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The Test of Hope

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The Test of Hope Presence of God – Give me, O Lord, invincible hope; teach me to hope against all hope, teach me to hope with all my strength. MEDITATION We prove the firmness of our faith by persevering in it in spite of its obscurity; we prove that our hope is strong by continuing to hope in spite of adversity and even when God seems to have abandoned us. As an act of faith made in the midst of... Read More

Obstacles to prayer: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila: Day 11 Reflections

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Obstacles to Prayer 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Reflections on Day 11 Why are we tempted to stop praying, and what are the consequences of doing so? Dan and Melissa share some of St. Teresa of Avila’s thoughts on these topics as documented in her letters from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Where does the temptation to stop praying come from? What... Read More

Book Club – Journal of a Soul (Week 10 of 12)

November 14, 2012 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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Never, Never, Never Give Up! Journal of a Soul Week 10 Beloved brothers and children, concerning this subject of the rosary of Mary, we could find in our heart other devout considerations of moving and persuasive power, presenting it as a world-wide supplication for the peace of the Lord and for the happiness of men and peoples even in this world. But we choose to offer for your attention, as the... Read More

Sometimes prayer is so frustrating I just give up… what can I do?


Dear Sister Carmen, in the Second Mansion of the Interior Castle, St. Teresa strongly emphasizes the need for perseverance. Can you help me understand how this works in a practical way? I really struggle to keep a consistent prayer time and to stay focused when I pray. Sometimes [prayer] is so frustrating that I just give up. I know this doesn’t help but what can I do? Many doors have a sign... Read More

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