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Expectations in the Interior Life

Description: Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer your questions about spiritual consolations, feelings, expectations in the interior life, and confusion in the Church. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Does Dan give speaking events outside of the United States? Why should we not desire consolations in prayer? What happens if we go to prayer expecting consolations? What role do feelings... Read More

Despair, Discernment, and Distractions in Prayer

Description: Dan Burke and Melissa Elson answer your questions about despair, discernment, and distractions in prayer. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How do we discern or recognize if we're under spiritual attack? How should one discern his or her vocation? How does mental prayer affect our ability to discern properly? How can we properly discern the truth from lies in our thoughts? How can... Read More

A Night in the Holy Sepulchre – Part 2: Pentecost

A Night in the Holy Sepulchre – Part 2: Pentecost Editor's Note: David Torkington continues his reflection on a night in the Holy Sepulchre which he began in part one here. ‘If you want old ideas read new books, but if you want new ideas read old books’. With these words my spiritual director gave me – ‘Abandonment to Divine Providence’ by the Jesuit French mystic Jean Pierre de... Read More

Free Sacrifice of Liberty

Free Sacrifice of Liberty Presence of God – O Jesus, divine Lamb, immolated voluntarily for the glory of the Father, make me understand the great value of voluntary immolation. MEDITATION The vow of obedience has been excellently defined as the “free immolation of liberty” (Pius XII, Allocution to the Congregation for Religious, Dec., 1950). This definition stresses the idea of the freedom... Read More

Tomorrow Can Take Care of Itself

March 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Interior Freedom (Week 4 of 5) It's so, SO easy to worry. Here I live, completely spoiled by the riches around me, and yet…and yet, I worry. I gnaw my nails. I fret. If it's a mistake to add the burden of the past to the weight of the present, it's a still worse mistake to burden the present with the future. The remedy for that tendency is to meditate on the lesson contained in the Gospel about... Read More

The Lowest Place

The Lowest Place Presence of God— O Jesus, You who said, “The Son of man is not come to be ministered unto, but to minister” (Matthew 20:28), teach me to love the lowest place. MEDITATION Jesus has proved to us not only in words, but also by example, that He came not to be ministered unto but to minister. This example He gave on the eve of His Passion, as if to leave it to us as a testament,... 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

The Joy of Full Surrender – Abandonment to Divine Providence

January 23, 2010 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Detachment, Resources

Abandonment to Divine Providence By Father Jean-Pierre de Caussade Abandonment to Divine Providence (also known in another translation as the Joy of Full Surrender)  has been a life-changing book for me. Aside from scripture, it is the only book that I have read through multiple times (at least three cover to cover). The great power of the book comes through Lectio Divina or meditation on the content... 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 XX – God’s Will Effects Sanctification

September 17, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Detachment

It is only because they do not know how to make use of God's action that so many Christians spend their lives anxiously pursuing a multitude of methods of perfection. These might prove useful if ordained by God's will, but they actually become injurious the moment they keep us from simply surrendering ourselves to God's will. These multiplied means cannot give what we find only in the will of God –... Read More

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