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Can I Trust Fr Anthony de Mello, SJ? Update (Part II of II)

This past week I ran into a man from India and I asked him about the popularity of the writings of Fr. Anthony de Mello in India. His answer was a bit distressing so I decided to offer a second post that contains more insight from Pope Benedict the XVI on de Mello's writings (he was Cardinal Ratzinger when he wrote what you will find below).  What you will find below are two things: The original warning issued by the Congregation... Read More

The Living Water

February 28, 2016 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Lent

The Living Water Third Sunday of Lent Presence of God– O Jesus, my soul thirsts for You, the source of living water; grant that I may draw near You and drink! MEDITATION Jesus stated on several occasions that He was the fountain of living water for all who believed in Him and He invited souls to draw near this spring because, as He said to the Samaritan woman, “He that shall drink of the water that I will give him, shall... Read More

Importance of Saints, Teaching Children to Pray, Examining Spontaneous Prayer

The Importance of Saints, Teaching Children to Pray and Examining Spontaneous Prayer Dan and Melissa answer questions on the importance of saints in prayer life, teaching children to pray, and spontaneous prayer. They also discuss some important aspects of meditation as they reflect on the book Finding God Through Meditation by St Peter of Alcántara.     Topics/Questions covered in the show: Are the saints important... Read More

Humility in Our Falls

February 25, 2016 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Humility, Lent

Humility in Our Falls   Presence of God – “I am a beggar and poor, but the Lord is careful for me.” “In the shadow of Thy wings will I hope” (Psalm 40:18, 57:2). MEDITATION If we contemplate our misery without raising our eyes to God, the Father of mercies, we will easily become discouraged. By examining ourselves thoroughly, we will see that discouragement always comes from two closely related causes: The... Read More

What is Christian Meditation? How to Pray – Part II

February 24, 2016 by  
Filed under Connie Rossini, Meditation, Prayer

What is Christian Meditation? How to Pray – Part II Before we dig into how to pray, we need to clarify what we mean by “meditate.” Many people are surprised to hear the saints and the Church talk about meditation. To them, the word “meditation” evokes images of Buddha or TM (Transcendental Meditation) practitioners. Ironically, most people in the West are now more familiar with the concept of Eastern... Read More

Teresa of Avila Society

A Matter of Life and Death: What Meditation is! From St Teresa of Avila

Dear Friends, I recently had the extraordinary privilege of being the first ever Catholic speaker at a very large Evangelical conference. You might be surprised to know that they asked me to speak on the wisdom of St. Teresa of Avila regarding the progress of prayer from those just beginning to pray to those who know the sublime reality of contemplative prayer. This is the kind of groundbreaking opportunity the wind of the Holy... Read More

Our Place — Divine Intimacy Meditation

Our Place Presence of God – O my God, help me to know You and to know myself! I know that You are He who is, and I am he who is not! MEDITATION Among all the creatures in which we take pleasure and toward which our nature seems to be attracted the most, self undoubtedly holds the first place. There is no one, no matter how limited in talents and good qualities, who does not love his own excellence, and who does not try, in one... Read More

Polish History and Divine Mercy and Fun Reading, Oh My!

February 23, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Mercy, Sarah Reinhard

The Second Greatest Story Ever Told (Week 3 of 8) How do Polish history and Divine Mercy tie in with fun reading? Well, I never thought I'd find it, but if anyone can pull it off, it's Fr. Gaitley. Given that I have complained and bemoaned nearly every book I've read here, probably to the detriment of everyone who reads along with us (please forgive me, dear patient readers!), I want to say this: I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN. Yes,... Read More

Chair of Peter Mercy Seat

February 22, 2016 by  
Filed under Church Authority, Feast Days, Liz Estler, Mercy

Chair of Peter Mercy Seat To the casual observer, it seems quite silly to honor a chair, although universities, corporations and others have Chairs. But, that perspective changes when one understands why the Church celebrates the Chair of Peter this day. The “Cathedra” is the chair in which the bishop sits. And, by extension, Cathedra refers to the authority of the bishop who occupies it. Thus, today’s feast, which is found... Read More

The Transfiguration

The Transfiguration Second Sunday of Lent Presence of God – O Jesus, grant that Your grace may triumph in me and make me worthy to participate in Your glorious Transfiguration! MEDITATION The soul of Jesus, personally united to the Word, enjoyed the Beatific Vision, which has as its connatural effect the glorification of the body. But this effect was impeded by Jesus, who, during the years of His life on earth, wanted to resemble... Read More

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