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Praying in Humility and Mercy

Is it possible to pray out of misery without falling into self-pity? The question, posed by one of our readers, indicates a grave evil confronted in prayer. Misery is the demeaning absence of God's love, a love we have rejected. Without the love God created us to know, we are restless and in our restlessness we are inclined to mistake our own bloated egos for God. The gravity of such self-occupation is a perilous trap, a pit of... Read More

33 Days to Morning Glory Week 2 of 7 – Book Club

April 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

33 Days to Morning Glory Week 2 of 7 The “Surest and Quickest Way to Heaven” Marian consecration basically means giving Mary our full permission (or as much permission as we can) to complete her motherly task in us, which is to form us into other Christs. Thus, by consecrating ourselves to Mary, each of us is saying to her: Mary, I want to be a saint. I know that you also want me to be a saint and that it’s your... Read More

Saint Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church, Pray for Us!

Saint Catherine of Siena Doctor of the Church Pray for Us! Saint Catherine was born at Siena in 1347. While still a young girl, she sought the way of perfection and entered the Third Order of Saint Dominic [the branch open to women, known as the Mantellate]. On fire with love of God and neighbor, she established peace and concord between cities, vigorously fought for the rights and freedom of the Roman Pontiff, and promoted the... Read More

Can Evil Spirits be Good?

April 29, 2013 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Bartunek

Dear Father John, since bad spirits are very manipulative by nature is it possible for bad spirits to present themselves as good in certain circumstances in order to fulfill their plan and if so, what are some ways to distinguish that representation?  Yes indeed, evil spirits are experts at deception. Our Lord, speaking of the devil, pointed this out: “When he [the devil] tells a lie, he speaks in character, because he is a... Read More

Saint Catherine of Siena – the Key of Obedience

Saint Catherine of Siena spent her life encouraging a deeper obedience to God the Father.  Although the earthly life of this Doctor of the Church ended over six hundred years ago, her spiritual teaching has passed into the universal patrimony of the Church.  In particular, the personal relationship she enjoyed with the eternal Father through her faith in Christ crucified can help us reassess our own attitudes toward the Fatherhood... Read More

Navigating the Interior Life: Now in Audible Format

April 28, 2013 by  
Filed under Marta Goodwin, Navigating the Interior Life

Audible Format Now Available for “Navigating the Interior Life” Audible Format Now Available! Audible Format of Navigating the Interior Life Dear Catholic Spiritual Direction Family, We are grateful to announce that Navigating the Interior Life is now available in a downloadable audio format! Greg Willits did a fantastic job helping Emmaus Road make “Navigating the Interior Life” accessible to those who... Read More

Aridity – Divine Intimacy

Aridity Presence of God – O Lord, help me to be faithful to You, so that the spirit of prayer will not be extinguished in me through my own fault. MEDITATION At the beginning of a more intense spiritual life the soul usually enjoys a sensible fervor which makes spiritual exercises easy and agreeable. Good thoughts, sentiments of love, and outpourings from the heart arise spontaneously. To be recollected and alone with God... Read More

Saint Mark the Evangelist, Pray For Us!

April 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Feast Days, Liturgy

  Saint Mark the Evangelist, Pray for Us! This feast day celebrates Saint Mark the Evangelist, wrote the Gospel on or before the year 60 AD in Rome. He is usually identified with the Mark in Acts 12:12.  His gospel is the shortest of the four gospels, and scholars have determined that it is is also the oldest of them as well.  He was not one of the Twelve Apostles. And, it is thought, by some, that he founded the Church... Read More

What is Spiritual Theology?

What is Spiritual Theology? There is a lot of diverse opinions on this topic.  Probably the best explanation is provided by Jordan Aumann, O.P., in his well-known Spiritual Theology. To best understand the conversation that he introduces, it is important to note that all the branches of theology, as a disciplined study of sacred doctrine, constitute just one unified science.  This is true even if this single scientific exploration... Read More

33 Days to Morning Glory Week 1 of 7 – Book Club

April 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

33 Days to Morning Glory by Father Michael Gaitley, MIC Today, we begin a new adventure – surrendering our lives to Jesus through Mary.  For those of us who have never made a formal Act of Consecration, this could be a life-changing experience.  For the rest of us, a time to renew our vow with fresh insight, looking to the wisdom of St. Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta and Blessed John Paul II along with Saint... Read More

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