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Catholic Spiritual Direction

Skills for the Contemplative Disciple: Seasons of the Soul (Part II of III)

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Skills for the Contemplative Disciple: Seasons of the Soul! (Part II of III)   Susan came for spiritual direction for the first time, after experiencing a spiritual awakening. When she prayed, God was richly present to her. She secretly wondered why other people struggled to pray. Brian, an awakened disciple for some time, yearned for the consolation of God in prayer. Periodically, God seemed close while at other times miles... Read More

Seeking God in Prayer

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Seeking God in Prayer Presence of God – I leave all my duties and all earthly cares, to recollect myself in the little heaven of my soul, to place myself in intimate contact with God. MEDITATION “When thou shalt pray, enter into thy chamber, and having shut the door, pray to thy Father in secret” (Mt 6:6). Exterior solitude, withdrawing physically from the noise, from the occupations and preoccupations of this world is a... Read More

God Turns Sinners into Saints

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God turns Sinners into Saints Sometimes my mind is too tired or distracted to engage in detailed meditations during prayer time. I look for a simple image to focus on that will bring me into God’s presence and still my scattered thoughts. One of my favorite images is fire. I can easily imagine red flames in the dark. I think of the flames as God’s love, burning away my sins and attachments as I submit to Him. The other... Read More

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

Offering More Than One Mass For the Deceased

November 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Death and Dying, Fr. Bartunek, Mass

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Offering more than one Mass for the deceased Dear Father John, we have Mass said for the repose of a soul during their funeral. The Eucharist itself is said to be infinitely valuable and thus there is no greater value to offer to God. Why do we follow this with additional Masses particularly on the anniversary of the death of the individual given we cannot add to the value of the Mass? It also shows in the form of having novenas... 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

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

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