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Desolation and Darkness

October 26, 2016 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Dark Night, Divine Intimacy

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Desolation and Darkness   Presence of God – Come to my aid, O Lord, that I may not be overwhelmed by the storm. MEDITATION Seeing its wretchedness so clearly, the soul senses the infinite distance separating it from God; and, while desiring even more to be united to Him, it realizes that it is farther from Him than ever, absolutely incapable of bridging the chasm which divides them. This recognition causes pain as well,... Read More

The Cross of Father DiAngelo

August 4, 2016 by  
Filed under Aridity or Dryness, Dark Night, Liz Estler, The Cross, Videos

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The Cross of Father DiAngelo Memorial of Saint John Vianney   In honor of the Memorial of Saint John Vianney, who was known as the “Curé d’Ars”, today we present a video written, narrated and composed by Richard K. Carlton. Saint John Vianney lived a life of mortification and is the patron of priests, pastors and confessors. In his preparation for the priesthood, he had difficulty with his studies. He founded... Read More

Aridity and Dryness in Prayer Series

January 16, 2016 by  
Filed under Aridity or Dryness, Dan Burke, Dark Night, Dryness in Prayer, Prayer

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A comprehensive listing of spiritual direction posts on this site regarding dryness in prayer, or aridity, and the difficulties this can cause with one’s prayer life. Some posts on the dark night which touch on dryness or aridity, are included as well.  Click on the titles of the post to access them. Adoration, Silence and the Lamp of Fire – Part II of II Aridity – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary Mother... Read More

Interior Trials

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Interior Trials Presence of God – O Lord, purify me as gold in the crucible; purify me and do not spare me, that I may attain to union with You. MEDITATION If Our Lord finds you strong and faithful, humble and patient in accepting exterior trials, He will go on little by little to others that are more inward and spiritual “to purge and cleanse you more inwardly … to give you more interior blessings” (John of the Cross,... Read More

Keeping Faith Alive During Life’s Dark Nights (Part IV of IV)

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Keeping Faith Alive During Life’s Dark Nights (Part IV of IV) Editor’s Note:  In Part I, we saw how faith is a response to revelation, how it penetrates the veil of the ordinary, and how it is essential to our relationship with God. In Part II, we considered the general patterns of growth which we experience. In Part III, we began our exploration of how to keep faith alive during our lives’ dark nights.  Today,... Read More

Keeping Faith Alive During Life’s Dark Nights (Part III of IV)

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Keeping Faith Alive During Life’s Dark Nights (Part III of IV) Editor’s Note:  In Part I, we looked at how faith is a response to revelation, how it penetrates the veil of the ordinary, and how it is essential to our relationship with God. In Part II, we considered the general patterns of growth which we experience. Today, we will begin to explore how to keep faith alive during our lives’ dark nights.   How... Read More

Keeping Faith Alive During Life’s Dark Nights (Part II of IV)

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Keeping Faith Alive During Life’s Dark Nights (Part II of IV) Editor’s Note: In Part I, we looked at how faith is a response to revelation, how it penetrates the veil of the ordinary, and how it is essential to our relationship with God. Today, we will examine general patterns of growth which we experience. Because each soul is unique, the workings of the Holy Spirit are unique in each one of us. However, there are... Read More

Keeping Faith Alive During Life’s Dark Nights (Part I of IV)

June 20, 2015 by  
Filed under Carmelite Sisters, Dark Night, Faith

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Keeping Faith Alive During Life’s Dark Nights (Part I of IV) When you come to the edge of all the light you know, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing one of two things will happen: There will be something solid to stand on or you will be taught how to fly. (Barbara Winter) It is foggy. The fog is so thick you could slice it. You step onto the plane and take your seat. The pilot taxis... Read More

Spiritual Aridity: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila: Day 9 & 10 Reflections

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Spiritual Aridity: 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 9 & 10 Reflections Spiritual direction and spiritual aridity are the topics today as Dan and Melissa discuss letters written by St. Teresa from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Find your core spirituality with the help of a good spiritual director. How is the soul like the weather? How not to become discouraged because of distractions... Read More

I can’t escape the darkness, please help…

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Desolation of soul is easy to come by in challenging times. St. Ignatius of Loyola was a master at studying and understanding the darkness that too frequently overshadows the soul. In his spiritual exercises he describes desolation this way: “I call desolation… darkness of soul, disturbance in it, movement to low and earthly things, disquiet from various agitations and temptations, moving to lack of confidence, hopelessness,... Read More

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