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True Freedom Through Prayer

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“What the world most needs today is prayer,” according to Fr. Jacques Philippe, author and retreat master. His books on prayer and spirituality are printed in 18 languages and have sold over 500,000 copies. “Faithfulness to prayer is a path of freedom,” he writes in his newest book, Thirsting for Prayer.  He explains that prayer is more about spending time with God than asking for things. It deepens our understanding of... Read More

A Mysterious Encounter with Fr. Jacques Philippe

March 2, 2014 by  
Filed under Books, Featured, Prayer, Resources

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God often provides me with surprise blessings. A recent encounter with His unexpected grace involved one of my favorite authors Fr. Jacques Philippe. The prior year I found out that he was coming to the United States (from France), and knowing the demand that would ensue, I scheduled him early to be a guest on Register Radio. Before the show he provided retreats at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama... Read More

Can I Trust the Mercy Center Spiritual Direction Training Program?

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Q: Dear Dan, I was searching for your spiritual direction training programs in my area and noticed an advertisement for the Mercy Center in Colorado Springs. Have you had a chance to evaluate them? Do you recommend them? Dear friend, the answer is yes I have had a chance to evaluate their program and another one in the area provided by Benet Hill Monastery and Retreat center. I wouldn’t recommend either nor would I recommend... Read More

Searching for and Maintaining Peace – Book Recommendation

August 26, 2013 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Featured, Peace, Resources

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Current social, economic, and political conditions are shaking the world. Those of us used to living in relative comfort are receiving the blessing of learning that we are not God and that we need God to provide even our most basic necessities. This has always and will always be true. However, when our jobs, our liberties, and our safety are threatened, and even our ability to provide the most basic things for ourselves and those... Read More

The One Thing Needed: A Retreat Guide on Martha and Mary

August 7, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Retreat Guides

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One of the most memorable scenes from the Gospel of Luke takes place in Bethany, when Jesus and his Twelve Apostles visit the home of Martha and Mary. In just a few verses, St. Luke paints a picture that we can all identify with. He shows Martha worried and working hard to entertain the guests and make sure the dinner (and everything) comes out just right. She wants everything to be perfect, and she gets flustered and feels overwhelmed.... Read More

Fire and Thorns: A Retreat Guide on the Sacred Heart of Jesus

June 5, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Resources, Retreat Guide, Solemnity

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Pope Benedict XVI called devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus “irreplaceably important.” Pope Pius XI called it “the very epitome of our religion.” Why is this devotion so central? And if it is, how are we supposed to tap into it and live it to the full? That’s what this month’s Retreat Guide, Fire and Thorns:  A Retreat Guide on the Sacred Heart of Jesus will explore. - In the First Meditation, we will ponder the... Read More

Taste of Victory – Retreat Guide for Easter

April 8, 2013 by  
Filed under Easter, Fr. Bartunek, Resources, Retreat Guides

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New Easter Retreat Guide Now Available! Easter Sunday is over, but the Easter Season has just begun. It will last for another seven weeks. Why does the liturgy make the Easter Season so long? And how can we live this Season as God wants us to? Those and more questions are explored in “The Taste of Victory: A Retreat Guide for Easter.” As with all our Retreat Guides, you can use this one by watching it, listening to... Read More

Laughing at Lucifer in Lent

February 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Lent, Resources, Seasonal Meditations

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In 1942 C.S. Lewis published one of his most enduring and endearing books. The Screwtape Letters is a collection of imaginative epistles from a senior devil to his junior colleague, outlining how he should handle his “patient.” Lewis wrote the book as a series of essays for The Guardian newspaper and confessed that the pieces were not fun to write. Over the years Lewis’ Luciferian letters have become ever more popular. In... Read More

Call to Prayer: 7 Resources for your Lenten Journey

February 6, 2013 by  
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One of the countless joys of the Church is the recurring open invitation to move deeper into the life of grace. These invitations come in a thousand ways, through the lives of the saints, through the sacraments and especially through our liturgical seasons. As Lent begins to rise on the horizon, we are again faced with another divine beckoning to move into a deeper relationship with Christ and His Church. In the fourteenth chapter... Read More

Finding Peace of Soul – Second Retreat Guide Ready!

January 21, 2013 by  
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Our second Video Retreat Guide, “Troubled Hearts: A Retreat Guide on Peace of Soul,” is now available here. In this Retreat Guide, we delve into Jesus’ words: “Do not let your hearts be troubled” (John 14:1). What did he really mean? How we can make that happen? “Troubled Hearts” will help you go deep in answering questions like those. As with all Retreat Guides, you can use this one by... Read More

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