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Fr. Timothy Gallagher, Dr. Anthony Lilles, Deacon James Keating, Archbishop George Lucas, Msgr. John Esseeff and so many other Catholic Spiritual leaders and teachers/catechists offer the best teachings in the rich Catholic Spiritual/Discernment tradition. From lives of the saints to the basics of Catholic Social teaching, from the Sacred Liturgy to prayer in everyday moments of our lives, we walk to together as we fulfill our call to "be saints in the making". By the renewal of our minds, we form ourselves so that we "may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect." (Rom 12:2)

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Fr. Timothy Gallagher, Dr. Anthony Lilles, Deacon James Keating, Archbishop George Lucas, Msgr. John Esseeff and so many other Catholic Spiritual leaders and teachers/catechists offer the best teachings in the rich Catholic Spiritual/Discernment tradition. From lives of the saints to the basics of Catholic Social teaching, from the Sacred Liturgy to prayer in everyday moments of our lives, we walk to together as we fulfill our call to "be saints in the making". By the renewal of our minds, we form ourselves so that we "may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect." (Rom 12:2)

    ST-John Ep 26- John 12 – The Glory of the Lord part 2 – The Gospel of St. John – Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran – Discerning Hearts Podcast

    ST-John Ep 26- John 12 – The Glory of the Lord part 2 – The Gospel of St. John – Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran – Discerning Hearts Podcast

    Episode 26 – John 12: The Glory of the Lord part 2





    “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 meal, and afterward, would be entertained by musicians and sometimes even prostitutes. We recall King Herod, married illicitly to Herodias, who promised even half his kingdom to Herodias’ daughter Salome after she performed a seductive after-dinner dance. Prompted by her mother, Salome demands the head of John the Baptist, who had publicly criticized the marriage between Herod and Herodias. In some paintings, Salome is pictured with a vial of spikenard, a rare, expensive, richly aromatic oil.

    Sharon goes on to explain the significance of spikenard for a first-century Jewish girl. Spikenard was kept in an alabaster jar, and on her wedding night, the virgin bride would break open the jar, anoint her new groom, and consummate the wedding. With this background, we now better understand the beautiful meaning behind the actions of Mary of Bethany, who breaks open an enormous jar of spikenard, anoints the feet of Jesus, and then dries them with her hair. Mary desires to give everything to Jesus and enter into a spiritual marriage. She wants to lavish him with not only her most precious earthly gift, but even more, with the priceless gift of her total self: heart, mind, soul, and strength.

    6 Spikenard was also used for burial anointing, but having just seen her brother rise from the dead, Mary knows Jesus will also rise and have no need for the burial anointing. Instead, Mary anoints Jesus now as her spiritual spouse. Sharon then moves on to the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, showing how Jesus fulfills the prophecy of Zechariah 9, entering into his kingship riding atop a donkey. To reach Jerusalem, Jesus would have processed through Bethany and Bethphage. Sharon unlocks the importance of Bethphage, also known as the House of Un-ripened Figs. Despite being a few miles outside the city walls, Bethphage was still considered to be part of Jerusalem and was home to two members holding seats in the Sanhedrin. The irony of Jesus processing past this town is profound: any judicial order to execute a rebellious leader had to be made in Bethphage. Today Jesus rides triumphantly past Bethphage; in just a few short days, his execution will be confirmed in Bethphage. ”



    Sharon Doran serves as the teaching director of “Seeking Truth.” An experienced Bible Study teacher, Sharon has a passion for scripture that will motivate and challenge you to immerse yourself in God’s Word and apply His message to your everyday life.

    For more in this series visit the Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran Discerning Hearts page

    “Seeking Truth” is an in-depth Catholic Bible Study, commissioned by the Archdiocese of Omaha in response to John Paul II’s call to the New Evangelization as well as Pope Benedict XVI’s exhortation for all Catholics to study scripture. To learn more go to www.seekingtruth.net

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    St. Thomas Aquinas Novena Day 5 – Discerning Hearts Podcast

    St. Thomas Aquinas Novena Day 5 – Discerning Hearts Podcast

    Day 5

    St. Thomas you have taught that:

    “The world tempts us either by attaching us to it in prosperity, or by filling us with fear of adversity. But faith overcomes this in that we believe in a life to come better than this one, and hence we despise the riches of this world and we are not terrified in the face of adversity.”

    ― Thomas Aquinas, The Catechetical Instructions

    Through the intercession of St. Thomas Aquinas,

    Grant me grace, O merciful God,

    to desire ardently all that is pleasing to Thee,

    to examine it prudently,

    to acknowledge it truthfully,

    and to accomplish it perfectly,

    for the praise and glory of Thy name.

    In particular, please obtain the favor I ask during this novena.

    [Make your request here…]

    Grant me, O Lord my God,

    a mind to know you,

    a heart to seek you,

    wisdom to find you,

    conduct pleasing to you,

    faithful perseverance in waiting for you,

    and a hope of finally embracing you.

    Amen.

    Background music excerpt: “O Salutaris Hostia”  performed by “Capella Musica Seoul”

    For the complete 9-day Novena with St. Thomas Aquinas

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    St. Francis de Sales Novena Day 9 – Discerning Hearts Podcasts

    St. Francis de Sales Novena Day 9 – Discerning Hearts Podcasts

    Think for a moment of the piety of the Madonna when the angel told her that the Spirit would overshadow her. What sentiments of humility, confidence and courage! At the very moment when she understood that God had given her His heart, that is, His Son, she gave herself to God. Her soul was flooded with charity, so she could say with the sacred spouse, "...My heart trembled within me, and I grew faint when he spoke." [Sg:5:4] As far as we are concerned, we receive a similar grace in Communion, because not an angel but Jesus Christ Himself assures us that in it the Holy Spirit descends on us. Heavenly power covers us with its shadow and the Son of God really comes to us. He can say that He is conceived and born in us. Truly then, the soul can respond with the Madonna, "I am the servant of the Lord; let is be done to me as you say." [Lk 1:38] (Spiritual Directory, Art. 12)

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    BBFA3 – The Prayers of Exorcism and Anointing – Baptism: Born from Above w/ Deacon James Keating

    BBFA3 – The Prayers of Exorcism and Anointing – Baptism: Born from Above w/ Deacon James Keating

    Episode 3 -Baptism: Born from Above– The importance of the community of faith.  Also the relevance and effect of the prayers of exorcism and anointing



    Deacon Keating takes a careful look at the Baptismal Rite and offers prayerful reflection and insight to help us live out the faith and nurture the domestic church.

    From the Baptismal Rite for Children:

    From the earliest times, the Church, to which the mission of preaching the Gospel and of baptizing was entrusted, has baptized not only adults but children as well. Our Lord said:

    ‘Unless a man is reborn in water and the Holy Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of

    God.’ The Church has always understood these words to mean that children should not

    be deprived of baptism, because they are baptized in the faith of the Church, a faith proclaimedfor them by their parents and godparents, who represent both the local Church

    and the whole society of saints and believers: ‘The whole Church is the mother of all and the mother of each.’

     To fulfill the true meaning of the sacrament, children must later be formed in the faith in

    which they have been baptized. The foundation of this formation will be the sacrament

    itself that they have already received. Christian formation, which is their due, seeks to lead

    them gradually to learn God’s plan in Christ, so that they may ultimately accept for themselvesthe faith in which they have been baptized

    Deacon James Keating, Ph.D., is a professor of Spiritual Theology and serves as a spiritual director at Kenrick Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, MO. 

    More episodes of Baptism: Born from Above with Deacon James Keating Ph.D.

    Check out Deacon Keating’s “Discerning Heart” page

    Deacon Keating is also the author of:



    You can find the book here.

    (A great gift for clergy)

    From the book description:

    Deacon James Keating’s book Abiding in Christ: Staying with God in a Busy World is a how-to-pray resource. This book helps readers to find a quiet space wherein they can be present to God and offers suggestions of how they can be more open to God s movement within them.

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    St. Thomas Aquinas Novena Day 4 – Discerning Hearts Podcast

    St. Thomas Aquinas Novena Day 4 – Discerning Hearts Podcast

    Day 4

    St. Thomas you have taught that:

    “Many cry to the Lord that they may win riches, that they may avoid losses; they cry that their family may be established, they ask for temporal happiness, for worldly dignities; and, lastly, they cry for bodily health, which is the patrimony of the poor. For these and such like things many cry to the Lord; hardly one cries for the Lord Himself! How easy it is for a man to desire all manner of things from the Lord and yet not desire the Lord Himself! As though the gift could be sweeter than the Giver!”

    ― Thomas Aquinas, On Prayer and The Contemplative Life

    Through the intercession of St. Thomas Aquinas,

    Grant me grace, O merciful God,

    to desire ardently all that is pleasing to Thee,

    to examine it prudently,

    to acknowledge it truthfully,

    and to accomplish it perfectly,

    for the praise and glory of Thy name.

    In particular, please obtain the favor I ask during this novena.

    [Make your request here…]

    Grant me, O Lord my God,

    a mind to know you,

    a heart to seek you,

    wisdom to find you,

    conduct pleasing to you,

    faithful perseverance in waiting for you,

    and a hope of finally embracing you.

    Amen.

    Background music excerpt: “O Salutaris Hostia”  performed by “Capella Musica Seoul”

    For the complete 9-day Novena with St. Thomas Aquinas

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    St. Francis de Sales Novena Day 8 – Discerning Hearts Podcast

    St. Francis de Sales Novena Day 8 – Discerning Hearts Podcast

    

    Day 8

    One of the greatest proofs of love that Jesus displayed on the cross was putting up with the imperfections of His neighbor. There He showed us that He has a heart that loves us tenderly and watches over us kindly. He even showed His love for those who put Him to death. In those dire moments the Savior expressed thoughts of love even for his executioners, pardoning them in the very act of sinning! How petty-minded we are when we cannot bring ourselves to forget some injury received, even after a long time! Whoever sincerely pardons another calls down abundant blessings and perfectly imitates Christ. (Spiritual Treatises IV; O. VI, pp. 65-66)

    O blessed Francis de Sales, who on earth did excel in a life of virtue,

    especially in the love of God and neighbor,

    I earnestly ask you to take me under your compassionate care and protection.

    Obtain for me conversion of mind and heart.

    Grant that all people,

    especially (names of those whom you wish to include) may experience

    the depth of God’s redeeming and healing love.

    Teach me to fix my eyes on the things of heaven

    even as I walk each day with my feet planted firmly on the earth.

    Help me, through the practice of virtue and the pursuit of devotion,

    to avoid anything that would otherwise cause me to stumble

    in my attempt to follow Christ

    and to be an instrument of the Holy Spirit.

    Encouraged by your prayers and example,

    help me to live fully my sacred dignity

    with the hope of experiencing my sacred destiny:

    eternal life with God.

    Receive also this particular need or concern

    that I now lift up in prayer. (mention your particular need).

    O God, for the salvation of all,

    you desired that St. Francis de Sales—

    preacher, missionary, confessor, bishop and founder—

    should befriend many long the road to salvation.

    Mercifully grant that we,

    infused with the humility and gentleness of his charity,

    guided by his wisdom and sharing in his spirit

    may experience eternal life.

    We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

    St. Francis de Sales, pray for us.

    For the complete 9 day St. Francis de Sales Novena visit here

     

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