St. Benedict and Obedience –

“Listen carefully, my child, to the master’s instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart. This is advice from a father who loves you; welcome it, and faithfully put it into practice.” So begins The Rule of Saint Benedict, one of the most enduring spiritual works of all time. Consisting merely of… Continue reading St. Benedict and Obedience –

Program of life – Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Editor’s note: this post was originally published here on 6/30/09. Dear Father John, what is a “Program of Life” and why is it important to my spiritual progress and spiritual direction? One of the enemies of good spiritual direction is excessive subjectivity. We all have urgent personal issues that come and go; they occupy our… Continue reading Program of life – Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Devil is Afraid of Me

A curse always becomes a vexation, and exorcisms are done even if there is only a vexation, which is an evil influence. The Cat­echism of the Catholic Church is clear: an exorcism is done even when there is no possession. But some exorcists, if they do not see that there is possession, do nothing. They are mistaken.… Continue reading The Devil is Afraid of Me