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A School for Prayer (25) – The Way of Darkness(0)

September 1, 2019

God in ‘The Cloud of Unknowing’

Part 1 of 2

By Fr Craig  Larkin SM, 1943 - 2015

From its beginning, the theology of the spiritual life has rested on two principles of faith spelled out in the Letter to the Hebrews:
Anyone who comes to God must believe that he exists and rewards those who try to find him (Hebrews 11:6).… More

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A School for Prayer (24) – Spiritual Guidance (3 of 3)

The ancient tradition of the spiritual life

By Fr Craig  Larkin SM, 1943 - 2015

What does the disciple need to do?

1.  The disciple should search carefully for a spiritual father

St Symeon the New Theologian says that there are two ways of finding the energy of the Spirit that we received in Baptism:

a)  By observing the commandments and by personal asceticism; 

b)  By placing oneself under a spiritual guide.… More

A School for Prayer (23)

Spiritual Guidance (2 of 5)

The ancient tradition of the spiritual life

By Fr Craig  Larkin SM, 1943 - 2015

The ‘Abba’ in the Desert Tradition

From the beginning, the ministry of spiritual accompaniment or guidance belonged not to the hierarchic organization of the Church, but to the prophetic or “charismatic” part of the Church.… More

A School for Prayer (22) – Spiritual Guidance (1 of 5)

The ancient tradition of the spiritual life

By Fr Craig  Larkin sm, 1943 - 2015

Who will guide me on the journey?
The tradition of Spiritual Accompaniment

If we are climbing a mountain for the first time, or making a sea-journey for the first time, we need to have with us, as a companion and guide, someone who has gone there before us and knows the way; someone who can recognise the landmarks, and can help us to avoid the pitfalls and dangers on the way.… More


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