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Humility Might Be the Death of Me

November 4, 2014 by  
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The Way of Perfection (Week 10 of 10) …perfect souls are in no way repelled by trials, but rather desire them and pray for them and love them. They are like soldiers: the more wars there are, the better they are pleased, because they hope to emerge from them with the greater riches. If there are no wars, they serve for their pay, but they know they will not get very far on that. The Way of... Read More

Lord, I offer You everything … Except X

October 28, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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n The Way of Perfection (Week 9 of 10) If you have truly abandoned yourself to God’s will, you will not be anxious about the bread of the body. In these hours of prayer you are dealing with more important matters. There will be enough time to work and earn your daily bread. Try not to let your thoughts dwell on this. Work with your body, for you must support yourselves. But let your soul be at... Read More

Wanting What I Get

October 21, 2014 by  
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The Way of Perfection (Week 8 of 10) Thou knowest us, my Lord, and Thou knowest that we are not as resigned as wert Thou to the will of Thy Father; we needed, therefore, to be taught to ask for particular things so that we should stop for a moment to think if what we ask of Thee is good for us, and if it is not, should not ask for it. For, being what we are and having our free will, if we do not... Read More

The Little Heaven of My Soul

October 14, 2014 by  
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The Way of Perfection (Week 7 of 10) Those who are able to shut themselves up in this little Heaven of the soul, wherein the Maker of Heaven and earth dwells, and who have formed the habit of looking at nothing and staying in no place that distracts the senses, may be sure that they are walking on an excellent road. They will not fail to drink of the water of the fountain, for they will travel a... Read More

The Importance of Silence

October 7, 2014 by  
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The Way of Perfection (Week 6 of 10) What we can do ourselves is to try to be alone–and God grant that this may suffice, as I say, to make us realize in Whose presence we are and how the Lord answers our petitions. Do you suppose that, because we cannot hear Him, He is silent? He speaks clearly to the heart when we beg Him from our hearts to do so. It would be a good idea for us to imagine that... Read More

5 Reasons “If Only” & “I Wish” Should Be Banned From English

September 30, 2014 by  
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The Way of Perfection (Week 5 of 10) The Lord knows everyone as she really is and gives each one her work to do, according to what He sees to be most appropriate for her soul, for His own Self, and for her neighbor’s good. – The Way of Perfection (Chapter 18, Paragraph 3) It is very possible that the phrases If Only, and his evil twin, “I Wish” are the most debilitating and poisonous... Read More

Humility: Easier Said than Done

September 23, 2014 by  
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The Way of Perfection (Week 4 of 10) …for I never heard anything bad said of me which I did not clearly realize fell short of the truth. If I had not sometimes–often, indeed–offended God in the ways they referred to, I had done so in many others, and I felt they had treated me far too indulgently in saying nothing about these; I much preferred people to blame me for what was not true... Read More

Family and the Vice-Filled Path to Holiness

September 16, 2014 by  
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The Way of Perfection (Week 3 of 10) Commend to God often any friend who is at fault and strive on your own part to practice with perfection the virtue that is opposite of her fault. Make determined efforts to do this so that you may teach by actions what your friends could never learn by words nor gain through suffering.  The habit of performing some conspicuously virtuous action through seeing... Read More

Money and Honor Go Hand-in-Hand

September 9, 2014 by  
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The Way of Perfection (Week 2 of 10) I believe that honour and money nearly always go together, and that he who desires honour never hates money, while he who hates money cares little for honour. Understand this clearly, for I think this concern about honour always implies some slight regard for endowments or money: seldom or never is a poor man honoured by the world; however worthy of honour he... Read More

The Way of Perfection by Saint Teresa of Avila

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The Way of Perfection (Week 1 of 10) I have been apprehensive about reading this book for years, as I’ve heard so much about the spirituality of Saint Teresa of Avila. And The Way of “Perfection?” I admit, I was a little intimidated. But a year ago when I read Colleen Carroll Campbell’s book, My Sisters, the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir, wherein she described Saint Teresa as a bit of a “late... Read More

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