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Self Denial


“To reach the supernatural bounds a person must depart from his natural bounds and leave self far off in respect to his interior and exterior limits in order to mount from a low state to the highest.”

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Causes for Penance - Part 3 of 5

We continue Father Geiermann’s discussion of the six things that occasion the practice of penance by mentioning the sixth: imperfections. “Imperfections are involuntary defects in the service of God, or material transgressions of His holy law committed without advertence of the mind or consent of the will. 357 more words


sabbatical dreaming

Bishop David has granted me a Sabbatical.  It’s a little way off – September, October and November 2016 – but it is wonderfully refreshing to know that it is there. 374 more words

To Whom Does God Communicate Himself Most?

God communicates himself most to that soul that has progressed farthest in love.
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2 Corinthians 3: 17-18

At the beginning of Lent we started a course on Discipleship in our parish. There was a different Bible verse to read every day. I got ‘stuck’ on the very first one, 2 Corinthians 3: 18, and it really ‘spoke to me.’ It seemed to keep cropping up during Lent, and even appeared in the Maundy Thursday service at Bristol Cathedral. 497 more words

Centering Prayer

“… The soul does not reach the sublime feeling of love (Bhakti) until it goes through many trials, tribulations and purifications”

John of the Cross

The 'gospel' according to Enid

When we lead Youth explore with our young people, in one session we ask them “What do you like about yourself?” It’s a question they find remarkably difficult to answer. 760 more words

Centering Prayer