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Having a Rule of Life: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila: Day 20 reflections

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Having a Rule of Life 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 20 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio   Listen to reflections on letters from St. Teresa of Avila found in Dan Burke’s book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. In today’s show Dan and Melissa answer the questions: What is a “rule of life”? Why do you need one? How do you make one? Topics/Questions covered in the show: Motivation vs. structure when making... Read More

Rule of Life (Program of Life) – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

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Rule of Life (Program of Life) Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary Rule of Life (Program of Life) – A specific and usually documented plan for living in accord with one’s state in life and baptismal commitments that includes principals, guidelines, and commitments that will guide each person to achieve sanctity, and in practical and concrete ways, love God and love their neighbor. A principle or regular... Read More

How does a person accept God’s mercy?

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Dear Father John, I am helping a woman in her spiritual growth (mainly through helping her come up with a program of life), and something came up that I wanted to ask you about. She has shared with me some of what she regrets, and some of what she is having a hard time forgiving herself for. Intellectually she knows that God forgives, but she hasn’t accepted His mercy into her heart. I am guessing that this resistance is... Read More

Navigating the New Year

December 26, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Root Sin, Rule of Life/Program of Life

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Lay people often overlook a source of deep spirituality and safety. One of the spiritual secrets of those in the religious life is a kind of spiritual guardrail system that helps them to know the path of peace on a moment to moment basis. This wisdom-born approach has aided thousands of ordinary people to become saints and to experience the heights of union with the Lord in this life. One part of this system is called a “rule... Read More

Should I relax Rule of Life during holidays? (II/II)

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Dear Father John, Is it right to relax one’s Rule during a holiday period (or a day off)? If so, what should we hang on to and what should we ‘shelve’? What about a priest with a fairly demanding Rule of Life? As you will have guessed, I am a priest and am unsure about my own practice. I also find that this question comes up among other clergy and among committed and faithful lay folk (especially those married to... Read More

Should I relax my “Rule of Life” during holidays? Part I of II

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 Dear Father John, Is it right to relax one’s Rule during a holiday period (or a day off)? If so, what should we hang on to and what should we ‘shelve’? What about a priest with a fairly demanding Rule of Life? As you will have guessed, I am a priest and am unsure about my own practice. I also find that this question comes up among other clergy and among committed and faithful lay folk (especially those married to... Read More

What virtues can I practice to overcome the root sin of sensuality?

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Dear Father John, Thank you for the post on root sin. It has definitely helped me. My question is, charity and humility seem to be the virtues to practice if the root sin is pride or vanity. But what would be the virtue to practice to overcome sensuality? It seems that it is more of an emotional response, hence the sensuality. Thanks to your article have identified this as my root sin, I am not entirely sure what to put in place/practice... Read More

How can I identify my root sin?

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Dear Father John, I am not in spiritual direction right now, but I am trying to put together a program of life anyway. Can you give me some pointers about identifying my “root sin”? You are already on the right track. A program of life is worthless (well, almost worthless, at least) without having identified our root sin. Unless we understand the dynamism underlying our frequent faults and failings, we will never be able to... Read More

Spiritual Direction Posts and Series Index

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Spiritual Direction Posts and Series Index Spiritual Direction Posts and Series Index Spiritual Direction Posts and Series Index Dear Friends, To make it easier for you to find key posts on spiritual direction we have updated our Spiritual Direction Posts and Series Index page. As well, we have ordered the posts in a way in keeping with the flow of topics. Click here or go to the upper right hand corner of the site and click on... Read More

Spiritual direction: how much focus on prayer vs sin & virtue?

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Dear Father John, How much of a discussion in spiritual direction should focus on moral issues, such as habitual sin and possibly that of grave matter which may not necessarily be mortal sin? So much discussion here is only about how to pray well, making a program for life, finding a spiritual director and things of that nature. What about living life every day? It seems to me that talking to a spiritual director about lofty things... Read More

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