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I Was Born For You

November 8, 2015 by  
Filed under God's Will, Pilgrimage, Prayer, Teresa Tomeo

A Matter of Life and Death: What Meditation is! From St Teresa of Avila

I Was Born For You Editor’s Note:  In anticipation of Avila Institute’s and Ave Maria Radio’s upcoming 2016 Easter Week pilgrimage to Spain, with Dan Burke and Teresa Tomeo, Teresa has graciously shared a reflection on St. Teresa of Avila, the saint she was named after, and St. Teresa’s prayer “I Was Born For You”. When most of us think of famous words written... Read More

Giving up on Prayer – Day 11, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila

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What does St. Teresa of Avila have to say about giving up on prayer? Find out in today’s excerpt and reflection from 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. LXIV Segovia, July 3, 1574* To Don Teutonio de Braganza, Salamanca The Saint rejects a title of honor. The foundation at Segovia. Trials of prayer. Father Pedro Hernandez. JESUS! May the grace of the Holy Spirit be with your Lordship! I declare that... Read More

Called to Holiness (Part I of II)

December 28, 2013 by  
Filed under Holiness, Ralph Martin

Called to Holliness (Part I of II) Jesus summed up His teaching in a startling and unambiguous call to His followers: “You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Mt. 5:48). Perfect in purity of heart, perfect in compassion and love, perfect in obedience, perfect in conformity to the will of the Father, perfect in holiness-when we hear these words, we can be understandably... Read More

Lost Sense of Sin: Catechetical Gaps Filled w/ Wisdom of Saints (II/II)

November 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Overcoming/Fighting, Ralph Martin, Sin

The Lost Sense of Sin: Filling in Catechetical Gaps with the Wisdom of the Saints (II/II) In Part I, we looked at how gaps in catechetical instruction have led to deficiencies in the way we understand our faith, how we can learn from the Doctors of the Church, specifically what St. Teresa of Avila teaches regarding carelessness about sin. In Part II, we will see what St. Teresa of Avila says about... Read More

Lost Sense of Sin: Catechetical Gaps Filled w/ Wisdom of Saints (I/II)

November 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Overcoming/Fighting, Ralph Martin, Sin

The Faith Understood Anyone familiar with Catholics United for the Faith (CU F) knows the valuable work it has done in analyzing catechetical texts. For many years, CU F was a voice “crying out in the wilderness.” Its work of prophetic witness and careful analysis was vindicated when the U.S. bishops’ committee set up to evaluate catechetical texts found that the vast majority of texts in use... Read More

What is the “Prayer of Simplicity”? (Part II of III)

November 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Contemplation, Fr. Bartunek, Prayer

…a reader asks: Dear Father John, I’ve heard that the prayer of simplicity is a kind of a bridge from meditation to contemplation. Can you help me to understand what this experience of prayer might be and how one might know that God is leading them down that path? In Part I, we discussed mental prayer in general, meditative mental prayer and the unity underneath the various prayer methods.... Read More

Distractions during Prayer

Distractions during Prayer I have a hard time dealing with the silence that prayer requires. My mind never stops racing every time I sit down to pray. I heard somewhere that St. Teresa of Avila had the same problem. Do you know how she overcame it? Is it possible to overcome this problem? I am very frustrated but still committed. Christ has given everything for me and I won’t give up. Even so, I... Read More

Stuck in my spiritual growth. How do I get unstuck? Pt I of II

Dear Sister Carmen, I feel like I am stuck somewhere in mansion one or two. Is this normal? Where do most people get stuck in the journey through the mansions and is there any common way you can suggest that we get unstuck? Maybe I am just impatient. I feel like I should be growing but I am not. Teresa posits conformity to God’s will as the first principle of spiritual growth In her Way of Perfection:... Read More

Catechism – Contemplative Prayer – 2709

April 5, 2012 by  
Filed under Catechism, Contemplation, Dan Burke, Prayer, Prayer

Contemplative Prayer — Catechism Paragraph 2709 What is contemplative prayer? St. Teresa answers: “Contemplative prayer [oración mental] in my opinion is nothing else than a close sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with him who we know loves us.” Contemplative prayer seeks him “whom my soul loves.” It is Jesus, and in him, the Father.... Read More

What does St. Teresa mean by “pesky reptiles”?

Dear Sister Carmen, In the Interior Castle St. Teresa talks about “pesky reptiles” and other creatures. What exactly does she mean when she is saying these things?” Those “pesky reptiles!” When you come across a snake unexpectedly, what is your immediate reaction? Well, unless you are a herpetologist it is probably fear, dread or surprise. Let me share with you the reaction of a group of... Read More

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