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Resisting Temptations

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Resisting Temptations Some persons, much subject to temptations, lament the time they spend in resisting them. “I cannot,” they say, “preserve recollection. When I try to meditate, to recite some prayers, to spend a few moments in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, I cannot fix my mind on God. That is the very time that temptations come to assail me; and I pass it in a vain endeavor to banish... Read More

The Great Combat

The Great Combat First Sunday of Lent Presence of God – O Jesus, I withdraw in spirit with You into the desert; teach me how to fight the triple concupiscence of the flesh, pride, and avarice. MEDITATION On this day, which is the real beginning of Lent, the Church invites us to the great combat, the struggle against sin which will bring us to the Easter resurrection. Our model is Jesus, who although... Read More

Spiritual Reading, Better Prayer: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila Days 13 & 14

Spiritual Reading, Better Prayer Life 30 Days w/Teresa of Avila Days 13 & 14   Follow the example of St. Teresa of Avila. Today's show focuses on overcoming faults with spiritual direction and improving prayer life with spiritual reading. Listen to a discussion of the letters of St. Teresa from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is “false... Read More

The Devil: Is He for Real? Why Does God Let Him Hang Around?

The Devil: Is He for Real? Why Does God Let Him Hang Around? Dear Father John, I've heard that talking about the devil is just a way to talk about bad things that happen. On the other hand, there are some people that claim there really is a devil. Is the devil for real? If so, why does God let him hang around when our purpose is to get to heaven? It seems so contradictory. THE DEVIL, OUR ancient... Read More