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Carmelite or Ignatian prayer, which is best for me?

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Dear Dan, I have been studying prayer, primarily the Ignatian method and the Carmelite method. What would you consider the differences between these two methods?   Also, how can I determine which is best for me?   Dear friend, this is a great question. First, it would be helpful to ensure we understand what we are talking about when we use the terms “prayer” and “method.” The prayer we are speaking of here is an interpersonal... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love 43 – St John of the Cross

April 12, 2014 by  
Filed under Challenges, Dan Burke, John of the Cross

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Sayings of Light and Love 43 Sayings of Light and Love 43: Bear in mind that your flesh is weak and that no worldly thing can comfort or strengthen your spirit, for what is born of the world is world and what is born of the flesh is flesh. The good spirit is born only of the Spirit of God, who communicates himself neither through the world nor through the flesh. Saint John of the Cross More “Sayings of Light and Love” About... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love 41 – St John of the Cross

April 10, 2014 by  
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Sayings of Light and Love 41 Sayings of Light and Love 41: Do not tire yourself, for you will not enter into the savor and sweetness of spirit if you do not apply yourself to the mortification of all this that you desire. Saint John of the Cross More “Sayings of Light and Love” + Saint John of the Cross, O.C.D. (1542-1591), priest and Doctor of the Church, considered to be the Doctor of Mystical Theology, was a reformer... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love 40 – St John of the Cross

April 8, 2014 by  
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Sayings of Light and Love 40 Sayings of Light and Love 40: What you most seek and desire you will not find by this way of yours, nor through high contemplation, but in much humility and submission of heart. St. John of the Cross More “Sayings of Light and Love” + Saint John of the Cross, O.C.D. (1542-1591), priest and Doctor of the Church, considered to be the Doctor of Mystical Theology, was a reformer of the Carmelite Order ... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love 39 – St John of the Cross

April 5, 2014 by  
Filed under Aridity or Dryness, Dan Burke, John of the Cross

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Sayings of Light and Love 39 Sayings of Light and Love 39: My spirit has become dry because it forgets to feed on you. St. John of the Cross More “Sayings of Light and Love” + Saint John of the Cross, O.C.D. (1542-1591), priest and Doctor of the Church, considered to be the Doctor of Mystical Theology, was a reformer of the Carmelite Order, along with Saint Teresa of Avila, who founded the Discalced Carmelites.  He is known... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love 38 – St John of the Cross

April 4, 2014 by  
Filed under Appetites, Dan Burke, John of the Cross

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Sayings of Light and Love 38 Sayings of Light and Love 38: When fixed on something else, one’s appetite leaves no room for the angel to move it. John of the Cross More “Sayings of Light and Love” + Saint John of the Cross, O.C.D. (1542-1591), priest and Doctor of the Church, considered to be the Doctor of Mystical Theology, was a reformer of the Carmelite Order, along with Saint Teresa of Avila, who founded the Discalced... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love 37 – St John of the Cross

April 3, 2014 by  
Filed under John of the Cross, Virtue

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Sayings of Light and Love 37 Sayings of Light and Love 37: Reflect that your guardian angel does not always move your desire for an action, but he does always enlighten your reason. Hence, in order to practice virtue do not wait until you feel like it, for your reason and intellect are sufficient. St. John of the Cross More “Sayings of Light and Love” + Saint John of the Cross, O.C.D. (1542-1591), priest and Doctor of the Church,... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love 36 – St John of the Cross

March 29, 2014 by  
Filed under John of the Cross, Meditations

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Sayings of Light and Love 36 Sayings of Light and Love 36 For the insensible, what you do not feel; for the sensible, the senses; and for the spirit of God, thought. Saint John of the Cross More “Sayings of Light and Love” + Saint John of the Cross, O.C.D. (1542-1591), priest and Doctor of the Church, considered to be the Doctor of Mystical Theology, was a reformer of the Carmelite Order, along with Saint Teresa of... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love 35 – St John of the Cross

March 28, 2014 by  
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Sayings of Light and Love 35 Sayings of Light and Love 35: One human thought alone is worth more than the entire world, hence God alone is worthy of it. Saint John of the Cross More “Sayings of Light and Love” + Saint John of the Cross, O.C.D. (1542-1591), priest and Doctor of the Church, considered to be the Doctor of Mystical Theology, was a reformer of the Carmelite Order, along with Saint Teresa of Avila, who founded... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love 34 – St John of the Cross

March 27, 2014 by  
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Sayings of Light and Love 34 Sayings of Light and Love 34: Well and good if all things change, Lord God, provided we are rooted in you. Saint John of the Cross More “Sayings of Light and Love” + Saint John of the Cross, O.C.D. (1542-1591), priest and Doctor of the Church, considered to be the Doctor of Mystical Theology, was a reformer of the Carmelite Order, along with Saint Teresa of Avila, who founded the Discalced... Read More

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