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Are there Two Paths to Holiness?

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Are there Two Paths to Holiness? The other day while doing research for a blog post, I came across a discussion about Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castle in a Catholic forum. One poster wrote that a holy priest told her that Teresa of Avila’s teaching was not meant for most lay people. This is the sort of comment that perturbs me. If the conversation hadn’t been a few years old, I would... Read More

What to Do When the Well Runs Dry (Part II of II)

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What to Do When the Well Runs Dry (Part II of II) …a reader asks: Dear Father John, there was a time early in my prayer life that I experienced what I think is known as consolations. I have continued to grow in virtue and holiness (if I even know what that means) but my prayer life seems like it doesn’t match my life of virtue. I have listened to Dan Burke’s webinar on the three ways and... Read More

On Emperors and Beanie Babies

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Most everyone knows of the fabled emperor that paraded the streets in his undergarments, believing he was adorned in the finest of cloth that only the foolish could not see. Lest he admit being a fool, he feigned witnessing the imaginary fabric and played the biggest fool of all. The crowd, also fearing being taken for fools, participated in the charade. Not until a child, lacking guile and pretentiousness,... Read More

Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

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“Caravans of camels shall fill you, dromedaries from Midian and Ephah; All from Sheba shall come bearing gold and frankincense, and proclaiming the praises of the Lord” (Isaiah 60:6). “A star shall come out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel” (Numbers 24:17). “Epiphany or Theophany, means the Manifestation of God; today it is realized in Jesus who manifests... Read More

Solemnity of All Saints

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  Today, November 1st, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of All Saints. Who are these “Icons of Human Love,” as Father Thomas Dubay, S.M. called them in Saints: A Closer Look? They are those “who have lived upon earth as we have, who have known our miseries, our difficulties, our struggles,” writes Father Gabriel of Saint Mary Magdalen, O.C.D. in Divine Intimacy. Some... Read More

How can I Avoid False Teachings on Prayer? (III of III)

August 2, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Prayer

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…A faithful follower of the Lord asks: Dear Dan, I enjoy reading more modern writers about prayer and the spiritual life but I am always worried about false teachings that could lead me away from the heart of the Church. How can I know when an author is not orthodox or teaches something that could lead me to deception instead of to God? In this third post we will explore the dangers of reducing... Read More

Questions about contemplation

October 15, 2011 by  
Filed under Centering Prayer, Contemplation, Dan Burke, Prayer

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The encounter of contemplation is such an unexpected and memorable experience, shouldn’t one be content with leaving it to God if it would ever be repeated? I see people trying centering prayer, Taize prayer, etc. to try to achieve it. It somehow seems wrong to try to ‘get’ something that’s purely a gift. Is acquired contemplation the same experience as infused contemplation? Books... Read More

Deep Conversion, Deep Prayer – Book Recommendation

June 21, 2009 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Prayer

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Deep Conversion, Deep Prayer By Father Thomas Dubay, S.M., retreat master and spiritual director. “As in his other popular writings, Father Thomas Dubay’s style is profound and meditative yet clear and readable. He gives an overview of the spiritual life for anyone seeking to grow in the love of God and neighbor. An expert on the teachings and writings of the two great mystical doctors... Read More

Seeking Spiritual Direction – Book Recommendation

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Seeking Spiritual Direction – How to Grow the Divine Life Within By Father Thomas Dubay, S.M. Seeking Spiritual Direction: How to Grow the Divine Life Within, by Father Thomas Dubay, has been written as a practical guide for Christians who are considering spiritual direction or who are already engaged in the process. Father Dubay is a Marist priest and a well-known retreat master and expert... Read More

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