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A Trip to the Cardiologist … and Our Spiritual Health

A Trip to the Cardiologist … and Our Spiritual Health   I just left the doctor’s office for my annual check-up. Per the norm, I was given the results of my blood test that was taken the day before. As I skimmed over my comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP) (electrolytes, kidney function, liver function and such) I noticed my glucose levels were running a little high. Sure, I thought to... Read More

The Necessity for Interior Purification

The Necessity for Interior Purification   Presence of God – Purify my soul, O Lord, so that it may be filled completely with Your light and Your love. MEDITATION St. John of the Cross compares the soul to a glass window with a ray of sunlight shining on it. If the glass is dirty, “the ray cannot illuminate it, nor transform it completely into its light; its illumination will be in proportion... Read More

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... Read More

30 Days with Teresa of Avila – Reflections on Days 6 & 7

30 Days with Teresa of Avila Reflections on Days 6 and 7   Why we can rejoice in suffering, and ways to identify attachments. Dan and Melissa discuss these topics and more as they reflect on letters from St. Teresa in the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: St. Teresa struggles with sin, revealing her humanity. How does she deal with it? Reflections... Read More

Freeing My Heart

 Freeing My Heart Dear Father John, I love God so much and want to be completely open to Him. How do I detach my heart from the things that bind it to this world? IN HIS PARABLE of the sower and the seed, Jesus pointed out that having good soil is not sufficient to assure fruitful growth. Some seed fell on excellent soil, but it shared that soil with thorn bushes. The thorn bushes grew with the... Read More

Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary November 21st Presence of God — O Mary, present my offering and my life to Our Lord. MEDITATION Although Holy Scripture does not tell us anything about the presentation of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple, this belief is based upon evidence authorized by a very ancient Christian tradition, and the Church has given it official recognition... Read More

Attachments: What are they? How do they hinder my spiritual life? (II/II)

…a reader asks: In your recent series on getting stuck in spiritual growth (which was very helpful by the way) you mentioned the idea of “attachments.” I think I understand this as I have read a bit of St. John of the Cross. However, I would be grateful if you could help me understand it a bit better and for any practical advice about identifying attachments and then shedding them. I remember... Read More

Attachments: What are they? How do they hinder my spiritual life? (I/II)

In your recent series on getting stuck in spiritual growth (which was very helpful by the way) you mentioned the idea of “attachments.” I think I understand this as I have read a bit of St. John of the Cross. However, I would be grateful if you could help me understand it a bit better and for any practical advice about identifying attachments and then shedding them. I remember St. John of the Cross... Read More

The Habit of Sin

June 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

The Sinner’s Guide (Week 9 of 16) The first of these causes is the tyranny of bad habits. So strong are these that many would die rather than relinquish them. Hence St. Jerome declares that a long habit of sin robs virtue of all its sweetness. For habit becomes second nature, and to overcome it we must conquer nature itself, which is the greatest victory a man can achieve. “When a vice is... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love 33 – St John of the Cross

March 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Attachments, Dan Burke, John of the Cross

Sayings of Light and Love 33 Sayings of Light and Love 33: I didn’t know you, my Lord, because I still desired to know and relish things. Saint John of the Cross More “Sayings of Light and Love” + Saint John of the Cross, O.C.D. (1542-1591), priest and Doctor of the Church, considered to be the Doctor of Mystical Theology, was a reformer of the Carmelite Order, along with Saint Teresa... Read More

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