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The Fiat of Mary

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THE FIAT OF MARY “And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to thy word. And the Angel departed from her.” Luke 1:38 1. The Angel had spoken three times. First he had showed the deepest reverence for Mary; and to this she had answered nothing, but, disturbed in mind, had pondered much and waited. Then he had announced to her the great message with which he had been... Read More

The Word Made Flesh

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THE WORD MADE FLESH “He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, He gave them power to be made the sons of God, to them who believe in His name.” John 1:10-12 1. Before He was manifested in His human nature, the Word was in the world. He was in the midst of creation, manifested... Read More

The Joy of the Gospel

July 5, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Najim, Prayer, Silence

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Editor’s Note:  We are again most grateful to Father Michael Najim for sharing this short video with us about the Joy of the Gospel.  Although originally posted in January on his blog LiveHoliness.com, it is timeless counsel.   The Joy of the Gospel from Father Michael Najim on Vimeo. About Fr. Michael NajimFr. Michael Najim is a priest of the Diocese of Providence. He is the Director... Read More

Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction, and God in You – Part 4 of 5

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Dan Burke, President and Founder of Catholic Spiritual Direction and the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation and author of Navigating the Interior Life, recently joined Johnnette Benkovic on Women of Grace: Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction, and God in You to share his story of conversion and how you too could achieve spiritual growth through the purgative, illuminative and unitive ways. In... Read More

Carmelite or Ignatian prayer, which is best for me?

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Dear Dan, I have been studying prayer, primarily the Ignatian method and the Carmelite method.  What would you consider the differences between these two methods?   Also, how can I determine which is best for me?   Dear friend, this is a great question. First it would be helpful to ensure we understand what we are talking about when we use the terms “prayer” and “method.” The prayer we... Read More

Ever-Deepening Prayer Life: Holy Summer Reading Resources

June 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Featured, Prayer, Resources

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I just finished teaching a course entitled Navigating the Interior Life – Foundations of Prayer and Union with God for the Avila Institute School of Spiritual Formation. The course has been a joy to teach because I have had the great blessing of watching more than sixty of God’s precious souls grow more deeply in their prayer and union with God. These students of the spiritual life... 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

Venial Sin

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✞ Presence of God – O Lord, inflame me with Your holy zeal, so that I will no longer be able to tolerate in myself the slightest thing which is displeasing to You. MEDITATION Venial sin, like mortal sin, goes counter to God’s will, although with less serious deviation. While it does not destroy charity, it is opposed to it and therefore diminishes its fervor and vigor, hindering its development.... Read More

The Proof of Love

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Presence of God – O Jesus Crucified, make me understand that the Cross is the greatest proof of love. MEDITATION After the Incarnation, the Cross of Jesus is the greatest proof of His love for man. Similarly, mortification, which is suffering eagerly accepted for the love of God, is one of the greatest proofs of love that we can give Him. It means freely giving up a satisfaction or a pleasure in... Read More

How can I better prepare for prayer and meditation?

February 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditation, Mental Prayer, Prayer

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Dear Father John, in the first part of your book, The Better Part, you mention something about preparing for tomorrow’s meditation the night before. I also heard that mentioned by a priest giving us a talk during a retreat. Can you explain this a little bit more? What do you mean, exactly, and is that something just for religious and priests, or should I be doing it too? It seems to me that your... Read More

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