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The Silence of Detachment (Part III of III)

August 31, 2015 by  
Filed under Connie Rossini, Prayer, Silence

The Silence of Detachment Part III of III This post is the third in a series on whether we should sit quietly during prayer. Part 1 was about the false silence of Centering Prayer and yoga. Part 2 discussed Teresa of Avila’s teaching on prayer and silence. Today, I’d like to talk briefly about the silence of detachment. If we want God to enter our lives in a significant way, we must make room for Him. He never forces Himself... Read More

What’s Spiritual Gluttony? (Part II of II)

What's Spiritual Gluttony? Part II of II Editor's Note:  In Part I, we discussed how good it is to want to learn more about God, how one can become frustrated at not knowing more, and how that can lead to spiritual and intellectual gluttony. Today, we will looking at spiritualizing the capital sins and how to find the right balance in seeking Him. Here is the question we are examining: Dear Father John, Our God and our Catholic... Read More

Celebrating the Ruins of A King

August 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Memorial, Pilgrimage

Recently, on a trip to Jordan, I had the opportunity to visit Mukawir, the ruins of what was once called Machaerus, the mighty fortress where Herod Antipas imprisoned John the Baptist for about 2 years, then had him beheaded. Mukawir in the foreground with the Dead Sea in the distance There isn't much to see at Mukawir but some ruins amidst the rocks and scattered bushes. Still, I highly recommend this part of the world on any... Read More

Discernment of Spirits – 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila: Day 24 Reflections

Discernment of Spirits 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 24 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio How can we determine if our crosses are the work of God or the work of the enemy? Dan and Melissa discuss discernment of spirits and St. Teresa's spiritual advice to a friend in a letter from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why does God answer our prayers with trials and suffering? Can the... Read More

Sincerity

August 27, 2015 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Truth

Sincerity   Presence of God – Give me, O Lord, an open, sincere heart, loving the truth, seeking and desiring it at any cost. MEDITATION “Lord, who shall dwell in Thy tabernacle, or who shall rest in Thy holy hill?” asks the Psalmist. And he gives the answer: “He that walketh without blemish, and worketh justice” (Ps 15:1,2). God is truth, and no one can be admitted to His intimacy who does not strive as much... Read More

The Blessing of Suffering – Day 15, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila

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What does St. Teresa of Avila have to say about the blessing of suffering? Can suffering be a blessing? Find out in today's excerpt and reflection from 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. LXXV Veas, May 11, 1575* To Don Alvaro de Mendoza, Bishop of Avila The Saint speaks of Father Gracian whose acquaintance she made at Veas and of his ordering her to make a foundation at Seville. JESUS! May the grace of the Holy Spirit ever be with... Read More

Let Them Bark as Much as They Wish, for My Heart Looks to Jerusalem

August 25, 2015 by  
Filed under Augustine, Book Club, Doctor of the Church, Vicki Burbach

The Confessions of St. Augustine (Week 13 of 15) For those who deny these things, let them bark as much as they wish, make only a din for themselves.  I will attempt to persuade them, so that they may become quiet and leave open a way into themselves for your Word.  But if they refuse and repel me, I beseech you, my God, “do not be silent to me.”  Speak in my heart, with truth, for you alone speak thus.  I will leave... Read More

Teresa of Avila on Silence in Prayer (Part II of III)

August 24, 2015 by  
Filed under Connie Rossini, Prayer, Silence

Teresa of Avila on Silence in Prayer Part II of III In part I of this series, I spoke about some ways that Centering Prayer and yoga propose sitting silently as a form of meditation or contemplation. Today I want to focus on St. Teresa of Avila's teaching about silence during prayer. Did she teach the same thing as Fr. Thomas Keating and other Centering Prayer advocates, as they maintain? Silence is an indispensable aspect of mental... Read More

What’s Spiritual Gluttony? (Part I of II)

What is Spiritual Gluttony? Part I of II Dear Father John, Our God and our Catholic faith is so beautiful, I always want to learn more and go deeper into it.  I read a lot and have bought many, many books.  Almost every time I hear about a book that is true to the faith, I want to own it and read it, so I buy it.  Sometimes, I never find the time to read them.  Is it OK to want to know more?  Sometimes I feel that it's just... Read More

“Hail Holy Queen”

August 22, 2015 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Mary, Memorial

“Hail Holy Queen” Millions of times a day at the end of every Rosary, Mary is hailed as the “holy Queen” in whom we find “our life, our sweetness and our hope.” This reality is proof enough that the Church does not want her children to ever forget how important our heavenly Queen is in the life of Christians. Queenship is not very popular in the modern world that has sought to liberate itself from concrete traditional... Read More

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