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IP#313 Fr. Sean Davidson – Saint Mary Magdalene on Inside the Pages

Fr. Sean Davidson offers one of the best books I’ve encountered on St. Mary Magdalene. More than a biography of the person, Fr. Davidson reflects on the heart of the one known as the “Apostle to the Apostles.” “Saint Mary Magdalene: Prophetess of Eucharistic Love,” based on the Biblical texts traditionally associated with St. Mary Magdalene, this book shines a beautiful bright light on her love for Jesus and how it translates to the devotion of Eucharistic Adoration. A truly excellent work which we highly recommend!

IP#273 Fr. Christopher Collins S.J. – Three Moments of the Day on Inside the Pages

“Three Moments of the Day: Praying with the Heart of Jesus” by Fr. Christopher Collins S.J. is outstanding!

Our conversation with Fr. Collins may leave you feeling that you’ve received a wonderful spiritual “booster shot”! What seemed old is beautifully new again. What we may have taken for granted is revealed to have delightfully renewing facets for us to explore. Highly, highly recommended!

From the book description:

On the strength of the Apostleship of Prayer’s worldwide reach, retreat master Christopher Collins introduces a powerful approach to both the Sacred Heart devotion and classic Ignatian spirituality.
In the tradition of Michael Gaitley’s bestselling 33 Days to Morning Glory, Three Moments of the Day presents a classic Catholic tradition in a way that is fresh and compelling. Jesuit retreat master Christopher Collins introduces three simple, yet powerful prayer habits that are at the foundation of both the Sacred Heart devotion and Ignatian spirituality and that assist the reader in turning intentionally toward the Sacred Heart of Christ. Readers are guided through morning offering, evening reflection, and how to ponder the gift of the Eucharist throughout the day.

USCCA17 – Part 1 The Eucharist: Source and Summit of Christian Life – U. S. Catholic Catechism for Adults w/ Arch. George Lucas

Archbishop Lucas offers insights on the US Catholic Catechism for Adults Chapter 17 part 1:

The Church draws her life from the Eucharist. This truth does not simply express a daily experience of faith, but recapitulates the heart of the mystery of the Church. In a variety of ways, she joyfully experiences the constant fulfillment of the promise, “Lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age” (Mt 28:20), but in the Holy Eucharist, through the changing of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of the Lord, she rejoices in this presence with unique intensity. Ever since Pentecost, when the Church, the People of the New Covenant, began her pilgrim journey towards her heavenly homeland, the Divine Sacrament has continued to mark the passing of her days, filling them with confident hope.

(This will be a 2 part program on this chapter)

BKL#3 – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff – “The Gift of Nothing”

Show 3 ” Building a Kingdom of Love” – “The Gift of Nothing“

Msgr. Esseff begins by reading a passage from the book “The Gift of Nothing” by Patrick McDonnell. He discusses how we all think what we will need “something”, but Msgr. helps us to see what God desires for us to see “the gift of nothing”. What we desire deep down is intimacy. Msgr. Esseff offers how Jesus reaches out to us in Divine Love…the Bread of Life. The Eucharist offers intimacy, will we accept the gift?

ROF#2 – The Mass: the Universal Sign – Roots of the Faith with Mike Aquilina

Episode 2 – The Mass: the Universal Sign Roots of the Faith – From the Church Fathers to You with Mike Aquilina, makes clear that just as an acorn grows into a tree and yet remains the same plant, so the Catholic Church is a living organism that has grown from the faith of the … Read more

HR#27 “To contemplate the Holy Eucharist ” – The Holy Rule of St. Benedict with Fr. Mauritius Wilde O.S.B

Episode 27- The Holy Rule of St. Benedict: A Spiritual Path for Today’s World with Fr. Mauritius Wilde O.S.B., PhD. “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 … Read more

IP#268 Mark Hart – Behold the Mystery on Inside the Pages

“Behold the Mystery: A Deeper Understanding of the Catholic Mass”, authored by the phenomenal Mark Hart, is perfect for all who wish to explore the mystery of the Catholic Mass. Leave it to the “Bible Geek” to steep us in the Scriptures in order to break open up our Sacred Liturgy of the Eucharist in a joy-filled, enthusiastic, life-sustaining way . He even, in the last part of the book, answers frequently asked questions, such as Why can’t I leave right after Communion? or Why did the words change? And be sure to check out Mark’s “10 things we can do to get more out of Mass”. Perfect for Catholics and non-Catholics alike. A “Holy, Holy, Holy” must have read.

BA17 – “Celebration of Holy Mass” pt. 2 – Begin Again: The Spiritual Legacy of Ven. Bruno Lanteri with Fr. Timothy Gallagher

Episode 17 – “Celebration of Holy Mass” pt. 2 – Begin Again: The Spiritual Legacy of Ven. Bruno Lanteri with Fr. Timothy Gallagher In this episode, Fr. Gallagher offers aspects of Ven. Lanteri’s on how to enter into the celebration of the Holy Mass as found in Ven. Lanteri’s Directory, a commentary on the Rule … Read more

IP#179 Vinny Flynn – 21 Ways to Worship on Inside the Pages

It was a delight to once again have a conversation with Vinny Flynn, who has authored “21 Ways to Worship: A Guide to Eucharistic Adoration”. Short and to the point, the meditations brought forward by Vinny are packed with aids to help us deepen our appreciation of this gift of the very presence of God. Possibly undervalued as an important spiritual practice, Eucharistic adoration is an essential spiritual encounter for those who wish to truly enter into this Year of Faith. Vinny’s work helps those who wish to begin this vital devotion, and deepens the experience for those who have been fed by this practice over the years. A don’t miss…buy one for yourself and one to leave in your church’s Eucharist Chapel for others to enjoy.

WOM#14 – The Eucharist: What if I can’t receive? – The Way of Mystery w/ Deacon James Keating – Discerning Hearts

The Eucharist summons us like a beacon. Even in the face of scandal, the moral authority of the Church shines through the Eucharist and challenges us to follow Christ in moving forward and allowing our hearts to be transformed. Mortal sin, what is it and how does it effect our relationship with the Eucharist…with Christ? Being present at mass even if you shouldn’t receive…not allowing yourself to be separated from worship.

WOM#11 – The Eucharistic Prayer – The Way of Mystery w/ Deacon James Keating – Discerning Hearts

The Liturgy of the Eucharist part 3 : The Eucharistic Prayer…God teaching us to pray. What are we doing in our participation and are we truly ready to receive the Body of Christ? Should we, in integrity, receive the Truth of Christ in Communion…do we really believe?

WOM#10 – Full and Active Participation in Liturgy of the Eucharist – The Way of Mystery w/ Deacon James Keating – Discerning Hearts

Episode 10 -The Way of Mystery: The Eucharist and Moral Living Keating-2

The Liturgy of the Eucharist part 2 : The True Meaning of “Full and Active Participation”…The Purpose of the Eucharistic Prayer.

WOM#8 – Liturgy of the Eucharist part 1 – The Way of Mystery w/ Deacon James Keating – Discerning Hearts

The Liturgy of the Eucharist part 1 : The offertory and the priesthood…what is the role of the priest in the sacrifice of the Mass and what are some of the challenges faced by the priest today.

USCCA17 – Part 1 The Eucharist: Source and Summit of Christian Life – U. S. Catholic Catechism for Adults w/ Arch. George Lucas

Archbishop Lucas offers insights on the US Catholic Catechism for Adults Chapter 17 part 1:

The Church draws her life from the Eucharist. This truth does not simply express a daily experience of faith, but recapitulates the heart of the mystery of the Church. In a variety of ways, she joyfully experiences the constant fulfillment of the promise, “Lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age” (Mt 28:20), but in the Holy Eucharist, through the changing of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of the Lord, she rejoices in this presence with unique intensity. Ever since Pentecost, when the Church, the People of the New Covenant, began her pilgrim journey towards her heavenly homeland, the Divine Sacrament has continued to mark the passing of her days, filling them with confident hope.

(This will be a 2 part program on this chapter)

WOM#5 – The Penitential Rite – The Way of Mystery w/ Deacon James Keating – Discerning Hearts

The penitential rite of the mass, while not the pivotal point, it is one of the most important points of the mass, and key in our moral conversion…it’s about the crucifixion to sin, meeting evil with love.

POC#1 The Power of the Cross with Michael Dubruiel episode 1 – Discerning Hearts

Ash Wednesday – Eternal Life or Death?
Thursday – Jesus’ Invitation
Friday – How Much We Need Jesus
Saturday – A Matter of Life and Death

The Seven Secrets of the Eucharist – In Conversation with Vinny Flynn

Our conversation with Vinny Flynn, on the “The Seven Secrets of the Eucharist”, is one of the most popular interviews we have had on the Morning Show. Vinny’s love for the Eucharist pours out in his descriptions of just some of the beautiful “secrets” found in this great mystery and gift to us all.

IP#198 Msgr. Charles Murphy – Eucharistic Adoration on Inside the Pages

“Eucharistic Adoration: Holy Hour Meditations on the Seven Last Words of Christ” is a marvelous book for enhancing your experience of one of the Church’s richest devotions. Msgr. Charles Murphy pours into this work over 50 years of priestly life and pastoral experience in spreading the devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. He ties together reflections on the seven last words of Jesus with the profiles of seven modern Christians known for their devotion to the Eucharist, including Simone Weil, Edith Stein, Dorothy Day, Blessed John XXIII, Blessed John Paul II, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, and St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. In this conversation, we also discuss his book “The Spirituality of Fasting”

“Pange Lingua Gloriosi” The Eucharistic Prayer Of St Thomas Aquinas

This extraordinary Eucharistic hymn, by the great St. Thomas Aquinas, is a fan favourite among the faithful. This version regretably leaves out the second verse. The recording is from the CD illuminations, compiled by Dan Gibson. the Latin text and English translation follow: Latin text An English translation Pange, lingua, gloriosi Corporis mysterium, Sanguinisque pretiosi, … Read more

WOM#15 – The Unitive Way – The Way of Mystery with Deacon James Keating episode 15 – Discerning Hearts

The journey begins into the unitive way…the beginning of falling in love with God. Combined with the entry into the sacramental life, the living out the moral life becomes more than meeting a “goal”, but becomes a “way” of life.

WOM#11 – The Liturgy of the Eucharist part 3: The Eucharistic Prayer – The Way of Mystery with Deacon James Keating episode 11 – Discerning Hearts

The Liturgy of the Eucharist part 3 : The Eucharistic Prayer…God teaching us to pray. What are we doing in our participation and are we truly ready to receive the Body of Christ? Should we, in integrity, receive the Truth of Christ in Communion…do we really believe?

WOM#9 – The Liturgy of the Eucharist part 1 – The Way of Mystery with Deacon James Keating episode 9 – Discerning Hearts

Episode 9 -The Way of Mystery: The Eucharist and Moral Living– The Liturgy of the Eucharist part 1 : The offertory and the priesthood…what is the role of the priest in the sacrifice of the Mass and what are some of the challenges faced by the priest today.

WOM#8 – The Liturgy of the Word part 2 – The Way of Mystery with Deacon James Keating episode 8 – Discerning Hearts

Episode 8 -The Way of Mystery: The Eucharist and Moral Living– The Liturgy of the Word part 2 : The actual role of the reader (not performer), the role of the deacon, the role of those who hear the Word

WOM#7 – The Liturgy of the Word part 1 – The Way of Mystery with Deacon James Keating episode 7 – Discerning Hearts

The Liturgy of the Word part 1 Christ entering us through language. The difference in our attitude of being an “audience” and being in an attitude of prayer. How the Word sets us free.

WOM#5 – The Penitential Rite of the Mass – The Way of Mystery with Deacon James Keating episode 5 – Discerning Hearts

Episode 5 -The Way of Mystery: The Eucharist and Moral Living– The penitential rite of the mass, while not the pivotal point, it is one of the most important points of the mass, and key in our moral conversion…it’s about the crucifixion to sin, meeting evil with love.

IP#165 Fr. Joseph Fessio S.J. – The Language of the Liturgy on Inside the Pages

Fr. Joseph Fessio S.J. has such an incredible depth of knowledge and experience, that it is gift to discuss any topic with him, but it is especially wonderful to reflect with him on “the language of the liturgy.” In this episode we discuss 2 books published by Ignatius Press, “Benedict XVI’s Reform” by Msgr. Nicola Bux and “The Voice of the Church at Prayer” by Fr. Uwe Michael Lang. We discuss the primacy of place the Sacred Liturgy holds in our lives and the importance of offering it worthily. Fr. Fessio helps us to understand the history of the reform, especially in its expression through our language. We also discuss the importance of elevating our understanding and action as opposed to “dumbing it down”. We also look at the important role the use of Latin plays enhancing the sense of the sacred in our sacramental expression. Msgr. Bux’s book does an incredible job of closely examine the nature of liturgical reform nurtured by Pope Benedict XVI, while Fr. Lang’s book offers a fascinating history of the language used in our celebrations. Not just for scholars, these works offer invaluable insight into the heart of the liturgy we participate in.

IP#130 Fr. Milton Walsh – In Memory of Me on Inside the Pages

What is the “Roman Canon”? Fr. Milton Walsh helps us to answer that question and enter deeply into the mystery found in this beautiful Eucharistic prayer. Drawing from the best of biblical and liturgical scholarship, Fr. Walsh offers a beautiful meditation that can help priests, religious, and laity deepen their understanding of the text that for centuries was the only Eucharistic prayer used in the Roman Rite. This is a great book to give those in Catholic Adult Formation programs, like the RCIA, Diaconate training, Religious Education Catechist, as well as to the average “pew person” who longs for a deeper encounter in the depths of our Sacred Liturgy.

Pope Benedict on Prayer 19 – The Prayer of Jesus at the Last Supper

“In contemplating Jesus’ words and gestures that night, we can clearly see that it was in His intimate and constant relationship with the Father that He accomplished the gesture of leaving to His followers, and to all of us, the Sacrament of love”, said the Pope. During the Last Supper Jesus also prayed for His disciples, who likewise had to suffer harsh trials. With that prayer “He supported them in their weakness, their difficulty in understanding that the way of God had to pass through the Paschal mystery of death and resurrection, which was anticipated in the offer of bread and wine. The Eucharist is the food of pilgrims, a source of strength also for those who are tired, weary and disoriented”.

Cardinal Arinze on the Sacred Liturgy and the life of the Priest

Francis Cardinal Arinze discussed the Sacred Liturgy as central to the life and ministry of the priest. He discusses what the Sacred Liturgy is, he summarizes the ministry of the priest in its three-fold aspect and then sets out how the Sacred Liturgy effects the personal life of the priest. How he celebrates it matters very much.
This is a very important prospective for all the members of the Church to hear!

IP#104 Fr. Ronald Rolheiser – Our One Great Act of Fidelity on Inside the Pages

“Our One Great Act of Fidelity: Waiting for Christ in the Eucharist” is a wonderfulreflection on the many aspects the Eucharist touches our hearts and our lives. I have read Fr. Ronald Rolheiser for many years in our local diocesans newspaper…what a delight to finally have the opportunity to speak to him, especially about this deeply personal book which is not only

Tantum Ergo – Discerning Hearts

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Related posts: Regina Coeli – Queen of Heaven – Discerning Hearts Regina Coeli – Queen of Heaven St. Hildegard of Bingen….from Pope Benedict XVI – Discerning Hearts St. Matilda, God’s Nightingale, pray for us St. Gertrude the Great, “a very powerful champion of … Read more

Mike Aquilina – The Fire of God’s Love: 120 Reflections on the Eucharist – Discerning Hearts

When you listen to Mike Aquilina express the mystery and beauty of the Eucharist, you know it is truly coming from someone who has been deeply touched in his depths of his own heart by this tremendous sacrament of love. I love talking with Mike, he strengthens and encourages my own faith so much…he is such a gift to the body of Christ!

WOM#12 – Deacon James Keating – Way of Mystery episode 12 from Resting On the Heart of Christ

Episode 12 -The Way of Mystery: The Eucharist and Moral Living– The Liturgy of the Eucharist part 4 : the Communion Rite…The moment of radical surrender…can we do it? We when come forward to communion, what are doing…what are we saying? Will we allow ourselves to be transformed?  The moment of silence…will we allow ourselves … Read more

WOM#13 – Deacon James Keating – Way of Mystery episode 13 from Resting On the Heart of Christ

Episode 13 -The Way of Mystery: The Eucharist and Moral Living– the spiritual life and moral living… understanding the journey through the Purgative and Illuminative Way and their role in the moral life. Deacon James Keating, PhD, the director of Theological Formation for the Institute for Priestly Formation, located at Creighton University, in Omaha, is … Read more

WOM#14 – Deacon James Keating – Way of Mystery episode 14 from Resting On the Heart of Christ

Episode 14 -The Way of Mystery: The Eucharist and Moral Living– The Eucharist summons us like a beacon.  Even in the face of scandal, the moral authority of the Church shines through the Eucharist and challenges us to follow Christ in moving forward and allowing our hearts to be transformed.  Mortal sin, what is it … Read more

WOM#15 – Deacon James Keating – Way of Mystery episode 15 from Resting On the Heart of Christ

Episode 15 -The Way of Mystery: The Eucharist and Moral Living– The journey begins into the unitive way…the beginning of falling in love with God.  Combined with the entry into the sacramental life, the living out the moral life becomes more than meeting a “goal”, but becomes a “way” of life. Deacon James Keating, PhD, … Read more

WOM#18 – Deacon James Keating – Way of Mystery episode 18 from Resting On the Heart of Christ

Episode 18 -The Way of Mystery: The Eucharist and Moral Living– The Final installment of the series.  The challenge of living the moral life and the gift of grace from the sacrament of the Eucharist. Deacon James Keating, PhD, the director of Theological Formation for the Institute for Priestly Formation, located at Creighton University, in … Read more

IP#72 Dr. Brant Pitre – Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist on Inside the Pages part 2

Part 2…What a fantastic book, what a fantastic (and fun) interview with Dr. Brant Pitre, discussing “Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist”. This book has what it takes to become a classic, similiar in importance as Dr. Scott Hahn’s “The Lamb’s Supper”! The description from the book says it best….“Jesus and the Jewish … Read more

IP#71 Dr. Brant Pitre – Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist on Inside the Pages part 1

What a fantastic book, what a fantastic (and fun) interview with Dr. Brant Pitre, discussing “Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist”. This book has what it takes to become a classic, similiar in importance as Dr. Scott Hahn’s “The Lamb’s Supper”! The description from the book says it best….“Jesus and the Jewish Roots … Read more

IP#67 Mike Aquilina – The Mass on Inside the Pages

“The Mass:  The Glory, The Mystery, The Tradition” is absolutely fantastic! This is the book so many of us have been waiting for and leave it to Mike Aquilina, along with co-author, his eminence, Cardinal Donald Wuerl to bring  it to us.  Every Catholic household should have a copy of this richly satisfying primer to … Read more

IP#66 Sr. Briege McKenna – The Power of the Sacraments part 3 on Inside the Pages

Part 3 of 3…Sr. Briege McKenna O.S.C. is a tremendous blessing for all of us in the Church! “The Power of the Sacraments” is a beautiful work which helps us all to appreciate the gift of grace that flows through the sacraments. There is such a hunger in the hearts of God’s children today for healing and peace. Sr. Briege, in her beautiful maternal nurturing way, helps us to see that the answer is right in front of us reaching out to us right now…he is Jesus Christ. “Miracles Do Happen” is her beautiful book recounting her miraculous healing and her call to mission to the world. It also expresses her great love and concern for the priesthood. Her insights are tremendous…her love for Christ and her bride, the Church, is a glorious witness and light for today’s world. She is truly one of the most inspiring persons I have ever encountered!

IP#65 Sr. Briege McKenna – The Power of the Sacraments part 2 on Inside the Pages

Part 2 of 3…Sr. Briege McKenna O.S.C. is a tremendous blessing for all of us in the Church! “The Power of the Sacraments” is a beautiful work which helps us all to appreciate the gift of grace that flows through the sacraments. There is such a hunger in the hearts of God’s children today for … Read more

IP#64 Sr. Briege McKenna – The Power of the Sacraments part 1 on Inside the Pages

Part 1 of 3...Sr. Briege McKenna O.S.C. is a tremendous blessing for all of us in the Church! "The Power of the Sacraments" is a beautiful work which helps us all to appreciate the gift of grace that flows through the sacraments. There is such a hunger in the hearts of God's children today for healing and peace. Sr. Briege, in her beautiful maternal nurturing way, helps us to see that the answer is right in front of us reaching out to us right now...he is Jesus Christ. "Miracles Do Happen" is her beautiful book recounting her miraculous healing and her call to mission to the world. It also expresses her great love and concern for the priesthood. Her insights are tremendous...her love for Christ and her bride, the Church, is a glorious witness and light for today's world. She is truly one of the most inspiring persons I have ever encountered!

Part 1 of 3…Sr. Briege McKenna O.S.C. is a tremendous blessing for all of us in the Church! “The Power of the Sacraments” is a beautiful work which helps us all to appreciate the gift of grace that flows through the sacraments. There is such a hunger in the hearts of God’s children today for healing and peace. Sr. Briege, in her beautiful maternal nurturing way, helps us to see that the answer is right in front of us reaching out to us right now…he is Jesus Christ. “Miracles Do Happen” is her beautiful book recounting her miraculous healing and her call to mission to the world. It also expresses her great love and concern for the priesthood. Her insights are tremendous…her love for Christ and her bride, the Church, is a glorious witness and light for today’s world. She is truly one of the most inspiring persons I have ever encountered!

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