Tag Archives: Meditation

Book-Knowledge Or Self-Knowledge

Archbishop Ullathorne illustrates the differences between knowledge gleaned from books and knowledge obtained through introspection: “There are many people who read expositions of the virtues in books, and have a real desire to profit by them; yet the knowledge they … Continue reading

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Preparing to Pray

Why pray? Padre Quadrupani remarks: “We ought to love meditation and should make it often on the Passion of our divine Lord, striving above all to derive therefrom fruits of humility, patience and charity.” How often? “It is well to … Continue reading

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Quadrupani on Spiritual Reading

Padre Quadrupani gives the following practical advice on the matter of spiritual reading: “Spiritual reading is to the soul what food is to the body. Be careful, therefore, to select such books as will furnish your soul with the best … Continue reading

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Ask and You Shall Receive

Christ declared: “Amen, amen, I say to you: If you ask the Father anything in My name He will give it you” (Jn 16:23). Commenting upon this verse, Father Frassinetti writes: “Here is a kind of promise upon oath, by … Continue reading

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Disillusionment With Divine Things

Father Benson notes: “The next stage of Purgation lies in what may be called, in a sense, the Disillusionment with Divine things. The earthly side has failed her, or rather has fallen off from the reality; now it begins to … Continue reading

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How To Avoid the Effects of Mortal Sin

Cardinal Manning offers these words of counsel: “Meditate every day of your lives upon this great and awful truth—how easy it is to fall from God; and say to yourselves, ‘God is my end; for Him I was created.’ . … Continue reading

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Grace Through Instructions and Reading

Father Guibert explains that God bestows grace to us in many ways: “God does not exhaust his power of communicating with man in the sacraments. . . . His graces reach us by other channels as well; they certainly are … Continue reading

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