful acceptance of humiliations. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Why should we strive to be humble? Why is humility the doorway to all of the virtues? In the gospels, how does Jesus look upon those who are humble as opposed... Read More

How Deadly Sins Affect Our Relationship with God

Which sins are the most detrimental to our relationship with God? Dan Burke and Melissa Elson discover the answer to this question as they speak with Dr. Kevin Vost about his book The Seven Deadly Sins: A Thomistic Guide to Vanquishing Vice and Sin. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What are the seven deadly sins and where are they in the Bible? Why are these sins “deadly”? Who are... Read More

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