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What are attachments and how do they hinder my spiritual life? Part II of 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

What are “attachments” and how do they hinder my spiritual life? Part I of II

tethered bird feature Attachments

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

Do You Care what Others are Thinking?

December 2, 2013 by  
Filed under Attachments, Featured, Mary Kaufmann

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Last week, with the writings of Blessed Dina Belanger (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

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 Over Eating Lead to Virtue?

August 24, 2013 by  
Filed under Featured, 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

Consolation & Desolation… What are “spiritualized capital sins”?

Dear Father John, you used the phrase “spiritualized capital sins” in your post on consolation and desolation. I have never heard this idea before. What are spiritualized capital sins and how do they “attempt” to re-conquer the soul as we mature? We have to remember that here on earth we are members of the Church militant. We are in the midst of a battle. As we grow spiritually,... Read More