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Why are We so Afraid to be Afraid of Hell?

October 31, 2013 by  
Filed under Hell & Purgatory, Ralph Martin

Editors' Note: We are grateful to have one of the Church's brightest lights join us at Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction. Ralph, in his book, The Fulfillment of All Desire has provided a treasure of inestimable worth to those who hunger to deepen their relationship with the Lord. Ralph Martin is the president of Renewal Ministries, an organization devoted to Catholic renewal and evangelization which engages in a wide variety of... Read More

Confession, Devotional – Spiritual Dictionary

October 31, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Penance/Confession, Sacraments, Spiritual Dictionary

CONFESSION – DEVOTIONAL: The practice of regular confession even when one is not aware of mortal or even venial sins. This practice includes setting and keeping a specific schedule of self-examination and confession. This may also include the confession of past mortal or venial sins even if confessed previously in specific or in general. Devotional confession can also make note of imperfections though they are not sufficient... Read More

The Devil’s War on Silence

October 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Silence, Spiritual Warfare

There are key strategies of indirect attack that the enemy of our souls uses to significantly disrupt our spiritual progress. One is the corruption of human sexuality. As the analogy of holy spousal love is one of the most effective in understanding divine intimacy, the enemy desires to corrupt human sexuality in order to further obscure what it means to understand the possibilities of union with God. Similarly, there is another... Read More

Introduction to the Devout Life: St Francis de Sales

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

An Introduction to the Devout Life (Week 1 of 14) The back of the book says it all: As no sensible person would make a long road trip without first consulting a map, so the person intent upon gaining Heaven should first resort to a competent guide to reach that Goal of all goals. And no better guide to Heaven exists than “An Introduction to the Devout Live” by St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622), Doctor of the Church.... Read More

Appetites – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

October 29, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Mortification, Spiritual Dictionary

APPETITES – DISORDERED: Inordinate and willful desires of created things or circumstances not rightly ordered to moral or spiritual good that impede union with God and darken, defile, weaken, and torment the soul.   This Spiritual Dictionary Term is an excerpt from Dan's book Navigating the Interior Life – Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God. To learn more, click here. + What is spiritual direction and my... Read More

Telling the Truth: Confessions of a Former Tabloid Writer

October 28, 2013 by  
Filed under Honesty, Patti Armstrong

Telling the Truth: Confessions of a Former Tabloid Writer What do O. J. Simpson, The Bachelorette, Charlie Sheen and Angelina Jolie all have in common? The tabloids love them. On the way to the grocery store checkout, one cannot help but notice headlines flashing the latest scandals. If the high point of your day was discovering that cheese was on sale, reading up on the latest celebrity dirt is tempting. After all, it is not like... Read More

Is it God’s Will or Our Un/Worthiness? (Part II of II)

October 28, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, God's Will

…a readers asks: Dear Father John, I recently had two experiences that I can’t make sense out of. First, after a profound spiritual retreat, I became so convinced of my unworthiness, my sinfulness, that I cancelled a commitment I had made to do a special ceremony of blessing for some friends (non-Catholic). I just felt that I couldn’t stand in God’s place for that ceremony after what I discovered about myself on the... Read More

Teologia Ascetica – Diccionario Espiritual

Teologia Ascetica – Diccionario Espiritual Teologia Ascetica – Diccionario Espiritual Teología Ascetica – Diccionario Espiritual: La ciencia de los santos a base del estudio de sus vidas. Tiene el propósito de hacer gente santa por medio de explicar que es la santidad y como se puede obtenerla. Es la ciencia de guiar almas en los caminos de perfección Cristiano por medio de crecimiento de caridad y la practica... Read More


Apego Apego: Una dependencia emocional, de una persona u otra para otra persona, o de una persona para un objeto real o ilusorio. Apegos representan un papel muy importante en el desarrollo espiritual porque la primera condición para el progreso de santidad es domar un poco los apegos excesivos de uno. In English here: + What... Read More

Aridez Espiritual — Diccionario Espiritual

Aridez Espiritual Aridez: El estado de una alma sin consolación sensible, que hace que el alma tenga muchas dificultades en rezar. Puede ser causada por algo fí­sico, como enfermedad, o autocomplacencia voluntaria, o un acto de Dios, quien esta dirigiendo la persona a través de pruebas hacia contemplación.   In English here: + What... Read More

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