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Now displaying: September, 2015
Sep 25, 2015

St. Teresa continues her discussion with her brother, Lorenzo, on physical mortification and addresses his questions about transitioning into contemplative prayer. Dan and Melissa discuss “the prayer of quiet” and confronting temptations as they reflect on letters from St. Teresa in the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. 

 

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What is “the discipline” and why is it used? 
  • How much physical mortification is too much?
  • The role of the Holy Spirit in physical ascetical practices. 
  • What is “the prayer of quiet”?
  • How does a devout soul transition into contemplative prayer?
  • Recognizing an increase in holiness within the soul.
  • Addressing temptations during prayer as advised by St. Ignatius.

 

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Sep 18, 2015

When St. Teresa's brother expressed a desire to practice physical mortification she gave him some spiritual direction. Dan and Melissa discuss acesis and spiritual progress as they reflect on letters from St. Teresa in the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What is a hair shirt? How is it used in the spiritual life?
  • The role of the Holy Spirit in physical ascetical practices.
  • How can one avoid the sin of pride when practicing ascesis?
  • Discerning whether, or how, to practice mortification.
  • Interior mortification vs. external mortification
  • What are the benefits of ascetical practices?
  • What are the fruits of suffering? Is voluntary suffering as fruitful as involuntary suffering?

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Sep 11, 2015

St. Teresa describes her spiritual ecstacies and how they caused her distress. Dan and Melissa talk about how everyone is called to the heights of holiness as they read from St. Teresa's letter to her brother from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Is there a Universal Call to Holiness?
  • Can everyone reach the advanced stages of prayer that the Saints do?
  • How do lay people reach the heights of holiness? What should they do when they get there?
  • What is the evidence of authentic prayer?
  • Is spiritual aridity normal? Where does it come from?
  • How should we deal with periods of aridity and consolation?
  • How the marital experience is like the spiritual life.
  • What is the measure of spritual progress?

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Sep 4, 2015

How can we recognize temptations from the enemy when they are disguised as good works? Join Dan and Melissa as they discuss St. Teresa's advice to a friend in a letter from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Does God grant special graces? What is a special grace?
  • How can we know if God has granted us special graces?
  • Does God work on us through our human frailties?
  • How does good spiritual direction help us recognize what is, and what is not, a grace from God?
  • What is the proper response to a gift from God?
  • How does the enemy disguise his temptations?
  • Some clues to help recognize the work of the enemy.
  • The enemy varies his attack based on the spiritual state of the subject. 

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