045: Fire From Above: Christian Contemplation & Mystical Wisdom

Featuring Dr. Anthony Lilles

catholic_FINAL_150God didn’t just create you…He thirsts for you! His heart is bursting with love for you! Yes, you!

That is the underlying message of the mystics.

It’s also the underlying message of one of the best spiritual theologians in the United States. Dr. Anthony Lilles, Academic Dean at St. John’s Seminary in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles can illuminate and discuss the interior life unlike anyone else I’ve heard or met. (You might remember him from episode 3.)9781622823352

His new book is Fire From Above: Christian Contemplation and Mystical Wisdom…and it’s awesome.

He is so steeped in the rich mystical tradition of spiritual giants like John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, and Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, that the power of their message almost bursts out of him.

To be perfectly honest, I had something totally different in mind when I contacted Anthony to come on show. But then the Holy Spirit took over. Here’s where He led the conversation:

  • The mystical relationship between martyrdom and contemplation 605f1b7eca2d43256c79cdcaffb95054(inspired by the 21 young men martyred by Islamic militants in Libya)
  • A deeper look into the mystical definition of contemplation
  • The 3 essential elements of humanity every spirituality has to deal with (but only Christianity does)
  • How forgiveness and the wounds of sin are related to contemplative prayer
  • Why the Blessed Virgin is a key to a deep life of contemplation

This is one of the most enjoyable conversations I’ve ever had on the show because it cuts right to the heart of what the mystical life is all about.

It cuts to the heart of what our life is meant to be!

Enjoy and God bless!

Matthew

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044: Why You Should Thank A Dominican Right Now

catholic_FINAL_150Ever met someone who can trace their lineage back to some famous people?

My dad’s family had an ancestor on the Mayflower. My in-laws brag they’re related to Stonewall Jackson. I recently discovered one of my relatives actually translated the spiritual masterpiece The Imitation of Christ a few hundred years ago.

Family lines are very important and interesting.

While not tied through bloodlines, there’s a Catholic family that can trace it’s lineage for 800 years…the Dominicans. And the offspring of the great St. Dominic has had an unbelievable impact on the Catholic faith. Just think of all the towering Dominican figures in our history: St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Catherine of Siena, and St. Rose of Lima, among others.

In this episode of the Art of Catholic I’m joined by Br. Tim Danaher O.P., imgres-1to talk a little about the history and impact of this amazing order. Among other things we’ll discuss:

  • The heresy that led to the founding of the Dominicans
  • Why Dominicans are called “Hounds of the Lord” and “Black Friars”
  • How St. Dominic gave us the rosary
  • The impact of the Angelic Doctor, St. Thomas Aquinas
  • St. Albertus Magnus and why was he so important
  • What makes Dominicans different from other orders in the Church (not better, just different:)

All that and more on this episode of The Art of Catholic! God bless!

Matthew

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