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I need peace, I need your prayers…

September 29, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Peace, Suffering

I Need Peace, I Need Your Prayers… Dear Mother Luisita, I am deeply troubled by things that seem so trivial and I can’t seem to shake a sense of impending doom. My anxiety is constant. I need peace, I need your prayers. My beloved child, Accept my loving greeting and my prayer for you to be what God wants you to be. What about your soul? Is it taking little steps toward heaven or is it flying there? Be very united with... Read More

Online interactive prayer class update

September 26, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, General

Dear Friends: Your response to the online prayer study was extraordinary! Since the launch of this site there has never been a single post or series of posts that generated so much interest. Hundreds of you enthusiastically said “yes!” to the idea both in the combox of the original post and in private emails to me. Even more incredible is that the responses came from the United States, Canada, India, Africa, South America,... Read More

Even the demons believe… in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist

September 26, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Warfare

It was almost 15 years ago. I was At Old St. Mary’s here in D.C. celebrating Mass in the Latin (Extraordinary Form). It was a solemn high Mass. I don’t suppose I thought it any different than most Sunday’s but something quite amazing was about to happen. As you may know the ancient Latin Mass is celebrated “ad orientem” (towards the Liturgical East). Priest and people all face one direction. What this means practically... Read More

Mary sees us

September 23, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Mary, Mary, Meditations, Prayer

“Just try to imitate the Blessed Virgin,” my old pastor would always counsel me. This was when I was a teenager struggling with all the usual teenager sins. The only thing I could see that Mary and I had in common was the color blue: her mantle, my hair. So his advice, while technically excellent, was entirely unhelpful. When I became a mother, I thought the imitation would come more naturally. But the opposite happened: The... Read More

Halloween, Witches, Demons, and the Occult

September 22, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, General, Spiritual Warfare

by Kathryn Marcellino, OCDS With Halloween right around the corner, we might ask ourselves if demons and evil spirits are real? The Church gives us an authoritative answer in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CC 414) which says, “Satan or the devil and the other demons are fallen angels who have freely refused to serve God and his plan. Their choice against God is definitive. They try to associate man in their revolt... Read More

My wife and meditation

September 20, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Meditation, Prayer

My wife loves flowers. She is a beautiful woman inside and out and deserves flowers. Recently, I was driving home and began to think about her. I thought about how she has suffered and overcome. I was musing on her ability to stick with me when deeply fettered with illness, sin, and selfishness. As I pondered her face and her virtue in my mind I was moved to feelings of admiration and love. I decided it was time for flowers again. It... Read More

Sleep eludes me…

September 17, 2011 by  
Filed under Anonymous, Suffering

Sleep eludes me…

Sleep Eludes Me Sleep eludes me Night encompasses me without rest Oh the glorious day when I can peacefully rest in His arms About Theophilus Mail | More Posts (27)  Read More →

Your advice to young mothers regarding prayer?

September 14, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Family Prayer, Prayer

I had the opportunity to offer several talks on the spiritual life to a wonderful group of new friends in Idaho last night. One of the young women who has been deeply blessed by God with a large family asked me a question that I thought I would pass along to you – particularly you moms out there. What  practical tips for prayer might you offer a mom with a sizable clan ranging from nine down to a beautiful newborn? Have... Read More

Should Catholics participate in Halloween festivities?

September 12, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, General

Some parents at the Catholic school where my child attends want to have a Halloween Party. I am really troubled by this. To me it seems clearly antithetical to our faith to celebrate a pagan ritual rooted in the idea that sacrifice to demonic spirits would ward off their punishment. Even if the meaning is watered down to mere costume wearing at this point, the practice still celebrates evil and minimizes its dangers and realities.... Read More

Spiritual Warfare and the Screwtape Letters – Something The Devil Does Not Want You to Hear

September 8, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Warfare

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With Halloween just around the corner you might be turning your attention to thoughts of spiritual warfare and those dark realities of our fallen world and the spiritual realm. If you have never read the Screwtape Letters, there is no better time. I suspect you will be surprised at how relevant it is to your own spiritual life. Here’s a taste of what you will find… Before you push play, make sure you have your sound... Read More

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