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Dryness in Prayer – What is going on? (Part I of III)

March 31, 2014 by  
Filed under Aridity or Dryness, Fr. Bartunek, Prayer

Dear Father John, I have been praying (mental prayer) for a long time. But lately I seem to be experiencing dryness in my prayer – I just don't seem to get as much out of it as I used to. Is it the “dark night of the soul”? If not, what's going on, and what should I do? The Catechism (#2731) mentions dryness as one of the most common obstacles to prayer. But this is one of those terms that can be used in many... Read More

True Freedom Through Prayer

March 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Books, Patti Armstrong, Prayer

“What the world most needs today is prayer,” according to Fr. Jacques Philippe, author and retreat master. His books on prayer and spirituality are printed in 18 languages and have sold over 500,000 copies. “Faithfulness to prayer is a path of freedom,” he writes in his newest book, Thirsting for Prayer.  He explains that prayer is more about spending time with God than asking for things. It deepens our understanding of... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love 36 – St John of the Cross

March 29, 2014 by  
Filed under John of the Cross, Meditations

Sayings of Light and Love 36 Sayings of Light and Love 36 For the insensible, what you do not feel; for the sensible, the senses; and for the spirit of God, thought. Saint John of the Cross More “Sayings of Light and Love” + Saint John of the Cross, O.C.D. (1542-1591), a priest and Doctor of the Church, is considered to be the Doctor of Mystical Theology, and was a reformer of the Carmelite Order, along with Saint Teresa... Read More

True Glory

True Glory   Presence of God – O Jesus, who, for love of me, accepted the disgrace of death on the Cross, teach me what true glory is, and grant that for love of You I may learn how to overcome my desire for honor. MEDITATION St. Teresa of Jesus declares, “However slight may be our concern for our reputation,” if we “wish to make progress in spiritual matters,” we must “put this attachment right behind us,”... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love 35 – St John of the Cross

March 28, 2014 by  
Filed under John of the Cross, Meditations

Sayings of Light and Love 35 Sayings of Light and Love 35: One human thought alone is worth more than the entire world, hence God alone is worthy of it. Saint John of the Cross More “Sayings of Light and Love” + Saint John of the Cross, O.C.D. (1542-1591), priest and Doctor of the Church, considered to be the Doctor of Mystical Theology, was a reformer of the Carmelite Order, along with Saint Teresa of Avila, who founded... Read More

What is the Greatest Evil?

March 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Evil, Fr. Fortea, Sin, Spiritual Warfare

Father Fortea, what is the greatest evil? According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the greatest evil is sin (CCC 1488). Since God is love and sin leads to the rejection of His love, sin inevitably leads to hatred – of God, of humanity, of those around us, and of ourselves. Those who allow themselves to walk the path of hatred can reach the point where they hate all four objects with their entire strength. Such... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love 34 – St John of the Cross

March 27, 2014 by  
Filed under John of the Cross, Meditations

Sayings of Light and Love 34 Sayings of Light and Love 34: Well and good if all things change, Lord God, provided we are rooted in you. Saint John of the Cross More “Sayings of Light and Love” + Saint John of the Cross, O.C.D. (1542-1591), priest and Doctor of the Church, considered to be the Doctor of Mystical Theology, was a reformer of the Carmelite Order, along with Saint Teresa of Avila, who founded the Discalced... Read More

To Be Hidden From Myself

To Be Hidden from Myself Presence of God— O Jesus, totally consecrated to the glory of the Father through complete forgetfullness of Yourself, teach me how to forget myself. MEDITATION In order to enter the fullness of the hidden life, it is not enough to hide oneself from the attention of others; we must also hide from ourselves, that is, forget ourselves, avoiding all excessive concern about ourselves. We can be preoccupied... Read More

Tomorrow Can Take Care of Itself

March 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Interior Freedom (Week 4 of 5) It's so, SO easy to worry. Here I live, completely spoiled by the riches around me, and yet…and yet, I worry. I gnaw my nails. I fret. If it's a mistake to add the burden of the past to the weight of the present, it's a still worse mistake to burden the present with the future. The remedy for that tendency is to meditate on the lesson contained in the Gospel about abandonment to God's Providence... Read More

The Lowest Place

The Lowest Place Presence of God— O Jesus, You who said, “The Son of man is not come to be ministered unto, but to minister” (Mt 20:28), teach me to love the lowest place. MEDITATION Jesus has proved to us not only in words, but also by example, that He came not to be ministered unto but to minister. This example He gave on the eve of His Passion, as if to leave it to us as a testament, together with His last and most precious... Read More

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