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

April 14, 2014 by  
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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

Sayings of Light and Love #33

March 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, John of the Cross

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I didn’t know you, my Lord, because I still desired to know and relish things. 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 the Journey to God. Beyond his “contagious” love for Jesus and His Church, he... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love #32

March 21, 2014 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, John of the Cross

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If you lose an opportunity you will be like one who lets the bird fly away; you will never get it back. 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 the Journey to God. Beyond his “contagious” love for Jesus... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love #31

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

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O good Jesus, if you do not soften it [the hardened soul], it will ever continue in its natural hardness. 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 the Journey to God. Beyond his “contagious” love for Jesus... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love #28

March 13, 2014 by  
Filed under John of the Cross, Meditations, Prayer

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The very pure spirit does not bother about the regard of others or human respect, but communes inwardly with God, alone and in solitude as to all forms, and with delightful tranquility, for the knowledge of God is received in divine silence. 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... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love #26

March 7, 2014 by  
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Prayer of a Soul Taken with Love “Lord God, my Beloved, if you still remember my sins in such a way that you do not do what I beg of you, do your will concerning them, my God, which is what I most desire, and exercise your goodness and mercy, and you will be known through them.  And if you are waiting for my good works so as to hear my prayer through their means, grant them to me, and work them... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love #25

March 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, John of the Cross

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Withdraw from creatures if you desire to preserve, clear and simple in your soul, the image of God. Empty your spirit and withdraw far from them and you will walk in divine lights, for God is not like creatures. 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... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love #24

March 1, 2014 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, John of the Cross

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The fly that clings to honey hinders its flight, and the soul that allows itself attachment to spiritual sweetness hinders its own liberty and contemplation. 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 the Journey... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love #23

February 28, 2014 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, John of the Cross

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Those who do not allow their appetites to carry them away will soar in their spirit as swiftly as the bird that lacks no feathers. 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 the Journey to God. Beyond his “contagious”... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love #22

February 27, 2014 by  
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A bird caught in birdlime has a twofold task: It must free itself and cleanse itself. And by satisfying their appetites, people suffer in a twofold way: They must detach themselves and, after being detached, clean themselves of what has clung to them. Saint John of the Cross More “Sayings of Light and Love” About Dan BurkeDan is the founder of Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction and author... Read More

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