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Contemplation & Meditation Lies: Peter of Alcantara, Teresa of Avila


In 1577, St. Teresa of Avila completed what is heralded as her seminal work on mental prayer, meditation, and contemplation in the Interior Castle. This guidebook to the most profound depths of prayer has become the standard against which all serious inquiries into interior progress must be measured. This is the reason that it is to St. Teresa that the Catechism of the Catholic Church poses the question, “What is contemplative... Read More

A Mystical Encounter with God

November 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Mysticism, Private Revelation, Resources

8 Days and Virtue featured

Mystical encounters abound, but they are not always from God. The Church takes these experiences seriously and thus provides guidelines for our discernment. Sometimes the Church rules in a definitive way regarding their validity, but often there is no ruling or no need for one. In my own life, I have encountered a number of mystics, some of whom I perceived to be authentic and others of whom I perceived to be false mystics. False... Read More

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


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)


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

Saint Angela di Foligno and Blessed Elisabeth of the Trinity

October 19, 2013 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Mysticism, Saints and Blesseds


One of the influences on the thought and spirituality of Blessed Elisabeth of the Trinity is a Third Order Franciscan widow from the beginning of the 14th Century, Angela di Foligno. Pope Francis has just included this Master of Theology in the Calendar of the Saints and her feast will be January 4. Saint Angela’s Instructions #34 contains a description of some of her last experiences and words. Drawing from a translation... Read More

Theology and Contemplative Prayer


Contemplative Prayer and Theology Contemplation needs scientific theology and theologians need contemplation.  Historically, contemplatives who have presumed otherwise unwittingly submitted themselves and those they influenced to all kinds of demeaning irrationality. At the same time, whenever theologians believe they can conduct their investigations without prayer, their body of scholarship becomes less capable of building up... Read More

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