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Catholic Spiritual Direction

Self-Forgetfulness and Abnegation

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Self-forgetfulness and Abnegation Presence of God – O Lord, You who give Yourself to us even to becoming our food, teach me to give myself to souls even unto total forgetfulness of myself. MEDITATION Another condition necessary for making our activity holy is “generous forgetfulness and abnegation of self” (Pius XII); what is more, without forgetfullness of self, it would be impossible to have rectitude of intention. Many... Read More

Emotional and Spiritual Maturity: What’s the difference? (Part II of II)

October 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Allison Ricciardi, Counseling/Therapy, Featured

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What’s the Difference Between Emotional and Spiritual Maturity? Part II of II In part I, we looked at the differences between emotional and spiritual maturity.  Today, we will look at a follow-on question. The next question naturally flows from this: Can someone who is immature emotionally attain spiritual maturity and perfection? The answer to that is yes, no and maybe. Since maturity refers to a stage that is commensurate... Read More

The Yoga Trajectory: From the Body to the Infinite (Part IV)

October 28, 2014 by  
Filed under Featured, Fr. Sullivan, New Age, Yoga

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The Yoga Trajectory: From the Body to the Infinite (Part IV) In the first post we discussed “What is Yoga?” In part two we learned about the polytheistic, Hindu roots of Yoga. And, in the third installment we saw that philosophic Yoga teaches that the goal of Yoga is union with a Supreme Reality, that is, it leads the practitioner to become dissolved into a “higher reality.” Once a person perfects her Yoga practice,... Read More

Lasting Effects on a Soul? Religious Life vs Priesthood or Marriage (Part I of II)

October 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Featured, Fr. Bartunek, Religious Life, Sacraments, Vocations

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Dear Father John, in The Foundations of Religious Life: Revisiting the Vision by the council of Major Superiors of Women Religious I came across something I was hoping someone could possibly shed a bit more light on. I’m aware that this is a conversation that may not have yet taken place in any official form. On pages 32-33 in speaking on the public vows of consecrated religious it is stated: “Perpetual profession creates... Read More

Otherworldly Series

October 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Death and Dying, Featured, Last Things, Trent Beattie

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Otherworldly Series Baseball Coach Rich Donnelly Shows You Can Go Home Again Editor’s Note:  If you’ve ever doubted the connection between souls in the Church Militant (that’s us) and souls in the next life, read and doubt no more… Baseball coach Rich Donnelly has a World Series story that is out of this world. Rich Donnelly’s daughter Amy had passed away four years before his trip to the World Series... Read More

The Paradox of Holiness and Communion

October 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Communion, Featured, Holiness, Prayer

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The Paradox of Holiness and Communion To be holy is to be set apart. To be in communion is to be in solidarity with one another.  Prayer both sets us apart and establishes us in a deeper communion. It is a paradox. Although this mystery is not completely solvable, one hint is the relational dimension of prayer. It is ordered to a real friendship with the all holy God. In asserting this, the paradox in question can never be simply... Read More

Spiritual Warfare – Book Picks

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Because we are quickly rolling up on Halloween and the time of year when our culture is focused on the world of the spirits, I thought it would be fitting to turn our hearts to something holy and good – spiritual warfare. Before I reveal the book recommendations I wanted to also let you know that the Avila Institute School of Spiritual Formation will offer an upcoming course on this topic called “Angels and Demons.”... Read More

Emotional and Spiritual Maturity: What’s the difference? (Part I of II)

October 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Allison Ricciardi, Counseling/Therapy, Featured

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What’s the Difference Between Emotional and Spiritual Maturity? Part I of II What’s the difference between emotional and spiritual maturity? That’s an interesting question and one that I think warrants definition. As a therapist, I deal with the emotional life of my clients and how those emotions intersect and interact with their thought life. As a specifically Catholic therapist there’s an added dimension of integrating... Read More

New Day, New Blessings

October 21, 2014 by  
Filed under Examen, Featured, Fr. Najim, Spiritual Direction

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To say that I love being a high school chaplain is an understatement.  As I walk the halls of La Salle Academy, I’m often reminded of the verse from Psalm 16, “He has put into my heart a marvelous love for the faithful ones who dwell in his land.”  I truly love the students that the Lord has entrusted to my spiritual care. As a “father” to the students, I often challenge them to think and act differently.  So, for... Read More

Loving with Everything We’ve Got

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Dear Father John,  you’ve written about seeking first the kingdom of God.  What does that really mean? It Means Loving with Everything We’ve Got! Seeking something involves knowing about it, wanting it, and going out to take possession of it. These three activities correspond to the three basic powers of the human soul: the mind, which knows and understands; the emotions, which feel attraction and repulsion; and... Read More

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