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Peace of Body Isn’t Optional – Day 10, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila

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What does St. Teresa of Avila have to say about the connection between peace of body and peace of soul? Find out in today’s excerpt and reflection from 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. LXIII Segovia, June, 1574* To the Most Illustrious Señor Don Teutonio de Braganza, Salamanca Congratulations on his safe return. The Saint’s health. Confirmation of the Apostolic Visitors. Projected foundation of a priory at Salamanca. JESUS! May... Read More

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

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)

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

Obstacles to prayer: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila: Day 11 Reflections

Obstacles to Prayer 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Reflections on Day 11 Why are we tempted to stop praying, and what are the consequences of doing so? Dan and Melissa share some of St. Teresa of Avila’s thoughts on these topics as documented in her letters from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Where does the temptation to stop praying come from? What are the biggest obstacles to... Read More

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

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

The Night of the Spirit

The Night of the Spirit Presence of God – Pour forth, O Lord, into my soul greater love and greater courage, that I may willingly accept Your purifying action. MEDITATION The difficult and bitter purification called the night of the spirit is necessary to extirpate the roots of imperfect habits. The purification of the soul begins with the night of sense, which, by putting the soul into obscurity and depriving it of all sensible... Read More

Frustrated with my prayer life – I am stuck!

September 18, 2014 by  
Filed under Aridity or Dryness, Dan Burke, Difficulties, Dryness in Prayer, Prayer

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Dear Catholic Spiritual Direction Family, Many people feel a profound frustration with their inability to pray, to grow spiritually, to know and experience the Love of God in their lives. If you feel this way, or even if you just experience a kind of flat existence instead of a dynamic and joyful relationship with God, there are answers. Jesus said, in the Gospel of John, “The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy, but I came... Read More

My Spiritual Growth Efforts Don’t Seem to Get Results. Help!

I pray and do many good works. But, the labor and work I put into spiritual growth doesn’t seem to get any results. Help!!!!!!   OUR LORD FREQUENTLY described his kingdom, the growth of his lordship in each heart and in the world, by comparing it to plants. The mustard seed (see Matthew 13:31), the farmer’s field (see Matthew 13:24), the sower who sowed seed on various types of soil (see Luke 8:1-15)–all these images... Read More

What to Do When the Well Runs Dry (Part II of II)

What to Do When the Well Runs Dry (Part II of II) …a reader asks: Dear Father John, there was a time early in my prayer life that I experienced what I think is known as consolations. I have continued to grow in virtue and holiness (if I even know what that means) but my prayer life seems like it doesn’t match my life of virtue. I have listened to Dan Burke’s webinar on the three ways and I am grateful to say that I don’t... Read More

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