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Practical Benefits of Prayer: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila: Day 17 reflections

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Practical Benefits of Prayer: 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 17 Reflections Join Dan and Melissa as they reflect on letters from St. Teresa from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Today’s letter reveals some of the Saint’s personal tragedies and how she deals with them. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How suffering allows us to more fully experience joy. What is the relationship between contrast and clarity... 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? (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 42 – St John of the Cross

April 11, 2014 by  
Filed under Detachment, Spiritual Masters

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Sayings of Light and Love 42 Sayings of Light and Love 42: Reflect that the most delicate flower loses its fragrance and withers fastest; therefore guard yourself against seeking to walk in a spirit of delight, for you will not be constant.  Choose rather for yourself a robust spirit, detached from everything, and you will discover abundant peace and sweetness, for delicious and durable fruit is gathered in a cold and dry climate. Saint... Read More

Detachment – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

November 8, 2013 by  
Filed under Detachment, Spiritual Dictionary

DETACHMENT: In asceticism the withholding of undue affection for creatures for the sake of the Creator. When mortal sin is involved, detachment is imperative for salvation. Detachment from creatures that are an obstacle to complete service of God is a normal condition for growth in holiness. This Spiritual Dictionary Term is an excerpt from the Glossary of Dan’s book Navigating the Interior Life – Spiritual Direction and... Read More

Archbishop From Iraq: Finding Middle East Peace

June 12, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Detachment, Peace

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Dear Friends, I had the fascinating opportunity to spend some time with Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil (Northern Iraq) last week. I was blessed to meet him face-to-face as I facilitated an interview with him and Tim Drake of the National Catholic Register during his visit to EWTN. We talked about the state of the Church in Iraq, the persecution, and the resolve of this good Bishop to remain steadfast in his commitment to Christ... Read More

How much should a priest own?

December 12, 2011 by  
Filed under Detachment, Fr. Bartunek

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Dear Father John, I am a Catholic priest. Because I am in studies and do not have a rectory to call ‘home’, I’ve temporarily moved all my personal belongings back into my parent’s house. Looking over all the ‘stuff’ I’ve collected over the years, it’s dawned on me that I have A LOT. Too much, so that I am even nauseated at the amount: especially books, vestments, and clerical clothing,... Read More

Fr. Jean-Pierre de Caussade, SJ: Abandon Yourself to this Book

October 27, 2011 by  
Filed under Books, Detachment, Resources

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By Dr. Jeff Mirus | www.CatholicCulture.org Published with Permission Ignatius Press has just come out with a new edition of Jean-Pierre de Caussade’s oustanding work of spiritual direction, Abandonment to Divine Providence. This work, written in the 18th century by a French Jesuit, has become one of the great classics of Catholic spiritual reading. Not only does it deserve a treasured place in each person’s library, but it... Read More

St John of the Cross – Principles for Detachment

March 3, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Detachment, Lent, Seasonal Meditations

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These are the golden rules proposed by St John of the Cross for total detachment: The soul must always be inclined ‘not to the easiest thing, but to the hardest; not to the tastiest, but to the most insipid; not to the things that give the greatest pleasure, but to those that give the least; not to the restful things, but to the painful ones; not to consolation, but to desolation; not to more, but to less; not to the highest... Read More

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