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Reality Check—This IS The New Normal

I read a really well done, informative and insightful article this morning from The Atlantic Monthly that walks through the various timelines in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is hard to read, not because it is written in a technical language, but because it spells out the reality that most people don’t want to hear right now. What the article points out is the fact that what most of us are currently experiencing IS the new “normal.” I was a guest on the Belle Curve podcast yesterday, and the discussion revolved around how can people deal with what is […]

News of Hope Regarding Dan Burke’s Health Status!

It is with joy that I share this update from Dan Burke’s wife, Stephanie, which indicates Dan is improving! Keep praying, and remember the power of prayer during this pandemic! Divino Nino, pray for us! From Stephanie: Dear Friends, I have hopeful news today. Dan’s tubes were removed this morning and he has been breathing on his own. His oxygen levels are good and his fever is receding, only coming at night now. The nurse feels that if he continues like this, they will be moving him out of ICU later today or tomorrow. He has a long way to […]

Tips for Pursuing Holiness During the Coronavirus Pandemic and Beyond

Just posted my latest podcast, “Tips for Pursuing Holiness During the Coronavirus Pandemic and Beyond.” In this podcast episode, I share good for the head, heart, hands and feet to inspire and encourage you, as well as practical tips of what and how to continue to pursue holiness during this challenging and difficult time. Blessed Chiara Portillo, when asked how she handled life’s challenges as she struggled with cancer, shared, “We live in the moment or we’d go crazy.” I think her advice is spot on for all of us, so as part of my effort to accompany you and […]

Update on Dan Burke

Let me echo Stephanie Burke’s heartfelt THANK YOU for your prayers for Dan. According to her update that I pasted below, Dan has not declined , but is stable. Let us continue to be united in prayer for Dan, Stephanie and the many others around the world who are fighting COVID-19. From Stephanie… Dear Friends, Thank you — a thousand thank you’s — for your prayers for Dan. As promised, I want to keep you updated and ask you to continue to pray for his healing. Dan’s condition remains serious but stable. He is still on a ventilator, but his health has […]

Urgent Prayers Needed For Dan Burke

CALLING ALL PRAYER WARRIORS! URGENT PRAYERS NEEDED FOR DAN BURKE WHO IS CURRENTLY IN ICU ON A VENTILATOR FIGHTING COVID-19… For those of you who do not know who Dan Burke is, he is the founder of SpiritualDirection.com and author of numerous books on the spiritual life, including Navigating the Interior Life, Into the Deep and the recently published, Spiritual Warfare and the Discernment of Spirits. This message went out from his wife, Stephanie Burke (who is fighting COVID-19 too): My friends, I’ve never needed you more. Many of you have heard by now that Dan and I tested positive […]

Pursuing Holiness During the Coronavirus Pandemic and Beyond

Hey, Everyone! Just a quick shout out and THANK YOU for those of you who were able to join me this morning for my Facebook Live session, “Pursuing Holiness During the Coronavirus Pandemic and Beyond.” (If you are a FB user, you can watch the FB Live video here) We had a great session, but for those who couldn’t join us, wanted to share the highlights with you: First, in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, it is absolutely VITAL that we make a mindset shift. We need to stop focusing upon the negatives–all the don’ts and can’ts and begin […]

“Live In The Moment Or Go Crazy”

This blog post from Even the Sparrow blog and the accompanying YouTube video about Blessed Chiara is SO worth the 10 minutes to read and watch as you and your families celebrate the Sabbath today. And if you like any of this message because it gives you hope and encouragement, then join me tomorrow morning (Monday, March 23) at 10amCST as I do a FB Live webinar that continues to discuss how we can “live in the moment”! Happy Lataere Sunday, and hope to see you tomorrow! “Live In the moment or Go crazy” Live in the Moment or Go […]

Making Lemonade In The Midst Of A Pandemic

Here is some encouragement and inspiration from the latest Say Yes to Holiness podcast in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic… “Making Lemonade in the Midst of a Pandemic” Christina Semmens is a Roman Catholic author, blogger, speaker and mentor. She currently lives in Fort Payne, Alabama where she strives to live out a life of authentic discipleship in the pursuit of holiness while empowering, teaching and accompanying others in striving to do the same.  PS—If you are enjoying these posts, make sure to sign up for my email list here. Or you can listen to the Say Yes to […]

“Using Lent Well On The Path To Holiness”

This week’s podcast goes a little deeper into how living Lent well can increase your growth in grace on the path to holiness. Some of the Food for the Head, Heart, Hands and Feet shared in this episode: Discussion of why Lent is such a wondrously grace-filled journey for the entire Body of Christ Conversation about what St Augustine was talking about when he exhorted, “Charity is no substitute for justice withheld” Suggestions for resolutions for how to take what is in this podcast and apply it to your daily life If you are striving to grow in holiness and […]

Am I Experiencing Contemplation In My Prayer Life? This Article Helps You Discern Arightly

Absolutely PHENOMENAL article by Dr David Torkington posted on Spiritual Direction.com about meditation and contemplation. and In particular, Dr. Torkington provides a beautiful insight into understanding how these aspects of prayer are at work within the spiritual life by giving a broader understanding of several prayer practices that speak of how one “enters contemplation.” This article is illuminating and insightful, and my hope is that it helps as you are finalizing your preparations for Lent, too. Prayers that you continue to do whatever it takes to continue on the road to holiness so together we can tell the Master of […]