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The Sacrament of Union

The Sacrament of Union Presence of God – O Jesus, You who nourish me with Your Body and Blood, grant that I may live by You, live of Your Life. MEDITATION In His discourse on the “Bread of Life,” Jesus Himself spoke of the Eucharist as the Sacrament of our union with Him. “He that eateth My Flesh and drinketh My Blood, abideth in Me and I in him” (John 6:57). It is a true interpenetration: Christ is in us and we are... Read More

God’s Desire for Us

September 2, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Divine Union, God's Love, Knowing God, Show Notes

God's Desire for Us   Description: Dan and Melissa explore the reality of God's desire for us in a deep, lasting relationship with each individual soul. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What does it mean to say that God “thirsts” for us? How is this reality possible? The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that God seeks to meet us at the well, longing to give us living water so that our thirst... Read More

Saint Angela di Foligno: Resting in Crucified Love

April 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Conversion, Divine Union, Love, Suffering

“You are I and I am you.”  (Words spoken to Saint Angela di Foligno as recorded in Memorial, Chapter IX taken from Angela of Foligno: Complete Works, trans. Paul Lachance, O.F.M., in Classics of Western Spirituality, New York: Paulist Press (1993) 205.) These are words that Saint Angela di Foligno believed the Risen Lord addressed to her. An early 14th century Franciscan Tertiary, her devotion to the humanity of Christ... Read More

The Prayer that Blazes from the Deepest Center

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Christian prayer is meant to blaze forth from the Deepest Center of the soul. In his powerful Living Flame of Love, St. John of the Cross explains this Deepest Center.  Many spiritual writers recognize the need for interiority that a term like the Deepest Center suggests.  Sometimes, however, what certain authors describe as the center of the soul is difficult to distinguish from one's own big fat ego. Contrary to some self-absorbed... Read More

Wisdom for the Ascent – 1 – St. John of the Cross

Wisdom for the Ascent Wisdom for the Ascent: THE soul must of necessity–if we would attain to the divine union of God–pass through the dark night of mortification of the desires, and self-denial in all things. The reason is this; all the love we bestow on creatures is in the eyes of God mere darkness, and while we are involved therein, the soul is incapable of being enlightened and possessed by the pure and simple light of... Read More