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Abandonment X – God’s Hand Present Everywhere

May 28, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Detachment, God's Will

All creatures are living in the hand of God. The senses perceive only the physical causes, but faith sees God's hand in all things. Faith believes that Jesus Christ lives in all things and that His divine operation continues to the end of time; that every passing moment and the tiniest atom contain a portion of this hidden life and mysterious action. The physical creation is a veil concealing the profound mysteries of the divine... Read More

Abandonment IX – Holiness Made Easy

May 21, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Detachment, Meditations

I believe that if those who are seriously striving after holiness were instructed as to the conduct they ought to follow they would be spared a good deal of trouble. I speak as much of lay persons as of religious. If the former (i.e., lay persons) could realize the merit concealed in the actions of each moment of the day – I mean in each of the daily duties and actions belonging to their state of life – and if the latter... Read More

What is mortification?

May 16, 2009 by  
Filed under Detachment, Fr. Bartunek, Mortification

Dear Father John, What is “mortification” and how does it relate to Lent? What does Saint Paul mean in 1 Corinthians 9 where he says, “I pummel my body and subdue it…”? Is he talking about mortification? The root word for “mortification” comes from the Latin, mors and mortis, and it translates as “death.” In the spiritual life, therefore, mortification refers to voluntary actions... Read More

Abandonment VIII – Who is the Most Holy?

May 14, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Detachment, God's Will

The will of God gives a supernatural and divine value to everything for the soul submitted to it. All the duties His will imposes, all those contained in it, all the matters it touches, become holy and perfect, because the will of God is unlimited in power and it makes everything it touches divine. But in order not to stray either to the right or the left, we should follow such inspirations we believe we have received from God... Read More

Fire Within by Father Thomas Dubay – Book Recommendation

May 12, 2009 by  
Filed under Centering Prayer, Contemplation, Dan Burke, Prayer

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Fire Within: St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, and the Gospel–On Prayer by Father Thomas Dubay Fire Within by Father Thomas Dubay Fire Within by Father Thomas Dubay is a fantastic and engaging work of synthesis and systematization of the thought of St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross on mystical contemplation. One of the more encouraging aspects of this book is the truth that the call to contemplation... Read More

Abandonment VII – Attaining Lasting Peace

May 7, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Detachment

The soul who is not committed solely to the will of God will find neither its satisfaction nor sanctification in the various methods – not even in the most excellent devotional exercises. If that which God Himself chooses for you does not satisfy you, from whom do you expect to receive what you desire? If you turn from the food prepared for you by God’s own will, what food could satisfy a taste so depraved? A soul can only... Read More

The Fulfillment of All Desire – Book Recommendation

May 5, 2009 by  
Filed under Books, Contemplation, Dan Burke, Prayer

The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints By Ralph Martin “The Fulfillment of All Desire” discusses the spiritual journey that results from serious spiritual progress through what is termed the Purgative, Illuminative, and Unitive Ways, ultimately ending with the Beatific Vision. This journey, unique and different for all, contains broad similarities as we... Read More

I Will Exalt You – Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity

“I Will Exalt You”   Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity   Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity “O Lord, what is it to me whether I feel or do not feel, whether I am in darkness or in light, whether I have joy or suffering, when I can be recollected in the light created in me by Your words? I feel a kind of shame in differentiating between such matters, and while I feel that I am still affected by them, I heartily... Read More

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