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Conversion of Saint Paul

January 25, 2018 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Liz Estler, Loving God, Renunciation, Self-Denial

Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul* Editor's Note: St Paul's conversion is the only conversion the Church celebrates as a feast.  Today, we meditate on the impact of that event on Saul of Tarsus and, by extension, on us as well … as presented by St John Chrysostom. For love of Christ, Paul bore every burden Paul, more than anyone else, has shown us what man really is, and in what our nobility consists, and of what... Read More

Guard of the Senses

Guard of the Senses Presence of God– O my God, I recollect my senses and faculties in Your presence, withdrawing them from all exterior occupations, in order to fix my attention wholly on You. MEDITATION To live a serious interior life, one that is wholly concentrated on seeking God, it is necessary to prevent the outside world from entering the soul and filling it with distractions and noise; it is necessary, therefore, to... Read More

Mortification and Self-Denial

Mortification and Self-Denial   Description: Today Dan and Melissa talk about mortification and how we can love God more fully by denying ourselves of earthly things. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What does St. Teresa of Avila mean when she says, “Prayer and a comfortable life do not go together”? What does it mean to take up our cross in the midst of all of the comfort we experience? We are called to... Read More

Raise the Crucifix to Strike Holy Terror in the Antagonist

Raise the Crucifix to Strike Holy Terror in the Antagonist But…Jesus isn’t on the cross anymore! “Jesus isn’t on the cross anymore! The cross is empty!” So what’s the deal with crucifix-wielding Catholics? Don’t they know we worship a risen Savior? St. Paul says that “if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith” (cf 1 Corinthians 15:14). Without the Resurrection, there is... Read More

Corporal Mortification

Corporal Mortification   Presence of God – O Jesus Crucified, grant that my love for You may make me willing to crucify my flesh with You and for You. MEDITATION As a result of original sin, man no longer has complete dominion over his senses and his flesh; therefore he is filled with evil tendencies which try to push him toward what is base. St. Paul humbly admits: “I know that there dwelleth not in me, that is to say,... Read More

Mortification & Spiritual Progress

Dan and Melissa explore mortification, its meaning, and purpose. Topics: What is mortification? Voluntary actions by which we gradually put to death all of our vices, sinful habits and self-centered tendencies that lurk beneath them.  The purpose of mortification and self-renunciation is about cleaning up “the garden of the soul” as many saints describe it. We must not only uproot sin but fill our souls with virtue to replace... Read More

Preparing for Lent Part 2

Preparing for Lent Part 2 – Divine Intimacy Radio Preparing for Lent Part 2: Here's what a recent listener said about the show: “I just listened to the first Divine Intimacy Radio show. Great job! You and Melissa are a joy to listen to, such nice voices, and the real rapport comes through. I enjoyed her little laughs and your excited speech when you got into answering the calls. It was like listening in on two friends... Read More

Preparing for Lent Part 1

Dear Friends – here are the show notes for our second Divine Intimacy Radio Show on the topic of Preparing for Lent: If you enjoy the show, please give us a good rating on iTunes and share this post or the iTunes show on Facebook and with your friends. We need your help getting the word out! Show Notes: An interruption in our discussion about spiritual direction which we will return to after Easter… The name of the show... Read More

Finding Happiness Where You Least Expect It

September 16, 2013 by  
Filed under Self-Denial, Trent Beattie

Ask someone where happiness may be found, and you’ll get a variety of answers. Many of them, however, are centered on attaining something currently out-of-reach. The thinking goes like this: “If only I could make more money, then I would be happy.” Or “If only I had a nice car, then I would be happy.” Or “If only I could win that tennis tournament trophy, then I would be happy.” The problem is, there are people all... 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

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