FW7 – Behold Your Mother – Healing the Father Wound with Sonja Corbitt

In the long road to healing, we will experience with Jesus feelings of darkness, abandonment, and of being left unprotected. Where is God when we cry with Him, “My God, my God, what have you forsaken me?”

For other episodes in this series, visit the Discerning Hearts Sonja Corbitt page

Out now! My newest book with Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers: Ignite, Read the Bible Like Never Before. Get a preview of the introduction and first chapter here. 

Here’s the private Facebook discussion page for the Healing the Father Woundseries, if you want to join in the conversation with a little more privacy, as I do.

JPII’s Encyclical Letter, Dives in Misericordia, on God as Father

REFERENCES

Ps 27:10, Even if my father and mother abandon me, the LORD will hold me close.

Romans 8:15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father!”

LOVE the Word™ is a Bible study method based on Mary’s own practice: lectio without the Latin. This week’s LOVE the Word™ exercise is according to a Augustinian* personality approach.

Listen (Receive the Word.)

Augustinian: 26 When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.

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Franciscan: Listen to the hymn Stabat Mater. This is a 30 minute exercise. There are lyrics here. Hit play when you have time to sit in meditation; then click on the link with the lyrics and sit in meditation with the lyrics and music.

Observe (Connect the passage to recent events.)

If you are not Catholic, have you considered that Jesus’ mother is also your spiritual mother (Rev 12:17)? What does that mean for you in your woundedness?

If you are Catholic, how does Mary’s title, Stabat Mater speak to you? How does she show you Jesus in your woundedness?

Have you invited the Stabat Mater, our Blessed Mother, into your wounds?

What do you want to say to her about that?

Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.)

In your journal or on your journal page (get a free page to the right), write down your thoughts and feelings about this musical composition/ this verse. What’s the main thing God wants you to know? What is the Holy Spirit saying to you about His presence in the mysterious darkness surrounding Jesus at His crucifixion?

Entrust (May it be done to me according to your word!)

Abba, Father, show me what it means to be embraced by a true mother.

Visit here for more on Sonja’s “LOVE the Word” journal

*LOVE the Word™ exercises vary weekly according to the four personalities, or “prayer forms,” explored in Prayer and Temperament, by Chester Michael and Marie Norrisey: Ignatian, Augustinian, Franciscan, and Thomistic. These prayer forms correspond to the Myers-Briggs personality types.

Here is the video Sonja refers to in her talk:

BK2 Chap 6 & 7 – The Ascent of Mt. Carmel by St. John of the Cross – Mp3 audio & Text Podcast

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BK2 Chap 6 & 7 – “The Ascent of Mt. Carmel” by St. John of the Cross

translated by David Lewis
read by Ed Humpal

For the complete pdf text of the “The Ascent of Mt. Carmel” by St. John of the Cross

For other audio chapters of “The Ascent of Mt. Carmel” visit here

Book 2

Wherein is treated the proximate means of ascending to union with God, which is faith; and wherein, therefore, is described the second part of this night, which, as we said, belongs to the spirit, and is contained in the second stanza, which is as follows.

STANZA II.

In darkness, and in safety,
By the secret ladder, disguised,
happy lot !
In darkness and concealment,
fily house being now at rest.

Chapter 6

The three Theological virtues perfect the powers of the soul, and bring them into a state of emptiness and darkness. Proofs from St. Luke and Isaiah.

Chapter 7

The straitness of the way of life. The detachment and freedom necessary for those who walk in it. The detachment of the intellect.

 

LR4 – The Hobbits and Elrond – A “Lord of the Rings” Spiritual Retreat with Fr. Timothy Gallagher

BA6 - "Refuse to Accept Discouragement" - Begin Again: The Spiritual Legacy of Ven. Bruno Lanteri with Fr. Timothy Gallagher In this episode, Fr. Gallagher continues discussing the nature of the Hobbits and introduces the character of Elrond.  Fr. Gallagher also addresses the issues that arise in the film adaptation of the book, and what to make of such endeavors.

Elrond raised his eyes and looked at him, and Frodo felt his heart pierced by the sudden keenness of the glance. ‘If I understand aright all that I have heard,’ he said, ‘I think that this task is appointed for you, Frodo; and that if you do not find a way, no one will. This is the hour of the Shire-folk, when they arise from their quiet fields to shake the towers and counsels of the Great. Who of all the Wise could have foreseen it? Or, if they are wise, why should they expect to know it, until the hour has struck?

‘But it is a heavy burden. So heavy that none could lay it on another. I do not lay it on you. But if you take it freely, I will say that your choice is right; and though all the mighty Elf-friends of old, Hador, and Húrin, and Túrin, and Beren himself were assembled together, your seat should be among them.’

Tolkien, J.R.R. (2012-02-15). The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings (p. 270-271). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition.

Father Timothy M. Gallagher, O.M.V., was ordained in 1979 as a member of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, a religious community dedicated to retreats and spiritual formation according to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Fr. Gallagher is featured on the EWTN series “Living the Discerning Life: The Spiritual Teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola”.

For more information on how to obtain copies of Fr. Gallaghers’s various books and audio which are available for purchase, please visit his website: frtimothygallagher.org

For the other episodes in this series check out Fr. Timothy Gallagher’s “Discerning Hearts” page

ROF#2 – The Mass: the Universal Sign – Roots of the Faith with Mike Aquilina

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Episode 2 – The Mass: the Universal Sign

Roots of the Faith – From the Church Fathers to You with Mike Aquilina, makes clear that just as an acorn grows into a tree and yet remains the same plant, so the Catholic Church is a living organism that has grown from the faith of the earliest Christians into the body of Christ we know today. Hosted by Kris McGregor

Pick up a copy of Mke’s book. You’ll find so much more and invaluable references and resources, as well

Also, visit Mike’s “Discerning Hearts” page for more audio downloads and information!

BK2 Chap 5 – The Ascent of Mt. Carmel by St. John of the Cross – Mp3 audio & Text Podcast

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BK2 Chap 5 – “The Ascent of Mt. Carmel” by St. John of the Cross

translated by David Lewis
read by Ed Humpal

For the complete pdf text of the “The Ascent of Mt. Carmel” by St. John of the Cross

For other audio chapters of “The Ascent of Mt. Carmel” visit here

Book 2

Wherein is treated the proximate means of ascending to union with God, which is faith; and wherein, therefore, is described the second part of this night, which, as we said, belongs to the spirit, and is contained in the second stanza, which is as follows.

STANZA II.

In darkness, and in safety,
By the secret ladder, disguised,
happy lot !
In darkness and concealment,
fily house being now at rest.

Chapter 5

Wherein is described what is meant by the union of the soul with God. A comparison is given.

 

BK2 Chap 4 – The Ascent of Mt. Carmel by St. John of the Cross – Mp3 audio & Text Podcast

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BK2 Chap 4 – “The Ascent of Mt. Carmel” by St. John of the Cross

translated by David Lewis
read by Ed Humpal

For the complete pdf text of the “The Ascent of Mt. Carmel” by St. John of the Cross

For other audio chapters of “The Ascent of Mt. Carmel” visit here

Book 2

Wherein is treated the proximate means of ascending to union with God, which is faith; and wherein, therefore, is described the second part of this night, which, as we said, belongs to the spirit, and is contained in the second stanza, which is as follows.

STANZA II.

In darkness, and in safety,
By the secret ladder, disguised,
happy lot !
In darkness and concealment,
fily house being now at rest.

Chapter 4

How the soul must be in darkness, in order to be duly guided by faith to the highest contemplation.

 

Book 2 of The Ascent of Mt. Carmel by St. John of the Cross – An introduction by Dr. Anthony Lilles and Kris McGregor

Dr. Anthony Lilles joins Kris McGregor to give a brief introduction Book 2 to the spiritual classic “The Ascent of Mt. Carmel” by St. John of the Cross.  We hope this will be a helpful support to those who are choosing to enter into this rich spiritual work.

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For the complete pdf text of the “The Ascent of Mt. Carmel” by St. John of the Cross

For other audio chapters found on Discerning Hearts visit “The Ascent of Mt. Carmel” visit here

BK2 Chap 1 – 3 – The Ascent of Mt. Carmel by St. John of the Cross – Mp3 audio & Text Podcast

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BK2 Chap 1 – 3 – “The Ascent of Mt. Carmel” by St. John of the Cross

translated by David Lewis
read by Ed Humpal

For the complete pdf text of the “The Ascent of Mt. Carmel” by St. John of the Cross

For other audio chapters of “The Ascent of Mt. Carmel” visit here

Book 2

Wherein is treated the proximate means of ascending to union with God, which is faith; and wherein  therefore is described the second part of this night, which, as we said, belongs to the spirit, and is contained in the second stanza, which is as follows.

STANZA II.

In darkness, and in safety,
By the secret ladder, disguised,
happy lot !
In darkness and concealment,
fily house being now at rest.

Chapter 1

Commentary on the second stanza.

Chapter 2

Which begins to treat of the second part or cause of this night, which is faith. Proves by two arguments how it is darker than the first and than the third.

Chapter 3

How faith is dark night to the soul. This is proved with arguments and quotations and figures from Scripture.

MM1 – Introduction – The Mystery of Mercy with Sr. Gill Goulding C.J. – A Discerning Hearts Podcast

Episode 1 Introduction – The Mystery of Mercy with Sr. Gill Goulding C.J.

Pope Francis in accordance with his two predecessors has brought to public attention mercy as a determining characteristic of our God. He has elevated the conversation about mercy making clear that it involves a principle of dialogue and a use of discernment. The Holy Father’s own Ignatian formation as a Jesuit influences the way in which he understands a certain guidance and governance within the Church. In addition, he has recovered for the Church the importance of popular piety including devotion to the Sacred Heart. In a series of podcasts, Sr Gill Goulding CJ shares the fruit of a sabbatical year she spent working on this project of mercy. 

 

Sr Gill Goulding CJ is a member of the Congregatio Jesu an order founded by Mary Ward in 1609. The Congregation has the same constitutions as the Society of Jesus. Sr Gill is Professor of Systematic Theology at Regis College, the Jesuit Graduate School of Theology at the University of Toronto. She is a member of the Theological Commission of the Conference of Religious in Canada and was appointed by the Conference of Canadian Bishops as one of two RC members of the Council of Canadian Churches. In 2012 she was honored and humbled to be appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as a theological expert to the 2012 Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization and the transmission of the Christian Faith. In 2017 Sr Gill was awarded a Henry Luce III Fellowship for a project looking at the dynamic impact of mercy on the mission of the Church. During this sabbatical year, she spent a number of months in Rome and was thrilled to meet Pope Frances and to present to him an outline of her project and to receive his blessing on her work.

Sr. Gill’s project was made possible by a grant from the Luce Foundation

 

Church of Passion and Hope To obtain a copy of the book on which this series is based visit here

“Gill Goulding, C.J. invites readers to move beyond a debilitating polarization in the Church and to adopt an ecclesiology of communion. She presents the ecclesial disposition of St Ignatius of Loyola, rooted in love for Christ, alive to the inseparable union between Christ and the Church, and aware that to love Christ is to love the Church – the real, concrete, hierarchical, “institutional” Church, the people of God, the spouse of Christ infused by His Spirit. Goulding’s love for the Church is evident in all she writes and suffuses the exposition with warmth. One cannot read this book without feeling the call to communion in the Church. A Church of Passion and Hope also serves to highlight an underemphasized part of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises – the Rules for Thinking (sentir) with the Church – a valuable contribution to Ignatian writing and practice.” ―Fr Timothy Gallagher, O.M.V., Saint Clement Eucharistic Shrine, USA

BK1 Chap 14 – 15 – The Ascent of Mt. Carmel by St. John of the Cross – Mp3 audio & Text Podcast

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BK1 Chap 14 – 15 – “The Ascent of Mt. Carmel” by St. John of the Cross

translated by David Lewis
read by Ed Humpal

For the complete pdf text of the “The Ascent of Mt. Carmel” by St. John of the Cross

For other audio chapters of “The Ascent of Mt. Carmel” visit here

Book 1

The nature of the obscure night, the necessity of passing through it in order to attain to the divine union: and especially the obscure night of sense and desire, with the evils which these inflict on the soul.

STANZA I.

In an obscure night,
With anxious love inflamed,
0, happy lot!
Forth unobserved I went,
My house being now at rest.

Chapter 14

Wherein is expounded the second line of the stanza.

With anxious love inflamed,

Chapter 15

Wherein are expounded the remaining lines of the aforementioned stanza.

. . . oh, happy chance! —
I went forth without being observed,
My house being 
now at rest.