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Blind Obedience

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✞ Presence of God – O Jesus, who out of love for me were willing to submit to Your own creatures, teach me to obey blindly. MEDITATION When we see God in our superior we obey without argument or futile reasoning and with no delay: Christus jubet, sufficit, Christ commands, that is enough. What more do I want, when I know that the orders of my superior are those of God Himself? Even if the thing... Read More

Conversion

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Presence of God – O Lord, You have created me for Yourself; grant that, with all my strength, I may tend toward You, my last end. ✞ MEDITATION In…Ezekiel 34:11-16, we read: “For thus saith the Lord God: Behold I Myself will seek My sheep, and will visit them … and will deliver them out of all the places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day…. I will bring them to... Read More

Entering Into Prayer

March 8, 2014 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Featured, Prayer

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For those struggling to pray, one challenge in prayer is entering into silence. It seems the moment one goes into a chapel or room or some other private place, a thousand thoughts and feelings suddenly flow. Sometimes, in fact, it is to find some relief from particularly painful feelings or haunting thoughts that we find ourselves driven to prayer. Whatever the case, it can happen that the psychological... Read More

Called to Holiness (Part II of II)

December 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Ralph Martin

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In part I, we examined what the universal call to holiness means, generally speaking.  In today’s post, we will look at what Blessed John Paul II specifically says about the call to holiness, training in holiness and why this turn to holiness of life and depth in prayer is important. John Paul II goes on to call the parishes of the third millennium to become schools of prayer and places where... Read More

Called to Holiness (Part I of II)

December 28, 2013 by  
Filed under Ralph Martin

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Jesus summed up His teaching in a startling and unambiguous call to His followers: “You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Mt. 5:48). Perfect in purity of heart, perfect in compassion and love, perfect in obedience, perfect in conformity to the will of the Father, perfect in holiness-when we hear these words, we can be understandably tempted to discouragement, thinking... Read More

Should we be Afraid of the Devil?

November 14, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Fortea

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Q.  Father Fortea, should we be afraid of the devil? A.  The devil strives to do all the evil that he can, especially by tempting us to turn away from God through sin. If he could do more evil, he would. If a person prays the Rosary daily and asks God to protect him from all the snares of the Evil One, he has nothing to fear. The power of God is infinite; that of the devil is not. God, through His... Read More

The Lost Sense of Sin-Filling in Catechetical Gaps with the Wisdom of the Saints (II/II)

November 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Overcoming/Fighting, Ralph Martin, Sin

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In Part I, we looked at how gaps in catechetical instruction have led to deficiencies in the way we understand our faith, how we can learn from the Doctors of the Church, specifically what St. Teresa of Avila teaches regarding carelessness about sin.  In Part II, we will see what St. Teresa of Avila says about the failure to avoid the near occasions of sin, and the danger of self-reliance.   Not... Read More

The Lost Sense of Sin – Filling in Catechetical Gaps with the Wisdom of the Saints (I/II)

November 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Overcoming/Fighting, Ralph Martin, Sin

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The Faith Understood Anyone familiar with Catholics United for the Faith (CU F) knows the valuable work it has done in analyzing catechetical texts. For many years, CU F was a voice “crying out in the wilderness.” Its work of prophetic witness and careful analysis was vindicated when the U.S. bishops’ committee set up to evaluate catechetical texts found that the vast majority of texts in use... Read More

What is the “Prayer of Simplicity”? (Part II of III)

November 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Contemplation, Fr. Bartunek, Prayer

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…a reader asks: Q: Dear Father John, I’ve heard that the prayer of simplicity is a kind of a bridge from meditation to contemplation. Can you help me to understand what this experience of prayer might be and how one might know that God is leading them down that path? In Part I, we discussed mental prayer in general, meditative mental prayer and the unity underneath the various prayer methods. ... 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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