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Crossing Over the Sea of Mediocrity and Eternal Fire

Crossing Over the Sea of Mediocrity and Eternal Fire Perhaps you were expecting a post along the lines of: “If you participate in Halloween,” you’re aiding and abetting evil. Well, depending on one’s intention, that may very well be the case. I look at the displays all over the yards here where my family lives and you can’t help but feel the evil influence lurking beneath seemingly “benign” and “innocent” depictions... Read More

Embracing Suffering: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila Day 30, Pt 1

Embracing Suffering 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Part 1, Day 30 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio St. Teresa expresses joy when she learns of the persecution and suffering of the nuns of Seville and Fr. Gracian. Learn when and how to embrace suffering. Dan and Melissa reflect on letters from St. Teresa from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, with particular emphasis on embracing suffering. Topics/Questions covered in the... Read More

If Only You Knew…St Teresa & the Waters of Prayer (Part 2 of 2)

If You Only Knew…Saint Teresa and the Waters of Prayer (Part II of II) Editor's Note:  In Part I, we looked at how Jesus had gotten the attention of the Samaritan woman when He spoke of living waters, and how St. Teresa of Avila also gets our attention when speaking of the stages of prayer as waters of prayer.  Today, we will discuss what those four waters of prayer entail. Jesus had asked the Samaritan woman to draw water... Read More

How to Prepare to Pray

Preparing for Prayer SD Finding God through Meditation -

What does Peter of Alcántara have to say how you should prepare to pray? Find out in today's excerpt and reflection from Finding God Through Meditation. Of the Preparation Necessary to Prayer It will not be beside our purpose to handle all these parts severally; we will, therefore, first begin with preparation, which we did put first. He, therefore, who goes about to meditate, after he has placed his body after a decent manner... Read More

Devotion Makes All Things Easy

Finding God Through Meditation (Week 4 of 7) Devotion Makes All Things Easy It is all too easy to see this phase of life as difficult, as so hard that, of course, I don't have time for some luxurious things, like painting my toenails and putting in earrings or praying a full rosary. Except…except that I catch myself, all too often, taking the easy way out. I don't intend to. No, no, I mean to be a Very Good Catholic,... Read More

If You Only Knew…St Teresa & the Waters of Prayer (Part I of II)

 If You Only Knew…Saint Teresa and the Waters of Prayer (Part I of II) Jesus tired and thirsty sat down at a well and there encountered a Samaritan woman who had come to draw water. Asking her for a drink, He said to her, “‘If you knew the gift of God and who is saying to you, Give me a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water… Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again,... Read More

Help Me Understand Attacks of the Devil (Part II of II)

Help Me Understand Attacks of the Devil Part II of II Editor's Note:  In part I, we looked at the first strategy of the devil in the spiritual struggle: corrupting the heart.  Today, we will examine the second and third strategies: turning aside the will and getting us to give up.  Here is the question we are considering: Dear Father John,  I seem to be constantly tempted to, or away from, one thing or another.  I would like... Read More

Centering Prayer’s Misunderstanding of Contemplation

October 24, 2015 by  
Filed under Books, Centering Prayer, Connie Rossini, New Age, Prayer

Centering Prayer's Misunderstanding of Contemplation The following is an excerpt from Connie's new book Is Centering Prayer Catholic? Fr. Thomas Keating Meets Teresa of Ávila and the CDF. This excerpt comprises Chapter Five: The Nature of Contemplation.   Fr. Keating writes, “Contemplation is a fundamental constituent of human nature and hence available to every human being.”[1] This is a serious error. It makes contemplation... Read More

Bearing Persecution: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila Day 29

Bearing Persecution 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 29 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio Are we bearing persecution in the right way? Learn from a saint how to respond to persecution. St. Teresa advises a Carmelite nun to avoid the temptation to indulge in righteous indignation in response to an accusation. Dan and Melissa reflect on letters from St. Teresa from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered... Read More

Apostolic Maturity

Apostolic Maturity   Presence of God – Your love, O my God, matures my soul and renders it capable of giving itself fully to the service of souls. MEDITATION We may ask if the apostle can devote himself freely to the apostolate when he has reached the degree of union with God in which the flame of zeal bursts forth spontaneously. The fact is that, at this point, he cannot and should not evade the gift of self. Whether... Read More

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