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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

66. A Valuable Vineyard (Matthew 21:33-46)

September 28, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“My daughter, all your miseries have been consumed in the flame of My love, like a little twig thrown into a roaring fire.” – Words of Jesus to St. Faustina Kowalska Matthew 21:33-46: ‘Listen to another parable. There was a man, a landowner, who planted a vineyard; he fenced it round, dug a wine press in it and built a tower; then he leased it to tenants and went abroad. When vintage time drew near he sent his servants... 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

65. Two Types of Sinners (Matthew 21:28-32)

September 22, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

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“I already have a spouse, and I will not offend him by pretending that another might please me. I will give myself only to him who first chose me. So, executioners, what are you waiting for?” - St. Agnes, martyr Matthew 21:28-32: ‘What is your opinion? A man had two sons. He went and said to the first, My boy, you go and work in the vineyard today. He answered, I will not go, but afterwards thought better of it and went.... 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 Night encompasses me without rest Oh the glorious day when I can peacefully rest in His arms About Theophilus Mail | More Posts (28)  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

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