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Where Suffering Meets Sacrifice

May 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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The Sinner’s Guide (Week 8 of 16) The just, knowing that God is their Father and the Physician of their souls, submissively and generously accept as the cure for their infirmities the bitter chalice of suffering.  They look on tribulation as a file in the hands of their Maker to remove the rust of sin from their souls, and to restore them to their original purity and brightness.  - The Sinner’s... Read More

“Offering it Up” – Redemptive Suffering (II/II) Path to Greater Merit

May 12, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Suffering

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In part I, we talked about the mystery of merit and its problem and solution.  Today, we will discuss how the growth in spiritual maturity depends on the interior discipline in living out each for four factors. A reader asks:  Dear Father John, I was just listening to a radio show about redemptive suffering – they were saying that our suffering can have value if we “offer it up.” ... Read More

“Offering it Up” – Redemptive Suffering Part I Mystery of Merit

May 5, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Prayer, Suffering

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Redemptive Suffering (Part I of II) :  The Mystery of Merit Dear Father John, I was just listening to a radio show about redemptive suffering – they were saying that our suffering can have value if we “offer it up.”  Is there any more to this (uniting our sufferings to Jesus’) than just saying the words? Before getting to the heart of this question, we have to peek at the... Read More

The Daily Cross

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✞ Presence of God – O Jesus Crucified, help me, by the merits of Your Cross, to carry my cross daily. MEDITATION “He that taketh not up his cross, and followeth Me, is not worthy of Me” (Mt 10:38). By these words, the divine Master expressly declares that one of the indispensable conditions for being His disciple is to carry the cross. The word cross, however, should not make us think only... Read More

The Value of Suffering

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✞ The Value of Suffering Presence of God – O Jesus Crucified, teach me the science of the Cross; make me understand the value of suffering. MEDITATION The Passion of Jesus teaches us in a concrete way that in the Christian life we must be able to accept suffering for the love of God. This is a hard, repugnant lesson for our nature, which prefers pleasure and happiness; however, it comes from Jesus,... Read More

Let Us Learn To Be Tempered To Love Through Suffering! (IV/V)

March 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Mary Kaufmann, Suffering

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Editor’s note:  In the first part of this series, we introduced the concept of the Chain of Love, from Venerable Concepción Cabrera’s Spirituality of the Cross.  Part II examined how we are to live our baptismal priesthood and briefly looked at the concept of the fourteen rules of the Chain of Love. The third post explored the idea of seeing with the eyes of Jesus and went into greater... Read More

What are the Types of Evil?

March 13, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare

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Q.  Father Fortea, what are the types of evil? A.  While the variety of particular evils is infinite, theologians typically distinguish between physical and moral evils. Remember our earlier definition of evil: the lack (or privation) of a good that should exist in a thing. Here’s a good example of a physical evil: the painting the Mona Lisa is good, but a knife mark left by a vandal would be an... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love #22

February 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, John of the Cross

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A bird caught in birdlime has a twofold task: It must free itself and cleanse itself. And by satisfying their appetites, people suffer in a twofold way: They must detach themselves and, after being detached, clean themselves of what has clung to them. Saint John of the Cross More “Sayings of Light and Love” About Dan BurkeDan is the founder of Catholic Spiritual Direction, the Avila Institute... Read More

The Mystery of the Priesthood

February 17, 2014 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Featured, Prayer, Vocations

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Because I work at a seminary, I have gotten to know quite a few priests over the years. Many of them have become good friends. Some have left the ministry for one reason or another. All of them have grappled with the meaning of their unique vocation. Simone Weil explained that we do not know anything without suffering. Suffering is the price of true knowledge. I think this is true to the extent that... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love #14

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God values in you the inclination to dryness and suffering for love of him more than all the consolations, spiritual visions, and meditations you could possibly have. 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... Read More

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