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How Sanctifying Grace Makes us Like God

How Sanctifying Grace Makes us like God

How Sanctifying Grace Makes us Like God With the Gift of the Holy Spirit, the gift of supernatural grace makes one’s whole existence holy. This doctrine of deification, or divinization, involves a true sharing in God’s life that does not diminish our created dignity but raises our freedom above its natural capacities. To be assimilated into the life of God in a way that perfects our humanity, the human person, as a creature,... Read More

Bookmark Brief: How To Read Your Way To Heaven

April 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, How Read Way to Heaven, Liz Estler, Vicki Burbach, Videos

Bookmark Brief: Vicki Burbach on Her Book “How To Read Your Way To Heaven”   Hello, Faithful Readers! As you may recall, Vicki Burbach has a new book out titled How to Read Your Way to Heaven: A Spiritual Reading Program for the Worst of Sinners, the Greatest of Saints, and Everyone In Between. EWTN’s Doug Keck has put together a mini-interview of our own Vicki Burbach, who you may recognize as our SpiritualDirection.com... Read More

Spiritual Reading Arms Us for Battle

Spiritual Reading Arms Us for Battle

Spiritual Reading Arms Us for Battle   For the past twenty years, I’ve been doing my best to commit to daily spiritual reading. Some days have gone better than others. In fact, some years have gone better than others. But I have done my best to stay the course. In that time, I’ve learned a few things about the process. I’ve learned some basic things, such as how hard it is to make the time for spiritual reading, but... Read More

Awareness of Misery Key to Mercy of God

April 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Mercy, Spiritual Direction

Awareness of Misery Key to Mercy of God

Awareness of Misery Key to Mercy of God   You ask me if a soul sensible of its own misery can go with great confidence to God. I reply that not only can the soul that knows its misery have great confidence in God, but that unless it has such knowledge, the soul cannot have true confidence in Him; for it is this true knowledge and confession of our misery that brings us to God. All of the great saints — Job, David, and the... Read More

Tears and Prayer

Tears and Prayer It is said that after his conversion, Saint Ignatius could not stop weeping. He shed tears all the time. This is so much the case that only through the gift of tears do we really understand the spiritual exercises that he proposed. Saint Teresa of Ávila also recommends this way of tears. In them is found a mysterious consolation that only God’s presence can give. For great mystics like Saint Teresa of Ávila... Read More

Live Today Well: St. Francis de Sales’s Simple Approach to Holiness – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: Dan and Melissa speak with Fr. Thomas Dailey about his book Live Today Well: St. Francis de Sales’s Simple Approach to Holiness. Questions/Topics discussed on the show: Who is St. Francis de Sales and what is appealing about his spirituality? How does St. Francis make holiness available to everyone regardless of vocation? What is St. Francis’ approach to prayer and does he advocate mental prayer? What... Read More

Spiritual Desolation and Humility

March 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Aridity or Dryness, Books, Charlie McKinney, Humility

Spiritual Desolation and Humility   An advantage of spiritual desolation is that it produces a deep and true humility in us. When we hear a sermon on humility, or read a spiritual treatise, or meditate seriously, we come to the conclusion that we are very miserable beings. But this conviction is no more than theoretical. When we are told that there are torrid regions in Africa, and that the temperature is oppressive, and... Read More

The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit Part 2 – DI Radio Show and Podcast

The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Every Spiritual Warrior’s Guide to God’s Invincible Gifts   Description: In part 2 today, Dan and Melissa speak with Dr. Kevin Vost and take a more in-depth look at his book, The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can we employ the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit and grow in holiness? What is piety and how can we live it? What are the different... Read More

Prayer and the Struggle to Forgive

March 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Books, Charlie McKinney, Prayer

Prayer and the Struggle to Forgive     One obstacle to beginning to pray and living within is the struggle to forgive. Whenever someone hurts us in a serious way, there is a spiritual wound that remains. As we begin to pray, we commonly find ourselves going back over these wounds again and again. What is most frustrating is that many times we thought we had already forgiven the person who hurt us. But when the memory... Read More

The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit Part 1 – DI Radio Show and Podcast

The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Every Spiritual Warrior’s Guide to God’s Invincible Gifts   Description: Dan and Melissa speak with Dr. Kevin Vost about his book, The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Every Spiritual Warrior’s Guide to God’s Invincible Gifts. Questions/Topics discussed on the show: What are the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit and why are they important? Why are St. Thomas Aquinas... Read More

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