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Praying with Icons: from the Eastern Orthodox tradition 

One of the odd things that has happened to prayer in much of Western Christianity — in some churches with the Reformation, in others more recently — has been the drastic erosion of the physical dimension of spiritual life. Prayer has become mainly an activity of the head. Many of us have become like birds […]

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Ordinary in and Extraordinary Way

On one occasion the great English writer, scholar and saint, Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890) was asked on how one could become a saint. This holy but very practical man gave a short but clear recipe for holiness— here we have it for your own motivation to pursue holiness! First, he said: “Get to […]

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About choice

People have different understandings about faith, what it is, why some have it and others don’t and also as one matures, the above understandings change, it seems to be a life long process.  A slow maturing that never ends, an ever deepening adventure for those who are on the path….. pilgrims who learn to deal […]

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Our own personal struggles

It is easier than we think to use spirituality to keep at bay what spirituality will one day make us face head-on: our own personal struggles. The threads of Providence are braided right into the knots of our own aversion, despair, depression, and panic. Insofar as we discover the Life (Jn 14:6) that is revealed […]

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My Uncle, (Venerable) Fulton Sheen

Joan Sheen Cunningham remembers life with her uncle, Archbishop Fulton Sheen, who was the face of the American Catholic Church for decades. Pope Benedict XVI declared Archbishop Fulton Sheen (1895-1979) “venerable” on June 28, and the Illinois-native could soon become the first male American-born saint. A few generations back he was the face of the […]

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Spiritual Combat Revisited

“Spiritual Combat Revisited” is a summary of the classic book “The Spiritual Combat” by Lorenzo Scupoli (1530-1610). The original, “The Spiritual Combat”, is an uncompromising account of the ascetical life. The book presupposes a moral and theological outlook that has largely faded into the background. This is why Fr. Jonathan Robinson has taken up the […]

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Benedictine Spirituality as Integral to Liturgical Formation, part 4

The Notre Dame Center for Liturgy is pleased to make available a series by Prof. Maxwell Johnson, of the University of Notre Dame’s theology department, on Benedictine Spirituality.  This is part of our new initiative in liturgical spirituality.  In coming months, these videos will also be included in an ICL Conversation, with additional reading in […]

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Benedictine Spirituality as Integral to Liturgical Formation, part 3

The Notre Dame Center for Liturgy is pleased to make available a series by Prof. Maxwell Johnson, of the University of Notre Dame’s theology department, on Benedictine Spirituality.  This is part of our new initiative in liturgical spirituality.  In coming months, these videos will also be included in an ICL Conversation, with additional reading in […]

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Benedictine Spirituality as Integral to Liturgical Formation, part 2

The Notre Dame Center for Liturgy is pleased to make available a series by Prof. Maxwell Johnson, of the University of Notre Dame’s theology department, on Benedictine Spirituality.  This is part of our new initiative in liturgical spirituality.  In coming months, these videos will also be included in an ICL Conversation, with additional reading in […]

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Benedictine Spirituality as Integral to Liturgical Formation, part 1

The Notre Dame Center for Liturgy is pleased to make available a series by Prof. Maxwell Johnson, of the University of Notre Dame’s theology department, on Benedictine Spirituality.  This is part of our new initiative in liturgical spirituality.  In coming months, these videos will also be included in an ICL Conversation, with additional reading in […]

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