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Catholic Spiritual Direction

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

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

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

Apostolic Immolation

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Apostolic Immolation Presence of God– O Jesus, immolated for my salvation, make me worthy to immolate myself with You for the salvation of souls. MEDITATION Apostolic prayer must be accompanied by sacrifice, as we learn from the prayer which Jesus made to His Father in the Garden of Olives and on the Cross. Love should urge those who pray to “active sacrifice which does not allow them to rest calmly in prayer as long as pain... 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

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

My Message from Heaven to Stay Awake and Pray the Rosary

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Editor’s Note:  October is the month dedicated to the rosary.  This month we are pleased to offer you two posts which may give you a better appreciation for the rosary.  Today, read how Patti Maguire Armstrong came to be instructed on how important it is to pray the rosary. My Message from Heaven to Stay Awake and Pray the Rosary       I learned to pray the rosary in 1989 while in my early thirties. I vowed to say it... Read More

Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary

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Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary Blessed Virgin Mary of the Rosary Presence of God– O most holy Virgin, may the Rosary be my spiritual armor and my school of virtue. MEDITATION Today’s feast is a manifestation of gratitude for the great victories won by the Christian people through the power of Mary’s Rosary; it is also the most beautiful and authoritative testimony of the value of this prayer. The liturgy of the day is... Read More

Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

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Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels, October 2nd “He has given his angels charge over you to guard you in all your ways‘ [Psalm 91:11]. These words should fill you with respect, inspire devotion and instill confidence; respect for the presence of angels, devotion because of their loving service, and confidence because of their protection.  And so the angels are here; they are at your side, they are with you, present... Read More

Frustrated with my prayer life – I am stuck!

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Dear Catholic Spiritual Direction Family, Many people feel a profound frustration with their inability to pray, to grow spiritually, to know and experience the Love of God in their lives. If you feel this way, or even if you just experience a kind of flat existence instead of a dynamic and joyful relationship with God, there are answers. Jesus said, in the Gospel of John, “The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy, but I came... Read More

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