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The Necessity for Interior Purification

The Necessity for Interior Purification   Presence of God – Purify my soul, O Lord, so that it may be filled completely with Your light and Your love. MEDITATION St. John of the Cross compares the soul to a glass window with a ray of sunlight shining on it. If the glass is dirty, “the ray cannot illuminate it, nor transform it completely into its light; its illumination will be in proportion... Read More

The Test of Hope

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

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

February 2, 2016 by  
Filed under Christmas, Feast Days, Liz Estler, Mary

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord February 2 Although the Christmas season formally ended last month, this beautiful feast is the farthest extension of it.  In the early centuries, it was originally known as the Presentation of the Lord. Being observant Jews, the Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph, in humility and obedience, went in accord with Mosaic law to the Temple in Jerusalem to consecrate... Read More

Aridity and Dryness in Prayer Series

A comprehensive listing of spiritual direction posts on this site regarding dryness in prayer, or aridity, and the difficulties this can cause with one’s prayer life. Some posts on the dark night which touch on dryness or aridity, are included as well.  Click on the titles of the post to access them. Adoration, Silence and the Lamp of Fire – Part II of II Aridity – Navigating the... Read More

Interior Trials

Interior Trials Presence of God – O Lord, purify me as gold in the crucible; purify me and do not spare me, that I may attain to union with You. MEDITATION If Our Lord finds you strong and faithful, humble and patient in accepting exterior trials, He will go on little by little to others that are more inward and spiritual “to purge and cleanse you more inwardly … to give you more interior blessings”... Read More

Heights of Prayer: 30 Days Teresa of Avila: Pt 1 Day 26 Reflections

Heights of Prayer 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Part 1, Day 26 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio In today’s episode on the heights of prayer, St. Teresa describes her spiritual ecstasies and how they caused her distress. Dan and Melissa talk about how everyone is called to the heights of holiness as they read from St. Teresa’s letter to her brother from the book 30 Days with Teresa of... Read More

Discernment of Spirits – 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila: Day 24 Reflections

Discernment of Spirits 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 24 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio How can we determine if our crosses are the work of God or the work of the enemy? Dan and Melissa discuss discernment of spirits and St. Teresa’s spiritual advice to a friend in a letter from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why does God answer our prayers... Read More

Leadership & Prayer: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila Day 19 reflections

Leadership and Prayer 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 19 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio   St. Teresa of Avila (also known as St. Teresa of Jesus) gives insights into effective leadership techniques of leadership and prayer. Dan and Melissa reflect on letters from St. Teresa of Avila from Dan Burke’s book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Day 19. Topics/Questions covered in the show: St.... Read More

Enduring Loneliness: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila Day 15 &16 Reflections

Enduring Loneliness 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Days 15 and 16 Reflections Obedience in the modern culture, and enduring loneliness. Dan and Melissa discuss these forms of suffering from the perspective of St. Teresa as they reflect on her letters from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Categories of suffering – beneficial vs. destructive. How is obedience... Read More

Freeing My Heart

 Freeing My Heart Dear Father John, I love God so much and want to be completely open to Him. How do I detach my heart from the things that bind it to this world? IN HIS PARABLE of the sower and the seed, Jesus pointed out that having good soil is not sufficient to assure fruitful growth. Some seed fell on excellent soil, but it shared that soil with thorn bushes. The thorn bushes grew with the... Read More

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