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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

Of Six Things Necessary to Prayer

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Of Six Things Necessary to Prayer “These are the exercises and meditations, Christian reader, wherewith every day you may feed your soul, which if you do rightly use, you will never want matter to engage your mind devoutly. But note that meditation, if it be well performed, ought to consist of six parts; some of which go before, others follow mental prayer. Preparation: First, before we apply ourselves to meditation, it is... Read More

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

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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

Are there Two Paths to Holiness?

January 27, 2015 by  
Filed under Connie Rossini, Contemplation, Holiness, Prayer, Spiritual Life

Are there Two Paths to Holiness? The other day while doing research for a blog post, I came across a discussion about Teresa of Avila's Interior Castle in a Catholic forum. One poster wrote that a holy priest told her that Teresa of Avila's teaching was not meant for most lay people. This is the sort of comment that perturbs me. If the conversation hadn't been a few years old, I would have chimed in. Instead, I decided to write... Read More

St Bernard and Coming to the Fullness of Love

St Bernard and Coming to the Fullness of Love (Memorial of St Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot and Doctor of the Church) St Bernard built a way of life that flowed from Chapter 73 of the Rule of St Benedict. In this final chapter, St Benedict urges monks to learn the discipline of the Christian life he has presented because it is a good beginning, the minimum needed to make progress in a life devoted to Christ. Once one makes a good... Read More

Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction: God in You, Part 2 of 5

Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction: God in You, Part 2 of 5 Spiritual Life talk with Dan Burke Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction: God in You, Part 2 of 5 ~~ Dan Burke spent a week discussing his suffering, conversion and healing with EWTN's Johnnette Benkovic on her show, Women of Grace. Dan captures the stages of the spiritual life in his award-winning book, “Navigating the Interior Life“. In the second episode... Read More

Saint Bernard’s Four Kinds of Contemplation

At the end of his treatise on contemplation (also known as his treatise On Consideration), Saint Bernard of Clairvaux observes the dimensions of Christian mental prayer. Specifically, when Saint Paul prays in Ephesians 3:18 that we might come to comprehend and be filled with the breadth and length, height and depth of the fullness of God revealed in the love of Christ, Saint Bernard sees four kinds of contemplation. For Saint Bernard,... 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

What is the “Prayer of Simplicity”? (Part III of III)

November 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Contemplation, Prayer

…a reader asks: Q: Dear Father John, I’ve heard that the prayer of simplicity is a kind of a bridge from meditation to contemplation. Can you help me to understand what this experience of prayer might be and how one might know that God is leading them down that path?   In the first part of this post, we discussed mental prayer in general, meditative mental prayer and the unity underneath the various prayer methods. In... Read More

What is the “Prayer of Simplicity”? (Part II of III)

November 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Contemplation, Fr. Bartunek, Prayer

…a reader asks: Dear Father John, I’ve heard that the prayer of simplicity is a kind of a bridge from meditation to contemplation. Can you help me to understand what this experience of prayer might be and how one might know that God is leading them down that path? In Part I, we discussed mental prayer in general, meditative mental prayer and the unity underneath the various prayer methods. Today, we will continue the discussion... Read More

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