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The 4th of July, for the United States, is a day to celebrate independence, liberty and freedom.  But, what really is true freedom?  God created us in His image and likeness and gave us free will.  And, this free will is one of the ways in which we most resemble God.  For that reason, God never violates our free will.  Yet, we are never so free as when we freely choose the ultimate Good, God Himself. ... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love #42

April 11, 2014 by  
Filed under Detachment, Spiritual Masters

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Reflect that the most delicate flower loses its fragrance and withers fastest; therefore guard yourself against seeking to walk in a spirit of delight, for you will not be constant.   Choose rather for yourself a robust spirit, detached from everything, and you will discover abundant peace and sweetness, for delicious and durable fruit is gathered in a cold and dry climate. Saint John of the Cross More... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love #25

March 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, John of the Cross

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Withdraw from creatures if you desire to preserve, clear and simple in your soul, the image of God. Empty your spirit and withdraw far from them and you will walk in divine lights, for God is not like creatures. 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... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love #23

February 28, 2014 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, John of the Cross

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Those who do not allow their appetites to carry them away will soar in their spirit as swiftly as the bird that lacks no feathers. 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... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love #22

February 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, John of the Cross

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A bird caught in birdlime has a twofold task: It must free itself and cleanse itself. And by satisfying their appetites, people suffer in a twofold way: They must detach themselves and, after being detached, clean themselves of what has clung to them. Saint John of the Cross More “Sayings of Light and Love” About Dan BurkeDan is the founder of Catholic Spiritual Direction, the Avila Institute... Read More

Detachment – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

November 8, 2013 by  
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DETACHMENT: In asceticism the withholding of undue affection for creatures for the sake of the Creator. When mortal sin is involved, detachment is imperative for salvation. Detachment from creatures that are an obstacle to complete service of God is a normal condition for growth in holiness. This Spiritual Dictionary Term is an excerpt from the Glossary of Dan’s book Navigating the Interior Life... Read More

From Here to Eternity

September 3, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur (Week 5 of 12) People in the world do not realize that one can be very detached from all human things and live a keen spiritual life, and yet find sweetness in the interests, occupations, and joys of life. However, it is only when one has rooted oneself in eternity that one can let one’s humble little barque float, upon the surface of the waves and rejoice fully... Read More

CSD Book Club-The Screwtape Letters (Week 5 of 7)

July 9, 2013 by  
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Time’s a Tickin’! Men are not angered by mere misfortune but by misfortune conceived as injury.  And the sense of injury depends on the feeling that a legitimate claim has been denied.  The more claims on life, therefore, that your patient can be induced to make, the more often he will feel injured and, as a result, ill-tempered.  Now you will have noticed that nothing throws him into... Read More

CSD Book Club-The Screwtape Letters (Week 3 of 7)

June 25, 2013 by  
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As long as he retains externally the habits of a Christian he can still be made to think of himself as one who has adopted a few new friends and amusements but whose spiritual state is much the same as it was six weeks ago.  And while he thinks that we do not have to contend with the explicit repentance of a definite, fully recognized, sin, but only with his vague, though uneasy, feeling that he hasn’t... Read More

CSD Book Club – Journal of a Soul (Week 8 of 12)

October 31, 2012 by  
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On Suffering   I think the Lord Jesus has in store for me, before I die, for my complete mortification and purification and in order to admit me to his everlasting joy, some great suffering and affliction of body and spirit. Well, I accept everything and with all my heart, if it is for his glory and the good of my soul and for the souls of my dear spiritual children. I fear my weakness in bearing... Read More

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