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Desolation, Suffering, Lectio Divina, and Apostoli Viae

Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answer your questions about spiritual desolation, suffering, the prayer of quiet, consistency in prayer, Lectio Divina and more. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: How can we avoid getting discouraged during a period of desolation? How does one suffer well? How can we offer up our suffering? When exactly does the Holy Spirit initiate the “prayer of quiet” during our prayer time? Should... Read More

Apostolic Hope

Apostolic Hope   Presence of God – O Jesus, I place all my hope for the souls that You have entrusted to me, in Your power, in Your infinite love, and in Your Passion. MEDITATION In his work the apostle needs to be sustained by a strong hope. The moments of enthusiasm are brief, success is quickly followed by failure, difficulties are numerous, the struggle waged by enemy forces is sharp and incessant, and if the apostle... Read More

Humility in the Apostolate

Humility in the Apostolate   Presence of God – Impress in me such a deep sense of my poverty, O Lord, that I may look to You for everything and attribute to You, to You alone, all that is good. MEDITATION Humility is the indispensable foundation of the whole spiritual life; hence it is the basic condition of every apostolate and constitutes the principal part of the program of abnegation and forgetfulness of self which... Read More

Various Forms of the Apostolate

Various Forms of the Apostolate   Presence of God – O Jesus, teach me to pray, suffer, and work with You for the salvation of souls. MEDITATION When we speak of the apostolate, we think almost exclusively of external activity; this is certainly necessary, but it is not the only kind of apostolate. We must always bear in mind that Jesus saved us not only by the activity of the last three years of His life, which were dedicated... Read More

Mary’s Apostolate

Mary's Apostolate   Presence of God – O Mary, Queen of Apostles, obtain for me the heart of an apostle. MEDITATION Mary is, at the same time, the model of both contemplative and apostolic souls. Furthermore, by combining in herself the highest contemplative life with the highest apostolic life, she teaches us that contemplation and the apostolate, far from being opposed to each other, complement, support, and maintain each... Read More

The Holy Spirit and the Apostolate

The Holy Spirit and the Apostolate   Presence of God – O Holy Spirit, take possession of my soul and transform it into a chosen instrument for the glory of God and the salvation of souls. MEDITATION The heart of the apostolate is love. St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus understood this well; after having passed in review all possible vocations, and recognizing that they would not suffice to appease her immense apostolic desires,... Read More

Education and Culture at the Service of the Apostolate

Education and Culture at the Service of the Apostolate Presence of God – Teach me, O Lord, to put into the service of the apostolate all the talents I have received from You. MEDITATION Together with the natural virtues placed at the service of apostolic charity, it is also necessary to consider the other human qualities which give the apostle an ascendency in his field of activity, not for his personal gain, but for the benefit... Read More

The Formation of Apostles

The Formation of Apostles   Presence of God – Jesus, divine Teacher, deign to accept me in Your school, so that, under Your direction, I may prepare myself for the apostolate. MEDITATION No special preparation is necessary before giving oneself to the interior apostolate, for, if a soul dedicates itself to prayer and sacrifice, not only will it help others, but at the same time it will draw great profit for its own sanctification.... Read More

The Apostolic Ideal

The Apostolic Ideal Presence of God – Enkindle in me, O Lord, the fire of the apostolate and feed it with Your love. MEDITATION Just as a seed cannot produce a stalk which will bear a new ear unless it first buries its roots deep in the ground, so we cannot bear fruit for the apostolate if we do not first put forth the roots of a deep interior life, enabling us to draw from God Himself the sap which will make us fruitful. The... Read More

Apostolic Action

December 21, 2016 by  
Filed under Apostolate, Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy

Apostolic Action   Presence of God – I place myself in the presence of Jesus, in order to learn from Him, the first Apostle, the Apostle par excellence, the qualities I need to make my activity of real value to souls. MEDITATION During the three years of His public life, Jesus carried out an exterior apostolate on a large scale, but His activity was never separated from His intimate union with the Father; rather, it blossomed... Read More

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