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AR#6 – Advent Reflections with Deacon James Keating, Ph.D. One of our greatest sufferings as Christians is our own impatience with ourselves. We want to be good and holy immediately. St. Francis de Sales said “Have patience with all things. But chiefly, have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage, in considering your own imperfections. But ins…
 
In this episode, Dr. Lilles discusses the Sixth Mansions Chapter 4 part 1 of the “Interior Castle” which covers: TREATS OF HOW GOD SUSPENDS THE SOUL IN PRAYER BY A TRANCE, ECSTASY, OR RAPTURE, WHICH I BELIEVE ARE ALL THE SAME THING. GREAT COURAGE REQUIRED TO RECEIVE EXTRAORDINARY FAVOURS FROM HIS MAJESTY. 1. Courage required by the soul for the div…
 
Msgr. Esseff asks the question, “Are you prepared for the Lord’s coming?” He challenges us to take a good look at our prayer lives and to prepare for the coming of Jesus in your life today. Gospel MK 13:33-37 Jesus said to his disciples: “Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come. It is like a man traveling abroad. He leaves ho…
 
This is a special reposting of a conversation I had with Dr. Thomas Howard several years ago. This great man died on October 15, 2020. His wisdom continues to be a blessed gift to all of us. R.I.P. – KM What a delight to talk once again with Dr. Thomas Howard. This time we discuss “Hallowed Be This House: Finding Signs of Heaven in Your Home.” Dr. …
 
Episode 25 – John 12: The Glory of the Lord part 1 “John 12 begins just six days before Jesus’ final Passover on earth. Gathering with some of his disciples, Jesus is dining at the house of Lazarus, who had just been risen from the dead. Sharon gives us the background of typical Greco-Roman dining, where guests would recline at table to eat their m…
 
Episode 30- The Holy Rule of St. Benedict: A Spiritual Path for Today’s World with Fr. Mauritius Wilde O.S.B., PhD. “The Life of St. Benedict pt 3” We continue our conversation on the life of St. Benedict by using the biography penned by St. Gregory the Great. This episode brings to his interaction with the monk called Romanus and the breaking of t…
 
AR#5 – Advent Reflections with Deacon James Keating, Ph.D. As human beings, we tend to sin. We all know this about our characters. And many times, it moves us to despair. God sees our sin, but He never loses his patience with us. And one of the reasons why God never loses His patience with His creation, is, of course, because He loves us. But also …
 
AR#4 – Advent Reflections with Deacon James Keating, Ph.D. Human beings are called by God, to find their fulfillment patiently, to a life of cultivating virtue. We don’t become saints immediately; we don’t even grow in disdain of our sins immediately. For we are so attached to them, and the immediacy of pleasure that they give us, that it takes tim…
 
. AR#3 – Advent Reflections with Deacon James Keating, Ph.D. As human beings, we have disordered desires. One of our greatest disordered desires is to want things now, to be impatient, to want things through our own efforts, without waiting or co-operating with God’s will. To wait and cooperate with God’s will, is to unleash the wonderful character…
 
AR#2 – Advent Reflections with Deacon James Keating, Ph.D. We want everything accomplished right away. God only knows that accomplishment follows one thing after another. He knows that it takes time for us to learn what it means to be human, to be those who are loved so deeply by His most Sacred Heart, His mother, and the saints. He knows that it t…
 
AR#1 – Advent Reflections with Deacon James Keating, Ph.D. One of God’s attributes is patience. He suffers His own creation, as it comes to fulfillment in His love. The God that we worship is a God who truly loves us. And in this great love, He waits. He waits for us to respond to all that He has given us. And He doesn’t simply wait in a passive wa…
 
Kathleen Beckman was meant to write this book: A Family Guide to Spiritual Warfare: Strategies for Deliverance and Healing! It is EXCELLENT! There really is no other person more suited to bring the wisdom of the Marian heart and the profound teachings of the Church to one of the most important needs of the domestic church, to prepare and undertake …
 
Msgr. Esseff reflects on the Sacred Scriptures chosen for the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. The greatest gift we have is the relationship with Jesus Christ. Reading 1 SIR 50:22-24 And now, bless the God of all, who has done wondrous things on earth; Who fosters people’s growth from their mother’s womb, and fashions them according to hi…
 
Episode 2 Salvation Begins Now: Last Things First – What is Death? Why do we fail to contemplate its truth? Why do we fear it? What is Purgatory? Why is there a need for final purgation? From the Catechism of the Catholic Church: 1030 All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salv…
 
BKL 379 ” Building a Kingdom of Love” – Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe…Msgr. Esseff asks if you are ready for the accounting when you meet him? What have you done? How do you love? Gospel MT 25:31 – 46 Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne…
 
. Episode 1 Salvation Begins Now: Last Things First – What are the “Last Things”? Death, Purgatory, Heaven, Hell, the Last Judgement, Eternal Life will be explored in this series. In this episode, we begin the discussion on What is death? What is resurrection? What is the connection between the body and the soul? From the Catechism of the Catholic …
 
What a delight to be joined by Kimberly Hahn to discuss Chosen and Cherished: Biblical Wisdom for your Marriage! Kimberly is the guide we have needed for far too long to lead us to the well of the maternal nurturing wisdom contained in the Sacred Scriptures. With her gift of insight and understanding, and fueled by her 24/7 receptivity to the Word,…
 
Episode 24 – John 11: I AM the Resurrection part 2 “And I look forward to the resurrection of the dead.” With these words, we conclude our profession of faith at mass each week and today’s lesson is a very important teaching on this fundamental Catholic belief. In John 11, we read about the 5th sign (the raising of Lazarus) and the 7th “I Am” state…
 
BKL 378 ” Building a Kingdom of Love” – “Are you the lazy servant?” Msgr. Esseff helps us to see that the talents equals God’s love. Knowing this, have you been the lazy servant? Gospel MT 25:14-30 Jesus told his disciples this parable: “A man going on a journey called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them. To one he gave five talen…
 
Episode 10-Listening For Truth– Practical ways of living a life of virtue prayer…one way to listen to friends and even enemies to hear the truth God may be wanting to reveal to us. The wounds that surface in the healing process. The interior healing that can occur and who should help with that process. Deacon James Keating, Ph.D., is a Professor of…
 
Gospel MT 25:1-13 Jesus told his disciples this parable: “The kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones, when taking their lamps, brought no oil with them, but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps. Since the bridegroo…
 
Episode 9-Listening For Truth– The supernatural virtues provide for us the gifts to walk and respond to moral truths. We need to practice the virtues to receive the wisdom of God and to be more deliberate in the love of the good. The theological, contemplative language is foreign to many, unlike the political language in which the culture swims, an…
 
BKL 78 ” Building a Kingdom of Love” – “How can we possibly love as God expects? Only “through Him, with Him, in Him!” Gospel MT 22:34-40 When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a scholar of the law tested him by asking, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said…
 
Episode 23 – John 11: I AM the Resurrection part 1 “And I look forward to the resurrection of the dead.” With these words, we conclude our profession of faith at mass each week and today’s lesson is a very important teaching on this fundamental Catholic belief. In John 11, we read about the 5th sign (the raising of Lazarus) and the 7th “I Am” state…
 
Episode 8-Listening For Truth– When we come upon the Truth, we rest in it. Our journey is over. The Lord wants us to rest in Him. We rest when we receive the truth about what is good for us and what is ethical. Within us is the mind that can discern truth and receives it and then has that truth confirmed by the indwelling presence of God. It’s in t…
 
Gospel MT 22:1-14 Jesus again in reply spoke to the chief priests and elders of the people in parables, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast, but they refused to come. A second time he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell thos…
 
Episode 22 – John 10: The Good Shepherd part 2 In this next chapter of John’s Gospel, Jesus reveals two more “I am” statements: I am the gate, and I am the good shepherd. To help us better understand this beautiful imagery, Sharon teaches us about shepherding in Biblical times. Many of the great figures of the Bible were shepherds, including Abraha…
 
“The Life of St. Benedict pt 1” We begin the reflection of the life of St. Benedict by using the biography penned by St. Gregory the Great. This episode looks at the pivotal discernment he made as a young man to pursue the religious life. The aspect of detachment from our earthly family, particularly our earthly fathers, in favor of our Heavenly Fa…
 
Section 3 (continued) – “Union” of Christian Meditation With Dr. Anthony Lilles, we continue our discussion on section 3 of Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Christian Mediation. Balthasar: Beauty, Goodness, Truth is a series of conversations with noted theological scholars about the life and teachings of Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar who is consi…
 
Episode 7-Listening For Truth– We are resurrection people who live out of the power of the Resurrection. Theological virtues, faith, hope, and love, are given to us in the fullest sense through the sacraments and how we receive and open our hearts to that gift. Moving our affection from sin to truth. How do we prepare ourselves to receive moral tru…
 
Episode 6-Listening For Truth– The difficult stage in moral conversion, not only leaving the sin behind, but also leaving the community of people who desire to hold on to that sin. It might mean separating from family members, friends, etc, but the hope is that that may possibly follow if we hang in there in that witness of Truth. Also, life doesn’…
 
Msgr. Esseff reflects on why we need spiritual direction on the spiritual journey. What are the qualities of a good spiritual director? Gospel MT 21:28-32 Jesus said to the chief priests and elders of the people: “What is your opinion? A man had two sons. He came to the first and said, ‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’ He said in reply,…
 
Episode 21 – John 10: The Good Shepherd part 2 In this next chapter of John’s Gospel, Jesus reveals two more “I am” statements: I am the gate, and I am the good shepherd. To help us better understand this beautiful imagery, Sharon teaches us about shepherding in Biblical times. Many of the great figures of the Bible were shepherds, including Abraha…
 
Section 2 (continued) – “Making the Meditation” of Christian Meditation With Dr. Anthony Lilles, we discuss section 2 (continued) of Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Christian Mediation. Balthasar: Beauty, Goodness, Truth is a series of conversations with noted theological scholars about the life and teachings of Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar who…
 
Msgr. Esseff reflects on the life and teachings of St. Padre Pio. He shares personal stories from his relationship with St. Pio. St. Padre Pio Communion Prayer: Stay with me, Lord, for it is necessary to have you present so that I do not forget You. You know how easily I abandon You Stay with me, Lord, for You are my life and without You I am witho…
 
Episode 27- The Holy Rule of St. Benedict: A Spiritual Path for Today’s World with Fr. Mauritius Wilde O.S.B., Ph.D. “To contemplate the Holy Eucharist” From the Holy Rule of St. Benedict: PROLOGUE Listen, O my son, to the precepts of thy master, and incline the ear of thy heart, and cheerfully receive and faithfully execute the admonitions of thy …
 
Episode 5 -Listening For Truth– The Reality of Our Conscience. What it is and what it isn’t. The importance of proper formation…through the sacramental life, the Catechism of the Church and Sacred Scripture. “Follow the Truth” is the beginning of the conversation, not “follow your conscience” in order to make the sacred decision. Not to be passive …
 
“What was the wage earned? Heaven!” Reading 2 PHIL 1:20C-24, 27A Brothers and sisters: Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me life is Christ, and death is gain. If I go on living in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. And I do not know which I shall choose. I am caught between the two. I long to depart …
 
What an extraordinary conversation we are allowed to experience! Because of the pious imagination of master philosopher/apologist Dr. Peter Kreeft, we get to eavesdrop as three Christian spiritual masters ponder together the mysteries of the Christian faith. Anyone who picks up a copy of “Symbol or Substance: A Dialogue on the Eucharist with C. S. …
 
“In place of serving self…the community meal” – The Holy Rule of St. Benedict: A Spiritual Path for Today’s World with Fr. Mauritius Wilde O.S.B., Ph.D. From the Holy Rule of St. Benedict: CHAPTER XXIV The degree of excommunication or punishment ought to be meted out according to the gravity of the offense, and to determine that is left to the judg…
 
Episode 4 – Join Deacon Keating and Kris McGregor as they discuss encountering fear in prayer. The necessity for spiritual direction. Purification as part of the process for spiritual growth. The virtue of Obedience. Deacon James Keating, Ph.D., is a Professor of Spiritual Theology at Kenrick Glennon Seminary, in St. Louis, MO. He previously served…
 
Join Msgr. John Esseff as he reflects in this podcast on “The Cross is the Sign of Love” of the feast of Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Reading 2 PHIL 2:6-11 Brothers and sisters: Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in…
 
Episode 25 – The Holy Rule of St. Benedict: A Spiritual Path for Today’s World with Fr. Mauritius Wilde O.S.B., Ph.D. From the Holy Rule of St. Benedict: CHAPTER II The Abbot who is worthy to be over a monastery, ought always to be mindful of what he is called, and make his works square with his name of Superior. For he is believed to hold the plac…
 
Episode 3 -Listening For Truth– This episode, with Deacon James Keating and Kris McGregor, discuss rediscovering the soul through prayer. The interior life. Welcoming the other that lives within us and passing through the wall of suffering. Deacon James Keating, Ph.D., is a Professor of Spiritual Theology at Kenrick Glennon Seminary, in St. Louis, …
 
Dr. Matthew Bunson discusses the life, times, and teachings of St. Robert Bellarmine Born: October 4, 1542, Montepulciano, Italy Died: September 17, 1621, Rome, Italy Full name: Roberto Francesco Romolo Bellarmino Feast: 17 September; 13 May (General Roman Calendar, 1932–1969) Place of burial: Rome, Italy, Chiesa di Sant’ Ignazio di Loyola, Rome, I…
 
The Monk, the Missionary Spirit and Evangelization From the Holy Rule of St. Benedict: PROLOGUE Listen, O my son, to the precepts of thy master, and incline the ear of thy heart, and cheerfully receive and faithfully execute the admonitions of thy loving Father, that by the toil of obedience thou mayest return to Him from whom by the sloth of disob…
 
Episode 2 -Listening For Truth– This episode, with Deacon James Keating and Kris McGregor, discuss conversion and our call to grow in virtue. Obedience. Fortitude and Fidelity are important keys in growing in the moral life. Deacon Keating also talks about the nature of the Christian conscious and it’s role in moral decision making. Deacon James Ke…
 
Episode 20 – John 9: The Man Born Blind part 2 As we begin our study of John 9, the man born blind, Sharon reminds us that John’s Gospel contains 7 signs: water changed to wine (John 2), healing of the royal official’s son (John 4), healing of the lame man (John 5), feeding of the 5000 (John 6), walking on the Sea of Galilee (John 6), healing of th…
 
Prayer during the Night From the Holy Rule of St. Benedict: CHAPTER 8 Of the Divine Office during the Night Making due allowance for circumstances, the brethren will rise during the winter season, that is, from the calends of November till Easter, at the eighth hour of the night; so that, having rested till a little after midnight, they may rise re…
 
Episode 1 -Listening For Truth– This episode, with Deacon James Keating and Kris McGregor, serves as an introduction to the series. They discuss moral judgments: What are the boundaries? They also explore the importance of giving God time to reach us and knowing how we can be properly spiritually guided. Deacon James Keating, Ph.D., is a Professor …
 
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