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My Faulty Imagination and the Infinite God

January 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Meditations

Many times, I unknowingly think about God’s fullness in incomplete terms. I forget just how glorious, rich, and deep His divinity is. Of course, I know that He is so much greater than my heart could ever fathom, but since He appears to us in the New Testament as the Word Made Flesh, He always appears in my mind as Christ in his human likeness, rather than as Lord of all, with both human and divine wills and natures fused as... Read More

Can I Trust? Series: Faithful to the Church?

January 29, 2013 by  
Filed under Can I Trust?, Dan Burke, New Age, PseudoSpirituality

Can I Trust? Series Faithful to the Church? Editor's Note:  We get many questions in regards to whether or not popular authors, or organizations, are faithful to the Church, her teachings and her Magisterium, and whether or not they should be read and/or followed.  It is a wise person who asks!  So, in a way, this listing of posts has been inspired by you, the readers.  The following is an index of posts (and their links),... Read More

Navigating the Interior Life: Dan Burke Video

Navigating the Interior Life Video (with Dan Burke Regarding his New Book) Navigating the Interior Life: Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God. Spiritual Direction is for every person. The Spiritual Direction Book Club will soon begin reading Dan Burke's book on spiritual direction. Today's video is an interview with Dan Burke regarding his book, which was really birthed by the many, many readers of Read More

Imitation of Christ Wk 6 of 10

January 29, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

The Imitation of Christ Week 6 of 10 The Anguish of Envy He who has received less ought not to become dejected, nor become angry, nor envious of the one who has received more. Rather, he should look to You and praise Your great goodness since You have bestowed Your gifts so freely, so willingly, so lavishly, and without respect of persons. All good things come from You and, therefore, You are to be praised in all things.  You... Read More

How can I learn to love God more fully? – Part I of II

January 28, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Loving God

Dear Father John, I feel confused. I want to keep growing in my love for God. I want to learn to love him “with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength,” just as he commands us to do. But I don’t know what that means. Can you help me? I will try, but it will take more than one post to do so. First of all, allow yourself to feel true interior joy, and even relief, at the simple fact that your desire to love God more fully is... Read More

Broken? – Intermission

January 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Becky Ward, Broken

Broken? – Intermission Dear RCSD Family and Friends, One of the most valuable lessons we learn about the spiritual life is that our vision for our life, plans, answers to prayer, etc. are often different from how things end up. (God’s plan) God works in mysterious ways. The writing for this poem is no exception. In my vision for it, I expected that everything I needed to know in order to write the posts had already happened.... Read More

Saint Paul the Apostle, Pray for Us!

January 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Feast Days, Liturgy, Seasonal

Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle Saint Paul the Apostle: Pray for Us! “Paul addressed the people in these words: ‘I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up in this city. At the feet of Gamaliel I was educated strictly in our ancestral law and was zealous for God, just as all of you are today. I persecuted this Way to death, binding both men and women and delivering them to prison. Even the... Read More

Finding God in Nashville

January 24, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Events, General

Finding God in Nashville   Countless souls have been blessed and encouraged to heaven by the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia (also known as the “Nashville Dominicans”). Several weeks ago, I had the profound honor of briefly joining them in their mission by providing a number of talks and question and answer sessions on the spiritual life for the parents of Overbrook, their elementary school. My first talk... Read More

Imitation of Christ Wk 5 of 10

January 22, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Bearing Trials Patiently  The Imitation of Christ Week 5 of 10 You should keep in mind the grave sufferings of others so that you could more easily bear the trifling sufferings that are yours. And if they do not appear to you to be insignificant, then maybe it is your unwillingness to suffer them that makes them so great. But whether they be slight or serious bear them all with patience. – The Imitation of Christ, Book... Read More

As the Storm Rages Around Me, How Should I Pray?

January 22, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Prayer, Self-Knowledge

Dear Dan, I have recently become aware that I have no desire to make petitionary prayers for myself.  I noticed this most as Hurricane Sandy raged around me, causing lots of high wind destruction in our area.  The power was out and there was nothing to hear but the howling wind.  I talked to God.  I told Him that I probably ought to be asking Him to keep me safe – but that I knew He keeps me safe always and that I know... Read More

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