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3 Ways: Longing for Face of God: Navigating the Interior Life (4/4)

The Three Ways: Longing for the Face of God ~ Navigating the Interior Life (Part IV of IV)   In our first post of this series, we covered an introduction to the concept of the three ways of the interior life. In part II and part III we covered the first and second of the three ways. In this post we will finalize our exploration of the ways. Unitive Way (Spiritual Adulthood): The principle characteristic... Read More

Does God Interfere with Our Free Will?

March 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Free Will

Dear Father John, when we pray for a good and holy intention for a soul, for example: for someone’s return to the Roman Catholic Faith and their Holy Death or that someone will resist committing a serious sin, am I correct in my understanding that Our Dear Lord will stand beside this Soul and bestow upon them the necessary Graces they will need to make the right and wise decision of returning back to... Read More

Pope Benedict and the Voice of God

February 16, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Najim, Pope

Over the last few days, I've been pondering what the prayer of Pope Benedict's heart must have been during these past weeks. What was it like for him? What was happening in his interior life, in his heart to heart conversations with Jesus? What was he saying to Jesus? And what was Jesus saying to him? The Holy Father most likely will never reveal to us what was happening in the intimacy of his prayer... Read More

Pope Benedict XVI on Praying Without Ceasing

January 16, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Practicing Presence, Prayer

Praying Without Ceasing Praying without ceasing means: never losing contact with God, letting ourselves be constantly touched by him in the depths of our hearts and, in this way, being penetrated by his light. Only someone who actually knows God can lead others to God. Only someone who leads people to God leads them along the path of life. The restless heart … echoing Saint Augustine, is the... Read More

Pope Benedict on Spiritual Direction

May 24, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Perspective, Spiritual Direction

What does Pope Benedict XVI think about spiritual direction? The Church has always recommended spiritual direction Spiritual direction is for every Catholic who desires to live out their baptism Those who are called into a substantive relationship with Christ need a spiritual director A spiritual director can help the directee avoid self-deception and the limits of their own wisdom/experience A... Read More

Pope Benedict Recommends Spiritual Direction to Everyone

May 19, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Direction

VATICAN CITY, MAY 19, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Anyone who wants to live their baptism responsibly should have a spiritual director, says Benedict XVI. The Pope affirmed this today when he addressed members of the Pontifical Theological Faculty Teresianum. The faculty was founded in 1935; the audience with the Holy Father was part of the institute's celebrations of its 75th anniversary. Benedict XVI reflected... Read More