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The Joy of the Gospel

July 5, 2014 by  
Filed under Featured, Fr. Najim, Prayer, Silence

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Editor’s Note:  We are again most grateful to Father Michael Najim for sharing this short video with us about the Joy of the Gospel.  Although originally posted in January on his blog LiveHoliness.com, it is timeless counsel.   The Joy of the Gospel from Father Michael Najim on Vimeo. About Fr. Michael NajimFr. Michael Najim is a priest of the Diocese of Providence. He is the Director of Spiritual Formation at... Read More

Hearing the Call of the Bridegroom

December 21, 2013 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Featured, Prayer, Silence

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“Let me see you, let me hear your voice.” These final days of Advent lift our hearts to the coming of Christ and are meant to move us to pray. How can we not make prayer part of our lives when we consider what it means that the Word of the Father came in history and what it means that Jesus continues to come to us in mystery? To help us feel this in our souls, to help us raise our hearts before this great truth, to... Read More

The Devil’s War on Silence

October 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Featured, Silence, Spiritual Warfare

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There are key strategies of indirect attack that the enemy of our souls uses to significantly disrupt our spiritual progress. One is the corruption of human sexuality. As the analogy of holy spousal love is one of the most effective in understanding divine intimacy, the enemy desires to corrupt human sexuality in order to further obscure what it means to understand the possibilities of union with God. Similarly, there is another... Read More

Catechism – Contemplative Prayer – 2717

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Contemplative Prayer — Catechism Paragraph 2717 Contemplative prayer is silence, the “symbol of the world to come” or “silent love.” Words in this kind of prayer are not speeches; they are like kindling that feeds the fire of love. In this silence, unbearable to the “outer” man, the Father speaks to us his incarnate Word, who suffered, died, and rose; in this silence the Spirit of adoption... Read More

Too much talking during Adoration… What is the purpose of a litany anyway? – Part I of II

December 2, 2010 by  
Filed under Adoration, Fr. Bartunek, Litanies, Prayer, Silence

Dear Father John, I went to Adoration this morning with my prayer group.  There weren’t too many of us, but I always have a feeling that there is too much talking during our Adoration, and I just don’t get the “purpose” of a “litany” (which we pray together during Adoration).  Each time I hear a litany, repeating the same sentence 2 or 3 times gives me feeling of being brain washed.  I don’t see any love coming... Read More

Self-knowledge and the spiritual life-Part III of III: Sacred Silence

August 17, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Self Knowledge, Silence, Spiritual Life

Editor’s note:  In part two, we discussed how silence is important to self-knowledge. What is sacred silence? There are many scripture passages that convey important elements of a true God-ward silence. One that is sublimely concise is Psalm 46:10: Be still, and know that I am God This passage clearly reveals the type of silence necessary for a God-ward self-knowledge. First, we have the purpose of silence, to know and acknowledge... Read More

Self-knowledge and the Spiritual Life – Part II of III

July 31, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Self Knowledge, Silence

In Part I of this series we discussed the problem of spiritual delusion and darkness as a consequence of the lack of a God-ward self-knowledge. The purpose of this awareness is simply this: To reveal the sin(s) that hinder our relationship with God and that keep us from the fullness of God’s person, love, and provision for us in this life and the life to come. As well, we desire to respond to this great love by a life of... Read More