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The Glory of the Most Holy Trinity

The Glory of the Most Holy Trinity Presence of God – O most Holy Trinity, You who have created me for Your glory, grant that I may give You all the glory of which I am capable. MEDITATION The mystery of the Most Blessed Trinity is the root and center of all the other mysteries of our holy faith: the root from which they all spring and upon which they depend, the center about which they gravitate. For example, the great work... Read More

In the End My Immaculate Heart will Triumph

May 30, 2015 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Mary

“In the End My Immaculate Heart will Triumph” “Hail, Holy Queen! Hail, our life our sweetness and our hope!” Mary is our hope. And the Church proclaims it every day at the end of every rosary and often at the end of the Church's Night Prayer (or Compline). In our modern times, no other words draw our attention to this reality than the promise Our Immaculate Mother made to the world on July 13, 1917 when she said: I... Read More

Spiritual Aridity: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila: Day 9 & 10 Reflections

Spiritual Aridity: 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 9 & 10 Reflections Spiritual direction and spiritual aridity are the topics today as Dan and Melissa discuss letters written by St. Teresa from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Find your core spirituality with the help of a good spiritual director. How is the soul like the weather? How not to become discouraged because of distractions... Read More

Confessions of St Augustine – Book Club Pick

The Confessions of St Augustine (Week 1 of 15) Please join us in reading one of the greatest spiritual works of all time!  Written by a Doctor of the Church who is one of the most intellectual and spiritual  giants in all of history, The Confessions of St Augustine promises to be, not just a fantastic read, but a transformational experience.  The following was found on the back of my copy: By common consent the work known... Read More

Recurring Nightmares; Spiritual Attacks

May 25, 2015 by  
Filed under Challenges, Fr. Bartunek, Prayer, Spiritual Warfare

RECURRING NIGHTMARES/SPIRITUAL ATTACKS Dear Father John, When I was a child I used to have recurrent nightmares about snakes, rats, wild dogs and the feeling of choking myself. A priest came home and told my family to pray every night before sleeping, and that it would hopefully help me. It worked. And now that I’ve read this article I’m more convinced of what happened to me. It really freaked me out at first but now I want... Read More

The Powerful Crown of Roses

May 23, 2015 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Mary, Prayer, Rosary, Spiritual Warfare

The Powerful Crown of Roses In the kingdom of men, the crowns made of durable, precious metals yield the symbol of power and dominion. In the Kingdom of God, it is always the opposite. It is those crowns made from living vines and branches that God chooses to show that true power is found in those rooted in the earth – in other words, in humility (derived from the Latin humus meaning “from the earth”). The first of those... Read More

Wisdom on Mental Prayer – 30 Days with Teresa of Avila – Day 8

Wisdom on Mental Prayer 30 Days with Teresa of Avila – Reflections on Day 8 “Do not tire your brain by trying to work it during meditation.” – St. Teresa of Avila. Dan and Melissa look at progressive development in prayer and the spiritual life as they reflect on letters from St. Teresa in the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila and her wisdom on mental prayer. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How do... Read More

Walking Together in Suffering

30 Days with Teresa of Avila (Week 6 of 6) …He is a most faithful friend. Let us feel confident that He has considered what is best for souls — all else matters little in comparison. Eternal weal or woe is what signifies; so I beg of you, for love of our Lord, not to brood over your reasons for sorrow but to think about what is consoling. Day 28, St. Teresa's letter, paragraph 3 How do we help our friends when they... Read More

A Night in the Holy Sepulchre – Part 2: Pentecost

A Night in the Holy Sepulchre – Part 2: Pentecost Editor's Note: David Torkington continues his reflection on a night in the Holy Sepulchre which he began in part one here. ‘If you want old ideas read new books, but if you want new ideas read old books’. With these words my spiritual director gave me – ‘Abandonment to Divine Providence’ by the Jesuit French mystic Jean Pierre de Caussade SJ, who died in 1751.... Read More

Disciple of a Fool

May 19, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Self Knowledge, Spiritual Direction

St. Bernard of Clairvaux is famous for saying that “Anyone who takes himself for his own spiritual director is the disciple of a fool.” This simply means that in matters that matter most in life, it is dangerous and foolish to fail to habitually seek counsel from others. Why? The simple fact is that the human person has an infinite capacity for self-delusion. To make matters worse, intelligence, drive, and good-will can all... Read More

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