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Humility

Humility Presence of God – O Jesus, You who were so humiliated for us, teach me how to practice true humility. MEDITATION Charity is the essence of Christian perfection, for charity alone has the power to unite man to God, his last end. But for us poor, miserable creatures, whom God wishes to raise to union with Himself, is charity the ultimate basis of the spiritual life? No. There is something... Read More

Heights of Prayer: 30 Days w Teresa of Avila: Pt 1Day 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

2 Doctors, 2 Ways, 1 Goal: Sts Teresa and Therese (Part 2 of 3)

2 Doctors, 2 Ways, 1 Goal: Sts Teresa and Therese (Part II of III) Editor’s note: In part I, we talked about the goal of every pilgrimage, our Carmelite Doctors of the Church, and Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, specifically. Today we will look at Saint Teresa of Avila, in particular, and the way these Daughters of the Church differ from each other. Saint Teresa of Avila (Saint Teresa of Jesus) St.... Read More

Do we really need to worry that much about spiritual progress?

September 24, 2012 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Teresa of Avila

Why Worry About Spiritual Progress? St Teresa of Avila on Spiritual Progress Dear St. Teresa, is it not better to somewhat ‘go with the flow’ of God’s leading in our life, doing our best, and not worry too much of where we are in the spiritual perfection? Dear friend, we must beg the Lord for guidance. We must frequently consider that without him we are lost. We must never trust ourselves.... Read More

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

Dear Sister Carmen, I feel like I am stuck in 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. In our first post in this two part series we talked about a few of the reasons we get stuck and touched... Read More

What is so special about the Interior Castle?

Dear Sister Carmen, would you share why St. Teresa wrote the “Interior Castle” and why spiritual directors refer to it so often? What makes it so special? Dear Friend, your question is very timely as the memorial of St. Teresa is celebrated this Saturday. St. Teresa of Jesus (also known as St. Teresa of Avila) was led by the Holy Spirit into a very special friendship with God. Because she cooperated... Read More

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