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Christ and the Confidence that Comes From the Holy Spirit

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Christ and the Confidence that Comes from the Holy Spirit Christ baptizes in the power of the Holy Spirit and his fire animates the Christian life with hope.  The Holy Spirit who moved over the waters of creation, who overshadowed the Virgin Mary, who descended on Christ at his Baptism, who carried the Crucified’s last wordless cry for our sake from the depths... Read More

Prayer

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Are there Two Paths to Holiness?

Are there Two Paths to Holiness? The other day while doing research for a blog post, I came across a discussion about Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castle in a Catholic forum. One poster wrote that a holy priest told her that Teresa of Avila’s... Read More

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How Do I Love God With All My Heart?

Dear Father John, I want to love God with all my heart, but I don’t know where to start.  How do I do this? LOVING GOD WITH all your heart means desiring him above all things and making your intimate, personal relationship with him into... Read More

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Simple Resolutions for the New Year

Simple Resolutions for the New Year … I thought I would once again suggest some simple but powerful resolutions for the New Year. So, without a lot of fanfare, here they are: Commit to daily prayer – The stronger our relationship with... Read More

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The Night of the Spirit

The Night of the Spirit Presence of God  – Pour forth, O Lord, into my soul greater love and greater courage, that I may willingly accept Your purifying action. MEDITATION The... Read More

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Frustrated with my prayer life – I am stuck!

Dear Catholic Spiritual Direction Family, Many people feel a profound frustration with their inability to pray, to grow spiritually, to know and experience the Love... Read More

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Spiritual Warfare

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96. The Devil Cares (Mark 1:21-28)

“Here it is fitting for us to think of that great, true, eternal light… namely Christ our Savior, the Redeemer of the world, who was made man and came to the... Read More

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A Conversation Between Demons

Most people are not aware that conversations between demons actually happen. One record of such a conversation between demons is available to us through the brilliant... Read More

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Into the New Year

Into the New Year This year, I’m getting a running start! I’m going... Read More

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The Influence of Jesus

The Influence of Jesus Presence of God – O Jesus, give me the grace to... Read More

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Simple Resolutions for the New Year

Simple Resolutions for the New Year … I thought I would once again... Read More

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In a State of Grace But Burnt Out: What Can I Do?

Note from Dan:  Rarely will you find a soul yielded to God who does not... Read More

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The Importance of Friendship

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The Four Cardinal Virtues (Week 4 of 12) There is no way of grasping the concreteness... Read More

Is Virtue an Endangered Species?

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The Four Cardinal Virtues (Week 3 of 12) Whoever looks only at himself and therefore... Read More

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