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A Battle for Something Beautiful

November 10, 2018 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Desolation, FEATURED, Perseverance, Suffering

Many of my closest friends, though they live disciplined and prayerful lives, struggle with various kinds of depression and painful sorrows.  They are tested beyond what seems humanly possible to bear.  Sometimes this struggle is related to exterior circumstances – a disease, the loss of a friend or an accident at work. At other times, this struggle emerges from within. Although counseling sometimes helps and other therapeutic... Read More

Are Action and Contemplation Mutually Exclusive?

Many believe that action and contemplation are mutually exclusive efforts. Some argue that a prayerful life is an escape from the difficult effort of loving service. Others argue that the apostolic life lacks a certain depth and devotion to the Lord. Yet the greatest mystics never saw a tension between apostolic service and contemplative prayer — for them, it would be impossible to have one without the other.  The deeper... Read More

The Indwelling of the Trinity

October 27, 2018 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Contemplation, FEATURED, Holy Trinity, Trinity

What animates Christian Contemplation is the most beautiful and intimate mystery of the universe — the Glory out of which all things visible and invisible have issued forth.  This unseen Glory causes all that is to exist and holds all things in existence for no other reason that sheer love and goodness. By an utterly excessive outpouring of love, in a divine and wholly gratuitous gift of sheer grace, this inexhaustible treasure... Read More

Don’t Give in to Discouragement in Prayer!

October 25, 2018 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Difficulties, FEATURED, Perseverance, Prayer

Sometimes, when you offer all that you have and there is no more to give, all the good that you intended seems to crash down around you. All of your efforts seem to have been for naught. Hidden sacrifices and hidden tears seem to have paid no dividends. Sometimes, while offering a noble sacrifice and tender act of mercy, you only accomplished your own humiliation. Not only the project that you failed to bring to completion, but... Read More

How Do We Remain in the Word?

October 20, 2018 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, FEATURED, Free Will, Freedom, God's Word

How do we remain in the Word? The night before He died, Christ commanded his disciples to remain in Him – and explained that  this means to keep His Word. (See John 15.) Obeying this command goes beyond any moralism or fulfillment of a minimal obligation. Minimalism does not keep the Word – for the Word, in its sheer grandeur and inexhaustible wonder, is maximal. We need to live with a maximal response if we are to... Read More

The Power of Contemplative Prayer

Contemplative prayer has immense power against all kinds of evil. This silent movement of the heart unveils self-contradictions and rash judgments that threaten one's own integrity and, at the same time, this vulnerability to God is healing balm for the integrity of others. This deep stillness of spirit allows God to establish one's whole being in His very Presence so deeply that one cannot remotely guess how profoundly hidden... Read More

Battle of Contemplative Prayer

October 8, 2018 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Contemplation, FEATURED

There much pre-occupation with ecclesiastical authority. It is time to remember that the Church not only has a head, but a heart – and for the heart of the Church, the Head, the Bridegroom laid down His Life. No one can act in the person of Christ the Head and betray this self-gift of the Lord – to do so is to lose one's own integrity and poses a threat to the integrity and dignity of others. The royal road to the... Read More

Angels On Our Side

October 2, 2018 by  
Filed under Angels, Anthony Lilles

In the battles and challenges of this life, we have an army of holy angels on our side. Working in invisible and spiritual ways, they stand with us against everything that would threaten our dignity or undermined our integrity. Because they have been sent by God Himself, they rejoice in this great project — safeguarding, guiding, encouraging and sometimes warning us – just when we need them to be close. What an awesome... Read More

Peace and Spiritual Renewal – Life-Changing Pilgrimage with Dan Burke and Anthony Lilles

October 1, 2018 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Dan Burke, FEATURED, Pilgrimage

We live in a time where we are constantly assailed by noise and busy-ness. If we walk away from our computers, our phone begins to buzz. We go out to eat and there are televisions on every wall. Exercise equipment in the gym is now equipped with TV as the pounding music rages from the cycling room. Now even gas station pumps have televisions! Noise! To keep our sanity and refresh our souls, sometimes we need longer periods of... Read More

A Life of Praise to God

What does it mean to be called to a contemplative prayer life? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Dr. Anthony Lilles about the book Elizabeth of the Trinity: A Life of Praise to God to discover the riches hidden in the wisdom of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Why did Dr. Lilles choose to focus his doctoral work on St. Elizabeth of the Trinity? Who is Sister Giovanna Della... Read More

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