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The Development of Love

The Development of Love   Presence of God – My God, from all eternity You have gone before me with Your infinite love; increase my love for You. MEDITATION “What shall prevent God from doing that which He will in the soul that is resigned, annihilated, and detached?” (John of the Cross Ascent of Mt. Carmel II, 4,2). This statement of St. John of the Cross makes you understand that God has an immense desire to work in... Read More

Saints suffering scrupulosity, best Catholic resources, and Gods presence during frustration.

Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answer your questions about the spiritual life. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Is God there when we are frustrated with life? How do I find the best resources? Is it bad to feel nothing when I meditate? How did the saints pray against the enemy? Saints suffering scrupulosity? Resources: Spiritualdirection.com – website EWTN Global Catholic Radio Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation EWTN... Read More

134. A Mighty Heart (Mark 12:38-44)

November 7, 2018 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“… You have been created for the glory of God and for you own eternal salvation; this is your end, this is the object of your soul and the treasure of your heart.” – St. Robert Bellarmine Mark 12:38-44: In his teaching he said, ‘Beware of the scribes who like to walk about in long robes, to be greeted obsequiously in the market squares, to take the front seats in the synagogues and the places of honour at banquets;... Read More

Union with God

Union with God   Presence of God – My God, Thou hast created me for Thyself; grant that I may return to Thee and unite myself to Thee by love. MEDITATION The whole life of man is a return journey to God: he came from God and must go back to Him. The more complete this return, the more intimate his union with God will become and the better will he have attained the end for which he was created: he will be perfect and eternally... Read More

Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed – All Souls’ Day

Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed All Souls' Day November 2nd Presence of God – Grant, O Lord, eternal rest to the souls of the departed; and may the thought of death spur me on to greater generosity. MEDITATION “Holy Church, our good Mother, after having exalted with fitting praise all her children who now rejoice in heaven, strives also to help all those who still suffer in purgatory, and to this end intercedes... Read More

Solemnity of All Saints

Solemnity of All Saints November First Presence of God – Through the intercession of Your saints, O Lord, may I tread the way of holiness courageously. MEDITATION Holy Mother Church, always solicitous and anxious for our salvation, exults today with exceeding joy as she contemplates the glory of her children who, having reached their heavenly fatherland, are safe for all eternity, forever delivered from the snares of the... Read More

133. Lifestyle by Christ (Mark 12:28-37)

October 31, 2018 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“For our sakes he suffered all the agonies of body and mind, and did not shrink from any torment. He gave us a perfect example of patience and love.” – St. Francis of Paola Mark 12:28-37: One of the scribes who had listened to them debating and had observed how well Jesus had answered them, now came up and put a question to him, ‘Which is the first of all the commandments?’ Jesus replied, ‘This is the first: Listen,... Read More

How to Think Like Aquinas

How does one of the Catholic Church's greatest philosophical thinkers optimize his intellect? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Dr. Kevin Vost about his book, How to Think Like Aquinas to find out. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: How is Dr. Vost trying to reinvigorate the writings and thinking of St. Thomas Aquinas? How did St. Thomas Aquinas bring Dr. Vost to convert from Atheism to Catholicism? How has... 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

128. Blind Eyes, Seeing Heart (Mark 10:46-52)

October 24, 2018 by  
Filed under Faith, Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, Prayer, The Better Part

“All my hope is naught save in your great mercy.” – St. Augustine Mark 10:46-52: They reached Jericho; and as he left Jericho with his disciples and a large crowd, Bartimaeus (that is, the son of Timaeus), a blind beggar, was sitting at the side of the road. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout and to say, ‘Son of David, Jesus, have pity on me’. And many of them scolded him and told him to... Read More

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