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How Can I Overcome Habitual Sin? Can Fasting Help?

Topics/Questions covered in the show: What are attachments and disordered attachments? What are the steps to overcoming habitual sin? What role does fasting from food play in overcoming habitual sin? Is it okay to fast for both spiritual and physical reasons simultaneously? Resources: Spiritualdirection.com – website EWTN Global Catholic Radio Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation EWTN... Read More

Discernment of Spirits Rule 1

Discernment of Spirits: Rule 1 This week, Dan and Melissa discuss the first rule of the discernment of spirits by Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Rule 1 –  “In the persons who go from mortal sin to mortal sin, the enemy will propose apparent pleasures, making them imagine sensual delights and pleasures in order to enslave them more and make them grow in... Read More

Ascetical Practice: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila Day 26 Pt 2

Ascetical Practice 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Part 2, Day 26 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio When St. Teresa's brother expressed a desire to practice physical mortification she gave him some spiritual direction. Dan and Melissa discuss ascetical practice, or acesis, and spiritual progress as they reflect on letters from St. Teresa in the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered... Read More

The Habit of Sin

June 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

The Sinner’s Guide (Week 9 of 16) The first of these causes is the tyranny of bad habits. So strong are these that many would die rather than relinquish them. Hence St. Jerome declares that a long habit of sin robs virtue of all its sweetness. For habit becomes second nature, and to overcome it we must conquer nature itself, which is the greatest victory a man can achieve. “When a vice is... Read More

Spiritual Direction: How Much Focus on Prayer vs Sin & Virtue?

Spiritual Directors

Dear Father John, How much of a discussion in spiritual direction should focus on moral issues, such as habitual sin and possibly that of grave matter which may not necessarily be mortal sin? So much discussion here is only about how to pray well, making a program for life, finding a spiritual director and things of that nature. What about living life every day? It seems to me that talking to a spiritual... Read More