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

July 7, 2014 by  
Filed under Difficulties, Featured, 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

The Plague of Pride

April 1, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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Interior Freedom (Week 5 of 5) Here it is worth reflecting on the problem of pride.  We are all born with a deep wound, experienced as a lack of being.  We seek to compensate by constructing a self different from our real self.  This artificial self requires large amounts of energy to maintain it; being fragile, it needs protecting.  Woe to anyone who contradicts it, threatens it, questions it,... Read More

Humility

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✞ Presence of God – O Jesus, You who were so humiliated for us, teach me how to practice true humility. MEDITATION Charity is the essence of Christian perfection, for charity alone has the power to unite man to God, his last end. But for us poor, miserable creatures, whom God wishes to raise to union with Himself, is charity the ultimate basis of the spiritual life? No. There is something deeper... Read More

Do Demons Have a Plan when Tempting Us?

January 16, 2014 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare

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Father Fortea, do demons have a plan when tempting us? Remember: a demon is a spiritual being that possesses a greater intelligence than ours. Therefore, in temptation, a demon tries to enter into a conversation with the person he is tempting. If the person being tempted resists and never considers the temptation for even a moment, then it is a one-sided conversation – the demon speaks but gets no... Read More

Pride of Orthodoxy (Pride of the Church-Part II of II)

October 1, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur (Week 9 of 12) Last week, I addressed a weakening of our faith identity as Catholics. Unfortunately, while this issue is critical, those of us who have attempted to re-establish a Catholic Identity after nearly two generations of ecumenism have begun to suffer from another illness: The Pride of Orthodoxy. Orthodoxy is a word I often heard tossed around when I was... Read More

St John of Avila: Tune Out the Noise to Tune In God (Part II of II)

August 7, 2013 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, John of Avila

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In our last post, we introduced Saint John of Avila’s teaching in his lifetime project Audi, Filia.  To help us understand how important it is for us to order our lives to the silence of prayer, Saint John of Avila tells us about the dark languages of this world that can lead us astray.   He starts with an especially deceptive language which enchants today every bit as much as it did in 16th... Read More

How does a person accept God’s mercy?

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Dear Father John, I am helping a woman in her spiritual growth (mainly through helping her come up with a program of life), and something came up that I wanted to ask you about. She has shared with me some of what she regrets, and some of what she is having a hard time forgiving herself for. Intellectually she knows that God forgives, but she hasn’t accepted His mercy into her heart. I am guessing... Read More

CSD Book Club – Spiritual Combat – Battling Despair

July 10, 2012 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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The Evil one even uses virtue to tempt us to sin, inflating our egos with exaggerated self-esteem and complacency to the point where we succumb to vainglory. Thus we must be ceaselessly vigilant, cognizant of our own nothingness, our sinfulness, our appalling inadequacy, and ever mindful that we deserve nothing but eternal perdition. Let this remembrance be to us as a sword with which we defend ourselves... Read More

Consolation & Desolation… What are “spiritualized capital sins”?

Dear Father John, you used the phrase “spiritualized capital sins” in your post on consolation and desolation. I have never heard this idea before. What are spiritualized capital sins and how do they “attempt” to re-conquer the soul as we mature? We have to remember that here on earth we are members of the Church militant. We are in the midst of a battle. As we grow spiritually,... Read More

Docility in spiritual direction – why it is a good idea to follow your director’s advice

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I have a bit of my own foolishness to share with you today. In my book on spiritual direction (scheduled to go to print late next year through Emmaus Road Publishing) I offer the following advice regarding docility to our spiritual directors: Authentic docility is an essential ingredient in any successful spiritual direction relationship.  What is docility?  Docility is a humble readiness to follow... Read More

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