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Catholic Spiritual Direction

Learn about “the” Strong Catholic Woman: St. Teresa of Avila [Avila Course]

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When the Catechism of the Catholic Church asks, “What is contemplation?”, it directs the question to St. Teresa of Avila. Why is that? You’ll find out, in the “Introduction to St. Teresa of Avila” course is being offered “live online” from the School of Spiritual Formation this spring from the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation. It’s because there are few other saints who have... Read More

Sanctity and God’s Will

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Sanctity and God’s Will Presence of God – I place myself in the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, asking Him to penetrate my soul with His words, “He that doth the will of My Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 7:21). MEDITATION The path which leads to sanctity, that is, to God, can be marked out only by God Himself, by His will. Jesus expressed this very... Read More

Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King of the Universe

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Solemnity of Christ the King  Presence of God– O Jesus, Prince of Ages, King of Nations, be the sole Ruler of my mind and heart. MEDITATION The liturgy today is truly a triumphant hymn celebrating the Kingship of Christ. From the First Vespers of the Feast, the figure of Jesus is majestically portrayed, seated on a royal throne and dominating the entire world; “His Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom,... Read More

Apostolic Maturity

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Apostolic Maturity Presence of God – Your love, O my God, matures my soul and renders it capable of giving itself fully to the service of souls. MEDITATION We may ask if the apostle can devote himself freely to the apostolate when he has reached the degree of union with God in which the flame of zeal bursts forth spontaneously. The fact is that, at this point, he cannot and should not evade the gift... Read More

Humility Might Be the Death of Me

November 4, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

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The Way of Perfection (Week 10 of 10) …perfect souls are in no way repelled by trials, but rather desire them and pray for them and love them. They are like soldiers: the more wars there are, the better they are pleased, because they hope to emerge from them with the greater riches. If there are no wars, they serve for their pay, but they know they will not get very far on that. The Way of... Read More

Lord, I offer You everything…Except X

October 28, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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The Way of Perfection (Week 9 of 10) If you have truly abandoned yourself to God’s will, you will not be anxious about the bread of the body.  In these hours of prayer you are dealing with more important matters.  There will be enough time to work and earn your daily bread.  Try not to let your thoughts dwell on this.  Work with your body, for you must support yourselves.  But let your soul... Read More

Wanting What I Get

October 21, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

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The Way of Perfection (Week 8 of 10) Thou knowest us, my Lord, and Thou knowest that we are not as resigned as wert Thou to the will of Thy Father; we needed, therefore, to be taught to ask for particular things so that we should stop for a moment to think if what we ask of Thee is good for us, and if it is not, should not ask for it. For, being what we are and having our free will, if we do not... Read More

2 Doctors, 2 Ways, 1 Goal: Sts Teresa and Therese (Part 3 of 3)

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2 Doctors, 2 Ways, 1 Goal: Sts Teresa and Therese (Part III of III) Memorial of Saint Teresa of Jesus Virgin and Doctor of the Church October 15th Editor’s note:  In part II, we looked at Saint Teresa of Avila, in particular, and the way St Teresa and St Thérèse differed from each other. Today, we’ll put what we’ve considered in the previous posts of this series into perspective. Putting... Read More

To God with Love: St Teresa and the Way of Perfection

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To God With Love:  St Teresa and The Way of Perfection To God with Love, I am yours, I was born for You: What do You want me to do? Teresa of Jesus These words taken from one of St. Teresa’s poems could easily have been penned by her in a letter to God. The phrase “I was born for You” is being used as the logo for the Fifth Centenary of the birth of St. Teresa [She was born in Spain in 1515].... Read More

The Little Heaven of My Soul

October 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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The Way of Perfection (Week 7 of 10) Those who are able to shut themselves up in this little Heaven of the soul, wherein the Maker of Heaven and earth dwells, and who have formed the habit of looking at nothing and staying in no place that distracts the senses, may be sure that they are walking on an excellent road.  They will not fail to drink of the water of the fountain, for they will travel... Read More

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