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Is it a Sin to ask for Death?

December 5, 2016 by  
Filed under Challenges, Darkness, Death and Dying, Fr. Bartunek, Sin

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Is it a Sin to Ask for Death?   Dear Father John, When I am in great despair the temptation is to ask for death. Is that not a sin if despair drives me? I think you may have an incomplete or inaccurate idea about the nature of despair. When understood as a sin and not simply an emotional experience, despair consists of giving up on God, of freely concluding that “I am such a horrible sinner that not even God can forgive... Read More

Inordinate Affections, Vain Hope, Pride, and Too Much Familiarity

August 16, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Imitation of Christ, Sin, Virtue

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Of Inordinate Affections, Vain Hope and Pride, And Too Much Familiarity   OF INORDINATE AFFECTIONS 1. Fly the tumult of the world as much as thou canst; for the talk of worldly affairs is a great hindrance, although it be done with sincere intention; for we are quickly defiled, and enthralled by vanity. The man that is not perfectly dead to himself is quickly tempted and overcome in trifling things. The weak in spirit, and... Read More

Does God Heal After Death?

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Does God Heal After Death?   People who do evil are sick…and, at death, God will heal them. In my last post, God’s Not Mean so Hell’s Not Possible, I related a conversation that I had recently. My friend had asserted that since God is all good He wouldn’t possibly send anyone to hell and eternal suffering. What bolstered his argument was this assertion: people who do evil are sick (i.e. it’s not their fault) and... Read More

Despising all Vanities

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Despising all Vanities *   1. He that followeth Me, walketh not in darkness, saith the Lord. These are the words of Christ, which teach us to imitate His life and manners, if we would be truly enlightened, and delivered from all blindness of heart. Let therefore our chief endeavour be to meditate upon the life of Jesus Christ. 2. The teaching of Christ exceeds all the doctrines of holy men; and, he that hath the Spirit will... Read More

Receiving God’s Mercy – Mercy Mission (Part II of III)

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Receiving God’s Mercy Mercy Mission (Part II of III) Today, we bring you part two of the “Mercy Mission” Father Michael Najim preached before Holy Week, which focuses on receiving and experiencing God’s mercy. As a bonus, a beautiful Ignatian-style guided meditation is included as part of this talk as well. In part one, Father Najim reflected on What is Mercy? For part two of this “Mercy Mission”,... Read More

St Bernard’s Vision of Humility and Pride

March 7, 2016 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Humility, Lent, Pride

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 St Bernard’s Vision of Humility and Pride We waste a lot of time thinking something is owed us. We brood over injury. We are not self-contained. Lent helps us remember the real truth about ourselves and our situation. The wisdom of the saints, like St. Bernard, helps us see our actual situation. His teachings suggest we can be free of brooding and find a new kind of self-possession when we allow the Lord to preoccupy... Read More

The Hidden Life – Divine Intimacy Reflection

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The Hidden Life   Presence of God– O Jesus, hidden God, teach me the secret of the hidden life. MEDITATION During His life on earth, Jesus chose to conceal His divinity under the veil of His humanity. Except on very rare occasions — and this is especially true during the thirty years preceding His apostolate — He never allowed His greatness, His wisdom, or His omnipotence to be manifest. Later, during the years of His... Read More

On Knowing Your Sins; How to Meditate More Effectively

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Questions on Knowing Your Sins and How to Meditate More Effectively How can we become more aware of our sins? How does our disposition help us to meditate more effectively? Dan and Melissa answer these questions as they reflect on the book Finding God Through Meditation by St Peter of Alcántara.     Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why do I find myself unaware of how I’ve offended God, even though I know... Read More

Sin — Divine Intimacy Reflection

February 16, 2016 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Sin

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Sin Presence of God – O Jesus Crucified, give me the grace to understand the great malice of sin. MEDITATION The essence of Christian perfection consists in union with God by charity. While charity, by conforming our wills to God’s, unites us to Him, grave sin, which directly opposes His will, produces the opposite effect. In other words, charity is the force uniting man to God, and sin the force drawing him away. Serious... Read More

Ash Wednesday

February 10, 2016 by  
Filed under Ashes, Lent, Liz Estler, Sacramentals, Sin

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Ash Wednesday   Editor’s Note: In order to better understand how the celebration of Ash Wednesday came about, and how to better enter into the Lenten season, today, as we begin this important time of Lent, we bring you an excerpt from an older text on the celebration of this penitential observance of the start of the Church’s Lenten season. “On Ash Wednesday the Church begins the penitential season of Lent,... Read More

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