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Catholic Spiritual Direction

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

Rosary on the Headboard — Poetry from Donna Sue Berry

October 17, 2014 by  
Filed under Donna Sue Berry, Featured, Poetry, Prayer, Rosary

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Rosary on the Headboard I stumbled through my daily grind Right up until midnight, Then fell in bed without my prayers; I knew it wasn’t right. So tired I was, almost asleep, But thoughts kept waking me, To rise and pray a rosary Upon my bended knees. But my rosary beads were knotted Around my headboard rail, And tired attempts to pull them down Ended to no avail. Our Lady knows how tired I am, Was my last waking thought. Should... Read More

God’s Collaborators

October 16, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Featured

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God’s Collaborators Presence of God – Take me, O Lord, and make me worthy of collaborating with You in the work of extending Your kingdom. MEDITATION St. Paul, speaking of the work of the apostolate, says: “Dei sumus adjutores” (1 Cor 3:9); we are God’s coadjutors, collaborators with Him. The apostolate, therefore, is not merely a personal activity, the more or less praiseworthy result of our own resources and initiatives;... 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 it Into Perspective Several... 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]. It could likewise be the theme... Read More

Fatima and the Miracle of the Sun

October 13, 2014 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Featured, Mary, Pilgrimage

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FATIMA AND THE MIRACLE OF THE SUN Today is the 97th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun, which occurred at Fatima in Portugal at the culmination of the Virgin Mary’s apparitions at the Cova da Iria to three little shepherd children—Lucia dos Santos and her cousins, Francisco and Jacinta Marto. For those not familiar with the history of the Marian apparitions at Fatima, I encourage you to read a blog post I wrote about the... Read More

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