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Spiritual Resolutions for the New Year?

Well, its that time of year again. New Year's resolutions abound. Looking back on this past year, did you grow in your faith and in holiness? If someone close to you were asked this question about you, would their answer be a resolute “yes!”? If not, do you have a purposeful plan to grow closer to Christ this coming year? Are you fully prepared to meet God face to face? It was years ago but it seems like just yesterday... Read More

Reparation – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

Reparation Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary Reparation – The act or fact of making amends. It implies an attempt to restore things to their normal or sound conditions, as they were before something wrong was done. It applies mainly to recompense for the losses sustained or the harm caused by some morally bad action. With respect to God, it means making up, with greater love, for the failure in love through... Read More

Called to Holiness (Part II of II)

December 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Holiness, Ralph Martin

Called to Holiness (Part II of II) In part I, we examined what the universal call to holiness means, generally speaking. In today's post, we will look at what Saint John Paul II specifically says about the call to holiness, training in holiness and why this turn to holiness of life and depth in prayer is important. John Paul II goes on to call the parishes of the third millennium to become schools of prayer and places where “training... Read More

Reincarnation and Human Dignity (Part I of III)

December 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, New Age, Reincarnation

Dear Father John, I know that the Church rejects the doctrine of reincarnation, but sometimes I think that reincarnation seems to be a much more merciful approach than just having one chance to live well and go to heaven or to live badly and go to hell. I mean, so many human beings have had to live in such miserable conditions throughout the thousands and thousands of years of human existence. Wouldn’t it make sense to give them... Read More

Renunciation – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

Renunciation Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary Renunciation – To give up something to which a person has a claim. Some renunciations are necessary by divine law; others are permitted and encouraged according to divine counsel. Everyone must renounce sin and those creatures that are proximate occasions to sin. In this category belongs the renunciation of Satan at Baptism, either by the person being baptized... Read More

Feast of The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

December 29, 2013 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Liz Estler, Praying Through Art, Seasonal

“The family has an essential role in the divine plan of salvation. Not only was it ‘willed by God in the very act of creation' (Apostolic Exhortation Familiaris Consortio-The Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World, John Paul II, 1981), Jesus himself was part of the Holy Family, ‘where he grew and became strong [and was] filled with wisdom' (Luke 2:40a), and where he sanctified it by his presence”... Read More

Passive Purification – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

Passive Purification Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary   Passive purification – This purification shares the same end as active purification whose means are solely of God and from God. This purification is the preparation for the exceptional graces of the supernatural life.   This Spiritual Dictionary Term is an excerpt from the Glossary of Dan’s book Navigating the Interior Life – Spiritual... Read More

Called to Holiness (Part I of II)

December 28, 2013 by  
Filed under Holiness, Ralph Martin

Called to Holliness (Part I of II) Jesus summed up His teaching in a startling and unambiguous call to His followers: “You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Mt. 5:48). Perfect in purity of heart, perfect in compassion and love, perfect in obedience, perfect in conformity to the will of the Father, perfect in holiness-when we hear these words, we can be understandably tempted to discouragement,... Read More

Active Purification – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

Active Purification Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary   Active purification – This purification comes about as a result of the efforts of the soul (aided by the Holy Spirit) who seeks to purify itself from sins, vices, imperfections, and anything that would keep it from attaining holiness, union with God, and living a life that honors God and neighbor.   This Spiritual Dictionary Term is an excerpt... Read More

Predominant Fault (Root Sin) – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

Predominant Fault Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary Predominant Fault – The defect in us that tends to prevail over the others, and thereby over our manner of feeling, judging, sympathizing, willing, and acting. This defect has in each of us an intimate relation to our individual temperament (see Lagrange, Three Ages, Part 2, Chapter 22)     This Spiritual Dictionary Term is an excerpt from the Glossary... Read More

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