Tag Archives: St. Ignatius of Loyola

Spiritual Rest: Finding Peace in a Restless World

The Quiet Soul at Rest My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken …  Find rest, O my soul, in … Continue reading

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Silent Shouts of Joy: Daily Thoughts of Praise & Thanks (2/3)

Joy in Our Daily Thoughts Stand still and consider the wondrous works of God. [Job 37:14]. He will fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouts of joy. [Job 8:21]. What are the rewards of the devoted servants of … Continue reading

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Fasting Quotes: Catholic Popes and Saints (5/7)

(Updated 02/17/2015 ) Fasting Quotes: Catholic Popes and Saints   Saint Peter Chrysologus (c. 380 – c. 450) Saint Benedict (c. 480 – 547) Saint Hildegard of Bingen (1098 – 1179) Saint Francis of Assisi  (1181/1182 – 1226) Saint Thomas Aquinas  (1225 – 1274) … Continue reading

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Humility: Key to Sustainable Wealth, Prosperity & Success

Humility & Wealth  At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say … Continue reading

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Spiritual Factors in Health: Worship & Healing

Worship and Healing  . . . train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. [1 Timothy 4:7-9 (NIV)]. … Continue reading

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Gift of Repentance: Turning to God (1/2)

Repentance: Turning to God Say to them, As I live, declares the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your … Continue reading

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Diet, Discipline & Faith: Nourishing Our Spirit (1/2)

Diet, Discipline & Faith In other parts of our society, we see the growing attraction to various forms of a “spirituality of well-being” divorced from any community life, or to a “theology of prosperity” detached from responsibility for our brothers … Continue reading

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A Sacred Diet: Fasting and Divine Service

 Sacred Diet Remove falsehood and lies far from me; Give me neither poverty nor riches— Feed me with the food allotted to me;  Lest I be full and deny You, And say, “Who is the LORD?” Or lest I be … Continue reading

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Always Hungry – Never Full: Finding True Satisfaction

Satisfaction from Spiritual Food Do you often feel like parched ground, unable to produce anything worthwhile? I do. When I am in need of refreshment, it isn’t easy to think of the needs of others. But I have found that … Continue reading

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Clinging to God: Spiritual Detachment from Body & Mind

Spiritual Detachment For you have been my strength, and in the shadow of your wings I will shout for joy. My soul clings to you, even as your right hand supports me. [Psalm 63:7-8]. Spiritual detachment is isolation from transient … Continue reading

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Pleasure Principles: Finding the Source of Ultimate Joy

  Sources of Pleasure Whatever man loves, that is his god. For he carries it in his heart; he goes about with it night and day; he sleeps and wakes with it, be it what it may – wealth or … Continue reading

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Spiritual Exercises: Daily Prayer of Examen

Daily Prayer of Examen Recite what is sent of the Book by inspiration to thee, and establish regular Prayer: for Prayer restrains from shameful and unjust deeds; and remembrance of God is the greatest (thing in life) without doubt. And … Continue reading

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A Simple Way to Pray: Luther’s Four-stranded Garland Prayer

Martin Luther’s Simple Way to Pray I will tell you as best I can what I do personally when I pray. May our dear Lord grant to you and to everybody to do it better than I. Amen. [Martin Luther, A Simple … 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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Spiritual Exercises: Managing Negative Thoughts & Emotions

Negative Thoughts: Toxic Intrusions into Our Mind I presuppose that there are three kinds of thoughts in me: that is, one my own, which springs from my mere liberty and will;  and two others, which come from without, one from the … Continue reading

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Spiritual Exercises to Strengthen Our Faith (5/5)

Spiritual Exercises (10-12)  . . . exercise thyself rather unto godliness. For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.  [1 Timothy … Continue reading

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Spiritual Exercises to Strengthen Our Faith (4/5)

  Spiritual Exercises (7-9)  … One’s personality can be strengthened by training the will, One can … say to oneself: Within five years I shall acquire a new habit and during that time I shall concentrate my whole will-power upon achieving … Continue reading

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Spiritual Exercises to Strengthen Our Faith (2/5)

  Spiritual Exercises (1-3) The first Annotation is that by this name of Spiritual Exercises is meant every way of examining one’s conscience, of meditating, of contemplating, of praying vocally and mentally, and of performing other spiritual actions … For … Continue reading

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Spiritual Exercises to Strengthen Our Faith (1/5)

Increasing Spiritual Strength The question then is: How, precisely, I am to go about doing my part in the process of my own transformation? What is my plan? The answer to this question is, in general formulation: By practice of … Continue reading

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