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PURIFYING DARKNESS [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 January 1987

PURIFYING DARKNESS But such sensible presence of God soon passes. Now a dramatic change happens in the beginner's prayer life. John describes the process God brings the beginner into in order to purify him/her from overeagerness to possess more of spiritual delights which are unfortunately filled with so much sense experiences reached through faculties that have not yet been purified by deeper faith away from sel f-absorpt ion. God leads the person into a purification process that God intends to eradicate from his/her heart the "inordinate" desire for such sensible delights. John writes in The Dark Night: The reason for this dryness is that God transfers His goods and strength from sense to spirit. Since the sensory part of the soul is incapable of the goods of spirit, it remains deprived,dry,and empty,and thus,while the spirit is tasting,the flesh tastes nothing at all and becomes weak in its work. But the spirit through this nourishment grows stronger and more alert,and becomes mo...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
MOVING INTO CONTEMPLATION [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 January 1987

MOVING INTO CONTEMPLATION How can you discern whether God has called you to contemplative prayer? John of the Cross gives us three signs when we are being called to give up discursive meditation and enter into the ’’loving attentiveness” which he calls con t emp lation . Th e first sign is that you cannot with ease meditate as you did before. You no longer experience any sweetness and presence of God as you did in more affective prayer where you were the "doer." The second sign is faith has developed to such an extent that you no longer have any desire to fix your attention and thoughts on perceptual knowledge. You seemingly go toward "center” and find rest there,even without any "sense" feelings and mental concentration . But it is in the third sign that you are to discover the key of beginning contemplative prayer. The first sign could be the result of lukewarmness,lack of discipline and even sinful attachments. The second sign along with the first might arise through some sicknes...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
NEGATIVE PURIFICATION [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 January 1987

NEGATIVE PURIFICATION Such prayer of deeper faith has a negative element of slowing down the use of these faculties. A definite purgation process takes place. Even though the thought of God does not necessarily bring any consolation,faith is being exercised in anew way,freed from any ideas or words. John describes the most evident purgation that takes place: "Since God puts a soul in this dark night in order to dry up and purge its sensory appetite,He does not allow it to find sweetness or delight in anything."

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
POSITIVE ASPECT [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 January 1987

POSITIVE ASPECT The positive aspect in contemplative faith that must never be separated from love as you move into a deeper union with God in faith and love is an inexplicable sense of the presence of God,even though on the level of discursive powers He seems absent,i.e.not present merely as He seemed to be to you in meditation-prayer. This is the work of faith and love infused into you through the Holy Spirit who gives you anew interiorsense of "seeing" God.lt is, as Leonard Boase describes this, like a "sixth sense." It is anew type of knowledge that has not come by your reasoning powers. It has come as a gift and lies always in deeper, personal relationships between you and the indwelling Trinity. Totally surrendered to God,you live only for Him as each moment brings you an occasion to be a living gift back to God. A new threshold of union with God has been reached that has passed through the sufferings of the night of the senses. God has taken away from you all attachment to sen...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
GUIDELINES [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 January 1987

GUIDELINES There is so much more that could be said on this important topic of the beginning stages of entering into contemplative prayer. Let me call to mind some guiding principles that may be of help to you . l.Seek to rid yours-eif of any anxiety in not praying as you used to. Your work now is to be more intersubjectively attentive to actively receiving God's gifting of Himself to you and in your loving surrender.2.Through examination of your daily living you will be able to check the authenticity of your contemplative prayer by seeing whether any self-centeredness has slipped into your living out your surrendering love to God.3.At first your loving attention will demand a more conscious and del iberate)aftefttlvsfigsin prayer and during the day. Gradually this will become unreflective and more yielding to God. 4. A good and experienced spiritual director is helpful in these beginning stages of contemplative prayer. You will progressively experience the words of John of the Cros...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
Page 10 Advertisements [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 January 1987
Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
Page 10 Advertisements Column 1 [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 January 1987

TAPES The following tapes are available fors4.oo each,postage is included. Write: Clarence Dionne: 3112 Concord Ave.; Alhambra,CA. 91803 . ■ I.Stages in Prayer:Moos. 2. Contemplative Prayer;part 1: MOO 2. 3. Contemplative Prayer;part 2:MO 0 3 . 4. Fasting and Contemplat ion:Mo29. 5. Contemplation: A State of Awareness:MllB. 6 . Purificat ion and Contempl ation:Ml 31. 7. Discipline Towards Contempl ation:Ml 26. 8. Journey in Letting Go in Darkness:MoB9. VIDEO-CASSETTES We have finally produced a full retreat on VIDEO of five days,filmed at La Casa de Maria in Santa Barbara and entitled: God’s Exp 1o s ive Love. God in Process.lt consists of the following conferences. 1. A New Vision 2. An Exploding Universe 3. God in Process 4. A Loving Father 5. Luminous Darkness 6. Darkness Within Us 7 . Healing Love B.God's Creative Energies 9. The Word Incarnat e 10. God's Emptying Love 11. Be Eucharist 12. Risen in Glory 13. The Cosmic Christ 14. Spirit's Call to Freedom 15. What You Do To the L...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
Masthead [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 February 1987

INSCAPE No . 9 : FEBRUARY,I9B7

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Untitled [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 February 1987

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ: May the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ,the love of God the Father and the communion of the Holy Spirit be always with you! In a few weeks we will enter into the holy time of Lent. &■? We are being driven into the desert of our hearts by the same Holy ■X CD Spirit who drove Jesus into the physical desert (Mk l:12;Mt 4:1; o £7 0 Lk 4:1). The Church in its liturgical time of Lent calls us to enter more deeply into our "hearts," the scriptural term for our deepest consciousness levels. This has been for Christians through- . 5; G> 0* out all ages the model for "returning to one's true self," for <? cj entering into the heart and there doing the battle against the Cj crippling,demonic forces that inhabit our interior psyche as well as the world around us. Christians,forever eager for the paschal victory,know that true freedom comes only through a prayerful attentiveness to their "hearts." This has been interpreted alw...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
DISCERNMENT OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCES [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 February 1987

DISCERNMENT OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCES God has created us to experience His super-abundant,self-empty-ing love for each of us as revealed in the death-resurrection of His Son. Jesus is manifested to us in the gifts of the Holy Spirit of faith,hope and love as truly being God made man. He lives within us in order to set us free from our excessive attachment to our false ego by living always centered upon the indwelling Holy Trinity. What a struggle it is all our life-time to accept God's invitation to become loving and free and no longer to live in the darkness of self-centeredness! Feodor Dostoevsky,in his powerful novel,The Brothers Karamazov, describes this human struggle to resist Jesus'invitation to be set free by His love. In his legend of the Grand Inquisitor,Dostoevsky describes fictionally how Jesus returns to earth and appears in Seville,Spain the 16th century. Instead of taking possession of men's freedom,Thou didst increase it,and burdened the spiritual mankind with its suf...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
IGNORANCE AND THE WILL TO POWER [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 February 1987

IGNORANCE AND THE WILL TO POWER We modern Christians can struggle for our human dignity and freedom from "foreign",outside oppressors in the arena of politics and economics. Yet in our humble pursuit of greater union with God and neighbor,we can,through lack of solid,spiritual teaching and guidance and a lack of inner discipline and self-control over our own basic inclinations toward sense pleasures and power to control any given become slaves to interior forces. Christians can stop any we 11-intended desire for greater progress in the spiritual life by an over-riding attachment to false religious experiences. Thus we are in great need of discernment of what experiences in prayer come from God's Spirit and which are from "false spirits. 11

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Source: Boston College
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WHAT IS A RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE? [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 February 1987

WHAT IS A RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE? As you move into a greater freedom to let go under the power of the Holy Spirit,there is the possibility that you can begin to experience physico-psychic phenomena,happenings in the various sense and psychic levels of your consciousness and unconscious. Such psychic and physical experiences can be the seeing of visions and hallucination,the hearing of voices,the smelling of sweet odors,the feeling of touches from seemingly outside agents,the sensation of enduring,pleasant tastes,paroxysms and physical,violent convulsions, preaching and writing in an "automatic”,impulsive manner,levitations or catatonic fixity,swooning of a falling phenomenon and many other related experiences. The Catholic Church has been very cautious throughout its long history in dealing with both authentic mysticism and "enthusiasm," an exaggerated emotionalism. It knows the power of hysteria and of self-induced physico-psychic phenomena once the conscious control has yielded to a...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
CRITERIA OF A RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE OF GOD [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 February 1987

CRITERIA OF A RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE OF GOD With the above as general background,let us put together some criteria to determine whether a "peak" experience is also a religious experience of God. 1. the experience integrate itself with sound Christian doctrine? 2. Can the receiver of such an experience better live the Gospel because of this experience? 3. Does.the experience give the receiver new purposes or objectives in his/ her life? 4. The faith of the subject must be deepened through the experience if it is to be considered authentic.lf the experience produces an obsession with itself,it is a negative sign of not being from God's Spirit. 5. Genuine experience of God also promotes a greater child-confidence in God,as well as self-respect and self-confidence. The individual will show greater courage and will not easily be shaken by criticism or rejection. 6. The receiver will experience an increase of love of God which will result in more prayer and in more love for people which wil...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
FRUITS PRODUCED IN GREATER PIETY [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 February 1987

FRUITS PRODUCED IN GREATER PIETY Because the ultimate criterion,the one Jesus used in the Gospel ,o f testing any experience by the fruit produced,ls so important,! would like to quote at length the important advice of the great 14th century English mystic,Walter Hilton: Beware in that time or soon after and wisely consider the stirrings of your heart drawn from minding and beholding of Jesus and from spiritual exercises and thinking of yourself and your defects or the inward desire of virtues and so, knowing and feeling of God,to set the sight of your heart, affection,delight and rest principally on the said feelings or visions,then this feeling is suspicious and likely to come from the enemy...there fore,be it ever so liking and wonderful,refuse it and assent not thereto,for this is a sleight of the enemy...But if it so be that manner of feeling makes you more devout,more fervent in prayer and thought it be so that it astonish you in the beginning,yet afterwards it turns and quick...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
RELIGION AND THE PSYCHE [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 February 1987

RELIGION AND THE PSYCHE Karl Rahner has complained of the dichotomy which Western theology and Western Christianity,both Catholic and Protestant, have introduced in viewing God's activities with us. Nat ure is used to refer to what comes solely from human efforts . Supernature describes God's special intervention that gives to us a gratuitous power that we in no way possess "naturally". Eastern Christianity,rooted more in the Semitic biblical view of grace, sees God's "uncreated energies" always at work in us and the whole of creation. We are always being gifted by God's presence and His loving energies. We can speak of God acting in an extraordinary , hence supernatural way,but that might some day be discovered to be according also to God's ordinary ways. Perhaps our lack of understanding of God's immense love and omnipresence in all things causes us to resort to the term supernatural to describe God as sole cause. It is un-Christian to attribute psychic phenomena solely either to ...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
PSYCHIC PHENOMENA [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 February 1987

PSYCHIC PHENOMENA Some Christians,especially fundamenta lists,have an intrinsic fear of anything that suggests the inner world of psychic phenomena,even though many of them accept and encourage speaking in tongues,prophesy,healing and many other psychic manifestations. Parapsychology has become a legitimate branch of psychology. Its scope is to investigate,with scientific methods,psychic phenomena. "Psi"is a general name for all such phenomena.Some of these would be considered "precognition", a knowledge of a future event before it ever takes place. "Clairvoyance" is extrasensory awareness of external objects or events. "Mental telepathy" allows us to have an awareness of another's mental acitivites even in distance. "Psychokinesis" is the ability to have direct influence exerted by one's mind upon physical objects without the use of any instruments or physical energy. Tied to increasing one’s psychic powers is the ability to move from a lower level of consciousness into the unconsc...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
TWO TYPES OF SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCES [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 February 1987

TWO TYPES OF SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCES With the general critera given above to discern true religious experiences from false and this comparison of the use of psychic techniques with true Christian prayer,we can su mm arize spiritual experiences by dividing them into two classes. One type is an experience in which the "self-image" is preserved. In this type of religious experiences you are a free,positing agent,quite in charge experiencing something happening to you,of which you are fully aware. This type embraces all so-called non-unitive experiences which comprise the majority of spiritual experiences. This type of active involement on the part of the subject embraces sensory experiences from activating one’s imagination.lntellectual insights as an inner "vision" and extrasensory experiences as out-of-the body epxeriences and "psi" phenomena would be included in this type. The second type would embrace spiritual experiences of union. In such experiences all activities such as thinking...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
Page 10 Advertisements [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 February 1987
Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
Page 10 Advertisements Column 1 [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 February 1987

TAPES The following tapes are available for $4.00 each,postage is included Write: Clarence Dionne: 3112 Concord Ave . ; Alhambra,CA 91803. 1 . Asceticism and Centering Prayer:SDlo. 2. Purification and Contemplation:SDll. 3. Discernment of Spirits:SDl2. 4. Psychic Phenomena and Fasting:Ml3 4. 5. Call to the Desert:Ml3s. 6. Purification in the Desert: Ml3 8. 7. Am I Called To Bea Mystic ? M 0 5 8 . VIDEO-CASSETTES If you are interested in a video-series of VHS tapes of a recent * weekend retreat given by Fr.Maloney,order from Mrs. June Culver: 85 0 Coastline Drive;Seal Beach,CA 90740.T0tal cost including postage 35. The individual conferences run about 50 minutes. COME ASIDE AND REST AWHILE 1. Ca 11 to Deeper Prayer 2.lnner Silence 3. The Prayer of the Heart 4. Purity of Heart 5. Prayer as Healing of Brokenness 6.lntegration as Resting in God 7.Return from the Desert to the Market Place k*kkkkkk k k k k k -k k SCHEDULE OF FR.MALONEY 1 .Week retreat for Incarnate Word Sisters; St. Jose...

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Masthead [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 March 1987

INSCAPE No . 10: MARCH,I9B7

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Source: Boston College
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