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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

Dan Burke Talks “The Contemplative Rosary” – EWTN Bookmark Show

November 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, Connie Rossini, Dan Burke, Liz Estler, Prayer, Rosary, Videos

Dan Burke Talks “The Contemplative Rosary” EWTN Bookmark Show Dan Burke Hello faithful readers! Today, we are pleased to present a terrific treat. We're going to eavesdrop on Doug Keck's EWTN Bookmark show interview of the prolific and peripatetic Dan Burke. This delightful episode is all about Dan's latest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila, which... Read More

Distractions in Prayer and Spiritual Progress

Distractions in Prayer and Spiritual Progress   I've been struggling greatly with distraction in prayer – more so now than I have in years. Does this temptation often come as we progress in the spiritual life (especially with the night of sense)? Distractions can come from different causes.  As we begin to engage in mental prayer (and “beginnings” can last for years), distractions can... Read More

The Interior Castle: Saint Teresa’s Diamond

The Interior Castle: Saint Teresa's Diamond The De Beers Jewelry marketing slogan of “Diamonds are Forever” might have been a perfect catchphrase for Saint Teresa’s “Diamond”, better known to us as the Interior Castle. However, this company was not yet around in 1577 when she was ordered to write another book. “Forever” was a well-chosen word because of the properties and symbolism... Read More

Humility

Humility Presence of God – O Jesus, You who were so humiliated for us, teach me how to practice true humility. MEDITATION Charity is the essence of Christian perfection, for charity alone has the power to unite man to God, his last end. But for us poor, miserable creatures, whom God wishes to raise to union with Himself, is charity the ultimate basis of the spiritual life? No. There is something... Read More

Generosity

Generosity   Presence of God – Fill my heart with Your spirit of generosity, O Lord, so that I may know how to give myself wholly to Your service. MEDITATION Generosity is very similar to magnanimity but has a wider scope, including not only great things, but anything which concerns the service of God. It urges the soul to do all with the greatest devotion. Generosity is the virtue which teaches... Read More

Heights of Prayer: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila Pt 1 Day 26

Heights of Prayer 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Part 1, Day 26 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio In today's episode on the heights of prayer, St. Teresa describes her spiritual ecstasies and how they caused her distress. Dan and Melissa talk about how everyone is called to the heights of holiness as they read from St. Teresa's letter to her brother from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions... Read More

2 Doctors, 2 Ways, 1 Goal: Sts Teresa and Therese (Part 2 of 3)

2 Doctors, 2 Ways, 1 Goal: Sts Teresa and Therese (Part II of III) Editor's note: In part I, we talked about the goal of every pilgrimage, our Carmelite Doctors of the Church, and Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, specifically. Today we will look at Saint Teresa of Avila, in particular, and the way these Daughters of the Church differ from each other. Saint Teresa of Avila (Saint Teresa of Jesus) St. Teresa... Read More

Do we Really Need to Worry that Much about Spiritual Progress?

September 24, 2012 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Teresa of Avila

Why Worry About Spiritual Progress? St Teresa of Avila on Spiritual Progress Dear St. Teresa, is it not better to somewhat ‘go with the flow' of God's leading in our life, doing our best, and not worry too much of where we are in the spiritual perfection? Dear friend, we must beg the Lord for guidance. We must frequently consider that without him we are lost. We must never trust ourselves. We... Read More

Stuck in Spiritual Growth: How do I get Unstuck? Pt 2 of 2

Dear Carmelite Sisters, I feel like I am stuck in somewhere in mansion one or two. Is this normal? Where do most people get stuck in the journey through the mansions and is there any common way you can suggest that we get unstuck? Maybe I am just impatient. I feel like I should be growing but I am not. In our first post in this two part series we talked about a few of the reasons we get stuck and touched... Read More

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