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God’s Mysterious Absence in Deep Prayer

Fire from Above

God’s Mysterious Absence in Deep Prayer Contemplation does not shield us from doubt or suffering. Christian prayer baptizes our doubts and difficulties, trials and tests in faith. Violently opposing forces, faith confronts doubt in prayer even in the midst of very difficult circumstances. Saint Thérèse of Lisieux lived a life of intense prayer and friendship with the Lord. In the last weeks of... Read More

St. Elizabeth of the Trinity on the Abyss of Love

St. Elizabeth of the Trinity on the Abyss of Love   Every contemplative life is founded upon the total self-donation to God in order to love Him above every other thing, with the hope of feeling oneself loved by Him with a profound and transforming love. Elizabeth Catez was one of these contemplatives. In words borrowed from John of the Cross, she wanted to make her life a lively and enthusiastic... Read More

Confused about contemplation definition, can you help?

After reading some modern writers and Saint Teresa of Avila I am confused about contemplation. It seems like there is some confusion or lack of concern about definitions. When I read one writer it sounds like contemplation is something I can get to by following a series of steps (breath, sit, repeat) and then when I read St. Teresa she seems to be talking about something completely different. Can you... Read More

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