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Of Wisdom, Forethought, and Reading the Holy Scriptures

August 9, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Imitation of Christ, Scripture, Wisdom

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OF WISDOM, FORETHOUGHT, AND READING THE HOLY SCRIPTURES   Of Wisdom and Forethought in our Actions 1. We must not give ear to every saying or suggestion, but warily and patiently ponder things according to the will of God. But alas; such is our weakness, that we often rather believe and speak evil than good of others. The perfect do not easily credit everything spoken, for they know that human... Read More

Are You Living It Right?

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Are You Living It Right?   I wonder sometimes about the outcome of a still verdictless life.  Am I living it right? John Mayer God uses nature and the seasons to teach us many lessons about life.  If you’ve been reading [my] blog, you’ve probably noticed that I like to write about autumn simply because I think it is the most poetic season (at least in New England), a season that teaches... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love 1 – John of the Cross

January 7, 2014 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, John of the Cross

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Sayings of Light and Love 1   Sayings of Light and Love 1 The Lord has always revealed to mortals the treasures of his wisdom and spirit, but now that the face of evil bares itself more and more, so does the Lord bare his treasures more. + This is the first in a series of posts on St John of the Cross’ sayings of light and love. + John of the Cross – New Advent Link More “Sayings... Read More

Am I experiencing intellectual gluttony? – Part III of III

November 5, 2012 by  
Filed under Capital Sins, Fr. Bartunek, Sin

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Dear Father John, there is just too much to read! I feel like I should be reading more about my faith and the spiritual life, because I want to grow more. But I am so frustrated, because even if I would spend all day reading, I feel like I would barely be scratching the surface. So I get tense, confused, and then I don’t do anything. What’s going on with me, and what I should I do about... Read More

Am I experiencing intellectual gluttony? – Part II of III

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Dear Father John, there is just too much to read! I feel like I should be reading more about my faith and the spiritual life, because I want to grow more. But I am so frustrated, because even if I would spend all day reading, I feel like I would barely be scratching the surface. So I get tense, confused, and then I don’t do anything. What’s going on with me, and what I should I do about... Read More

Am I experiencing intellectual gluttony? – Part I of III

October 22, 2012 by  
Filed under Capital Sins, Faith, Fr. Bartunek, Sin, Spiritual Life

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Dear Father John, there is just too much to read! I feel like I should be reading more about my faith and the spiritual life, because I want to grow more. But I am so frustrated, because even if I would spend all day reading, I feel like I would barely be scratching the surface. So I get tense, confused, and then I don’t do anything. What’s going on with me, and what I should I do about... Read More

How to discern what comes with infused contemplation

October 28, 2010 by  
Filed under Anonymous, Contemplation, Prayer

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Dear Father Edward, when given the gift of infused contemplation, should there be any doubt that these are of God? My spiritual director has told me to listen and obey, write everything down, and if there are any doubts, to go back and read what the Lord has said and shown me. This has helped tremendously. I am a wretched sinful person, and fear that evil will invade or try to fool me in some way. You... Read More

How can I receive the gift of discernment?

October 14, 2010 by  
Filed under Anonymous, Discernment

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Dear Father Edward, how can I receive the gift of discernment? I have prayed and continue to do so, but I am not sure what comes from the Lord versus what is coming from me. Is there anything else that I should be doing? Like Solomon who requested the gift of wisdom, you are asking for a good thing. Discernment is the ability to recognize what the Lord wants us to do. It can be a difficult process.... Read More

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