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Tolerating Distractions in the Spiritual Life

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Tolerating Distractions in the Spiritual Life   Description: This week, Dan and Melissa explain how tolerating distractions in the spiritual life can dissuade the enemy from discouraging us in prayer.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: It would be unrealistic to believe that we can be free from all distractions in prayer, so we must have strategies to tolerate them. How can we “gently” turn our thoughts... Read More

30 Days with Teresa of Avila – Reflections on Days 6 & 7

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30 Days with Teresa of Avila Reflections on Days 6 and 7   Why we can rejoice in suffering, and ways to identify attachments. Dan and Melissa discuss these topics and more as they reflect on letters from St. Teresa in the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: St. Teresa struggles with sin, revealing her humanity. How does she deal with it? Reflections on 1 Peter, Chapter 1 regarding... Read More

30 Days with Teresa of Avila – Reflections on Days 1 & 2

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30 Days with Teresa of Avila Reflections on Days 1 and 2   Dan and Melissa discuss detachment and suffering by reflecting on the first two letters from St. Teresa in the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Attachments: How to recognize them. Are they bad? What are the steps to achieving detachment? How can we obtain freedom and peace through detachment? Dan shares his story of how interior... Read More

Freeing My Heart

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 Freeing My Heart Dear Father John, I love God so much and want to be completely open to Him. How do I detach my heart from the things that bind it to this world? IN HIS PARABLE of the sower and the seed, Jesus pointed out that having good soil is not sufficient to assure fruitful growth. Some seed fell on excellent soil, but it shared that soil with thorn bushes. The thorn bushes grew with the good seed and choked it. Jesus... Read More

Attachments: What are they? How do they hinder my spiritual life? (II/II)

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…a reader asks: In your recent series on getting stuck in spiritual growth (which was very helpful by the way) you mentioned the idea of “attachments.” I think I understand this as I have read a bit of St. John of the Cross. However, I would be grateful if you could help me understand it a bit better and for any practical advice about identifying attachments and then shedding them. I remember St. John of the Cross said... Read More

Attachments: What are they? How do they hinder my spiritual life? (I/II)

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In your recent series on getting stuck in spiritual growth (which was very helpful by the way) you mentioned the idea of “attachments.” I think I understand this as I have read a bit of St. John of the Cross. However, I would be grateful if you could help me understand it a bit better and for any practical advice about identifying attachments and then shedding them. I remember St. John of the Cross said that a bird is tethered... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love 33 – St John of the Cross

March 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Attachments, Dan Burke, John of the Cross

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Sayings of Light and Love 33 Sayings of Light and Love 33: I didn’t know you, my Lord, because I still desired to know and relish things. 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 of the Carmelite Order, along with Saint Teresa of Avila, who founded the... Read More

On Emperors and Beanie Babies

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Most everyone knows of the fabled emperor that paraded the streets in his undergarments, believing he was adorned in the finest of cloth that only the foolish could not see. Lest he admit being a fool, he feigned witnessing the imaginary fabric and played the biggest fool of all. The crowd, also fearing being taken for fools, participated in the charade. Not until a child, lacking guile and pretentiousness, announced that the Emperor... Read More

Attachment – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

October 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Attachments, Dan Burke, Spiritual Dictionary

ATTACHMENT: An emotional dependence, either of one person on another, or of a person on some real or illusory object.  Attachments play an important role in spiritual development, since the first condition for progress in sanctity is some mastery over one’s inordinate attachments. This Spiritual Dictionary Term is an excerpt from the Glossary of Dan’s book Navigating the Interior Life – Spiritual Direction and the... Read More

What is an “attachment”? “disordered” attachments?

January 23, 2012 by  
Filed under Attachments, Fr. Bartunek

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Dear Father John, I would like to learn more about the idea of attachments. What is a disordered attachment and what is the difference, say, between a normal need for food and a disordered attachment for it? How can I tell the difference? Also, this is kind of a related point but is there a point at which indulgence in over-eating moves from a venial sin to a mortal sin? A disordered attachment is an emotional dependence on some... Read More

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