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St. Bernard and Coming to the Fullness of Love

August 20, 2014 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Contemplation, Featured, Prayer

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(Memorial of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot and Doctor of the Church) St. Bernard built a way of life that flowed from Chapter 73 of the Rule of St. Benedict. In this final chapter, St. Benedict urges monks to learn the discipline of the Christian life he has presented because it is a good beginning, the minimum needed to make progress in a life devoted to Christ. Once one makes a good beginning,... Read More

Celebrating Blessed John Paul II’s Canonization (Part 6)

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This post is part of a series of talks by Dr. Anthony Lilles celebrating the upcoming canonization of Blessed John Paul II on this coming Sunday, April 27th, Divine Mercy Sunday 2014.   6. Dr. Lilles on Contemplative Prayer from Avila Institute on Vimeo. Video used with permission [Celebrating Blessed John Paul II's Canonization]. Editor’s Note:  For Dr. Lilles’ insights on prayer, don’t... Read More

Celebrating Blessed John Paul II’s Canonization (Part 4)

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 This post is part of a series of talks by Dr. Anthony Lilles celebrating the upcoming canonization of Blessed John Paul II on this coming Sunday, April 27th, Divine Mercy Sunday 2014. 4. Dr. Lilles on the Message of Hope from Avila Institute on Vimeo. Video used with permission [Celebrating Blessed John Paul II's Canonization]. Editor’s Note:  For Dr. Lilles’ insights on prayer, don’t... Read More

Celebrating Blessed John Paul II’s Canonization (Parts 2 & 3)

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This post is part of a series of talks by Dr. Anthony Lilles celebrating the upcoming canonization of Blessed John Paul II on this coming Sunday, April 27th, Divine Mercy Sunday 2014. 2/3. Dr. Lilles on Divine Mercy and the Look of Love from Avila Institute on Vimeo.   Video used with permission [Celebrating Blessed John Paul II's Canonization]. Editor’s Note:  For Dr. Lilles’ insights... Read More

Marriage, Prayer and the Cross (Part III of III)

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In our last post we considered the power of God’s love as the ground of married love.   In this post, we will ponder the divine love which looks on marriage with resurrected eyes, and delve deeper into the kind of prayer faithful marriage requires. Resurrected Eyes.  The Gospels invite us to contemplate all marriage, even difficult and failed marriages, with resurrected eyes.  This is a perspective... Read More

Theology and Contemplative Prayer

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Contemplative Prayer and Theology Contemplation needs scientific theology and theologians need contemplation.  Historically, contemplatives who have presumed otherwise unwittingly submitted themselves and those they influenced to all kinds of demeaning irrationality.   At the same time, whenever theologians believe they can conduct their investigations without prayer, their body of scholarship becomes... Read More

CSD Book Club – Announcing our Next Book – 33 Days to Morning Glory

April 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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33 Days to Morning Glory by Father Michael Gaitley, MIC A few weeks ago, I asked for recommendations on upcoming books.  If you recall, I suggested we read a book in honor of our Blessed Mother in the month of May.  Several of you highly recommended 33 Days to Morning Glory by Father Michael Gaitley.  So be it!  Having read and enjoyed his book Consoling the Heart of Jesus, I was excited to hear... Read More

Finding the Splendor of Mercy in the Shadow of Humdrum Days

April 7, 2013 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Divine Mercy, Easter

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“Oh humdrum days, filled with darkness, I look upon you with a solemn and festive eye.” (Saint Faustina Kowalska, Diary, #1373) Saint Faustina Kowalska wrote these words in 1937 at the brink of falling into a very serious illness from which she would never recover.  She could not have known that this experience of darkness was only the beginning of many difficult days for herself, her... Read More

An Answer to a Question: What is Contemplation?

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Recently, Dan received an interesting question and after we talked about it, I asked whether I might respond.  Here is the question: “Is the terminology for prayer different from Ignatian to that of Carmelite spirituality? I’m a Secular Carmelite and I just went on an Ignatian retreat. My understanding of contemplation was that it was a complete gift with no activity on our part. However,... Read More

The Glory of Christ Crucified

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The Cross of Christ brings His glorious grace into the focus of contemplation.  It is a difficult mystery to dwell on. The heart sometimes finds itself weary and sometimes even too discouraged to fix its gaze on the agony of the Lord. This is where frequent confession and humble examination of conscience can help the practice of mental prayer – which is a humbled gaze of the heart on the mercy... Read More

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