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On the Importance of Silence in the Liturgy

July 14, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Liturgy, Prayer, Silence

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On the Importance of Silence in the Liturgy* By Cynthia Trainque Many Catholics rightly complain about the absence of silence in…the celebration of our Roman liturgy. It is…important, therefore, to recall the meaning of silence as a Christian ascetical value, and therefore as a necessary condition for deep, contemplative  prayer, without forgetting the fact that times of silence are officially prescribed during the celebration... Read More

An Unusual Christmas Gift for the Godward Heart

December 19, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Prayer, Retreats, Silence

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An Unusual Christmas Gift for the Godward Heart   When was the last time that you went on retreat? Have you ever given yourself to holy silence? What about that holy loved one that you have such a hard time shopping for? What about that unholy or semi-holy loved one that is working hard to get on the narrow path? I have an unusual idea for you. I don’t know about you but I am pretty picky about retreats and retreat centers.... Read More

The Silence of Detachment (Part III of III)

August 31, 2015 by  
Filed under Connie Rossini, Prayer, Silence

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The Silence of Detachment Part III of III This post is the third in a series on whether we should sit quietly during prayer. Part 1 was about the false silence of Centering Prayer and yoga. Part 2 discussed Teresa of Avila’s teaching on prayer and silence. Today, I’d like to talk briefly about the silence of detachment. If we want God to enter our lives in a significant way, we must make room for Him. He never forces Himself... Read More

Teresa of Avila on Silence in Prayer (Part II of III)

August 24, 2015 by  
Filed under Connie Rossini, Prayer, Silence

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Teresa of Avila on Silence in Prayer Part II of III In part I of this series, I spoke about some ways that Centering Prayer and yoga propose sitting silently as a form of meditation or contemplation. Today I want to focus on St. Teresa of Avila’s teaching about silence during prayer. Did she teach the same thing as Fr. Thomas Keating and other Centering Prayer advocates, as they maintain? Silence is an indispensable aspect... Read More

Should We Sit Quietly During Prayer? (Part I of III)

August 17, 2015 by  
Filed under Connie Rossini, Prayer, Silence

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 Should We Sit Quietly During Prayer? Part I of III Today I want to begin discussing misconceptions about the place of silence in prayer growth. Since we desire contemplation, should we sit still in prayer and wait for it? Should we try to make it happen by quieting our minds? This three-part series speaks to the differences between Carmelite teaching and Centering Prayer, yoga, and other types of meditation influenced by eastern... Read More

That Loving Knowledge of God

September 20, 2014 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, God's Love, God's Will, Knowing God, Silence

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That Loving Knowledge of God Although the Almighty is beyond the power of human understanding to grasp, Christians believe that knowing God’s Will is possible because Jesus, in his humanity offered for our sakes, has given us real access to God. The kind of knowledge the Risen Lord gives us is different than the merely factual kind of knowing. Such factual knowledge is all about simply knowing what to do – how to... Read More

The Kingdom of God is Within You

August 9, 2014 by  
Filed under Connie Rossini, Mental Prayer, Prayer, Silence

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The other day I was feeling disgusted at the depravity of our culture. I am an idealist. I would like the world to be perfect, a place where everyone is striving to follow God. Or if I can’t have that, I’d settle for a world that tolerates people who are striving to follow God and does nothing to hinder their spiritual growth. As we all know, that’s not the world we live in. The “real” world is a fallen... Read More

Joy of the Gospel

July 5, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Najim, Joy, Prayer, Silence

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The Joy of the Gospel The Joy of the Gospel!  Father Michael Najim discusses Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudiem. He highlights paragraph three of the document, in which the Pope invites all Christians everywhere to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or openness to letting Him encounter them, each day because it is in the encounter with Christ that we experience that interior joy which the... Read More

Hearing the Call of the Bridegroom

December 21, 2013 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Prayer, Silence

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“Let me see you, let me hear your voice.” These final days of Advent lift our hearts to the coming of Christ and are meant to move us to pray. How can we not make prayer part of our lives when we consider what it means that the Word of the Father came in history and what it means that Jesus continues to come to us in mystery? To help us feel this in our souls, to help us raise our hearts before this great truth, to... Read More

The Devil’s War on Silence

October 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Silence, Spiritual Warfare

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There are key strategies of indirect attack that the enemy of our souls uses to significantly disrupt our spiritual progress. One is the corruption of human sexuality. As the analogy of holy spousal love is one of the most effective in understanding divine intimacy, the enemy desires to corrupt human sexuality in order to further obscure what it means to understand the possibilities of union with God. Similarly, there is another... Read More

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