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Catholic Spiritual Direction

Consolation and Abandonment

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Consolation and Abandonment Presence of God – Into Your hands, O Lord, I abandon myself with all confidence. MEDITATION “There are many who desire to make progress [in the spiritual way] and constantly entreat God to draw them and let them advance to this state of perfection [the state of union], but when it pleases God to begin to bring them through the first trials and mortifications, as is necessary,... Read More

Solemnity of Corpus Christi

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Corpus Christi Presence of God – “The eternal tide flows hid in living bread. That with its heavenly life too be fed …” (John of the Cross, Poems). MEDITATION We have gone, step by step, in the course of the liturgical year, from the consideration of the mysteries of the life of Jesus to the contemplation of the Blessed Trinity, whose feast we celebrated last Sunday. Jesus, our Mediator, our... Read More

Dryness in Prayer – God’s Part in the Struggle (Part III of III)

April 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Aridity or Dryness, Fr. Bartunek, Prayer

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Dryness in Prayer – God’s Part in the Struggle (Part III of III) Editor’s Note:  In Part I, we talked about what is going on with dryness in prayer.  In the second installment of this series, we addressed our part in the struggle.  Today, we will look at God’s part in the struggle. A reader asks: Dear Father John, I have been praying (mental prayer) for a long time.  But... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love #33

March 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Attachments, Dan Burke, John of the Cross

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I didn’t know you, my Lord, because I still desired to know and relish things. 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 the Journey to God. Beyond his “contagious”... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love #32

March 21, 2014 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, John of the Cross

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If you lose an opportunity you will be like one who lets the bird fly away; you will never get it back. 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 the Journey to God.... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love #31

March 20, 2014 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, John of the Cross

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O good Jesus, if you do not soften it [the hardened soul], it will ever continue in its natural hardness. 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 the Journey to God.... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love #28

March 13, 2014 by  
Filed under John of the Cross, Meditations, Prayer

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The very pure spirit does not bother about the regard of others or human respect, but communes inwardly with God, alone and in solitude as to all forms, and with delightful tranquility, for the knowledge of God is received in divine silence. 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... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love #26

March 7, 2014 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, John of the Cross

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Prayer of a Soul Taken with Love “Lord God, my Beloved, if you still remember my sins in such a way that you do not do what I beg of you, do your will concerning them, my God, which is what I most desire, and exercise your goodness and mercy, and you will be known through them.  And if you are waiting for my good works so as to hear my prayer through their means, grant them to me, and work them... 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 #24

March 1, 2014 by  
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The fly that clings to honey hinders its flight, and the soul that allows itself attachment to spiritual sweetness hinders its own liberty and contemplation. 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... Read More

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