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What is Holiness?

October 31, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Najim, Holiness

Editor's Note: Tomorrow we celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints. Above my desk where my MacBook, printer, and lamp share their home, hangs a large framed print of one of my favorite saints, Ignatius of Loyola. He’s dressed in a red chasuble and stole, the traditional vestments for the celebration of Mass. His eyes gaze heavenward; there is a glow on his face and an aura of light around his head. His right arm is bent upward;... Read More

Self-Forgetfulness and Abnegation

Self-forgetfulness and Abnegation   Presence of God – O Lord, You who give Yourself to us even to becoming our food, teach me to give myself to souls even unto total forgetfulness of myself. MEDITATION Another condition necessary for making our activity holy is “generous forgetfulness and abnegation of self” (Pius XII); what is more, without forgetfulness of self, it would be impossible to have rectitude of intention.... Read More

Emotional & Spiritual Maturity: The difference? (Part II of II)

October 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Allison Ricciardi, Counseling/Therapy

What’s the Difference Between Emotional and Spiritual Maturity? Part II of II In part I, we looked at the differences between emotional and spiritual maturity. Today, we will look at a follow-on question. The next question naturally flows from this: Can someone who is immature emotionally attain spiritual maturity and perfection? The answer to that is yes, no and maybe. Since maturity refers to a stage that is commensurate with... Read More

The Yoga Trajectory: From the Body to the Infinite (Part IV)

October 28, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Sullivan, New Age, Yoga

The Yoga Trajectory: From the Body to the Infinite (Part IV) In the first post we discussed “What is Yoga?” In part two we learned about the polytheistic, Hindu roots of Yoga. And, in the third installment we saw that philosophic Yoga teaches that the goal of Yoga is union with a Supreme Reality, that is, it leads the practitioner to become dissolved into a “higher reality.” Once a person perfects her Yoga practice,... Read More

Lasting Effects on a Soul? Religious Life vs Priesthood or Marriage (I of II)

October 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Religious Life, Sacraments, Vocations

Dear Father John, in The Foundations of Religious Life: Revisiting the Vision by the council of Major Superiors of Women Religious I came across something I was hoping someone could possibly shed a bit more light on. I'm aware that this is a conversation that may not have yet taken place in any official form. On pages 32-33 in speaking on the public vows of consecrated religious it is stated: “Perpetual profession creates... Read More

Otherworldly Series

October 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Death and Dying, Last Things, Trent Beattie

Otherworldly Series Baseball Coach Rich Donnelly Shows You Can Go Home Again Editor's Note: If you've ever doubted the connection between souls in the Church Militant (that's us) and souls in the next life, read and doubt no more… Baseball coach Rich Donnelly has a World Series story that is out of this world. Rich Donnelly’s daughter Amy had passed away four years before his trip to the World Series in 1997 with the Florida... Read More

The Paradox of Holiness and Communion

October 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Communion, Holiness, Prayer

The Paradox of Holiness and Communion To be holy is to be set apart. To be in communion is to be in solidarity with one another. Prayer both sets us apart and establishes us in a deeper communion. It is a paradox. Although this mystery is not completely solvable, one hint is the relational dimension of prayer. It is ordered to a real friendship with the all holy God. In asserting this, the paradox in question can never be simply... Read More

Spiritual Warfare – Book Picks

I thought it would be fitting to turn our hearts to something holy and good – spiritual warfare. So, here are the book picks for that: Regarding my first recommendation, Interview with an Exorcist, if you have been a regular reader of this site you have seen many excerpts from this book. Interview with an Exorcist is the most comprehensive and sound treatment of demonology that I have ever encountered. If knowing the enemy... Read More

Apostolic Immolation

Apostolic Immolation   Presence of God— O Jesus, immolated for my salvation, make me worthy to immolate myself with You for the salvation of souls. MEDITATION Apostolic prayer must be accompanied by sacrifice, as we learn from the prayer which Jesus made to His Father in the Garden of Olives and on the Cross. Love should urge those who pray to “active sacrifice which does not allow them to rest calmly in prayer as long... Read More

Emotional & Spiritual Maturity: The difference? (Part I of II)

October 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Allison Ricciardi, Counseling/Therapy

What’s the Difference Between Emotional and Spiritual Maturity? Part I of II What's the difference between emotional and spiritual maturity? That’s an interesting question and one that I think warrants definition. As a therapist, I deal with the emotional life of my clients and how those emotions intersect and interact with their thought life. As a specifically Catholic therapist there’s an added dimension of integrating... Read More

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