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Christian Prayer

January 13, 2018 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Grace, Prayer

Christian prayer is a true conversation with God. This holy dialogue is based on a real relationship between the Giver of all good gifts and the one who offers sacrifice, between the Protector and the one who seeks His will. Both the similarity and difference of the human person to God together create the boundaries for this relationship. Above the horizon of creation, the Creator draws His work to Himself. The Trinity, who is... Read More

Am I Outside of Sanctifying Grace?

Am I Outside of Sanctifying Grace?   I make spiritual communion because I'm trying to be obedient to the church. My husband is a non-Catholic and refuses to get his first marriage annulled. So where does that leave me? I regularly attend mass. I've been instructed by my priest that I should not receive the Sacraments (confession and communion). Am I left outside of sanctifying grace? Thank you for this question. Even from... Read More

Holy Communion Increases Sanctifying Graces

Holy Communion Increases Sanctifying Graces   The Eucharist, as a sacrament, produces in you an increase of habitual, or sanctifying, grace by its own power. Its effects are like those of food: it maintains, increases, and repairs your spiritual forces, causing also a joy that is not necessarily felt, yet it is real. Holy Communion not only preserves the life of your soul, but increases it, just as the body is not only supported... Read More

From Grief to Grace

Description: When tragedy, loss or failed expectations strike, how can we cope with our circumstances in a healthy, faithful way? Today, Dan and Melissa speak with author, Jeannie Ewing about her book From Grief to Grace: The Journey from Tragedy to Triumph to better understand God's will in difficult situations. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What was the inspiration behind this book? How would you define grief from... Read More

How Sanctifying Grace Makes us Like God

How Sanctifying Grace Makes us like God

How Sanctifying Grace Makes us Like God With the Gift of the Holy Spirit, the gift of supernatural grace makes one’s whole existence holy. This doctrine of deification, or divinization, involves a true sharing in God’s life that does not diminish our created dignity but raises our freedom above its natural capacities. To be assimilated into the life of God in a way that perfects our humanity, the human person, as a creature,... Read More

Discernment of Spirits Rule 12: Strength of Enemy vs Power of Prayer

The Strength of the Enemy vs the Power of Prayer   Description: How strong is the enemy? Today Dan and Melissa discuss strength and weakness when faced with temptation from the enemy and how it relates to the active prayer life and the power of prayer.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is Saint Teresa of Avila’s advice about the tactics the enemy uses to dissuade those beginning to establish a prayer life? Cooperation... Read More

Sanctity and the Plenitude of Grace

December 1, 2015 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Grace, Holiness

Sanctity and the Plenitude of Grace Presence of God – I draw near to Jesus, the “fountain of life and holiness,” with an ardent desire to drink from this inexhaustible fount. MEDITATION If Jesus came to sanctify all, if it is God’s will that “all should be saints,” then sanctity cannot consist in extraordinary gifts of nature and grace, which depend solely upon God’s liberality. Sanctity, therefore, must consist... Read More

Mysticism and the Machine: Mysticism and Magisterium Part V

October 13, 2015 by  
Filed under Church, Fr. Geiger, Grace, Liturgy, Magisterium, Mary, Prayer

Mysticism and the Machine Mysticism and Magisterium Series Part V The central truth running through this series of posts on “mysticism and magisterium” is the active and effective presence of Christ in the Church. This affirmation is not an abstraction, but a fact realized in all the circumstances of history. The Church is a person, not a thing and our relationship with “her” is sacramental, organic and mystical, not... Read More

Grace (Like in Sap)

June 6, 2015 by  
Filed under Grace, Joseph Hollcraft, Joy

Grace (Like in Sap) Editor's Note:  Having introduced Dr. Joseph Hollcraft to you in April as a Professor with the Avila Institute here, today we have the great pleasure of acquainting you with his writing.  Please welcome him warmly and make him feel at home! I still remember the opening tune to the popular Saturday morning show Land of the Lost. My favorite subject matter in grade school was the dinosaur age. I would often... Read More

God’s Grace and the Evil of Enmity with God

March 11, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Evil, Grace, Lent, Meditations, Preparation for Death

ON THE GREAT ADVANTAGES OF THE GRACE OF GOD, AND THE GREAT EVIL OF BEINGIN ENMITY WITH GOD “Man knoweth not the price thereof.” Job 28:13 “If,” says the Lord, “you separate the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth” (cf Jeremiah 15:19). They who know how to distinguish what is precious from what is vile, are like God, “who knows how to refuse the evil and to choose the good.”... Read More

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