Put Out Into the Deep...

Intimacy with God:  A Universal Calling

"I find Him everywhere, while doing the wash as well as while praying."
--Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity


"For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy." — St. Thérèse de Lisieux

“'The glory of God is the living man, but the life of man is the vision of God,' says St. Irenaeus, getting to the heart of what happens when man meets God on the mountain in the wilderness. Ultimately, it is the very life of man, man himself as living righteously, that is the true worship of God, but life only becomes real life when it receives its form from looking toward God.”  ― Pope Benedict XVI, The Spirit of the Liturgy

The Jesus Prayer:  "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me."

 

Navigating this page:

  • Feeds from two excellent websites will automatically update to this page.  On the left is Beginning to Pray from Dr. John Lilles, Catholic husband and father of three who teaches Spiritual Theology at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, Colorado.  On the right is Catholic Spiritual Direction for those who “desire a deeper relationship with Christ and His church."
  • On the left Side Menu, The Our Father-An Examination and Bless My Enemies, O Lord are prayer/reflections. Below them are links that focus on a Bible study of the Sunday and other special Liturgical Mass readings, a look at the Catholic Church and the Bible, and a discussion of various Catholic beliefs. Under Documents on the right can be found several pertinent articles to a deeper spiritual life.

 

St. Bonaventure and the path to God

During his General Audience on March 10, 2010, dedicated to Bonaventure, Pope Benedict quotes from the last words of St. Bonaventure's Itinerarium, which respond to the question of how one can reach this mystical communion with God, would make one descend to the depth of the heart:

"If you now yearn to know how that happens (mystical communion with God), ask for grace, not doctrine; desire, not the intellect; the groaning of prayer, not the study of the letter; the spouse, not the teacher; God, not man; darkness not clarity; not light but the fire that inflames everythingand transport to God with strong unctions and ardent affections. ...We enter therefore into darkness, we silence worries, the passions and illusions; we pass with Christ Crucified from this world to the Father, so that, after having seen him, we say with Philip: that is enough for me.”

"Dear friends," Benedict concluded, "let us take up the invitation addressed to us by St. Bonaventure, the Seraphic Doctor, and let us enter the school of the divine Teacher: We listen to his Word of life and truth, which resounds in the depth of our soul. Let us purify our thoughts and actions, so that he can dwell in us, and we can hear his divine voice, which draws us toward true happiness."

 

Five Hard Truths That Will Set You Free
By Msgr. Charles Pope

1.  Life is hard.  We live in rather comfortable times.  But suffering and difficulty are part of life, something that should be expected.

2.  Your life is not about you.  Our true happiness comes not from getting what we want, but what God wants.  True peace comes from discernment of God’s will for us.

3.  You are not in control.  Control is something of an illusion.  I may think I have tomorrow under control, but tomorrow is not promised and may never come.  Because we think we can control a few things, we think we can control many things.

4.  You are not that important.  Sometimes other people are more important than me.  The world doesn’t exist just for me and what I want.

5.  You are going to die.  Our most urgent priority is to prepare to meet God.  We are loosed from the many, excessive, and contrary demands of the world and we concentrate on the one thing necessary.

Accepting each of the above truths will set us free.  A simple, sober, humble, and focused life brings great serenity.  For the full story, click here:  default Five Hard Truths

 

"I think that in Heaven my mission will be to draw souls by helping them to go out of themselves in order to cling to God by a wholly simple and loving movement, and to keep them in this great silence within which will allow God to communicate Himself to them and to transform them into Himself."
-Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity