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Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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The Presentation of the 
Blessed Virgin Mary November 21st Presence of God – O Mary, present my offering and my life to Our Lord. MEDITATION Although Holy Scripture does not tell us anything about the presentation of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple, this belief is based upon evidence authorized by a very ancient Christian tradition, and the Church has given it official recognition... Read More

Attachments: What are they? How do they hinder my spiritual life? (II/II)

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…a reader asks: In your recent series on getting stuck in spiritual growth (which was very helpful by the way) you mentioned the idea of “attachments.” I think I understand this as I have read a bit of St. John of the Cross. However, I would be grateful if you could help me understand it a bit better and for any practical advice about identifying attachments and then shedding them. I remember... Read More

Attachments: What are they? How do they hinder my spiritual life? (I/II)

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In your recent series on getting stuck in spiritual growth (which was very helpful  by the way) you mentioned the idea of “attachments.” I think I understand this as I have read a bit of St. John of the Cross. However, I would be grateful if you could help me understand it a bit better and for any practical advice about identifying attachments and then shedding them. I remember St. John of the... Read More

The Habit of Sin

June 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

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The Sinner’s Guide (Week 9 of 16) The first of these causes is the tyranny of bad habits. So strong are these that many would die rather than relinquish them. Hence St. Jerome declares that a long habit of sin robs virtue of all its sweetness. For habit becomes second nature, and to overcome it we must conquer nature itself, which is the greatest victory a man can achieve. “When a vice is... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love #33

March 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Attachments, Dan Burke, John of the Cross

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I didn’t know you, my Lord, because I still desired to know and relish things. Saint John of the Cross More “Sayings of Light and Love” About Dan BurkeDan is the founder of Catholic Spiritual Direction, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, and author of the award winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God. Beyond his “contagious”... Read More

Do You Care what Others are Thinking?

December 2, 2013 by  
Filed under Attachments, Mary Kaufmann

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Last week, with the writings of Blessed Dina Bélanger (1897-1929) a Religious of Jesus and Mary from Quebec, Canada, we discussed hidden sins and how an unchecked or disordered desire for things of this world like food, drink, or anything that captures our passions in place of God, can dampen our spiritual vitality. A rather unheard of hidden imperfection, that seems rampant among faithful Catholics,... Read More

Apego

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Apego Apego: Una dependencia emocional, de una persona u otra para otra persona, o de una persona para un objeto real o ilusorio.  Apegos representan un papel muy importante en el desarrollo espiritual porque la primera condición para el progreso de santidad es domar un poco los apegos excesivos de uno. In English here:  http://spiritualdirection.com/blog/2013/10/25/attachment-navigating-the-interior-life-spiritual-dictionary ... Read More

Attachment – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

October 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Attachments, Dan Burke, Spiritual Dictionary

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ATTACHMENT: An emotional dependence, either of one person on another, or of a person on some real or illusory object.  Attachments play an important role in spiritual development, since the first condition for progress in sanctity is some mastery over one’s inordinate attachments. This Spiritual Dictionary Term is an excerpt from the Glossary of Dan’s book Navigating the Interior Life –... Read More

Can Overeating Lead to Virtue?

August 24, 2013 by  
Filed under Mary Kaufmann, Virtue

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Before I became a theologian and a spiritual director, I received a degree in nutrition and worked as a dietitian in the hospital. My job was to help people formulate structured plans to modify what and how much they ate. A big part, also, was to assist them to recognize their inner needs that drew them to over eat or drink or over indulge in other pleasurable activities. We often discussed how to... Read More

CSD Book Club – Spiritual Combat – Walking the Line in a Material World

July 31, 2012 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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…we must remember that we can hardly offer ourselves to Heaven, if we are bound to earth by worldly attachments. Therefore, if we perceive ourselves to bound by the slightest earthly affection, let us have recourse to God, imploring Him to break asunder the bonds which chain us to earth that we may be His alone. This is of great importance. for if he who is a slave to creatures, pretends to give... Read More

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