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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)

    IP#271 Dr. Peter Kreeft – Practical Theology on Inside the Pages with Kris McGregor

    IP#271 Dr. Peter Kreeft – Practical Theology on Inside the Pages with Kris McGregor

    “Practical Theology: Spiritual Direction from St. Thomas Aquinas” by Dr. Peter Kreeft is outstanding! An incredible work that transforms the potentially intimidating Summa Theologiae into a vital life-giving, soul-nurturing work for the pilgrim soul.   Dr. Kreeft offers us the religious wisdom of Aquinas in 359 bite-size pieces that can aid our growth in holiness.  He has framed these readings as answers to questions that people actually ask their spiritual directors. Each answer is taken word for word from Aquinas.  So many topics are covered.  You’ll be returning to this book over and over again throughout your spiritual journey.  An excellent gift to give yourself and those you love!  Highly Recommended!!!

     



    You can find the book here

    “Its notoriously difficult to synopsize Aquinas on anything. However, if I were to choose someone to do the job well, it would be Peter Kreeft. Many will find this presentation helpful to develop their own replies to the questions that bother the minds of today’s searchers.”– Romanus Cessario, O.P., Saint John’s Seminary, Brighton, Mass.

    “A scintillating commentary on the deepest book by the greatest mind. Expert guide Peter Kreeft points out every foothold and crevice you need to scale Mount Summa, and feeds you plenty of oxygen along the way. Brimming with Kreeftian profundity and levity, this book scores a hat trick: it’s informative, formative, and transformative.” —Patrick Coffin, Radio Host, Catholic Answers

    “How can we know the living God and attain to everlasting union with God? This is really the only question of life. Kreeft’s dialogue with Aquinas shows us what it means–existentially, not solely academically–to learn from a saint.” —Matthew Levering, Professor of Theology, Mundelein Seminary

    • 29 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
    POA7 – “Know your Weapons” pt. 2 – Put On The Armor – A Manual for Spiritual Warfare w/Dr. Paul Thigpen Ph.D. – Discerning Hears Catholic Podcasts

    POA7 – “Know your Weapons” pt. 2 – Put On The Armor – A Manual for Spiritual Warfare w/Dr. Paul Thigpen Ph.D. – Discerning Hears Catholic Podcasts

    Episode 7 – “Know your Weapons” pt. 2- Put on The Armor – A Manual for Spiritual Warfare with Dr. Paul Thigpen Ph.D

    Dr. Thigpen offers insights on the Manual for Spiritual Warfare Chapter 4:

    The weapon of the sacraments Christ has given the seven sacraments to His Church as channels of grace into our lives. That grace is powerful to transform us into the image of Christ and to see us safely home to heaven. No wonder, then, that the Devil hates the sacraments and tries to keep us from receiving them. They, too, are weapons of our warfare, each one with a special power to protect us and to send the demons away from us.

    Visit here for other episodes in this series:Put On The Armor – A Manual for Spiritual Warfare w/Dr. Paul Thigpen Ph.D.





    The “Manual for Spiritual Warfare” can be found here





    Paul Thigpen, Ph.D, is the Editor of TAN Books in Charlotte, North Carolina. An internationally known speaker, best-selling author and award-winning journalist, Paul has published forty-three books in a wide variety of genres and subjects: history and biography, spirituality and apologetics, anthologies and devotionals, family life and children’s books, study guides and reference works, fiction and collections of poetry and prayers.

    Paul graduated from Yale University in 1977 summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with Distinction in the Major of Religious Studies. He was later awarded the George W. Woodruff Fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta, where he earned an M.A. (1993) and a Ph.D. (1995) in Historical Theology. In 1993 he was named as a Jacob K. Javits Fellow by the U.S. Department of Education. He has served on the faculty of several universities and colleges.

    In 2008 Paul was appointed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to their National Advisory Council for a four-year term. He has served the Church as a theologian, historian, apologist, evangelist, and catechist in a number of settings, speaking frequently in Catholic and secular media broadcasts and at conferences, seminars, parish missions, and scholarly gatherings.

     

    • 28 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

    • 1 min
    DC30 St. Albert the Great – The Doctors of the Church: The Charism of Wisdom w/ Dr. Matthew Bunson Podcast

    DC30 St. Albert the Great – The Doctors of the Church: The Charism of Wisdom w/ Dr. Matthew Bunson Podcast

    Dr. Matthew Bunson discusses the life, times and teachings of St. Albert the Great

     

    Born: 1193, Lauingen, Germany

    Died: November 15, 1280, Cologne, Germany

    Education: University of Padua







    For more on St. Albert the Great and his teachings



    From Vatican.va, an excerpt from the teachings of Pope Benedict XVI 

    From the General Audience on St. Albert the Great



    One of the great masters of medieval theology is St Albert the Great.

    The title “Great”, (Magnus), with which he has passed into history indicates the vastness and depth of his teaching, which he combined with holiness of life. However, his contemporaries did not hesitate to attribute to him titles of excellence even then. One of his disciples, Ulric of Strasbourg, called him the “wonder and miracle of our epoch”.

    He was born in Germany at the beginning of the 13th century. When he was still young he went to Italy, to Padua, the seat of one of the most famous medieval universities. He devoted himself to the study of the so-called “liberal arts”: grammar, rhetoric, dialectics, arithmetic, geometry, astronomy and music, that is, to culture in general, demonstrating that characteristic interest in the natural sciences which was soon to become the favourite field for his specialization. During his stay in Padua he attended the Church of the Dominicans, whom he then joined with the profession of the religious vows. Hagiographic sources suggest that Albert came to this decision gradually. His intense relationship with God, the Dominican Friars’ example of holiness, hearing the sermons of Blessed Jordan of Saxony, St Dominic’s successor at the Master General of the Order of Preachers, were the decisive factors that helped him to overcome every doubt and even to surmount his family’s resistence. God often speaks to us in the years of our youth and points out to us the project of our life. As it was for Albert, so also for all of us, personal prayer, nourished by the Lord’s word, frequent reception of the Sacraments and the spiritual guidance of enlightened people are the means to discover and follow God’s voice. He received the religious habit from Bl. Jordan of Saxony.

    After his ordination to the priesthood, his superiors sent him to teach at various theological study centres annexed to the convents of the Dominican Fathers. His brilliant intellectual qualities enabled him to perfect his theological studies at the most famous university in that period, the University of Paris. From that time on St Albert began his extraordinary activity as a writer that he was to pursue throughout his life.

    Prestigious tasks were assigned to him. In 1248 he was charged with opening a theological studium at Cologne, one of the most important regional capitals of Germany, where he lived at different times and which became his adopted city. He brought with him from Paris an exceptional student, Thomas Aquinas. The sole merit of having been St Thomas’ teacher would suffice to elicit profound admiration for St Albert. A relationship of mutual esteem and friendship developed between these two great theologians, human attitudes that were very helpful in the development of this branch of knowlege. In 1254, Albert was elected Provincial of the Dominican Fathers’ “Provincia Teutoniae” Teutonic Province which included communities scattered over a vast territory in Central and Northern Europe.

    He distinguished himself for the zeal with which he exercised this ministry, visiting the communities and constantly recalling his confreres to fidelity, to the teaching and example of St Dominic.

    • 30 min
    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

    • 1 min

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