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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. Thomas Aquinas Novena Day 8 – Discerning Hearts Podcast

    St. Thomas Aquinas Novena Day 8 – Discerning Hearts Podcast

    Day 8

    St. Thomas you have taught



    “To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”





    “We can’t have full knowledge all at once. We must start by believing; then afterwards we may be led on to master the evidence for ourselves.” 







    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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    SJ1 – St. Joseph’s World – St. Joseph and His World with Mike Aquilina – Discerning Hearts Podcast

    SJ1 – St. Joseph’s World – St. Joseph and His World with Mike Aquilina – Discerning Hearts Podcast

    Episode 1 – St. Joseph’s World – “St. Joseph and His World”

    In this episode, Mike Aquilina and Kris McGregor begin this series on the life and times of St. Joseph with a discussion on his ancestry.

    An excerpt from St. Joseph and His World:

    The family of David was intensely aware of their mission and purpose in history. The residents of Nazareth and Kochba were alive to the possibility—perhaps a probability—that one of them would bear the messiah into the world.

    Archeologists estimate that Nazareth had 120–150 inhabitants in the mid-first century before Christ.3 Seventy years after the clan’s arrival, they were surely established in their routines and integrated into the local economy. The households had their trades, which fathers taught their sons, and mothers taught their daughters.

    Later in that century, one of the families in Nazareth—a family of artisans—gave birth to a boy and named him Joseph. His name, like the name of his birthplace, reflected the hope of his people. Joseph, in Hebrew, means “God will increase.”

    Aqualina, Mike. St. Joseph and His World (pp. 19-20). Scepter Publishers. Kindle Edition.



    You can find the book on which this series is based here

    Mike Aquilina is a popular author working in the area of Church history, especially patristics, the study of the early Church Fathers.[1] He is the executive vice-president and trustee of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, a Roman Catholic research center based in Steubenville, Ohio. He is a contributing editor of Angelus (magazine) and general editor of the Reclaiming Catholic History Series from Ave Maria Press. He is the author or editor of more than fifty books, including The Fathers of the Church (2006); The Mass of the Early Christians (2007); Living the Mysteries (2003); and What Catholics Believe(1999). He has hosted eleven television series on the Eternal Word Television Network and is a frequent guest commentator on Catholic radio.

     

    Mike Aquilina’s website is found at fathersofthechurch.com

    Other Mike Aquilina series’ found on Discerning Hearts:

    Roots the Faith

    The Resilient Church

    Villains of the Early Church

    • 28 min
    St. Thomas Aquinas Novena Day 7 – Discerning Hearts Podcast

    St. Thomas Aquinas Novena Day 7 – Discerning Hearts Podcast

    Day 7

    St. Thomas you have taught

    “Fear is such a powerful emotion for humans that when we allow it to take us over, it drives compassion right out of our hearts.”

    “We must love them both, those whose opinions we share and those whose opinions we reject, for both have labored in the search for truth, and both have helped us in finding it.”

    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

    • 1 min.
    “The Urgency of Jesus’ Message to the World” – Building a Kingdom of Love with Msgr. John Esseff – Discerning Hearts Podcast

    “The Urgency of Jesus’ Message to the World” – Building a Kingdom of Love with Msgr. John Esseff – Discerning Hearts Podcast

    The Urgency of Jesus’ Message to the World



    Msgr. Esseff reflects on the call of Christ, especially at this time in our lives.



    Gospel

    Mk 1:14-20





    After John had been arrested,

    Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God:

    “This is the time of fulfillment.

    The kingdom of God is at hand.

    Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

    As he passed by the Sea of Galilee,

    he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea;

    they were fishermen.

    Jesus said to them,

    “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

    Then they abandoned their nets and followed him.

    He walked along a little farther

    and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John.

    They too were in a boat mending their nets.

    Then he called them.

    So they left their father Zebedee in the boat

    along with the hired men and followed him.





    Msgr. John A. Esseff is a Roman Catholic priest in the Diocese of Scranton.  He was ordained on May 30, 1953, by the late Bishop William J. Hafey, D.D. at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Scranton, PA.  Msgr. Esseff served a retreat director and confessor to St. Mother Teresa.    He continues to offer direction and retreats for the sisters of the missionaries of charity around the world.  Msgr. Esseff encountered St. Padre Pio,  who would become a spiritual father to him.  He has lived in areas around the world,  serving in the Pontifical missions, a Catholic organization established by Pope St. John Paul II to bring the Good News to the world especially to the poor.  Msgr. Esseff assisted the founders of the Institute for Priestly Formation and continues to serve as a spiritual director for the Institute.  He continues to serve as a retreat leader and director to bishops, priests and sisters and seminarians and other religious leaders around the world.    

     

     

    • 26 min
    St. Thomas Aquinas Novena Day 6 – Discerning Hearts Podcasts

    St. Thomas Aquinas Novena Day 6 – Discerning Hearts Podcasts

    Day 6

    St. Thomas you have taught us to pray…

    Virgin full of goodness,

    Mother of mercy,

    I entrust to you my body and my soul,

    my thoughts and my actions,

    my life and my death.

    My Queen,

    come to my aid

    and deliver me from the snares of the devil.

    Obtain for me the grace of loving

    my Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

    with a true and perfect love,

    and after him,

    Mary,

    of loving you with all my heart

    and above all things.

    Amen.

    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-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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