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Mental Prayer – Spiritual Dictionary

December 20, 2013 by  
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MENTAL PRAYER: The form of prayer in which the sentiments expressed are one’s own and not those of another person, and the expression of these sentiments is mainly, if not entirely, interior and not externalized (e.g. not vocalized).  Mental prayer is accomplished by internal acts of the mind and affections that are a loving and discursive (reflective) consideration of religious truths or some mystery of faith.  In mental... Read More

Infused Contemplation – Spiritual Dictionary

December 19, 2013 by  
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INFUSED CONTEMPLATION: An infused supernatural gift, that originates completely outside of our will or ability, by which a person becomes freely absorbed in God producing a real awareness, desire, and love for Him. This often gentle or delightful and sometimes non-sensible encounter can yield special insights into things of the spirit and results in a deeper and tangible desire to love God and neighbor in thought, word, and deed.... Read More

Affective Meditation – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

December 14, 2013 by  
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AFFECTIVE MEDITATION: Often the result of discursive meditation, affective prayer occurs when the heart and mind are engaged, with and beyond the intellect, with the object of the meditation. This Spiritual Dictionary Term is an excerpt from the Glossary of Dan’s book Navigating the Interior Life – Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God. To learn more, click here About Dan BurkeDan is the founder of Roman Catholic... Read More

Meditation – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

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MEDITATION: Reflective prayer.  It is that form of mental prayer in which the mind, in God’s presence, thinks about God and divine things.  While the affections may also be active, the stress in meditation is on the role of the intellect.  Hence this is also called discursive mental prayer.  The objects of meditation are mainly three: mysteries of faith; a person’s better knowledge of what God wants him or her to... Read More

Mysticism – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

December 12, 2013 by  
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MYSTICISM: The supernatural state of soul in which God is known in a way that no human effort or exertion could ever succeed in producing. There is an immediate, personal experience of God that is truly extraordinary, not only in intensity and degree, but in kind.  It is always the result of a special, totally unmerited grace of God.  Christian mysticism differs essentially from the non-Christian mysticism of the Oriental world.... Read More

Penance – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

December 7, 2013 by  
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PENANCE: The virtue or disposition of heart by which one repents of one’s own sins and is converted to God. Also the punishment by which one atones for sins committed, either by oneself or by others. And finally the sacrament of penance, where confessed sins committed after baptism are absolved by a priest in the name of God. This Spiritual Dictionary Term is an excerpt from the Glossary of Dan’s book Navigating the Interior... Read More

Movement – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

December 6, 2013 by  
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MOVEMENT: An Ecclesial organization with canonical recognition that provides defined paths to living out baptismal commitments, discipleship, and related sanctity through a specific spiritual lens called a “charism” that is expressed by distinctive practices of life and ways of prayer. This Spiritual Dictionary Term is an excerpt from the Glossary of Dan’s book Navigating the Interior Life – Spiritual Direction and the... Read More

Magisterium-Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

November 30, 2013 by  
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MAGISTERIUM: The Church’s teaching authority, vested in the bishops, as successors of the Apostles, under the Roman Pontiff, as successor of St. Peter. Also vested in the Pope, as Vicar of Christ and visible head of the Catholic Church. This Spiritual Dictionary Term is an excerpt from the Glossary of Dan’s book Navigating the Interior Life – Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God. To learn more, click here. About... Read More

Imperfections – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

November 26, 2013 by  
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IMPERFECTIONS: Deficiencies of character that, although not as serious as mortal or venial sins, are nonetheless obstacles to attaining Christian perfection and union with God. It is important to note that the intentional omission of an obligatory good act is sinful (e.g. missing Mass on Sunday without sufficient reason). However, the failure to do a good act that is not obligatory (e.g. not going to daily Mass), whether through... Read More

Formation – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

November 23, 2013 by  
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FORMATION: The act or process of developing someone in all realms of human experience but in particular those that help the human person come to better know and love God and serve others. Although human guides may assist in this process, we are ultimately ‘formed’ by God, as illustrated through the imagery of the potter (God) and the clay (soul). This Spiritual Dictionary Term is an excerpt from the Glossary of Dan’s book... Read More

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