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Called to Holiness (Part II of II)

December 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Holiness, Ralph Martin

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Called to Holiness (Part II of II) In part I, we examined what the universal call to holiness means, generally speaking. In today’s post, we will look at what Saint John Paul II specifically says about the call to holiness, training in holiness and why this turn to holiness of life and depth in prayer is important. John Paul II goes on to call the parishes of the third millennium to become schools of prayer and places where... Read More

Called to Holiness (Part I of II)

December 28, 2013 by  
Filed under Holiness, Ralph Martin

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Called to Holliness (Part I of II) Jesus summed up His teaching in a startling and unambiguous call to His followers: “You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Mt. 5:48). Perfect in purity of heart, perfect in compassion and love, perfect in obedience, perfect in conformity to the will of the Father, perfect in holiness-when we hear these words, we can be understandably tempted to discouragement,... Read More

Blessed Mother Teresa’s “Dark Night” (Part I of II)

November 19, 2013 by  
Filed under Aridity or Dryness, Dark Night, Ralph Martin

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Blessed Mother Teresa’s “Dark Night” (Part I of II) What did it mean for her? What does it mean for us? Even though Mother Teresa’s experience of spiritual “darkness” has been known for several years, the full publication of her private letters in Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light–The Private Writings of the “Saint of Calcutta” drew worldwide media coverage [a few years ago]. TIME Magazine did a cover... Read More

Lost Sense of Sin: Catechetical Gaps Filled w/ Wisdom of Saints (II/II)

November 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Overcoming/Fighting, Ralph Martin, Sin

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The Lost Sense of Sin: Filling in Catechetical Gaps with the Wisdom of the Saints (II/II) In Part I, we looked at how gaps in catechetical instruction have led to deficiencies in the way we understand our faith, how we can learn from the Doctors of the Church, specifically what St. Teresa of Avila teaches regarding carelessness about sin. In Part II, we will see what St. Teresa of Avila says about the failure to avoid the near... Read More

Lost Sense of Sin: Catechetical Gaps Filled w/ Wisdom of Saints (I/II)

November 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Overcoming/Fighting, Ralph Martin, Sin

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The Faith Understood Anyone familiar with Catholics United for the Faith (CU F) knows the valuable work it has done in analyzing catechetical texts. For many years, CU F was a voice “crying out in the wilderness.” Its work of prophetic witness and careful analysis was vindicated when the U.S. bishops’ committee set up to evaluate catechetical texts found that the vast majority of texts in use over the last few decades were... Read More

Why are We so Afraid to be Afraid of Hell?

October 31, 2013 by  
Filed under Hell & Purgatory, Ralph Martin

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Editors’ Note: We are grateful to have one of the Church’s brightest lights join us at Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction. Ralph, in his book, The Fulfillment of All Desire has provided a treasure of inestimable worth to those who hunger to deepen their relationship with the Lord. Ralph Martin is the president of Renewal Ministries, an organization devoted to Catholic renewal and evangelization which engages in a wide... Read More

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