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Adoration, Silence and the Lamp of Fire (Part I of II)

January 21, 2014 by  
Filed under Adoration, Anthony Lilles, Prayer

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“Hunger for silence is the sign of spiritual maturity.” This saying is attributed to Blessed John Paul the Great and reminds me of the program he proposed to the Church after the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000. He called the Church to gaze on the face of Christ. Learning to gaze on the face of Christ takes us into a mystery of great silence – not just the absence of noise, but a peaceful... Read More

Is “resting in the spirit” or being “slain in the spirit” the same as contemplative ecstasy?

Dear Dan, I have experienced what people call “resting in the spirit” or being “slain in the spirit.” It was amazing. The priest prayed for me and I fell to the floor as if I had passed out (no injuries as I was already praying on my knees facing the Altar). However, I was still aware of others around me but was lost in God’s love. I am curious if this experience is the same as “ecstasy”? Before... Read More