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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 ( 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

Pope Benedict and Spiritual Direction

December 16, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Direction

Dear Friends, If you are not a regular pope-watcher you may have missed Pope Benedict's frequent encouragement regarding the importance of the ancient and powerful practice of spiritual direction. Here's excerpts from a recent article from CNA that contains some interesting insights: Pope Benedict XVI highlighted a saint from Turin as a model for priests in light of the recently concluded Year for... Read More

Benedict XVI Recommends Spiritual Direction

September 22, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Direction

Pope Benedict XVI Recommends Spiritual Direction Pope Benedict XVI VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 16, 2009 ( Everyone — priests, religious, laypeople — and especially youth, should have a spiritual director to help them in the Christian life, says Benedict XVI. The Pope affirmed this today when he reflected on Symeon the New Theologian during the general audience held in Paul VI Hall. The... Read More