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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

Courage

Courage   Presence of God – O Lord, make me strong and courageous in Your service. MEDITATION The more a soul loves God, the more courageous it will be in undertaking any work, no matter how laborious, for love of Him. Fear of fatigue, of suffering, and of danger, is the greatest enemy of fortitude; it paralyzes the soul and makes it recoil before duty. Courage, on the contrary, is invigorating;... Read More

Justice and Religion

Justice and Religion   Presence of God – Help me, O God, by Your grace, to render You all the homage of which I am capable. MEDITATION Justice leads us to render to each one what is his due. But when it is a question of justice to God, we can never succeed in giving Him all that we owe Him, in making Him a suitable return for all His gifts, in paying Him the worship and homage which are due... Read More

Prudent Judgment

Prudent Judgment   Presence of God – Help me, O God, to judge with rectitude so that I may be able to act accordingly. MEDITATION The first duty of prudence is to help us choose the best means for attaining our final end. Many times the choice is easy and presents itself spontaneously to a mind accustomed to making judgments and acting in the light of eternity. At other times, however, it is... Read More

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