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Mysticism and the Machine: Mysticism and Magisterium Part V

October 13, 2015 by  
Filed under Church, Fr. Geiger, Grace, Liturgy, Magisterium, Mary, Mary, Prayer

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Mysticism and the Machine Mysticism and Magisterium Series Part V The central truth running through this series of posts on “mysticism and magisterium” is the active and effective presence of Christ in the Church. This affirmation is not an abstraction, but a fact realized in all the circumstances of history. The Church is a person, not a thing and our relationship with “her” is sacramental, organic and mystical, not... Read More

Built to Last: A Retreat Guide on St Peter and the Papacy

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BUILT TO LAST: A RETREAT GUIDE ON ST PETER AND THE PAPACY The newest Retreat Guide from RC Spirituality, Built to Last: A Retreat Guide on St Peter and the Papacy, is now available at www.RCSpirituality.org. The various Christian denominations have a lot in common, but unfortunately, we also have our differences. One major difference between Catholic and non-Catholic Christians has to do with our understanding of how Jesus wants... Read More

Is Medjugorje Authentic and Does it Matter?

June 26, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Magisterium, Mary, Mary

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Is Medjugorje Authentic and Does it Matter? As I was making my way to the Catholic Church, I was deeply blessed by an encounter with a 17th century priest who taught me, through his writings, how to overcome aridity in prayer. This was a significant breakthrough for me and brought me tremendous relief. I developed an instant affinity to this priest and looked for other writings of his that might help me. By God’s grace, I didn’t... Read More

Where to Seek the Truth (Part II of II)

June 8, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Magisterium, Spiritual Direction, Truth

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Where to Seek the Truth Part II of II Editor’s Note: Where to seek the Truth (Part I of II) we looked at the Church’s desire to help us find the truth, the yearning of the human heart to know more about God and the yearning to find and discern the food we need for that. Today, we will look at whom to listen to…as well as the fearless pursuit of truth. Here is the question we are examining: Dear Father John, I... Read More

Christ the Good Shepherd – Mysticism & Magisterium Pt 4

April 23, 2015 by  
Filed under Church Authority, Fr. Geiger, Magisterium, The Cross

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Christ, the Good Shepherd Mysticism and Magisterium Part IV In the Church of the first four centuries, the most common artistic representation of Christ was that of the Good Shepherd. By reflecting on the historical significance of this image we might come to a better understanding of the pastoral authority of the Church. Found especially in the catacombs of Rome, the Good Shepherd was not a portrait of Jesus but a symbol in which... Read More

Christ, the One Teacher of All (Mysticism and Magisterium: III/VI)

September 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Church, Church Authority, Fr. Geiger, Magisterium

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Christ, the One Teacher of All (Mysticism and Magisterium: Part III of VI) We might summarize the previous two posts in this series by saying that we are called to think with the Church because Christ and the Church possess same Spirit who is present throughout history in the details. When the Church teaches, Christ teaches, and those who depart from the Church depart from Christ. In this post, we shall examine than manner in which... Read More

Christ Yesterday, Today and Forever (Mysticism and Magisterium: II/VI)

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Editor’s Note: This is Part II of the Mysticism and Magisterium Series. You can find Part I here. Christ Yesterday, Today and Forever Jesus Christ is the Lord of history because His is the last say. The Last Judgment is also the last word. But our Savior is Lord of history also for another reason. Christ is present in the world and particularly in the Church at every historical moment through the mystery of His divine providence.... Read More

Mysticism and Magisterium Series

July 23, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Geiger, Magisterium, Mysticism

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Mysticism and Magisterium Series Mysticism and Magisterium Series: You can find Father Angelo Geiger’s “Mysticism and Magisterium” Series posts here by clicking on the title: Inscription on Saint John Lateran Archbasilica: “The Mother and Head of all Churches, in the City and of the World” — Mysticism and Magisterium Series Part I of VI: Thinking with the Church Part II of VI: Christ Yesterday,... Read More

Thinking with the Church – Mysticism and Magisterium (I/VI)

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Editor’s Note: Today, we are honored to introduce to you Father Angelo Geiger, who has written extensively on Marian theology and spirituality, and has been published in such publications as “Inside the Vatican” and “Catholic World Report” (online).  We are particularly pleased to note that he is our first writer out of the Franciscan tradition. We are blessed he has agreed to write for us. Please... 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... Read More

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