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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 seem to get as much out of... 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 of the soul”?  If not,... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love #39

April 5, 2014 by  
Filed under Aridity or Dryness, Dan Burke, John of the Cross

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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 of four, the Executive Director... 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.  But this is one of those terms... Read More

True Freedom Through Prayer

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“What the world most needs today is prayer,” according to Fr. Jacques Philippe, author and retreat master. His books on prayer and spirituality are printed in 18 languages and have sold over 500,000 copies. “Faithfulness to prayer is a path of freedom,” he writes in his newest book, Thirsting for Prayer.  He explains that prayer is more about spending time with God than asking for things. It deepens our understanding of... Read More

Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

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Presence of God– At your side, O Mary, I wish to learn how to repeat in every circumstance your “Ecce ancilla Domini!” Behold the handmaid of the Lord. MEDITATION Let us try, through the inspired narrative of St. Luke (Gosp: 1: 26-38), to enter into the dispositions of Mary’s soul at the time of the Annunciation. The Angel sent by God finds the Virgin recollected in solitude, and “being come in,” says to her: “Hail,... 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 winning book, Navigating the... 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 activity in terms of thoughts,... Read More

A Mysterious Encounter with Fr. Jacques Philippe

March 2, 2014 by  
Filed under Books, Featured, Prayer, Resources

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God often provides me with surprise blessings. A recent encounter with His unexpected grace involved one of my favorite authors Fr. Jacques Philippe. The prior year I found out that he was coming to the United States (from France), and knowing the demand that would ensue, I scheduled him early to be a guest on Register Radio. Before the show he provided retreats at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama... Read More

The Mystery of the Priesthood: A Post Revisited

February 28, 2014 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Featured, Prayer, Vocations

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My original post on this topic was written when Catholic priests were especially singled out for severe and sometime even unjust criticism.   The zeal and relish with which some impugned the priesthood in general went largely unanswered.  There is also the broad supposition on the part of many that the priesthood is only about social and political power in the Church, another front in the battle of the sexes. Whenever anyone... Read More

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