Memorial of Saint Boniface, Bishop and Martyr
• All the readings together
• Acts 22:30; 23:6-11
• Psalm 16
• John 17:20-26
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SUMMER 2014 DAY 11 AT IPF
Who is at IPF today:
• 169 seminarians in the 10-week Summer Program of Spiritual Formation
• 56 priest spiritual directors serving as spiritual directors during the seminarians' 8-day silent retreat
• 9 seminary professors in the Retreat for Seminary Faculty
Today is the sixth day of the seminarian's eight-day silent retreat. We're almost there ... so, let's keep seminarians in prayer, as well as the spiritual directors. Today also marks the conclusion of the retreat for seminary professors. Tonight's retreat conference will offer encouragements in regards to letting God lead in the process of healing and freedom.
"Whoever truly wishes to heal man must see him in his wholeness and must know that his ultimate healing can only be God’s love."
— Pope Benedict XVI, Jesus of Nazareth
— All quotes below taken from The Eucharist and the Healing of our Affection for Sin, Deacon James Keating, Ph.D. Click here to read the entire article.
#1: Put yourself in a position to be found
"Something greater than the mantras of self-help gibberish and post-modern syncretism is demanded if spiritual healing is to occur. An encounter must occur. We must be seized with the presence. … To receive the healing we must be in line with the truth about our interior state"
#2: Stay still
"With ever more accurate darts of love the Holy Spirit opens our consciences before God so that deeper and more effective healing can occur; at times his coming is so pure that it causes us to have pain and recoil at the level of intimacy God wishes his Son to achieve in our being."
#3: Give God permission
"It is this divine self-giving and the positive human response to accept such love that healing is known. Trust, vulnerability, rapt listening, integrity all precede the fullness of healing; otherwise God could incorrectly be seen as entering a magic relationship and not one of human freedom and fullness."
#4: Letting God in
"The healing of sinful affections may happen at such deep levels as to escape our capacity to articulate our real needs. God answers our groans, our sufferings, with the silent coming of the Holy Spirit ... instilling within the reality of Christ living his mysteries over again in our lives."
#5: Renounce lies
"Our groans, our pain, our need for healing is met by the silent power of love itself taking up residence within us. Our free ‘yes’ meets the free gift of the mystery of Christ’s Passover … thus in holy communion we are healed in peace, not with emotional upheaval or storm ... but as quietly as the epiclesis itself."
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IF YOU WERE THIS SUMMER TODAY YOU WOULD PRAY WITH ...
Ezekiel 36:22-28 ... ask the Lord to take the lead. Ask the Lord to guide you. Simply give the Lord permission to take you wherever He would like to take you.
7 QUESTIONS ABOUT PRAYER QUESTION 7