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Progress in the Apostolate

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Progress in the Apostolate Presence of God – Unite me to You, O Lord, and may the power of Your charity enkindle in my heart true apostolic fire. MEDITATION St. Thomas teaches that love is like fire. It produces a flame, and the flame of love is zeal. If the fire burns intensely, then the flame will also be intense and devouring. True apostolic zeal is the spontaneous result, the normal fruit of... Read More

Generosity – Divine Intimacy Meditation

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Generosity   Presence of God – Fill my heart with Your spirit of generosity, O Lord, so that I may know how to give myself wholly to Your service. MEDITATION Generosity is very similar to magnanimity but has a wider scope, including not only great things, but anything which concerns the service of God. It urges the soul to do all with the greatest devotion. Generosity is the virtue which teaches... Read More

Apostolic Maturity

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Apostolic Maturity   Presence of God – Your love, O my God, matures my soul and renders it capable of giving itself fully to the service of souls. MEDITATION We may ask if the apostle can devote himself freely to the apostolate when he has reached the degree of union with God in which the flame of zeal bursts forth spontaneously. The fact is that, at this point, he cannot and should not... Read More

Teresa of Avila on Silence in Prayer (Part II of III)

August 24, 2015 by  
Filed under Connie Rossini, Prayer, Silence


Teresa of Avila on Silence in Prayer Part II of III In part I of this series, I spoke about some ways that Centering Prayer and yoga propose sitting silently as a form of meditation or contemplation. Today I want to focus on St. Teresa of Avila’s teaching about silence during prayer. Did she teach the same thing as Fr. Thomas Keating and other Centering Prayer advocates, as they maintain? Silence... Read More

Contemplative Prayer: 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 21 Reflections

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Contemplative Prayer 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 21 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio Dan and Melissa discuss stages of prayer and the transitions between the stages, focusing particularly on contemplative prayer. Join them as they reflect on letters of St. Teresa from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is contemplative prayer, or contemplation? How... Read More

Disciple of a Fool


St. Bernard of Clairvaux is famous for saying that “Anyone who takes himself for his own spiritual director is the disciple of a fool.” This simply means that in matters that matter most in life, it is dangerous and foolish to fail to habitually seek counsel from others. Why? The simple fact is that the human person has an infinite capacity for self-delusion. To make matters worse, intelligence,... Read More

Holy Fear


Holy Fear We find in the writings of the great mystics, especially of those who have been recognized as “Doctor of the Church,” a certain unanimous consent concerning the importance of holy fear if we are to grow in our life of prayer. They have a sense that it is a fearful thing to stand vulnerable in the presence of God. They understand that we ought not to presume anything. Fear of... Read More

Contemplation & Meditation Lies: Peter of Alcantara, Teresa of Avila


In 1577, St. Teresa of Avila completed what is heralded as her seminal work on mental prayer, meditation, and contemplation in the Interior Castle. This guidebook to the most profound depths of prayer has become the standard against which all serious inquiries into interior progress must be measured. This is the reason that it is to St. Teresa that the Catechism of the Catholic Church poses the question,... Read More

Are there Two Paths to Holiness?


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

Seeking God in Prayer

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Seeking God in Prayer Presence of God – I leave all my duties and all earthly cares, to recollect myself in the little heaven of my soul, to place myself in intimate contact with God. MEDITATION “When thou shalt pray, enter into thy chamber, and having shut the door, pray to thy Father in secret” (Mt 6:6). Exterior solitude, withdrawing physically from the noise, from the occupations and... Read More

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