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Catholic Spiritual Direction

What is Holiness?

October 31, 2014 by  
Filed under Featured, Fr. Najim, Holiness

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Editor’s Note:  Tomorrow we celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints. Above my desk where my MacBook, printer, and lamp share their home, hangs a large framed print of one of my favorite saints, Ignatius of Loyola. He’s dressed in a red chasuble and stole, the traditional vestments for the celebration of Mass. His eyes gaze heavenward; there is a glow on his face and an aura of light around... Read More

Lord, I offer You everything…Except X

October 28, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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The Way of Perfection (Week 9 of 10) If you have truly abandoned yourself to God’s will, you will not be anxious about the bread of the body.  In these hours of prayer you are dealing with more important matters.  There will be enough time to work and earn your daily bread.  Try not to let your thoughts dwell on this.  Work with your body, for you must support yourselves.  But let your soul... Read More

The Paradox of Holiness and Communion

October 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Communion, Featured, Holiness, Prayer

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The Paradox of Holiness and Communion To be holy is to be set apart. To be in communion is to be in solidarity with one another.  Prayer both sets us apart and establishes us in a deeper communion. It is a paradox. Although this mystery is not completely solvable, one hint is the relational dimension of prayer. It is ordered to a real friendship with the all holy God. In asserting this, the paradox... Read More

A Hidden Saint

August 5, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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The King of the Golden City (Week 2 of 5) There was certainly a great deal in her that he could not love.  He saw that she was willful and changeable, and that she loved him more for the presents he gave her, and for those he promised her, than for himself.  But he saw, too, something which no one else could see, something beautiful and lovable that she would become if she would fight against the... Read More

Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor’s Virtue

July 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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The Sinner’s Guide (Week 16 of 16) If the faithful all practiced the same virtues, how could they be called a body, which necessarily consists of different members? – The Sinner’s Guide, (Chapter 46, Paragraph 9) Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor’s Virtue When my husband and I first met, he put on a good show, in attempt to “woo” me.  But early in our relationship, he said... Read More

Holiness Takes More than Inspiration

July 8, 2014 by  
Filed under Connie Rossini, Holiness

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Editor’s Note:  Today, we are blessed to introduce Connie Rossini to you.  She is a homeschooling mom whose blog “Contemplative Homeschool” is full of musings on Carmelite spirituality and raising contemplative kids.  I think you’ll find her writing a refreshing addition to our site here.  Please welcome her warmly. I’ve been pondering lately why I am still working... Read More

Social Media and Our Thirst for Knowledge

July 8, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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The Sinner’s Guide (Week 14 of 16) Christians should guard with special care, particularly the eyes, which, in the language of Holy Scripture, are the windows through which death enters to rob us of life… …We should protect our ears not only from evil words, but from frivolous conversations, worldly gossip, and idle discourses. – The Sinner’s Guide (Chapter 40, Section 4,... Read More

How do I get Rid of my “inner ugliness?”

July 7, 2014 by  
Filed under Difficulties, Fr. Bartunek, Pride

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Dear Father John, I have been struggling with some interior trials with forgiveness, resentment and jealousy. I call this “inner ugliness.” I have been praying fervently, going to confession, and receiving excellent spiritual direction. I have been willing myself to be charitable even when I am not feeling it. So here is my question. What am I missing, why do I still feel “inner ugly”?... Read More

Home Improvement and the Quest for Peace

June 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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The Sinner’s Guide (Week 12 of 16)  In its pursuit of worldly possessions your poor heart fruitlessly exhausts itself, for it will never find content.  It drinks deeply at the fountains of pleasure, yet its thirst is never appeased.  Its enjoyment of the possessions it has already acquired is destroyed by an insatiable thirst for more. - The Sinner’s Guide (Chapter 31, Paragraph 7) Several... Read More

Flannery O’Connor and the Horror of Sin

June 17, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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The Sinner’s Guide (Week 11 of 16) Take a lesson from the carpenter, who, when he wishes to drive a large nail, is not satisfied with giving it a few strokes, but continues hammering until he is sure it is firmly fastened. You must imitate him, if you would firmly implant this resolution in your soul.  Be not satisfied with renewing it from time to time, but daily take advantage of all the... Read More

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