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Aridity and Dryness in Prayer Series

A comprehensive listing of spiritual direction posts on this site regarding dryness in prayer, or aridity, and the difficulties this can cause with one's prayer life. Some posts on the dark night which touch on dryness or aridity, are included as well.  Click on the titles of the post to access them. Adoration, Silence and the Lamp of Fire – Part II of II Aridity – Navigating the Interior... Read More

Navigating the Interior Life – Now in Spanish!

Navigating the Interior Life – Now in Spanish!   “Navegando la Vida Interior” libro de Dan Burke, con el Padre Bartunek, se puede conseguir ahora ¡en español! Ud. puede leer la descripción como se detalla a continuación. What is spiritual direction and my spiritual direction? What are my “blind spots” and how can I uncover them? What keeps me from all the spiritual... Read More

A Personal Relationship with Jesus

Presence

A Personal Relationship with Jesus Dear Friends, a recent article in Homiletics and Pastoral Review (HPR) advanced a problematic perspective regarding how a Catholic should understand the idea that we must have a personal relationship with Jesus. I asked a scholar of St. John Paul II’s perspective on the topic, Dr. Carole Brown, and Ralph Martin who is a well-known scholar on the New Evangelization,... Read More

Saint Mother Teresa’s “Dark Night” (Part II of II)

November 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Aridity or Dryness, Dark Night

Saint Mother Teresa's “Dark Night” (Part II of II) In part I, we discussed what [Saint] Mother Teresa's dark night meant for her and what it means for us, the depth of her holiness, and how her dark night was different than what St. John of Cross describes. Today we will talk about her spiritual formation and how to identify the roots of spiritual aridity. The Formation of a Saint The Lord... Read More

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

Longing for the Face of God: Navigating the Interior Life (I/IV)

As the Leadership Conference of Women Religious continues to demonstrate that they are without mooring in the heart of Christ and the Church, it is important to continue to reorient ourselves to the timeless teachings of the one true faith. While they seek a cosmic evolutionary theology rooted in the incongruous musings of a questionable paleontologist (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin) and a New Age styled... Read More

Dr Ralph Martin – Praise for Navigating the Interior Life

September 23, 2012 by  
Filed under Marta Goodwin, Navigating the Interior Life

Dr Ralph Martin – Advance Praise for “Navigating the Interior Life: Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God” Most of us have questions about spiritual direction. What is it? Is it for me? What if I can’t find a spiritual director? These questions and more are well answered in Dan Burke’s book. The Lord is clearly calling all Catholics into a deeper union with him. This book,... Read More

The Fulfillment of All Desire – Book Recommendation

May 5, 2009 by  
Filed under Books, Contemplation, Dan Burke, Prayer

The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints By Ralph Martin The Fulfillment of All Desire discusses the spiritual journey that results from serious spiritual progress through what is termed the purgative, illuminative, and unitive ways, ultimately ending with the beatific vision. This journey, unique and different for all, contains broad similarities... Read More