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Catholic Spiritual Direction

Learning to Let Go

March 23, 2014 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, God's Will, Prayer

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I am a list-maker, an excessive post-it user, an organizational app connoisseur. I love the stability that organization provides. It’s really the only way I can keep track of all of my commitments. This aspect of my personality, although wonderful for an ordered, balanced secular life, creates little stumbling blocks for me in my spiritual life. Learning to “let go and let God” is a constant struggle for me,... Read More

Catechism – Vocal Prayer – 2704

August 12, 2012 by  
Filed under Catechism, Dan Burke, Prayer, Prayer, Vocal

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Vocal Prayer — Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraph 2704 Because it is external and so thoroughly human, vocal prayer is the form of prayer most readily accessible to groups. Even interior prayer, however, cannot neglect vocal prayer. Prayer is internalized to the extent that we become aware of him “to whom we speak;”4 Thus vocal prayer becomes an initial form of contemplative prayer.   4  St. Teresa... Read More

What is prayer? – Compendium – 534

June 30, 2012 by  
Filed under Compendium, Dan Burke, Prayer, Prayer

What is prayer? – Compendium – 534

What is Prayer?  –  Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraph 534 Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God, or the petition of good things from Him in accord with His will. It is always the gift of God who comes to encounter man. Christian prayer is the personal and living relationship of the Children of God with their Father who is infinitely good, with His Son Jesus Christ, and with... Read More

Catechism – Contemplative Prayer – 2719

June 14, 2012 by  
Filed under Catechism, Contemplation, Dan Burke, Mental Prayer, Prayer, Prayer

Catechism – Contemplative Prayer – 2719

Contemplative Prayer — Catechism Paragraph 2719 Contemplative prayer is a communion of love bearing Life for the multitude, to the extent that it consents to abide in the night of faith. The Paschal night of the Resurrection passes through the night of the agony and the tomb – the three intense moments of the Hour of Jesus which his Spirit (and not “the flesh [which] is weak”) brings to life in prayer. We... Read More

Catechism – Contemplative Prayer – 2718

June 7, 2012 by  
Filed under Catechism, Contemplation, Dan Burke, Mental Prayer, Prayer, Prayer

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Contemplative Prayer — Catechism Paragraph 1718 Contemplative prayer is a union with the prayer of Christ insofar as it makes us participate in his mystery. The mystery of Christ is celebrated by the Church in the Eucharist, and the Holy Spirit makes it come alive in contemplative prayer so that our charity will manifest it in our acts. About Dan BurkeDan is the founder of Catholic Spiritual Direction, the Avila Institute... Read More

Catechism – Contemplative Prayer – 2717

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Contemplative Prayer — Catechism Paragraph 2717 Contemplative prayer is silence, the “symbol of the world to come” or “silent love.” Words in this kind of prayer are not speeches; they are like kindling that feeds the fire of love. In this silence, unbearable to the “outer” man, the Father speaks to us his incarnate Word, who suffered, died, and rose; in this silence the Spirit of adoption... Read More

Catechism – Contemplative Prayer – 2716

May 24, 2012 by  
Filed under Catechism, Contemplation, Dan Burke, Mental Prayer, Prayer, Prayer

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Contemplative Prayer — Catechism Paragraph 2716 Contemplative prayer is hearing the Word of God. Far from being passive, such attentiveness is the obedience of faith, the unconditional acceptance of a servant, and the loving commitment of a child. It participates in the “Yes” of the Son become servant and the Fiat of God’s lowly handmaid. About Dan BurkeDan is the founder of Catholic Spiritual Direction,... Read More

Catechism – Contemplative Prayer – 2715

May 17, 2012 by  
Filed under Catechism, Contemplation, Dan Burke, Prayer, Prayer

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Contemplative Prayer — Catechism Paragraph 2715 Contemplation is a gaze of faith, fixed on Jesus. “I look at him and he looks at me”: this is what a certain peasant of Ars in the time of his holy curé used to say while praying before the tabernacle. This focus on Jesus is a renunciation of self. His gaze purifies our heart; the light of the countenance of Jesus illumines the eyes of our heart and teaches us to... Read More

Catechism – Contemplative Prayer – 2714

May 10, 2012 by  
Filed under Catechism, Contemplation, Dan Burke, Prayer, Prayer

Catechism – Contemplative Prayer – 2714

Contemplative Prayer — Catechism Paragraph 2714 Contemplative prayer is also the pre-eminently intense time of prayer. In it the Father strengthens our inner being with power through his Spirit “that Christ may dwell in [our] hearts through faith” and we may be “grounded in love.” About Dan BurkeDan is the founder of Catholic Spiritual Direction, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, and author... Read More

Catechism – Contemplative Prayer – 2713

May 3, 2012 by  
Filed under Catechism, Contemplation, Dan Burke, Prayer, Prayer

Catechism – Contemplative Prayer – 2713

Contemplative Prayer — Catechism Paragraph 2713 Contemplative prayer is the simplest expression of the mystery of prayer. It is a gift, a grace; it can be accepted only in humility and poverty. Contemplative prayer is a covenant relationship established by God within our hearts. Contemplative prayer is a communion in which the Holy Trinity conforms man, the image of God, “to his likeness.” About Dan BurkeDan... Read More

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