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A Devotional Journey Into the Mass

Join Dan Burke and guest host, Stephanie Burke, as they speak with Christopher Carstens about his book A Devotional Journey into the Mass to help us discover the meaning and beauty of the liturgy. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What are the major themes of the book? Why is active participation in the Mass so important? What does “active participation” in the Mass mean and how can we accomplish it? How should... Read More

Confession

Confession   Presence of God – At the foot of Your Cross, O Jesus, I confess my sins. Pour over me Your Precious Blood that it may purify my soul. MEDITATION Penance is the sacrament of Christ’s Precious Blood in which God—according to the eloquent words of St. Catherine of Siena—“has bathed us in order to cleanse the face of our souls from the leprosy of sin.” If mortal sin only is the necessary matter of this... Read More

Awakening The Awareness of the Divine in Your Life

Join Dan Burke and guest host, Stephanie Burke, as they speak with Fr. William Watson about awakening the awareness of The Divine in your life. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What is the purpose of the Forty Weeks book and retreat? How will an emphasis on confession and self-examination assist one in his or her journey to God? How was St. Ignatius awakened to God's presence in his life? What is the idea behind The Whole-Life... Read More

The Stillness and Silence of Mass

January 24, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Liturgy, Mass, Prayer, Silence

When Holy Mass is properly celebrated there are moments in which the voices of both priest and faithful become silent. The priest continues to officiate as the rubrics indicate, speaking very softly or refraining from vocal prayer; the congregation follows in watchful, prayerful participation. What do these intervals of quiet signify? What must we do with them? What does stillness really imply? It implies above all that speech... Read More

Ten Practical Steps to a Sanctified Life

Let us turn to some practical aids that can encourage us to establish a strong spiritual life. This is by no means an exhaustive list; rather, it’s simply a starting point for your own exploration. And realize, too, that you won’t achieve these all in one week or even one month — and you’re not supposed to. As St. Philip Neri says, “One should not wish to become a saint in four days but step by step.” And remember... Read More

Some Babies Cry when a Cross Touches Their Forehead at Baptism: Why?

December 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Baptism, Fr. Bartunek, Sacraments

  Dear Father John, I like to ask you something. I am a protestant minister and I realized that sometimes when I have baptized a child they scream when I put a cross on their forehead and then calm down after they have been baptized. I just wonder what makes some babies cry when a cross touches their forehead?” This is an interesting question, especially since you have identified what seems to be a pattern in your own... Read More

One Thing Eucharistic Adoration

September 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Adoration, Avila Foundation, Eucharist, Kristin Aebli, Prayer

Eucharistic Adoration   “Christ held Himself in His hands when He gave His Body to His disciples saying: ‘This is My Body.' No one partakes of this Flesh before he has adored it.” – St. Augustine What is Eucharistic adoration and why do Catholics worship Jesus under the appearance of bread? God humbly comes to us as nourishment through the Host. This is a great mystery and sounds crazy to some people.... Read More

Help Young Men Thrive in Their Priestly Formation

Through God’s grace, the Avila Foundation has begun working with dioceses to prepare future priests for seminary! We have designed a powerful program, in concert with recent requirements for a propaedeutic (preparatory) year established by the Holy See, which introduces future seminarians to formation regarding: Sacramental Participation with Emphasis on the Eucharist and Confession Foundational Liturgical and Mental Prayer... Read More

Jesus’ Self-Offering in the Mass

July 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Eucharist/Mass

Jesus’ Self-Offering in the Mass Every believer worthy of the name must sometime undergo the danger of scandal and its trial by fire. Some, the intrinsically shielded children of God, are able to come through; certainly not the majority. We, too, must have felt the enormity of what took place at Capernaum, of that which so incensed the Jews and so shocked many of the disciples that they declared Jesus’ words intolerable and... Read More

Corpus Christi Sunday: A Symbolic Solemnity?

Corpus Christi Sunday: A Symbolic Solemnity? I wanted to share with you a conversation I found myself in a few weeks ago.* I found it relevant as these are the days we are reflecting into Corpus Christi. Friend: “What gives you reason to believe the Eucharist is more than a symbol?” Me: “What gives me reason to believe that it is not?” Friend: “Because, nowhere in Sacred Scripture does Jesus Christ say that ‘I am... Read More

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