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Should We Sit Quietly During Prayer? (Part I of III)

August 17, 2015 by  
Filed under Connie Rossini, Prayer, Silence

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 Should We Sit Quietly During Prayer? Part I of III Today I want to begin discussing misconceptions about the place of silence in prayer growth. Since we desire contemplation, should we sit still in prayer and wait for it? Should we try to make it happen by quieting our minds? This three-part series speaks to the differences between Carmelite teaching and Centering Prayer, yoga, and other types of... Read More

Consolation and Desolation… What does it really mean?

November 7, 2011 by  
Filed under Consolation/Desolation, Fr. Bartunek

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Dear Father John, I know you wrote before about consolation and desolation in the spiritual life. But I have a follow-up question. When we experience some kind of desolation, how do we know where it’s coming from? I mean, how do we know whether it’s really from God or not? This is a great question – and an important one, for Christians in today’s society. Consolation and Desolation: Grasping... Read More

Indulgence clarification: Total detachment from sin

November 18, 2010 by  
Filed under Indulgences, Theophilus

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Dear Father Edward, my friends were asking last night about the idea of total detachment from sin as a requirement for plenary indulgence- they were desperate that such a goal is unattainable- total detachment from venial sin- did Father clarify that on the SD site or somewhere else or can you point me to another source to refer to them to guide and comfort their souls. It seems the Church would never... Read More

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