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Sayings of Light and Love #41

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Do not tire yourself, for you will not enter into the savor and sweetness of spirit if you do not apply yourself to the mortification of all this that you desire. 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... 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

Sayings of Light and Love #15

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Deny your desires and you will find what your heart longs for. For how do you know if any desire of yours is according to God? 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... Read More

Do You Care what Others are Thinking?

December 2, 2013 by  
Filed under Attachments, Featured, Mary Kaufmann

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Last week, with the writings of Blessed Dina Belanger (1897-1929) a Religious of Jesus and Mary from Quebec, Canada, we discussed hidden sins and how an unchecked or disordered desire for things of this world like food, drink, or anything that captures our passions in place of God, can dampen our spiritual vitality. A rather unheard of hidden imperfection, that seems rampant among faithful Catholics,... Read More

Interior Pentecost of the Heart

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Sometimes we struggle to find heroic lay people to emulate. The stories of many Saints and much spiritual literature describe the spiritual lives of consecrated and/or ordained Christians. But, what about the rest of us, the remaining 99.9% of the Church, do we have any hope for holiness? Vatican II answers in the affirmative with the universal call to holiness (Lumen Gentium 39). Venerable Concepcion... Read More

CSD Book Club – Journal of a Soul

September 25, 2012 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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Mortification – A Bad Word? As much mortification as possible, especially of the tongue. I must always be ready to humble myself, especially when things go badly. Bodily mortifications are to be few but constant, and without excessive obligation. I will give up salt altogether; I will never eat fruit in the evening, and never drink more than one glass of wine. As a general rule, I will always... Read More

CSD Book Club – ANNOUNCING OUR NEXT BOOK

September 4, 2012 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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Journal of a Soul: The Autobiography of Pope John XXIII The following paragraphs are copied from the back of the book (Doubleday): No other pope of this century has aroused so much interest and universal affection throughout the world as has Pope John XXIII. Journal of a Soul is an inspiring reading experience that records this pope’s thoughts and traces his spiritual development from adolescence... Read More

A Troublesome Partner – Spiritual Combat – CSD Book Club

June 18, 2012 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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…the essence of the spiritual life does not lie in any of those things to which I have alluded. It consists in nothing else but the knowledge of the divine goodness and greatness, of our own nothingness and proneness to evil; in the love of God and the hatred of self; in entire subjection, not only to God Himself, but, for the love of Him, to all creatures; in giving up our own will and in completely... Read More

Wisdom for the Ascent – 1 – St. John of the Cross

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Wisdom for the Ascent THE soul must of necessity—if we would attain to the divine union of God—pass through the dark night of mortification of the desires, and self-denial in all things. The reason is this; all the love we bestow on creatures is in the eyes of God mere darkness, and while we are involved therein, the soul is incapable of being enlightened and possessed by the pure and simple light... Read More

Struggling with Lenten Commitments? A prayer of St. Teresa on mortification

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Lenten Commitments Struggles! “Why O Lord, should I be preoccupied with my fears and lose courage in the face of my weakness? You give me to understand that I must fortify myself in humility, and convince myself that I can do very little alone, and that without your help I am nothing. I shall put all my confidence in your mercy, and shall distrust my own strength, convinced that my weakness is caused... Read More

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