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How do the suffering pray?

October 26, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Prayer, Suffering, Theophilus

This morning I woke up after eight hours of sleep feeling like I hadn't slept at all. My head was heavy with pain, my body aching and complaining. I inched my way out of bed, took my mound of medication, and went to pray. As I began my time of meditation, the pain in my head continually called to me, “Pay attention to me, I hurt.” “Jesus” I whispered. “Pay attention to me, I hurt.” “Jesus”... Read More

Help me to stay with you…

May 14, 2011 by  
Filed under Prayer, Theophilus

Help me to Stay with You … Stay with You … “Stay with me Lord.” Should that be my fervent cry? It's not, but I am not ashamed. I don't yearn for your presence, because I am already painfully aware that you are here. My cry is, “I beg you Lord, help me to stay with you!” You are present and I am distracted. You are everything to me, yet I treat you as if you are only present when I turn my... Read More

Draw me into your fire

May 11, 2011 by  
Filed under Theophilus


Draw me Into Your Fire Lord I do love you. I want desperately to have my dull heart burn with passion for you. I don't want to offer you dim praise or faint commitment. I want to give all I am to you. In you I will find the end of all that I was designed to be. In you I can worship you as you deserve and love others as the true image bearers of God. My love is selfish and weak. Draw me into your fire that I might be cleansed of... Read More

Indulgence clarification: Total detachment from sin

November 18, 2010 by  
Filed under Indulgences, Theophilus

Dear Father Edward, my friends were asking last night about the idea of total detachment from sin as a requirement for plenary indulgence- they were desperate that such a goal is unattainable- total detachment from venial sin- did Father clarify that on the SD site or somewhere else or can you point me to another source to refer to them to guide and comfort their souls. It seems the Church would never offer such a thing if it were... Read More

A New Diagnosis of My Root Sin

A New Diagnosis of my Root Sin… I was back in my home state and surprised to get the call. I couldn't imagine what it would be about. I was in the Texas emergency room one week earlier after air travel triggered debilitating imbalance so severe that I couldn't even walk on my own. The doctor discovered something in the x-ray of my brain when I was in the emergency room. “You need a more in-depth review of this situation”... Read More

Evils of the Tongue

January 21, 2010 by  
Filed under Sin, Theophilus

Why do such vile and useless words pour so easily from my mouth? The infinite beauty of Your works among man and Your creation and redemption should fill me in such a way as to drive me to speak of them always. Why would I think and speak about so much of what is broken when so much has been healed, restored, and made beautiful by You? Why would I spend time talking about the ills of others, of the Church, and of the world when... Read More

Love Beyond Love

December 12, 2009 by  
Filed under Anonymous, Theophilus

Love Beyond Love Almighty God, I do love and fear you. What fool would fail to tremble at your ability to cast it into the eternal suffering of its own making? But I am not motivated by your power to effortlessly give me what I have often requested by my choice of sin. No, I am not motivated by my fear of judgment and hell. My divine Love, I am driven to love you by the reality of your unimaginable grace. How is it that you love... Read More

My bed calls to me…

November 21, 2009 by  
Filed under Challenges, Theophilus

My Bed Calls to Me… My Bed Calls to Me… My Bed Calls to Me: This morning Lord, my heart is dull and seems only half alive. I come before you only by my will, not my desire. I am tired and weary after a night of tossing and turning. My muscles ache, I am weak, the bed is calling me back. Why is my soul so fickle and seemingly so subject to the weaknesses of my flesh? One day it is inflamed with passion for you. The next,... Read More

Problems with My Mind… Any Ideas?

November 12, 2009 by  
Filed under Practicing Presence, Prayer, Theophilus

Problems with My Mind … Any Ideas? To love God is everything to me – to serve him – more than everything. He is worthy of all that I have, all that I am. However, I have a problem. I have a very active mind. From the moment I rise to the moment I sleep my mind is racing. When I sleep, or I should say on the rare occasion that I do sleep, my mind is still racing. So, who cares? Well, I thought it may be of interest... Read More