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The Devil’s War on Silence

October 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Silence, Spiritual Warfare

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There are key strategies of indirect attack that the enemy of our souls uses to significantly disrupt our spiritual progress. One is the corruption of human sexuality. As the analogy of holy spousal love is one of the most effective in understanding divine intimacy, the enemy desires to corrupt human sexuality in order to further obscure what it means to understand the possibilities of union with God. Similarly,... Read More

Broken? Stanza X – Part II

August 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Becky Ward, Broken, Poetry

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Broken? Stanza X Part II Your call Dear Lord, is to something better, where peace and love and grace abound. The soul united with its Master, this is where true joy is found. The desire for God is a built-in part of every human being. It’s like a homing device that attracts us to Him. This desire is also subtle, and in the noisy, chaotic world we live in, it can be difficult to discern; if we... Read More

St John of Avila: Tune Out the Noise to Tune In God (Part II of II)

August 7, 2013 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, John of Avila

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In our last post, we introduced Saint John of Avila’s teaching in his lifetime project Audi, Filia.  To help us understand how important it is for us to order our lives to the silence of prayer, Saint John of Avila tells us about the dark languages of this world that can lead us astray. He starts with an especially deceptive language which enchants today every bit as much as it did in 16th... Read More

The One Thing Needed: A Retreat Guide on Martha and Mary

August 7, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Retreat Guides

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One of the most memorable scenes from the Gospel of Luke takes place in Bethany, when Jesus and his Twelve Apostles visit the home of Martha and Mary. In just a few verses, St. Luke paints a picture that we can all identify with. He shows Martha worried and working hard to entertain the guests and make sure the dinner (and everything) comes out just right. She wants everything to be perfect, and she... Read More

St John of Avila: Learning the Language of God (Part I of II)

August 5, 2013 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, John of Avila

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Saint John of Avila’s master work in the spiritual life is Audi, Filia or Listen, O Daughter.  This treatise for Sancha Carrillo, one of his penitents, was started while he was imprisoned by the Inquisition. He continued to develop and revise the original text for more than thirty years. In fact, the final revisions were published five years after his death by his secretary. His spiritually... Read More

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