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Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

June 24, 2018 by  
Filed under Augustine, Dan Burke, Liturgy of the Hours, Prayer, Solemnity

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Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist* The Church observes the birth of John as a hallowed event. We have no such commemoration for any other fathers; but it is significant that we celebrate the birthdays of John and Jesus. This day cannot be passed by. And even if my explanation does not match the dignity of the feast, you may still meditate on it with great depth and profit. John was born of a woman too old for... Read More

The Journey Begins – Part 5 Mini-Course on Prayer

June 23, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, Prayer, Vocal Prayer

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Mini-Course on Prayer Part 5: The Journey Begins   In my last article in this series on prayer, I used the image of an archway to show how vocal prayer and contemplative prayer should ideally grow side by side. In this way, they will find their consummation in the keystone at its summit, which I identified with Christ. I would firstly like to concentrate on vocal prayer. In order to do this, I would like to share with you... Read More

Bridge Building in the Eucharistic Prayer

Why is the Eucharistic Prayer one of the most active times during the liturgy? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Christopher Carstens to discuss how the faithful become bridge builders along with the priest to offer up our sacrifices during the Mass. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What do the faithful misunderstand most about participating in the Eucharistic Prayer? How is the congregation called to participate... Read More

The Way to Mystical Union – Part 4 Mini-Course on Prayer

June 16, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, Prayer

Mini-Course on Prayer: Part 4: The Way to Mystical Union   Editor's Note: In Part 3, David Torkington wrote about how it is in giving that we receive. Today, he will introduce the way to mystical union and talk about ecstatic joy, how Christ prayed, the language of love, mystical revelations, and praying without ceasing.   If you are beginning a journey upon which your whole future depends, it is of paramount importance... Read More

How to Sustain Deep and Meaningful Prayer

Join Melissa Elson as she speaks with Connie Rossini about Fr. Jacques Philippe's book Time for God focusing on ways that we can enter into, and sustain, a deep and meaningful prayer life. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: How important is perseverance in prayer and why? What role does the Holy Spirit play in one's prayer life? What should meditation look like according to Fr. Philippe? Should we only read sacred Scripture... Read More

Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary Editor's Note: “Divine Intimacy” has no entry for the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Therefore, we offer the following reflection for your meditation and prayer. Presence of God – O Mary, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, make me docile to His divine motions. MEDITATION “The Blessed Virgin Mary,” says St. Augustine, “was... Read More

Consecration to the Sacred Heart

Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus In 1899, Pope Leo XIII's Encyclical Letter Annum sacrum directed that the whole world be consecrated to the Divine Heart of Jesus. This was done on the 11th of June that year. As St. John Paul II indicated on the 100th anniversary of this consecration, Pope Leo wished to “obtain ‘extraordinary benefits first for Christianity, but... Read More

The Best Conditions for Daily Prayer

Where should we pray and how much time should we spend in prayer? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Connie Rossini about Fr. Jacques Philippe's book Time for God and how to determine the best circumstances for your daily prayer experience. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: How can one benefit from having a designated prayer space in his or her home? How can icons or spiritual objects help us during our mental... Read More

Litany of the Most Precious Blood

June 3, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Devotions, Litanies, Prayer

Litany of the Most Precious Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy. Christ hear us. Christ graciously hear us. God the Father of Heaven,                       Response: have mercy on us. God the Son, Redeemer of the world,                   R: have mercy on us. God the Holy Spirit,                                               ... Read More

It is in Giving that We Receive – Part 3 Mini-Course on Prayer

June 2, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, Prayer

Mini-Course on Prayer Part 3: It is in Giving that We Receive   Editor's Note: In Part 2, David Torkington wrote on St. Teresa of Avila's wisdom about going forward in prayer. Today, he will discuss how it is that in giving we receive. [Saint] Angela [of Foligno] calls prayer the ‘School of Divine Love', not just because it is the place where the selflessness that leads to love is learnt, but for something further. In... Read More

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