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Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord: He is Risen!

March 31, 2013 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Solemnity

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord He is Risen! On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.” So Peter and the other disciple went out... Read More

The Crucifixion of Our Lord

March 29, 2013 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Liturgy, Seasonal

Timeline of Jesus' Final Hours Preceding Events The Last Supper €¨(Matthew 26:20-30; Mark 14:17-26; Luke 22:14-38; John 13:21-30) In the Garden of Gethsemane €¨(Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-45) Jesus is Betrayed and Arrested €¨(Matthew 26:47-56; Mark 14:43-52; Luke 22:47-53; John 18:1-11) The Religious Leaders Condemn Jesus €¨(Matthew 27:1-2; Mark 15:1; Luke 22:66-71)  6:00 AM Jesus Stands Trial Before... Read More

Holy Thursday

March 28, 2013 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Praying Through Art, Triduum

Holy Thursday “The Last Supper” The Institution of the Eucharist When the day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread arrived, the day for sacrificing the Passover lamb, he sent out Peter and John, instructing them, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.” … When the hour came, he took his place at table with the apostles. He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover... Read More

Navigating the Interior Life Wk 3 of 6

March 26, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Navigating the Interior Life Week 3 of 6 Spiritual Reading As part of any spiritual growth program, the seeker must be prepared to focus energies toward the preeminent goal of dynamic union with Christ. One critical aspect of this journey involves intellectual formation through spiritual reading and study, leading to a more mature ability to discern truth from error. A life-habit of regular spiritual reading and study is a key... Read More

Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday)

March 24, 2013 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Holy Week, Liturgy

Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday) Jesus proceeded on his journey up to Jerusalem. As he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples. He said, “Go into the village opposite you, and as you enter it you will find a colt tethered on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it here. And if anyone should ask you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you will answer, ‘The Master... Read More

Removing Roadblocks on the Path to Holiness

March 21, 2013 by  
Filed under Catholic Therapist, Perfectionism

Are you looking for  effective ways to help your spiritual resolutions survive beyond mid-February? Resolving to change is the first step but, without an effective action plan, we run the risk of not fulfilling our spiritual goals. One important component of an effective action plan is evaluating the roadblocks that stand in the way of our spiritual growth. What do you encounter in your day that is keeping you from achieving your... Read More

Is it OK to Have a Spiritual Director Not as Advanced as I am in Prayer?

March 20, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Finding a Director, Spiritual Direction

for post on wisdom of the saints

Dear Dan, my spiritual journey seems to be leading me deeper into contemplative prayer. Is it important for me to find a director who is experienced in contemplation, or is it okay for me to have someone who is compatible with me in other areas but not necessarily in this? Dear friend, you have asked several good questions. That said, there are also a few questions that need to be answered so that we can avoid common confusion... Read More

Navigating the Interior Life Wk 2 of 6

March 19, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Navigating the Interior Life Week 2 of 6 Without exception, the teachings of the saints and spiritual doctors of the Church agree: spiritual direction is among the most powerful tools to help us in the battle. Do you know any wise doctors who treat themselves when they face serious health challenges? Have you heard of any top athletes who don’t have personal trainers and coaches? Spiritual direction is the means through which... Read More

Saint Joseph Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Pray for Us!

March 19, 2013 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Praying Through Art, Solemnity

Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Virgin Mary Solemnity Saint Joseph Spouse of the Virgin Mary Prayer to Saint Joseph Spouse of the Virgin Mary O Saint Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires.  Please assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain for me from thy divine Son all spiritual blessings, so that, having engaged here below thy heavenly... Read More

What is Spiritual Consolation?

What is Spiritual Consolation?   Dear Father John, what kind of general advice should I give to a person who is experiencing a lot of consolation in their spiritual life? From what this person has told me in spiritual direction, this consolation is certainly coming from God. Is there any practical advice I should give this person? God gives consolation in order to strengthen us and draw us closer to himself, just as he allows... Read More

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