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St. Albert the Great

Thorough Theologian Albert’s greatest love of all was his love for God. Albert so loved the natural sciences, waxing eloquent in his writings on everything from flowers to insects to fish to the squirrelly daily habits of the squirrels, because they all in small, diverse ways reflected the unspeakable, simple goodness and majesty of the Creator, from whom all creation flows. Albert knew so well... Read More

The Dark Night of the Soul

September 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Dark Night, Kristin Aebli, Virtue

“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me” (Mark 8:34b) St. John of the Cross is one of the most misunderstood of the spiritual Doctors of the Church, yet his wisdom has led untold numbers of thirsty pilgrims to pure wells of salvation, contemplation, and union with God. Saint John’s life as a spiritual doctor, his major writings and his central... Read More

Catechism – Contemplative Prayer – 2709

April 5, 2012 by  
Filed under Catechism, Contemplation, Dan Burke, Prayer, Prayer

Contemplative Prayer — Catechism Paragraph 2709 What is contemplative prayer? St. Teresa answers: “Contemplative prayer [oración mental] in my opinion is nothing else than a close sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with him who we know loves us.” Contemplative prayer seeks him “whom my soul loves.” It is Jesus, and in him, the Father.... Read More