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Resisting Temptations

Resisting Temptations Some persons, much subject to temptations, lament the time they spend in resisting them. “I cannot,” they say, “preserve recollection. When I try to meditate, to recite some prayers, to spend a few moments in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, I cannot fix my mind on God. That is the very time that temptations come to assail me; and I pass it in a vain endeavor to banish them. I meet these troublesome... Read More

A Kneeling Theology

A Kneeling Theology In order to be a compelling force in social renewal, theological wisdom needs the animating power of mystical wisdom. The study of theology needs to be imbued with a deeper contemplation of the Word made flesh. Some presume that recourse to prayer in the context of theological study is anti-intellectual, a flight into fantasy, or even an escape into the merely affective. Such prejudice indicates a disconcerting... Read More

Jesus’ Self-Offering in the Mass

July 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Eucharist/Mass

Jesus’ Self-Offering in the Mass Every believer worthy of the name must sometime undergo the danger of scandal and its trial by fire. Some, the intrinsically shielded children of God, are able to come through; certainly not the majority. We, too, must have felt the enormity of what took place at Capernaum, of that which so incensed the Jews and so shocked many of the disciples that they declared Jesus’ words intolerable and... Read More

Abandonment to Jesus

July 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Abandonment, Books, Charlie McKinney

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Abandonment to Jesus Per ipsum et cum ipso et in ipso: through Jesus, with Jesus, and in Jesus. “Without me, you can do nothing.” “With You, Jesus, I can do all things.” Renew these thoughts which bind you to Him and which plunge you into the abyss of love which is His Heart. The logical and necessary consequence of the complete confidence which I have preached to you until now is total abandonment. Since it is through... Read More

Holy Communion Increases Sanctifying Graces

Holy Communion Increases Sanctifying Graces   The Eucharist, as a sacrament, produces in you an increase of habitual, or sanctifying, grace by its own power. Its effects are like those of food: it maintains, increases, and repairs your spiritual forces, causing also a joy that is not necessarily felt, yet it is real. Holy Communion not only preserves the life of your soul, but increases it, just as the body is not only supported... 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 times during... Read More

Spiritual Reading Makes Saints

Spiritual Reading Makes Saints Don’t neglect your spiritual reading. Reading has made many saints. —Saint Josemaría Escrivá, The Way Shortly after I became a Catholic, I stumbled upon a book that highlighted traditions of the Faith that had been followed for some centuries. Some were small-t traditions, and others large-T traditions. My husband is a cradle Catholic, but there were a lot of things I was reading about Catholic... Read More

Love and Kind Deeds

June 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Spiritual Direction

Love and Kind Deeds Love is the heart and soul of religion. God is love, and every kind deed is a step toward God. Life is a school in which you acquire knowledge regarding the means of making your life and the lives of your fellowmen happy. That education is founded on love. You cannot live without love, any more than a flower can bloom without sunshine. There is no power in the world so great as that of love which never loses... Read More

Mystical Contemplation and the Gift of Knowledge

June 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Books, Charlie McKinney, Prayer

Mystical Contemplation and the Gift of Knowledge     In mystical contemplation, the gifts of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding move the soul in delightful ways that it does not understand. Divine light and warmth enkindle the depths of the soul and completely captivate the mind. Reason does not lead the way but is led to silent surrender with great spiritual fruitfulness. Here, the limits of human intelligence are... Read More

Jesus Sleeps in Souls

Jesus Sleeps in Souls

Jesus Sleeps in Souls   Jesus lives mystically in souls, reproducing in them all the mysteries of His mortal life. With the keen in­tuition of her love, St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus understood the mystery of this mystical sleep, expressing it with her inimitable language, full of ingenuous and truest poetry: “Jesus slept in my boat, as was His wont. But how rarely will souls allow Him to sleep in peace. Wearied with... Read More

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