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Prayer and Purgatory: Thresholds to Glory

November 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Featured, Last Things, Prayer, Purgatory

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Prayer and Purgatory: Thresholds to Glory Purgatory and prayer are both the thresholds to Glory.   In both cases, the disciple of the Lord receives purification to live life to the full, to be free, to stand before God and, finally, to see his face.   If we are not purified, healed, strengthened and taught how to love, we are not ready for such glory.   Prayer is better than purgatory when it comes to this work of grace.... 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, and all kings shall serve... Read More

Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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The Presentation of the 
Blessed Virgin Mary November 21st Presence of God – O Mary, present my offering and my life to Our Lord. MEDITATION Although Holy Scripture does not tell us anything about the presentation of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple, this belief is based upon evidence authorized by a very ancient Christian tradition, and the Church has given it official recognition by making it the object of... Read More

Consolation and Abandonment

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Consolation and Abandonment Presence of God – Into Your hands, O Lord, I abandon myself with all confidence. MEDITATION “There are many who desire to make progress [in the spiritual way] and constantly entreat God to draw them and let them advance to this state of perfection [the state of union], but when it pleases God to begin to bring them through the first trials and mortifications, as is necessary, they are unwilling to... Read More

Are Sexual Sins the Worst Ones?

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Are Sexual Sins the Worst Ones? In 24 years I’ve seen a lot of clients, mostly Catholic and Christian. And because I am a specifically Catholic therapist (i.e. I integrate the faith into the process and follow the teachings of the Church), many of the clients I see will discuss their troubles not only from a psychological point of view but from a spiritual perspective as well. Many seek therapy because they are troubled by past... Read More

Preparing Our Hearts for the Coming King – Advent Preparation

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I don’t know about you, but I have allowed far too many an Advent season to pass me by with far too little devotion. For decades St. Joseph knocked at my door, offering the opportunity to allow the Messiah to be born anew in my heart. I am sad to say that prior to this past decade of my life as a Catholic, there was far too little room at the Inn of my heart. I am also grateful to say that since becoming Catholic, the room for... Read More

Pope Francis is Coming to the United States – Confirmed for 2015!

November 17, 2014 by  
Filed under Featured, Pope

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Dear Friends, It is with great joy that I announce the confirmation that our Holy Father Pope Francis will be coming to the United States in 2015. As readers of SpiritualDirection.com you all know the power of prayer. Please join with me in prayer for the protection of the Pope during his visit and that the Holy Spirit will pour out blessings upon the Church in the United States that will lead us to a deep renewal of faith. Please... Read More

Partners with God: The Lull of Mediocrity (Part II of II)

November 17, 2014 by  
Filed under Featured, Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Life

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Dear Father John, if we are supposed to be partners with God, why do I feel like I have to do so much of the work?  My husband gets by with doing next to nothing.  I have a sense that neither of us is right and we need to find some balance. Can you help? …as I mentioned in our last post, different personalities tend to react to [the] truth about our partnership with God in different ways. If carried to the extreme,... Read More

A Mystical Encounter with God

November 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Featured, Mysticism, Private Revelation, Resources

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Mystical encounters abound, but they are not always from God. The Church takes these experiences seriously and thus provides guidelines for our discernment. Sometimes the Church rules in a definitive way regarding their validity, but often there is no ruling or no need for one. In my own life, I have encountered a number of mystics, some of whom I perceived to be authentic and others of whom I perceived to be false mystics. False... Read More

The Night of the Spirit

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The Night of the Spirit Presence of God  – Pour forth, O Lord, into my soul greater love and greater courage, that I may willingly accept Your purifying action. MEDITATION The difficult and bitter purification called the night of the spirit is necessary to extirpate the roots of imperfect habits. The purification of the soul begins with the night of sense, which, by putting the soul into obscurity and depriving it of all sensible... Read More

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