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Catechism – Vocal Prayer – 2700

December 29, 2011 by  
Filed under Catechism, Dan Burke, Prayer, Vocal

Catechism – Vocal Prayer – 2700

Vocal Prayer 2700 Through his Word, God speaks to man. By words, mental or vocal, our prayer takes flesh. Yet it is most important that the heart should be present to him to whom we are speaking in prayer: “Whether or not our prayer is heard depends not on the number of words, but on the fervor of our souls.” Catechism of the Catholic Church About Dan BurkeDan is the founder of Catholic Spiritual Direction, the Avila... Read More

Sometimes prayer is so frustrating I just give up… what can I do?

December 26, 2011 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Difficulties, Prayer, Sr. Laudis

Dear Sister Carmen, in the Second Mansion of the Interior Castle, St. Teresa strongly emphasizes the need for perseverance. Can you help me understand how this works in a practical way? I really struggle to keep a consistent prayer time and to stay focused when I pray. Sometimes [prayer] is so frustrating that I just give up. I know this doesn’t help but what can I do? Many doors have a sign over their entrance. If the door... Read More

Father Barron on Christmas

December 21, 2011 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke, Seasonal Meditations, Videos

Father Barron on Christmas

Father Barron on Christmas About Dan BurkeDan is the founder of Catholic Spiritual Direction, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, and author of the award winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God. Beyond his “contagious” love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN’s National Catholic Register,... Read More

Can God speak to me in my dreams?

December 20, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mystical Experience

I never had dreams like this before. Only now that I have grown closer to Him in recent months He has spoken to me in other ways like at prayer. And He often confirms what I heard in prayer by people, articles, etc. If these dreams bring me closer to Him then surely they are from Him right? They have been such wonderful sources of consolation for me! Oh please enlighten me! Surely “if these dreams bring you closer to Him” then,... Read More

As 2011 draws to a close – a profound thanks to you

December 17, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, General

As 2011 draws to a close – a profound thanks to you

Dear Friends, In our recent “Blog Around the World” annual update we told you about the amazing things we have been able to accomplish this year because of you. As the year comes to a close, I want to take a moment and thank you: Thank you to all those who pray for us and this apostolate: Without you, we would not have the special protection, wisdom, energy, resilience, and grace that God provides in abundance when we ask. Thank... Read More

Having John Paul II over for Christmas…

December 12, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Resources, Videos

As you know, Blessed John Paul II will soon be St. John Paul II. So if you’re one of his fans, so to speak, or if you know someone who is, here’s an idea for a Christmas gift. Soon after John Paul II’s beatification, CCC of America released a special edition of a 4-DVD set on the papacy of John Paul II. Originally produced by renowned Italian journalist Alberto Michelini, this English language edition includes... Read More

How much should a priest own?

December 12, 2011 by  
Filed under Detachment, Fr. Bartunek

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Dear Father John, I am a Catholic priest. Because I am in studies and do not have a rectory to call ‘home’, I’ve temporarily moved all my personal belongings back into my parent’s house. Looking over all the ‘stuff’ I’ve collected over the years, it’s dawned on me that I have A LOT. Too much, so that I am even nauseated at the amount: especially books, vestments, and clerical clothing,... Read More

Prayer Primer: Igniting a Fire Within – Book Recommendation

December 11, 2011 by  
Filed under Books, Contemplation, Dan Burke, Meditation, Mental Prayer, Prayer, Resources, Vocal

Prayer Primer : Igniting a Fire Within – by Thomas DuBay This is a must read for those looking either to begin, or to deepen their prayer lives. Father Dubay, with brevity and clarity, covers all the foundational elements of each type of prayer (vocal, liturgical, mental, contemplative, etc.). For those already experienced with vocal or liturgical prayer, this book will help you evaluate your prayer life and determine how... Read More

Tattered Titles – And the winners are…

December 8, 2011 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Reader Feedback, Resources, Spiritual Reading

Tattered Titles – And the winners are…

A while back we asked you, “What are the most tattered titles on your nightstand?” You answered with vigor and the responses were so numerous that we thought it might be helpful to summarize what our readers recommended. One of our amazing volunteers compiled every response and then put them into a spreadsheet. I was fascinated, surprised, and delighted to see how the top ten list emerged. The top three were 1) the... Read More

The Immaculate Conception

December 7, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Mary, Seasonal Meditations, Solemnity

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The Immaculate Conception Mary, crowned with living light, Temple of the Lord, Place of peace and holiness, Shelter of the Word. Mystery of sinless life In our fallen race, Free from shadow, you reflect Plenitude of grace. Virgin-Mother of our God, Lift us when we fall, Who were named upon the Cross Mother of us all. Father, Son and Holy Ghost, Heaven sings your praise; Mary magnifies your name Through eternal days. Hymn for Even... Read More

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