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Praying with the Church: The Liturgy of the Hours

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer questions from listeners about praying the Liturgy of the Hours, discerning God's voice in prayer, and the definition of contemplation. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: When praying the Liturgy of the Hours, if you are struck by the reading, should you continue to pray the rest of the prayers or keep meditating on that particular thought or inspiration? How do religious brothers,... Read More

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

How Our Lord’s Ascension Into Heaven Increases Our Faith

May 10, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Faith, Liturgy, Liturgy of the Hours, Solemnity

How Our Lord's Ascension Into Heaven Increases Our Faith* At Easter, beloved brethren, it was the Lord’s resurrection which was the cause of our joy; our present rejoicing is on account of his ascension into heaven. With all due solemnity, we are commemorating that day on which our poor human nature was carried up, in Christ, above all the hosts of heaven, above all the ranks of angels, beyond the highest heavenly powers to... Read More

Return to Me

Return to Me* Even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment. Perhaps he will again relent and leave behind him a blessing, Offerings and libations for the LORD, your God. Joel 2:12-14 (an excerpt... Read More

Christ is Baptized – Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Christ is Baptized Second Reading, Office of Readings, Liturgy of the Hours From a Sermon by St. Gregory of Nazianzus (St. Gregory Nazianzen), Bishop Oratio 39 in Sancta Lumina, 14-16, 20; PG 36, 350-351, 354, 358-359 “Christ is bathed in light; let us also be bathed in light. Christ is baptized; let us also go down with him, and rise with him. “John is baptizing when Jesus draws near. Perhaps he comes to sanctify his... Read More

God has Revealed His Love through His Son

God has Revealed His Love through His Son* From a letter to Diognetus No man has ever seen God [1 John 4:12] or known him, but God has revealed himself to us through faith, by which alone it is possible to see him. God, the Lord and maker of all things, who created the world and set it in order, not only loved man but was also patient with him. So he has always been, and is, and will be: kind, good, free from anger, truthful; indeed,... Read More

The Sorrowful Mother at the Cross – Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

September 15, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Liturgy of the Hours, Mary, Memorial

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The Sorrowful Mother at the Cross* Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows The martyrdom of the Virgin is set forth both in the prophecy of Simeon and in the actual story of our Lord’s passion. The holy old man said of the infant Jesus: He has been established as a sign which will be contradicted [Luke 2:34]. He went on to say to Mary: And your own heart will be pierced by a sword [Luke 2:35]. Truly, O blessed Mother, a sword has pierced... Read More

The Martyrs Realized What They Taught

June 29, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Liturgy of the Hours, Solemnity

The Martyrs Realized what They Taught* Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles   This day has been made holy by the passion of the blessed apostles Peter and Paul. We are, therefore, not talking about some obscure martyrs. For their voice has gone forth to all the world, and to the ends of the earth their message [Romans 12:18 quoting Psalm 19:5]. These martyrs realized what they taught: they pursued justice, they confessed... Read More

The Voice of One Crying in the Wilderness

June 24, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Liturgy of the Hours, Prayer, Solemnity

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The Voice of One Crying in the Wilderness* Solemnity of the Birth of John the Baptist The Church observes the birth of John [the Baptist] 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... Read More

Lord, Open My Lips

Lord, Open My Lips “Lord, open my lips and my mouth will proclaim your praise.” (Psalm 51:15) These words ring out in the chapel, breaking the silence of the early morning. It is still dark outside and our community of sisters, albeit still a bit bleary-eyed, has gathered to begin the day singing the Divine Office. The words of the psalms fill the air: “It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to make music... Read More

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