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Catholic Spiritual Direction

Sayings of Light and Love #40

April 8, 2014 by  
Filed under Humility, John of the Cross

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What you most seek and desire you will not find by this way of yours, nor through high contemplation, but in much humility and submission of heart. St. 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 the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God.... Read More

True Glory

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✞ Presence of God – O Jesus, who, for love of me, accepted the disgrace of death on the Cross, teach me what true glory is, and grant that for love of You I may learn how to overcome my desire for honor. MEDITATION St. Teresa of Jesus declares, “However slight may be our concern for our reputation,” if we “wish to make progress in spiritual matters,” we must “put this attachment right behind us,” for “if questions... Read More

Not Excusing Oneself

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✞ Presence of God – O Jesus, who willed to be silent before him who condemned You to death, teach me the art of not excusing myself. MEDITATION In any failure, fault, or personal error, our ego instinctively tries to excuse itself. It is the tactic of pride—which is not willing to admit its mistakes and schemes—to hide them under more or less false pretexts, always finding some way to blame them on other people or on circumstances.... Read More

To Be Hidden From Myself

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✞ To Be Hidden from Myself Presence of God– O Jesus, totally consecrated to the glory of the Father through complete forgetfullness of Yourself, teach me how to forget myself. MEDITATION In order to enter the fullness of the hidden life, it is not enough to hide oneself from the attention of others; we must also hide from ourselves, that is, forget ourselves, avoiding all excessive concern about ourselves. We can be preoccupied... Read More

The Lowest Place

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✞ Presence of God– O Jesus, You who said, “The Son of man is not come to be ministered unto, but to minister” (Mt 20:28), teach me to love the lowest place. MEDITATION Jesus has proved to us not only in words, but also by example, that He came not to be ministered unto but to minister. This example He gave on the eve of His Passion, as if to leave it to us as a testament, together with His last and most precious instructions.... Read More

Humiliations

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✞ Presence of God – O Jesus, humbled to abjection for me, teach me to humble myself for love of You. MEDITATION Many souls would like to be humble, but few desire humiliation; many ask God to make them humble and fervently pray for this, but very few want to be humiliated. Yet it is impossible to gain humility without humiliations; for just as studying is the way to acquire knowledge, so it is by the way of humiliation that... Read More

Humility

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✞ Presence of God – O Jesus, You who were so humiliated for us, teach me how to practice true humility. MEDITATION Charity is the essence of Christian perfection, for charity alone has the power to unite man to God, his last end. But for us poor, miserable creatures, whom God wishes to raise to union with Himself, is charity the ultimate basis of the spiritual life? No. There is something deeper still which is, so to speak,... Read More

The rule of three in the battle against sin

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Dear Dan, I am struggling with a recurring problem with anger that I can’t seem to overcome. I have read books, tried to understand how it surfaces in me, prayed fervently (I am living in a state of grace outside of this problem). But I seem to be making no progress. I am very very very very very very very very frustrated. After years of observing intelligent, capable, and committed people work to solve recurring challenges... Read More

Humility: The Cement of the Life-giving Virtues!

July 27, 2013 by  
Filed under Humility, Mary Kaufmann, Virtue

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I sat convicted as I read a section from “Of the Virtues and the Vices” by Venerable Concepción Cabrera (1862-1937). Venerable Concepción recorded these insights or living insights from Jesus in her journal over six months as she sat at the bedside of her daughter, who was seriously ill. The Lord imparted to Concepción that “The greater number of souls are sleeping caught in a very fine web of spiritual pride.... Read More

Praying in Humility and Mercy

April 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Conversion, Divine Mercy, Humility, Prayer

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Is it possible to pray out of misery without falling into self-pity?   The question, posed by one of our readers, indicates a grave evil confronted in prayer.   Misery is the demeaning absence of God’s love, a love we have rejected.  Without the love God created us to know, we are restless and in our restlessness we are inclined to mistake our own bloated egos for God.  The gravity of such self-occupation is a perilous... Read More

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