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Disposition – Spiritual Dictionary (Updated)

November 14, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Dictionary

DISPOSITION: A quality or condition of a person necessary for the performance of some action or of preparation for an encounter with the mysteries of God. Commonly applied to the conditions required for the valid reception or administration of the sacraments, as the state of grace is required for the sacrament of the Eucharist or sincere contrition to receive absolution in the sacrament of penance or a proper state of heart to enter into prayer and worship of God.

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Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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  • LizEst

    Thanks for this, Dan…I am well-disposed toward this site!

  • Pray for me that I might have the right disposition

    • LizEst

      Prayers for you.

      • Becky Ward

        Me too!

        • LizEst

          Prayers for you, too!

          • Becky Ward

            🙂 I meant that I was praying for Thomas too! I replied to the wrong person….but hey, I am always grateful for prayers…..and usually in need of them! Thanks!

          • LizEst

            Well, I’ve prayed and am happy to pray. Sorry that I’m the wrong person! Ha! If you think of it, I always need prayers and would appreciate any you or anyone might say for me. The Lord knows I need them.

    • Yes, Thomas, we shall pray for you and for one another.

  • Becky Ward

    As an additional definition – especially as this applies to the ‘disposition of the soul’ in regard to its willingness to hear and receive the Truth – is simply open or closed.

  • Thank you, Dan. We are all aware just how essential this State of the Heart and Soul is. It enables us to receive the Healing and Nourishing Sacraments worthily, thereby strengthening the Sanctify Grace in our Sous and helping us to fight our predominant Root Sins and sinful tendencies. It is also a great aid in our Prayer life and in the performance of the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy.

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