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Giving Thanks to God and Recognizing the Spiritual Haze

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Giving Thanks to God and Recognizing the Spiritual Haze     How should we respond to experiencing God in prayer? What is “spiritual haze”, where does it come from, and how should we properly deal with it? Dan and Melissa look to the wisdom of St Peter of Alcántara in the book Finding God Through Meditation as they discuss answers to these questions in today’s show.   Topics/Questions... Read More

What Do Books Have to Do With Faith? (Part I of II)

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What do books have to do with faith? (Part I of II) Dear Father John, I notice there is a book club on this site.  We don’t need stuff like that to have a relationship with God.  What do books, or literature–other than the Bible, the Good Book–have to do with faith anyway?  Please help.  I am trying to understand. INFORMING AND FORMING our intellectual power is essential for... Read More

Avila Institute Offers a “Journey of Growth”

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We have a number of priests who attend the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation. Today, I’m humbled to share the story that Fr. José Bautista shared with us of the journey of growth he has experienced thanks to Avila. Fr José Bautista Fr. Bautista is pastor of St. Catherine of Siena parish in Kissimmee, Florida. He’s originally from the country of Columbia and was ordained in the Diocese of... Read More

Living Within the Mystery of Holy Week

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Living Within the Mystery of Holy Week As we live within the mystery of Holy Week, we join our hearts to the Heart of Christ as He suffers on our behalf. We maintain our fasting, prayer, and almsgiving, and work to remain in the moment, but we know that the worst is yet to come, and the best is yet to come. On Divine Intimacy Radio, as we spoke about preparation for Lent, we recommended that there... Read More

Why Christian Spirituality is Special

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What makes Christian spirituality distinctive from other major forms of spirituality, such as Buddhism, Hinduism, and general philosophy? That’s just what we’ll cover in “Christian and Non Christian Spiritualities,” a course we’re offering in the Graduate program this spring at the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation. We’ll start with just what the nature of spirituality is. We’ll... Read More

How can I increase strength of my will to resist temptation? I of II

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Dear Father John, I would like to ask you for a piece of advice. Since my will is not so strong as it should be; what are the exercises to practice that important element of spiritual formation? I am so encouraged to see that you recognize a need to develop your willpower! The first job the Holy Spirit has is to show us our need for God’s grace, so you are obviously in tune with the Holy Spirit! And... Read More

No spiritual director yet: How do I keep growing spiritually?

December 14, 2009 by  
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Dear Father John, I cannot find a spiritual director in my area. I will keep looking and praying, but until I find someone, what do I need to do to ensure that I continue to grow spiritually? As you patiently continue looking and praying for a good spiritual director, God will continue to guide you through the other means for spiritual growth that the Church recommends. These are the some of the same... Read More

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