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Conversion of Saint Paul

Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul* Editor's Note: St Paul's conversion is the only conversion the Church celebrates as a feast.  Today, we meditate on the impact of that event on Saul of Tarsus and, by extension, on us as well … as presented by St John Chrysostom. For love of Christ, Paul bore every burden Paul, more than anyone else, has shown us what man really is, and in what our... Read More

Guard of the Senses

Guard of the Senses Presence of God– O my God, I recollect my senses and faculties in Your presence, withdrawing them from all exterior occupations, in order to fix my attention wholly on You. MEDITATION To live a serious interior life, one that is wholly concentrated on seeking God, it is necessary to prevent the outside world from entering the soul and filling it with distractions and noise; it... Read More

Mortification and Self-Denial

Mortification and Self-Denial   Description: Today Dan and Melissa talk about mortification and how we can love God more fully by denying ourselves of earthly things. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What does St. Teresa of Avila mean when she says, “Prayer and a comfortable life do not go together”? What does it mean to take up our cross in the midst of all of the comfort we... Read More

Corporal Mortification

Corporal Mortification   Presence of God – O Jesus Crucified, grant that my love for You may make me willing to crucify my flesh with You and for You. MEDITATION As a result of original sin, man no longer has complete dominion over his senses and his flesh; therefore he is filled with evil tendencies which try to push him toward what is base. St. Paul humbly admits: “I know that there dwelleth... Read More

Feast of All Carmelite Saints

November 14, 2016 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Feast Days, Liturgy, Liz Estler

Feast of All Carmelite Saints As those of you who have been following our site for some time know, we are partial to Carmelite spirituality here.  It is a spirituality, formed in the crucible of spiritual fire, that drew the Carmelite saints to the Lord by way of prayer and love.  In today's Carmelite calendar, the Carmelites celebrate the feast of all the many Carmelite saints: saints like St.... Read More

Finding God through Meditation: Prayer Methods & Distractions

Distractions in Prayer and Methods of Prayer Finding God through Meditation Reflections     How can we overcome distractions in prayer? How do we recognize transitions in our prayer lives, and how should we respond to them? What methods of prayer can be helpful? Dan and Melissa address these questions and more as they discuss the book Finding God Through Meditation by St Peter of Alcántara.   Topics/Questions... Read More

Finding God through Meditation – Mental Prayer & Centering Prayer

St Peter of Alcantara on Mental Prayer Finding God through Meditation What is “centering prayer”? What did Sts Peter of Alcántara and Teresa of Avila teach about good prayer? Dan and Melissa reflect on the differences between good prayer and false prayer, as found in St Peter of Alcántara's book Finding God through Meditation. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Are there incorrect... Read More

5 Reasons “If Only” & “I Wish” Should Be Banned From English

September 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

The Way of Perfection (Week 5 of 10) The Lord knows everyone as she really is and gives each one her work to do, according to what He sees to be most appropriate for her soul, for His own Self, and for her neighbor’s good. – The Way of Perfection (Chapter 18, Paragraph 3) It is very possible that the phrases If Only, and his evil twin, “I Wish” are the most debilitating and poisonous... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love 15 – St John of the Cross

Sayings of Light and Love 15 Sayings of Light and Love 15: Deny your desires and you will find what your heart longs for. For how do you know if any desire of yours is according to God? Saint John of the Cross More “Sayings of Light and Love” + Saint John of the Cross, O.C.D. (1542-1591), priest and Doctor of the Church, considered to be the Doctor of Mystical Theology, was a reformer of the... Read More

Suffering, Anyone? Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur Wk 8

September 17, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur (Week 8 of 12) Lord, be Thou blessed for my present suffering, because I dare to hope that it is the gentle answer of Thy Heart. I offer it all to Thee, all of it: sufferings of body, heart, and soul, all my privations, my interior desolation, my great spiritual solitude. Use these humble offerings for the intentions and substitutions Thou knowest, for souls, and... Read More

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