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What constitutes grave sin? How can I know if it is ok to receive the Eucharist?

August 22, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mortal, Sin

Q: I was told that receiving the sacrament of the Eucharist while in a state of grave sin is a grave sin in itself. I’m constantly worried about whether I am allowed to receive Communion at Mass, and I do make sure I go to confession monthly (or more often). My question is this: How grave must a sin be to have to abstain from the Eucharist? A group of us have discussed this and we got to the idea that you can receive communion... Read More

I am confused about the definition of contemplation, can you help me understand?

August 22, 2011 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Contemplation, Prayer, Sr. Laudis

Q: Dear Sister Carmen, after reading some modern writers and Saint Teresa of Avila I am confused about contemplation. It seems like there is some confusion or lack of concern about definitions. When I read one writer it sounds like contemplation is something I can get to by following a series of steps (breath, sit, repeat) and then when I read St. Teresa she seems to be talking about something completely different. Can you help... Read More