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Spiritual Direction and Evangelization

November 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Direction and Evangelization In the Holy Father's latest Apostolic Exhortation “Joy of the Gospel” (Evangelii Gaudium) he takes time to remind us of spiritual accompaniment as a key part of evangelization (see paragraphs number 169 to 172). Pope Francis begins by noting the paradox of modern culture: on the one hand, people suffer from anonymity, and on the other, a morbid curiosity about the details of other... Read More

Magisterium-Spiritual Dictionary, Navigating the Interior Life

November 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Magisterium, Spiritual Dictionary

Magisterium – Spiritual Dictionary Magisterium – Spiritual Dictionary MAGISTERIUM – Spiritual Dictionary: The Church's teaching authority, vested in the bishops, as successors of the Apostles, under the Roman Pontiff, as successor of St. Peter. Also vested in the Pope, as Vicar of Christ and visible head of the Catholic Church. This Spiritual Dictionary term is an excerpt from the Glossary of Dan Burke's highly... Read More

Take Jesus to Work Because the Devil Will be There

“Business is business,” as the saying goes. It sometimes means to check Jesus at the door. Outside of religious organizations, the chain of command does not usually recognize God as the real CEO. What’s God got to do with business? After all, not everyone even believes in him. So, why should God have a place in the workday?  A big reason is because the devil never calls in sick for work.  He is there every day. He is present... Read More

Imperfections – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

November 26, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Dictionary

IMPERFECTIONS: Deficiencies of character that, although not as serious as mortal or venial sins, are nonetheless obstacles to attaining Christian perfection and union with God. It is important to note that the intentional omission of an obligatory good act is sinful (e.g. missing Mass on Sunday without sufficient reason). However, the failure to do a good act that is not obligatory (e.g. not going to daily Mass), whether through... Read More

How Should I Prepare for Advent?

November 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Advent, Fr. Bartunek

Dear Father John, Advent is coming! Even from a distance I feel my shoulders tightening up from the stress of all the noise of the season that has nothing to do with Christ. Do you have any recommendations for how I might better prepare this year? Are you aware of any good books that I can use for spiritual reading through this season to help me to keep my eyes on Christ? Thank you for asking this question BEFORE Advent arrives! I... Read More

Saint Mother Teresa’s “Dark Night” (Part II of II)

November 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Aridity or Dryness, Dark Night

Saint Mother Teresa's “Dark Night” (Part II of II) In part I, we discussed what [Saint] Mother Teresa's dark night meant for her and what it means for us, the depth of her holiness, and how her dark night was different than what St. John of Cross describes. Today we will talk about her spiritual formation and how to identify the roots of spiritual aridity. The Formation of a Saint The Lord knew that the remarkable mission... Read More

Formation – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

November 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Dictionary

FORMATION: The act or process of developing someone in all realms of human experience but in particular those that help the human person come to better know and love God and serve others. Although human guides may assist in this process, we are ultimately ‘formed’ by God, as illustrated through the imagery of the potter (God) and the clay (soul). This Spiritual Dictionary Term is an excerpt from the Glossary of Dan’s book... Read More

The Dead Unremembered

November 22, 2013 by  
Filed under Death and Dying, Paul McCusker

Author Paul McCusker

Life, As I Find It There is a pitiable verse in Psalm 31 about being like the “dead unremembered” – a broken pot, discarded and forgotten. It is a visceral lament. Few, if any of us, would want to die believing we had contributed so little to the lives of those who knew us that we could simply vanish from memory or the continuity of the human record. A lot of people died on Nov. 22nd, 1963. Mothers, fathers, husbands,... Read More

Particular Examen – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

November 22, 2013 by  
Filed under Conscience Exam, Dan Burke, Spiritual Dictionary

PARTICULAR EXAMEN: Regular prayerful examination of one's conscience by concentrating on some one particular moral failing to be overcome or virtue to be exercised.  Its focus is on such external manifestations of the fault or virtue as can be remembered for periodic inventory.  Particular examens are changed weekly, monthly, or otherwise in order to ensure maximum attention.  They are also commonly associated with some brief... Read More

Does Evil Really Exist?

November 21, 2013 by  
Filed under Evil, Fr. Fortea

Father Fortea, does evil really exist? Yes, it does. The first thing we need to know is that evil – like good – is an objective reality. Though many in today’s culture insist that morality is merely one’s personal opinion and is subjective (“what’s right for you might be wrong for me” and vice versa), this is a very grave error. Who could successfully argue that such things as illness, murder, abortion, torture,... Read More

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