Tag Archives: Jean Pierre de Caussade

Spiritual Dieting: Health, Nutrition and the Mind

Nutrition and the Mind A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put … Continue reading

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The Fasting Worldview: Seeing Reality on an Empty Stomach

The Fasting Worldview Today, especially in affluent societies, St. Augustine’s warning is more timely than ever: ‘Enter again into yourself.’ Yes, we must enter again into ourselves, if we want to find ourselves. Not only our spiritual life is at … Continue reading

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Media Fasting: Keeping Waves from Flooding Our Mind

Media Fasting For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. [Romans 8:7-8 (ESV)]. The primary … Continue reading

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Fasting for Spiritual Awareness and God-consciousness

Understanding God-consciousness  . . . fasting is useful as atoning for and preventing sin, and as raising the mind to spiritual things. And everyone is bound by the natural dictate of reason to practice fasting as far as it is necessary … Continue reading

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Knowledge of the Holy: The Ultimate Science (1/2)

Knowledge of the Holy The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. [Proverbs 9:10]. Are the great inventions of the modern world more than disposal trinkets of a transient civilization? … Continue reading

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Piety pi: From the Silent Pulpit to the Pious Pew (2/2)

From the Silent Pulpit to the Pious Pew  This, and this alone, is Christianity, a universal holiness in every part of life, a heavenly wisdom in all our actions, not conforming to the spirit and temper of the world but … Continue reading

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High-tech Holiness: Cultivatng Sanctity in a Technological World (1/2)

Toward Sanctity .And the Lord said to Moses, “Say to all the congregation of the people of Israel, ‘You shall be holy; for I the Lord your God am holy.’” [Leviticus 19:1-2]. Sanctity is the Divine light we see radiating … Continue reading

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Lifting the Veil of Ignorance: Shadows on Our Mind

  The Veil of Ignorance But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have … Continue reading

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Remorse: A Bite Out of Your Soul

Regret, Repentance and Remorse Blessed is the man that hath not slipped by a word out of his mouth, and is not pricked with the remorse of sin. Happy is he that hath had no sadness of his mind, and who … Continue reading

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Addiction, Junkies, and Neurotic Lifestyles: Reformatting a Hard Life

Lifestyle Addiction  Another way to go would be to keep looking for little happiness fixes that will keep us from noticing our deeper frustration. Psychologist Neil Warren writes: “This headlong pursuit of instantaneous happiness is designed to distract some people from … Continue reading

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Keys to God-Consciousness: Surrender and Submission

Knowing God through Submission And whoever seeks a way other than submission to God, it will not be accepted from him, and he will be a loser in the world to come. [Quran 3:85]. The door to knowledge of God opens … Continue reading

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Spiritual Exercises – Strengthening the Depressed Soul

Soul Essentials Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him for the help of His presence. [Psalm 42:5]. Maintaining physical health is obviously important, … Continue reading

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The Spiritual Life: Hanging with Angels, Talking to God

Cultivating the Spiritual Life O life of my soul, how can you persevere in this life of the flesh, seeing that it is your death and the privation of the true spiritual life in God, in Whom you live in substance, … Continue reading

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Fight, Flight or Faith: Spiritual Response to Anxiety & Stress

Controlling Fear with Faith So that with good courage we say, “The Lord is my helper. I will not fear. What can man do to me?” [Hebrews 13:6]. We have a very complex system of hormonal and neurological responses that … Continue reading

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Intuition Awry: Delusional Conceit & Distorting Habits (4/4)

Intuition, Hubris and Habits [T]hese “feelings” have an efficiency of operation which it is impossible for thought to match. Even our most highly intellectualized operations depend upon them as a “fringe” by which to guide our inferential movements. They give … Continue reading

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Intuition and Sacred Wisdom: Paths to Spiritual Certainty (3/4)

  Intuition and Spiritual Certainty  Early theorists believed that in science lay the promise of certainty. Built on a foundation of fact and constructed with objective and trustworthy tools, science produced knowledge. But science has also shown us that this … Continue reading

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