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Catholicism and Buddhism – Clearing Up the Confusion

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There is much confusion and misinformation in our time regarding the compatibility of Buddhism and Catholicism. Dr. Clark is both a faithful Catholic and a Chinese scholar (he reads Chinese fluently), his work is well researched, solid, trustworthy, and charitable. Joined with Carl Olson, an excellent theologian, there is no better combination of authors to shed light... Read More

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False Teachings on Meditation & Contemplation: Sts Peter of Alcantara & Teresa of Avila

In 1577, St. Teresa of Avila completed what is heralded as her seminal work on mental prayer, meditation, and contemplation in the Interior Castle. This guidebook to the most profound depths of prayer has become the standard against which all... Read More

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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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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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Mortification and Spiritual Progress – Divine Intimacy Radio

Dan and Melissa explore mortification, the meaning and purpose. What is mortification? Voluntary actions by which we gradually put to death all of our vices, sinful... 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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How Does One Love God with the Soul? (Part II of II)

How Does One Love God with the Soul? (Part II of II) Editor’s Note: ... Read More

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How Does One Love God With the Soul? (Part I of II)

How Does One Love God with the Soul? (Part I of II) Dear Father John, ... Read More

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Spiritual Gameplan for Lent

Spiritual Gameplan for Lent   …with our thanks to Father Michael... Read More

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What to Do When You Hit the Wall

What to Do When You Hit the Wall Runners know all about breaking through... Read More

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From Justice to Fortitude

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The Four Cardinal Virtues (Week 8 of 12) This week, we straddle two virtues: the... Read More

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The Four Cardinal Virtues (Week 7 of 12) If political life is to regain its dignity,... Read More

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