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Can I Trust Fr Anthony de Mello, SJ? Update (Part II of II)

This past week I ran into a man from India and I asked him about the popularity of the writings of Fr. Anthony de Mello in India. His answer was a bit distressing so I decided to offer a second post that contains more insight from Pope Benedict the XVI on de Mello's writings (he was Cardinal Ratzinger when he wrote what you will find below).  What you will find below are two things: The original warning issued by the Congregation... Read More

The Living Water

February 28, 2016 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Lent

The Living Water Third Sunday of Lent Presence of God– O Jesus, my soul thirsts for You, the source of living water; grant that I may draw near You and drink! MEDITATION Jesus stated on several occasions that He was the fountain of living water for all who believed in Him and He invited souls to draw near this spring because, as He said to the Samaritan woman, “He that shall drink of the water that I will give him, shall... Read More

Importance of Saints, Teaching Children to Pray, Spontaneous Prayer

The Importance of Saints, Teaching Children to Pray and Examining Spontaneous Prayer Dan and Melissa answer questions on the importance of saints in prayer life, teaching children to pray, and spontaneous prayer. They also discuss some important aspects of meditation as they reflect on the book Finding God Through Meditation by St Peter of Alcántara.     Topics/Questions covered in the show: Are the saints important... Read More

Humility in Our Falls

February 25, 2016 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Humility, Lent

Humility in Our Falls   Presence of God – “I am a beggar and poor, but the Lord is careful for me.” “In the shadow of Thy wings will I hope” (Psalm 40:18, 57:2). MEDITATION If we contemplate our misery without raising our eyes to God, the Father of mercies, we will easily become discouraged. By examining ourselves thoroughly, we will see that discouragement always comes from two closely related causes: The... Read More

What is Christian Meditation? How to Pray – Part II

February 24, 2016 by  
Filed under Connie Rossini, Meditation, Prayer

What is Christian Meditation? How to Pray – Part II Before we dig into how to pray, we need to clarify what we mean by “meditate.” Many people are surprised to hear the saints and the Church talk about meditation. To them, the word “meditation” evokes images of Buddha or TM (Transcendental Meditation) practitioners. Ironically, most people in the West are now more familiar with the concept of Eastern... Read More

Our Place

Our Place Presence of God – O my God, help me to know You and to know myself! I know that You are He who is, and I am he who is not! MEDITATION Among all the creatures in which we take pleasure and toward which our nature seems to be attracted the most, self undoubtedly holds the first place. There is no one, no matter how limited in talents and good qualities, who does not love his own excellence, and who does not try, in one... Read More

Chair of Peter Mercy Seat

February 22, 2016 by  
Filed under Church Authority, Feast Days, Liz Estler, Mercy

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Chair of Peter Mercy Seat To the casual observer, it seems quite silly to honor a chair, although universities, corporations and others have Chairs. But, that perspective changes when one understands why the Church celebrates the Chair of Peter this day. The “Cathedra” is the chair in which the bishop sits. And, by extension, Cathedra refers to the authority of the bishop who occupies it. Thus, today’s feast, which is found... Read More

Knowing Your Sins; Meditating More Effectively

Questions on Knowing Your Sins and How to Meditate More Effectively How can we become more aware of our sins? How does our disposition help us to meditate more effectively? Dan and Melissa answer these questions as they reflect on the book Finding God Through Meditation by St Peter of Alcántara.     Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why do I find myself unaware of how I've offended God, even though I know I am a... Read More

Imperfections

Imperfections   Presence of God – O my God, make me understand how necessary it is for the soul to be pure in order to be united to You who are infinite Perfection! MEDITATION While venial sin always consists in a more or less slight transgression of one of God’s laws, imperfection is the omission of some good act to which we are not obliged by any law, but one which charity invites us to do. To illustrate: when I am... Read More

Fasting is Not a Diet

February 17, 2016 by  
Filed under Conversion, Fasting, Lent, Patti Armstrong

Fasting is not a Diet   What is the difference between a religious fast and a diet? Dieting is about your body and health. Fasting is about your soul, God, and answers to prayer. Both are good; one is infinitely superior. With a diet, incentives are many. Fitting into a smaller size is the Holy Grail of fashion and appearance. Feeling and looking good is the reward that gets us through a rumbling stomach. And then there are... Read More

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