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Our Lady of Sorrows, Cause of Our Joy

September 15, 2018 by  
Filed under Drafts, Feast Days, FEATURED, Mary, Suffering, The Cross

Our Lady of Sorrows This week we'll celebrate two important feasts: the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, on September 14, and the following day, September 15, we'll remember Our Lady of Sorrows.  Two days linked forever in meaning, inseparable, poignant. September 15 also happens to be my birthday.  And for a long time, as long as I was old enough to realize who I shared the day with, I felt a little – cheated. I mean, it's... Read More

Suffering, Forgiveness, and the Holy Spirit

August 17, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Melissa Elson, Prayer, Suffering

Join Dan Burke as he answers questions from listeners about forgiving others, prayers during suffering, and the Holy Spirit. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Is it right to pray for God's judgment on someone who caused us injustice? How can we pray during suffering and avoid despair? Why do some people resist the Holy Spirit? Are prayers during suffering, when you do not feel engaged in prayer, reaching God? Is God pleased... Read More

The Lord Hears the Cry of the Poor, Blessed be the Lord!

December 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Advent, Anthony Lilles, Christmas, Poverty, Suffering

  The Lord Hears the Cry of the Poor, Blessed be the Lord! Contemplation of the mystery of Christmas, almost upon us, sees the Lord's attentiveness to the plight of the poor. He who came into our poverty, in silence and obscurity, also comes into the hidden plights of every man and woman. Though He seems powerless or even absent, His love is the gravity that holds together not only the world but every heart that avails itself... Read More

Prayer, God’s Will, & Helping the Suffering

Prayer, God's Will, and Helping the Suffering   Description: Today Dan and Melissa answer your questions about helping others in need, discerning God's will, and prayer. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What can we say to those who are undergoing devastating suffering and how can we help them? Is there a dichotomy between St. Augustine's admonition to “Love God and do what you will” and St. Ignatius' rule... Read More

Am I Outside of Sanctifying Grace?

Am I Outside of Sanctifying Grace?   I make spiritual communion because I'm trying to be obedient to the church. My husband is a non-Catholic and refuses to get his first marriage annulled. So where does that leave me? I regularly attend mass. I've been instructed by my priest that I should not receive the Sacraments (confession and communion). Am I left outside of sanctifying grace? Thank you for this question. Even from... Read More

St. Rose of Lima and the Fragrant Love Born of Suffering

St. Rose of Lima and the Fragrant Love Born of Suffering Thinker: The Mystic Rose of Lima Rose was not an academic and had little in the way of formal education, although she did learn to read. Among her favorite books were biographies of Saint Catherine of Siena and the spiritual guidebooks of another notable Dominican, Venerable Louis of Granada. In fact, his Book of Prayer and Meditation became Saint Rose’s favorite book,... Read More

Avoiding Bitterness in Suffering

Description: When faced with tragedy, loss, failure, illness, or any difficulty in life, how can we learn to suffer well? Author Dr. Ronda Chervin uses the lives of the saints to help us cope with suffering in her book Avoiding Bitterness in Suffering: How Our Heroes in Faith Found Peace Amid Sorrow. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What was the motivation for this book? How did the saints handle suffering? Which saint... Read More

From Grief to Grace

Description: When tragedy, loss or failed expectations strike, how can we cope with our circumstances in a healthy, faithful way? Today, Dan and Melissa speak with author, Jeannie Ewing about her book From Grief to Grace: The Journey from Tragedy to Triumph to better understand God's will in difficult situations. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What was the inspiration behind this book? How would you define grief from... Read More

Blessings that are Difficult to Receive — Updated

Blessings that are Difficult to Receive (Updated)   Editor's Note: Yesterday May 4th, 2017, Pope Francis declared Cardinal François-Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan “Venerable”, a further step on the road to canonization which began in 2007 when his cause was first opened. With that exciting development, we have updated Dr. Anthony Lilles' post about the prominence of the Cross in Venerable Cardinal Van Thuan's life. Though... Read More

The Value of Suffering

The Value of Suffering   Presence of God – O Jesus Crucified, teach me the Science of the Cross; make me understand the value of suffering. MEDITATION The Passion of Jesus teaches us in a concrete way that in the Christian life we must be able to accept suffering for the love of God. This is a hard, repugnant lesson for our nature, which prefers pleasure and happiness; however, it comes from Jesus, the Teacher of truth... Read More

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