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Faith and Abandonment to the Fullness of Love – Part 7 Mini-Course on Prayer

July 19, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, Prayer

Mini-Course on Prayer Part 7 – Father “F” – Faith in Our Risen Lord Abandonment to the Fullness of Love   Editor's Note: In Part 6 of this mini-course, David Torkington examined the letters U (union with the mystical body) and R (reviewing the day ahead) in his explication of the “OUR FATHER” mnemonic, or memory jog, for keeping God and prayer at the forefront... Read More

Abandonment to Jesus

July 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Abandonment, Books, Charlie McKinney

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Abandonment to Jesus Per ipsum et cum ipso et in ipso: through Jesus, with Jesus, and in Jesus. “Without me, you can do nothing.” “With You, Jesus, I can do all things.” Renew these thoughts which bind you to Him and which plunge you into the abyss of love which is His Heart. The logical and necessary consequence of the complete confidence which I have preached to you until now is total abandonment. Since... Read More

Suffering and Abandonment

Suffering and Abandonment   Presence of God – O Lord, teach me to suffer with simplicity, without useless concentration on self, but in total abandonment to Your divine will. MEDITATION The secret of learning to suffer in a virtuous way consists chiefly in forgetting oneself and one’s sorrows and in abandoning oneself to God. The soul that is absorbed in its own sufferings and concentrates... Read More

Consolation and Abandonment

Consolation and Abandonment Presence of God – Into Your hands, O Lord, I abandon myself with all confidence. MEDITATION “There are many who desire to make progress [in the spiritual way] and constantly entreat God to draw them and let them advance to this state of perfection [the state of union], but when it pleases God to begin to bring them through the first trials and mortifications, as... Read More

Fr. Jean-Pierre de Caussade, SJ: Abandon Yourself to this Book

October 27, 2011 by  
Filed under Books, Detachment, Resources

By Dr. Jeff Mirus | www.CatholicCulture.org Published with Permission Ignatius Press has just come out with a new edition of Jean-Pierre de Caussade’s outstanding work of spiritual direction, This work, written in the 18th century by a French Jesuit, has become one of the great classics of Catholic spiritual reading. Not only does it deserve a treasured place in each person’s library, but it is... Read More

Abandonment XXI – Modeled After the Incarnate Word

September 24, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Detachment

The workings of God within us carry out in the course of time the designs which Eternal Wisdom has formed in regard to everything. In God all things have their own design, and His wisdom alone knows what that is. Though you read the will of God in regard to others, this knowledge cannot direct you in anything. In the Incarnate Word, in God Himself, is the design after which you were meant to be formed... Read More

Abandonment XVIII – The Ever-Flowing Spring of Holiness

August 20, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Detachment, God's Will

Abandonment XVII – The Ever-Flowing Spring of Holiness O all you who thirst, learn that you have not far to go to find the spring of living waters! It springs forth quite close to you in the present moment. Therefore hasten to approach it. Why, with the spring so near, do you tire yourselves running after shallow brooks which only tease your thirst? They measure stingily the water they give... Read More

Abandonment XVII – Especially for Us

August 13, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Detachment

How God is Especially for Us – Scripturally and Experientially: We can only be truly instructed by the words which God speaks to us personally. No one grows in knowledge of God either by reading books or by curious historical research. These means give us but a vain and empty knowledge, which serves only to confuse us and inflate us with pride. That which truly instructs us in what comes to us... Read More

Abandonment VI – The Limited Use of Intelligence

April 30, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Detachment, Meditations

The mind with all its powers would like to hold first place among all the instruments employed by God, but it must, like a dangerous slave, be reduced to the lowest place. It might be of great service if made use of in a right manner, but it can do much injury if it is not kept in subjection. When the soul longs for outward supports, grace whispers to the heart that God's invisible work is enough.... Read More