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Catholic Spiritual Direction

What constitutes grave sin? How can I know if it is ok to receive the Eucharist?

August 22, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mortal, Sin

I was told that receiving the sacrament of the Eucharist while in a state of grave sin is a grave sin in itself. I’m constantly worried about whether I am allowed to receive Communion at Mass, and I do make sure I go to confession monthly (or more often). My question is this: How grave must a sin be to have to abstain from the Eucharist? A group of us have discussed this and we got to the idea that you can receive communion... Read More

I am confused about the definition of contemplation, can you help me understand?

August 22, 2011 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Contemplation, Prayer, Sr. Laudis

Dear Sister Carmen, after reading some modern writers and Saint Teresa of Avila I am confused about contemplation. It seems like there is some confusion or lack of concern about definitions. When I read one writer it sounds like contemplation is something I can get to by following a series of steps (breath, sit, repeat) and then when I read St. Teresa she seems to be talking about something completely different. Can you help me... Read More