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Getting Things Done – Day 23, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila

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What does St. Teresa of Avila have to say about getting things done? Find out in today's excerpt and reflection from 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. CXXX Toledo, November 2, 1576* To Mother Mary Baptist, Prioress Of Valladolid Health of the prioress. Matters of the Order and the convent of Valladolid. JESUS! May the grace of the Holy Spirit be with you. Take no notice of the interior troubles you mention; the greater they are,... Read More

Feast of the Archangels

September 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Liz Estler, Prayer

Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels Last year, we brought you this post on the archangels which came from the Liturgy of the Hours: http://www.spiritualdirection.com/2014/09/29/feast-sts-michael-gabriel-raphael-archangels Many of you already know the prayer to Saint Michael, the Archangel.  But, did you know there are specific prayers for the other two archangels, as well? Today, as we honor the feast of... Read More

Finding God through Meditation Book Club Starts 6 Oct 2015

September 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Book Club, Dan Burke, Finding God Meditation, Vicki Burbach

The Next Book: Finding God Through Meditation Book Club Book Begins October 6 The Next Book Club Book Stay tuned in – we begin the next book in just ONE week! Edited by our own Dan Burke, this book promises great wisdom and should be an important resource for spiritual growth.   The following is from the back of the book:   Finding God through Meditation by St. Peter Alcántara is the second book of Dan Burke's Navigating... Read More

Can I Trust Father Thomas Keating?

September 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Can I Trust?, Centering Prayer, Connie Rossini, New Age

Can I Trust Father Thomas Keating? “Open Mind, Open Heart” Book Review Trappist Abbot Thomas Keating is one of the foremost promoters of the practice of Centering Prayer. His book Open Mind, Open Heart, first published in 1986, has sold over half a million copies. Is this book a good resource for growth in prayer? Can I trust Fr. Thomas Keating as a guide to the spiritual life? In this post we'll take an in-depth look... Read More

Should We Name our Guardian Angels?

September 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Guardian Angel

Dear Father John, I know of a few people who recommend that we name our guardian angels. Is that something that is good to do? How do we go about doing this? Is there some particular prayer involved? And, if we don¹t give them the right name, is there a danger of invoking evil spirits instead? Thanks Father John. Devotion to our guardian angels is a good thing. It encourages us to be prayerful and to have a faith-filled view of... Read More

Blessed Are the Peacemakers

Blessed Are the Peacemakers Presence of God – O Holy Spirit, help me to establish my heart in peace. MEDITATION A soul who has tasted God, under the influence of the gift of wisdom, looks at the world with the eyes of God, and therefore is able to judge all things “secundum rationes divinae” (St. Thomas IIa IIae, q.45, a.3, ad 3) by divine principles, according to supernatural motives, and not according to limited human reasoning.... Read More

The Prayer of Quiet: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila Day 27 Reflections Pt 1

The Prayer of Quiet 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 27, Part 1 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio St. Teresa continues her discussion with her brother, Lorenzo, on physical mortification and addresses his questions about transitioning into contemplative prayer. Dan and Melissa discuss “the prayer of quiet” and confronting temptations as they reflect on letters from St. Teresa in the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions... Read More

The Family as Domestic Church: How She Hands on Faith (Part IV of IV)

September 25, 2015 by  
Filed under Church, Domestic Church, Family, Family Life, Liz Estler

The Family as Domestic Church: How She Hands on the Faith (Part IV of IV) Editor's Note: In Part I, we examined how the four marks of the Church apply to the family. Part II considered our baptismal call to being priest, prophet and king by delving into what it means to be priest in the secular world and how parents carry that out within the family. Part III looked at what it means to be prophet and king. Today, we will briefly... Read More

Are You Living It Right?

September 24, 2015 by  
Filed under Death and Dying, Fr. Najim, Last Things, Spiritual Direction

Are You Living It Right?   I wonder sometimes about the outcome of a still verdictless life.  Am I living it right? John Mayer God uses nature and the seasons to teach us many lessons about life.  If you’ve been reading [my] blog, you’ve probably noticed that I like to write about autumn simply because I think it is the most poetic season (at least in New England), a season that teaches us many lessons.  Last week I... Read More

The Family as Domestic Church: How She Hands on Faith (Part III of IV)

September 24, 2015 by  
Filed under Church, Domestic Church, Family, Family Life, Liz Estler

The Family as Domestic Church: How She Hands on the Faith (Part III of IV) Editor's Note: In Part I, we examined how the four marks of the Church apply to the family. Part II considered our baptismal call to being priest, prophet and king by delving into what it means to be priest in the secular world and how parents carry that out within the family. Today, we will look at what it means to be prophet and king. What it Means to... Read More

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