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Tears and Prayer

Tears and Prayer It is said that after his conversion, Saint Ignatius could not stop weeping. He shed tears all the time. This is so much the case that only through the gift of tears do we really understand the spiritual exercises that he proposed. Saint Teresa of Ávila also recommends this way of tears. In them is found a mysterious consolation that only God’s presence can give. For great mystics... Read More

Desolation and Darkness

Desolation and Darkness   Presence of God – Come to my aid, O Lord, that I may not be overwhelmed by the storm. MEDITATION Seeing its wretchedness so clearly, the soul senses the infinite distance separating it from God; and, while desiring even more to be united to Him, it realizes that it is farther from Him than ever, absolutely incapable of bridging the chasm which divides them. This recognition... Read More

Discernment of Spirits: Rule 9 “Aridity vs Desolation”

Description: On today’s show, Dan and Melissa talk about the causes of spiritual desolation using St. Ignatius’ “Rule the Ninth” (Rule 9) of The Discernment of Spirits. They also discuss the difference between desolation vs aridity. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Rule 9: “There are three principal reasons why we find ourselves desolate. The first is, because of... Read More

Aridity and Contemplation

Aridity and Contemplation Presence of God – Draw me to You, O Lord, by the road You choose and in any way You will; I ask only for grace to know how to follow You always. MEDITATION The aridity which comes from God not only has the advantage of making us go forward in virtue, but it also brings us to a higher form of prayer. St. John of the Cross teaches that it is by means of this kind of aridity... Read More

Interior Trials

Interior Trials Presence of God – O Lord, purify me as gold in the crucible; purify me and do not spare me, that I may attain to union with You. MEDITATION If Our Lord finds you strong and faithful, humble and patient in accepting exterior trials, He will go on little by little to others that are more inward and spiritual “to purge and cleanse you more inwardly … to give you more interior blessings”... Read More

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