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Dryness in Prayer – God’s Part in the Struggle (Part III of III)

April 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Aridity or Dryness, Fr. Bartunek, Prayer

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Editor’s Note:  In Part I, we talked about what is going on with dryness in prayer.  In the second installment of this series, we addressed our part in the struggle.  Today, we will look at God’s part in the struggle. A reader asks: Dear Father John, I have been praying (mental prayer) for a long time.  But lately I seem to be experiencing dryness in my prayer – I just don’t... Read More

Dryness in Prayer – Our Part in the Struggle (Part II of III)

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Editor’s Note:  In Part I, we talked about what is going on with dryness or aridity in prayer.  Today, we will look at our part in the struggle. A reader asks: Dear Father John, I have been praying (mental prayer) for a long time.  But lately I seem to be experiencing dryness in my prayer – I just don’t seem to get as much out of it as I used to.  Is this the “dark night... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love #39

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My spirit has become dry because it forgets to feed on you. St. John of the Cross More “Sayings of Light and Love” About Dan BurkeDan is the founder of Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction and author of the award winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God. Beyond his “contagious” love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father... Read More

Dryness in Prayer – What is going on? (Part I of III)

March 31, 2014 by  
Filed under Aridity or Dryness, Fr. Bartunek, Prayer

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Q: Dear Father John, I have been praying (mental prayer) for a long time.  But lately I seem to be experiencing dryness in my prayer – I just don’t seem to get as much out of it as I used to.  Is it the “dark night of the soul”?  If not, what’s going on, and what should I do? A: The Catechism (#2731) mentions dryness as one of the most common obstacles to prayer. ... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love #19

February 20, 2014 by  
Filed under Aridity, Dan Burke, John of the Cross

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The soul that in aridity and trial submits to the dictates of reason is more pleasing to God than one that does everything with consolation, yet fails in this submission. Saint John of the Cross More “Sayings of Light and Love” About Dan BurkeDan is the founder of Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction and author of the award winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and... Read More

What to do about a Cold Spiritual Life and Dried-Up Prayer Life

November 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Aridity, Featured, Mary Kaufmann, Prayer

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Often when we grow in prayerfulness, the Lord purifies our intentions and asks us to pray even when we do not have feelings or get much response back. Something else to ask ourselves in times like these is if we have fallen into the habit of some small hidden sins or imperfections. While these are not mortal, they can zap our spiritual vitality. Have you ever been walking around with a sinus infection?... Read More

Blessed Mother Teresa’s “Dark Night” (Part II of II)

November 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Aridity, Dark Night, Featured

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In part I, we discussed what Blessed Mother Teresa’s dark night meant for her and what it means for us, the depth of her holiness, and how her dark night was different than what St. John of Cross describes.  Today we will talk about her spiritual formation and how to identify the roots of spiritual aridity. The Formation of a Saint The Lord knew that the remarkable mission Mother Teresa was... Read More

Blessed Mother Teresa’s “Dark Night” (Part I of II)

November 19, 2013 by  
Filed under Aridity, Dark Night, Featured, Ralph Martin

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What did it mean for her? What does it mean for us? Even though Mother Teresa’s experience of spiritual “darkness” has been known for several years, the full publication of her private letters in Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light—The Private Writings of the “Saint of Calcutta” drew worldwide media coverage [a few years ago]. TIME Magazine did a cover story on it, prominent articles appeared... Read More

When the Walk Becomes Sluggish

November 5, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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An Introduction to the Devout Life (Week 2 of 14) All the children of Israel actually departed from Egypt, but they did not all depart heartily, wherefore in the desert some of them regretted the flesh, the melons, the leeks, and onions of Egypt (Numb. xi). And so some penitents, though they forsake sin outwardly, do not forsake the love of sin; that is to say, they resolve to sin no more, but it is... Read More

Who can I Trust?

November 4, 2013 by  
Filed under Can I Trust?, Dan Burke, Spiritual Direction

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About a decade before I converted to Catholicism, I was struggling with aridity. Former protestants can attest to the fact that there is little help in protestantism for this or any other significant malady in the realm of spiritual progress. So, I began searching, and I stumbled across a priest who had written on the topic. This priest provided me with the wisdom I needed — wisdom the Holy Spirit... Read More

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