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Flos Carmeli (Flower of Carmel)

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Every year on July 16th, Carmelites throughout the world celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, patroness of the Carmelite Order.  If you want to know how we feel about Mary, our Mother, spend a few minutes reflecting on one of the most beautiful prayers ever written, the Flos Carmeli. Most of us pray – before meals, morning and/or night prayers, many people pray before a trip, and at... Read More

Carmelite Prayer

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Editor’s Note:  As we approach the Memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel this coming week, it is appropriate to consider a Carmelite prayer. Our Lord taught Saint Teresa a simple method of prayer. It is often called mental prayer. “I never knew what it was to get satisfaction and comfort out of prayer,” confesses the Saint, “until the Lord taught me this method – I beg of you to test... Read More

The Joy of the Gospel

July 5, 2014 by  
Filed under Featured, 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

Fallen away family member – What can I do?

June 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Prayer

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Dear Father John, how can I convince family members who have fallen away from the faith to come back to God and the Church? You can’t. Only God can do that. But you can help. Here are some thoughts about how. There is more going on in this question than meets the eye. Almost every believer faces a question like this at some point in their journey. It can take different forms. Some of my priest... Read More

Are You Longing for a Deeper Prayer Life?

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The four waters of prayer as taught by St. Teresa of Avila is one of the most beautiful analogies of growth in prayer provided by the saints. In a state of grace, the soul is like a well of limpid water, from which flow only streams of clearest crystal. Its works are pleasing both to God and man, rising from the River of Life, beside which it is rooted like a tree. ~ St. Teresa of Avila On June... 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

Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction: God in You, Part 3 of 5

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In the third episode of five of the show Women of Grace: Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction: God in You, Dan Burke discusses his conversion from the Jewish faith to Catholicism through Protestantism and finally being received into the Church on the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Dan goes on to discuss the Purgative Way and the stages of spiritual growth and the importance of prayer throughout... Read More

Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction: God in You, Part 2 of 5

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Dan Burke spent a week discussing his suffering, conversion and healing with EWTN’s Johnnette Benkovic on her show, Women of Grace. Dan captures the stages of the spiritual life in his award-winning book, “Navigating the Interior Life“. In the second episode of five, Dan continues to discuss his conversion from the Jewish faith to Catholicism and from suffering to healing and love. In... Read More

Carmelite or Ignatian prayer, which is best for me?

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Q: 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?   A: 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... Read More

Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction, and God in You – Part 1 of 5

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Dan Burke had the pleasure of talking with EWTN’s Johnnette Benkovic on her show, Women of Grace. about the spiritual life and his award winning book, “Navigating the Interior Life”. Dan is also the founder of Catholic Spiritual Direction. In the first episode of five, Dan speaks of his own suffering and conversion and gives advice on how to heal from the suffering. Also, don’t... Read More

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