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August 30, 2021

The Living Flame of Love

Part 3 of 5

The next major work of St John of the Cross and his last, is called The Living Flame of Love, a poem, only twenty-four lines long, and his commentary.

It tells the story of the fulfilment of love, the spiritual marriage, the final transformation by God.… More

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The Empty Chair Exercise

rom Sadhana,
A  Way to God,
By Fr Anthony de Mello SJ (1931-1987)

I developed this exercise as a result of hearing the story of a priest who went to visit a patient in his home. He noticed an empty chair at the patient's bedside and asked what it was doing there.… More

St John of the Cross

Part 1 of 5

St John of the Cross was born in 1542 in Spain and died there in 1591. He was canonised in 1726 and proclaimed a Doctor of the Church in 1926.

Today he is a largely unknown religious figure.… More

The Pulse Prayer

Once, during a retreat, a person I was accompanying plonked himself in the chair opposite me and exclaimed, with some degree of frustration, “I can’t pray!”

“Do you want to pray?” I asked. “Of course,” he replied.

“Do you know why you want to?”… More

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