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Sayings of Light and Love 17- St John of the Cross

February 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, John of the Cross

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Sayings of Light and Love 17 Sayings of Light and Love 17: Since a double measure of bitterness must follow the doing of your own will, do not do it even though you remain in single bitterness. Saint John of the Cross More “Sayings of Light and Love” + Saint John of the Cross, O.C.D. (1542-1591), priest and Doctor of the Church, considered to be the Doctor of Mystical Theology, was a reformer... Read More

What can be done against temptation?

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Father Fortea, what can be done against temptation? We must immediately resist it with the help of God’s grace. A temptation is harmless if we resist and do not entertain it. From the moment we begin to dialogue with a particular temptation, though, considering the pros and cons of what it offers, our opposition to it begins to weaken, and it is far more difficult to resist succumbing to it. Confessors... Read More

Finding Happiness Where You Least Expect It

September 16, 2013 by  
Filed under Self Denial, Trent Beattie

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Ask someone where happiness may be found, and you’ll get a variety of answers. Many of them, however, are centered on attaining something currently out-of-reach. The thinking goes like this: “If only I could make more money, then I would be happy.” Or “If only I had a nice car, then I would be happy.” Or “If only I could win that tennis tournament trophy, then I would be happy.” The problem... Read More

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

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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? In our first post we talked about some of the foundational ideas required to begin an effective effort toward strengthening our will. In this post we will talk about a few secrets and tips to making solid progress. The Secret... 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

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