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Last Chance to Preorder Into the Deep

September 7, 2016 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Into the Deep, Prayer, Resources

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Last Chance to Preorder Into the Deep   Do you want to improve in your prayer life? The answer is undoubtedly yes. The saints teach us that there is ALWAYS room for improvement. The forces of the world, the flesh, and the devil can make it difficult to be persistent in prayer. Dan Burke knows the struggle. And, his new book Into the Deep: Finding Peace through Prayer examines the challenges that... Read More

Intimacy and Evangelizing — A Heart for Evangelizing

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Dr. Joseph Hollcraft, Avila Professor, and Dan Burke (who also teaches at the Avila Institute!) Editor’s Note: Dan Burke says that Dr. Joseph Hollcraft “reveals that the advance of the Kingdom of God must begin first within our own hearts and then extend to those around us. Without this inner work of conversion and union with God, our efforts will yield far less than we would desire.”... Read More

Enhance Your Spiritual Direction with the Saints

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Enhance Your Spiritual Direction with the Saints   Spiritual direction is a tool that helps shape us into the saints God created us to be. It is natural that while striving to become saints, we would look to the saints themselves to guide us. Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, who will soon be canonized by Pope Francis, is an example of one who sought holiness through the example of those who had... Read More

What are Imprimi Potest, Imprimatur and Nihil Obstat?

January 18, 2016 by  
Filed under Books, Church Authority, Fr. Bartunek

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Imprimi Potest, Imprimatur and Nihil Obstat: What are they? Dear Father John, Do the terms Imprimi Potest, Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur guarantee that some document, some prayer, etc, is approved by the Church and that we should follow it? Do they guarantee there are no errors? I’ve seen some of these designations on some questionable looking materials; so, I need to know. It seems that these... Read More

How Should I Spiritually Feed My Mind?

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How Should I Spiritually Feed My Mind? Dear Father John, I notice that, as I’ve grown spiritually, I don’t read the same things that I used to do because for one, they don’t seem as interesting, and two, they don’t seem to nourish me spiritually.  How should I spiritually feed my mind? IN OUR POST-CHRISTIAN culture, the spiritual, moral, and intellectual atmosphere that surrounds... Read More

Giving up on Prayer – Day 11, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila

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What does St. Teresa of Avila have to say about giving up on prayer? Find out in today’s excerpt and reflection from 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. LXIV Segovia, July 3, 1574* To Don Teutonio de Braganza, Salamanca The Saint rejects a title of honor. The foundation at Segovia. Trials of prayer. Father Pedro Hernandez. JESUS! May the grace of the Holy Spirit be with your Lordship! I declare that... Read More

Sleep Is Good – Day 25, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila

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What does St. Teresa of Avila have to say about sleep and human frailty? Find out in today’s excerpt and reflection from 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. CXLVI Toledo, about November 1576* To Father Gracian, Seville Father Gracian’s enemies. His need of sleep. I sent a letter last week by the courier of Toledo in answer to what Paul says about the tongues. When I was speaking to Joseph, he told... Read More

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... Read More

Prayer that Pleases God – Day 21, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila

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What does St. Teresa of Avila have to say about prayer that pleases God? Find out in today’s excerpt and reflection from 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. CXXVI Toledo, October 1576* To Father Gracian, Seville Father Gracian and the Calced friars. Paul and Joseph. Counsels on prayer. JESUS! May the grace of the Holy Ghost be with your Paternity, my Father. I received three letters from you today... Read More

Challenges in Prayer:Day 20, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila

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What does St. Teresa of Avila have to say about challenges in prayer? Find out in today’s excerpt and reflection from 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. CXLIII Toledo, November 26, 1576* To Don Luis de Cepeda, At Torrijos Acknowledgment of money received. Sister Beatriz of Malagón. Spiritual advice. JESUS! May the grace of the Holy Ghost be ever with your Honor. I received your letters and... Read More

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