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From Meditation to Contemplation

April 20, 2018 by  
Filed under Contemplation, Dan Burke, DI Radio, Prayer, Show Notes

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they reflect on the meditations of Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen on the transition from meditation to contemplation. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: We must have an understanding of the transition from meditation to contemplation in order to cooperate with God. How can someone advance in the spiritual life if they have trouble meditating? Meditating is both thinking about Scripture... Read More

Energetic Resolve

Energetic Resolve   Presence of God – O Lord, make me persevere in seeking You and in serving You, in spite of all the difficulties which I may encounter. MEDITATION St. Teresa says that anyone who wishes to give himself to prayer with profit must make “an earnest and most determined resolve not to halt” on the way he has chosen. This means that we must give ourselves to prayer, not for a stated time only, but at all... Read More

The Annunciation: The Whole World Awaits Mary’s Reply

April 9, 2018 by  
Filed under Annunciation, Dan Burke, Mary, Solemnity

The Whole World Awaits Mary's Reply Solemnity of the Annunciation (Transferred) From a Homily in Praise of the Virgin Mother by Saint Bernard, abbot* You have heard, O Virgin, that you will conceive and bear a son; you have heard that it will not be by man but by the Holy Spirit [cf Luke 1:31, 34-35]. The angel awaits an answer; it is time for him to return to God who sent him. We too are waiting, O Lady, for your word of compassion;... Read More

Spiritual Experiences and Prayer

April 6, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Prayer, Show Notes

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson today as they answer your questions about sharing spiritual experiences and focusing the mind in prayer. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Why do we share our spiritual experiences on the air? Why did St. Teresa of Avila mask her personal experiences and make it seem as though they were happening to someone else? Why do some well-meaning Christians imply that we think too much during prayer? Should... Read More

On the Resurrection of the Lord

April 1, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Easter, Meditations, Prayer, Resurrection, Solemnity

On the Resurrection of the Lord* (A Homily by Pope Leo the Great) We must all be partakers in Christ’s Resurrection life In my last sermon,** dearly-beloved, not inappropriately, as I think, we explained to you our participation in the cross of Christ, whereby the life of believers contains in itself the mystery of Easter, and thus what is honored at the feast is celebrated by our practice. And how useful this is you yourselves... Read More

An Ancient Homily on Holy Saturday — Video

March 31, 2018 by  
Filed under Holy Week, Liz Estler, Prayer, Triduum, Videos

An Ancient Homily on Holy Saturday Video “[He] suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into Hell…” (Apostles' Creed) This moving video presentation was created by Theophilus Peregrinus from An Ancient Homily on Holy Saturday, and is used here with permission. This is the Second Reading for the Office of Readings for Holy Saturday found in the Liturgy of the Hours today. Something... Read More

A Good Friday Meditation

March 30, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Holy Week, Meditations, Prayer, Triduum

Blood

A Good Friday Meditation I will Heal Their Wounds* Of his own free will, Jesus ran to meet those sufferings that were foretold in the Scriptures concerning him. He had forewarned his disciples about them several times; he had rebuked Peter for being reluctant to accept the announcement of his passion, and he had made it clear that it was by means of his suffering that the world’s salvation was to be accomplished. This was why... Read More

The Mystery of the Cross

March 30, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Prayer, Show Notes

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they reflect on the meditations of Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen on Good Friday and the Passion and death of our Lord. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Dan's advices everyone to watch the movie The Passion of the Christ today to better reflect on the reality of the suffering and agony of Jesus in his last hours on earth. Fr. Gabriel suggests that we voluntarily accept suffering and... Read More

The Divine Blood that Purchased Our Salvation

March 28, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Holy Week, Lent, Prayer

The Divine Blood that Purchased Our Salvation Jesus, desiring to enrich us, first gave us his blood to purify us so that we might be able to receive the gifts he offers. O my dear Savior, you go out to the Garden of Olives, to the house of Caiaphas, to the praetorium of the Roman gov­ernor, and at last you climb Mount Calvary. Everywhere you go you pour out the blood of your new covenant, the blood by which our crimes are expiated... Read More

The Way of the Cross

The Way of the Cross   Presence of God – O Holy Spirit, teach me the value of suffering, so that I may esteem it and love it as a means of sanctification. MEDITATION We must be thoroughly convinced that if the Holy Spirit works in our souls to assimilate us to Christ, He can do so only by opening to us the way of the Cross. Jesus is Jesus Crucified; therefore, there can be no conformity to Him except by the Cross, and we... Read More

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