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Recollection – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

Recollection Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary   Recollection – Concentration of soul on the presence of God.     This Spiritual Dictionary Term is an excerpt from the Glossary of Dan’s book Navigating the Interior Life – Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God. To learn more, click here  + Art: Cover of “Navigating the Interior Life: Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God”... Read More

Prayer of Simplicity – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

Prayer of Simplicity Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary Prayer of Simplicity – Meditation replaced by a purer, more intimate prayer consisting in a simple regard or loving thought on God, or on one of His attributes, or on some mystery of the Christian faith. The soul peacefully attends to the operations of the Spirit with sentiments of love without requiring the use of mental effort (adapted from the definition... Read More

Mental Prayer – Spiritual Dictionary

MENTAL PRAYER: The form of prayer in which the sentiments expressed are one's own and not those of another person, and the expression of these sentiments is mainly, if not entirely, interior and not externalized (e.g. not vocalized).  Mental prayer is accomplished by internal acts of the mind and affections that are a loving and discursive (reflective) consideration of religious truths or some mystery of faith.  In mental prayer... Read More

Infused Contemplation – Spiritual Dictionary

Infused Contemplation – Spiritual Dictionary Infused Contemplation – Spiritual Dictionary INFUSED CONTEMPLATION – Spiritual Dictionary: An infused supernatural gift, that originates completely outside of our will or ability, by which a person becomes freely absorbed in God producing a real awareness, desire, and love for Him. This often gentle or delightful and sometimes non-sensible encounter can yield special... Read More

Affective Meditation Defined – Navigating the Interior Life

Affective Meditation Defined Navigating the Interior Life Navigating the Interior Life   AFFECTIVE MEDITATION Defined: Often the result of discursive meditation, affective prayer occurs when the heart and mind are engaged, with and beyond the intellect, with the object of the meditation.   This Spiritual Dictionary Term is an excerpt from the Glossary of Dan's book Navigating the Interior Life – Spiritual Direction... Read More

Meditation – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

MEDITATION: Reflective prayer.  It is that form of mental prayer in which the mind, in God's presence, thinks about God and divine things.  While the affections may also be active, the stress in meditation is on the role of the intellect.  Hence this is also called discursive mental prayer.  The objects of meditation are mainly three: mysteries of faith; a person's better knowledge of what God wants him or her to do; and the... Read More

Mysticism – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

December 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Mystical Experience, Spiritual Dictionary

Mysticism – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary   MYSTICISM: The supernatural state of soul in which God is known in a way that no human effort or exertion could ever succeed in producing. There is an immediate, personal experience of God that is truly extraordinary, not only in intensity and degree, but in kind.  It is always the result of a special, totally unmerited grace of God.  Christian mysticism... Read More

Penance – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

PENANCE: The virtue or disposition of heart by which one repents of one's own sins and is converted to God. Also the punishment by which one atones for sins committed, either by oneself or by others. And finally the sacrament of penance, where confessed sins committed after baptism are absolved by a priest in the name of God. This Spiritual Dictionary Term is an excerpt from the Glossary of Dan’s book Navigating the Interior... Read More

Movement – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

December 6, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Dictionary

Movement – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary MOVEMENT: An Ecclesial organization with canonical recognition that provides defined paths to living out baptismal commitments, discipleship, and related sanctity through a specific spiritual lens called a “charism” that is expressed by distinctive practices of life and ways of prayer.   This Spiritual Dictionary Term is an excerpt from the Glossary of... Read More

Magisterium-Spiritual Dictionary, Navigating the Interior Life

November 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Magisterium, Spiritual Dictionary

Magisterium – Spiritual Dictionary Magisterium – Spiritual Dictionary MAGISTERIUM – Spiritual Dictionary: The Church's teaching authority, vested in the bishops, as successors of the Apostles, under the Roman Pontiff, as successor of St. Peter. Also vested in the Pope, as Vicar of Christ and visible head of the Catholic Church. This Spiritual Dictionary term is an excerpt from the Glossary of Dan Burke's highly... Read More

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