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I Try to Pray, but I’m So Discouraged – Struggles in the Spiritual Life with Fr. Timothy Gallagher O.M.V.
Fr. Timothy Gallagher and Kris McGregor continue a 20-part series on the various Struggles in the Spiritual Life. This episode explores the nonspiritual nature of discouragement and how it affects our ability to pray.
You can pick up a copy of the book here:
An excerpt from the book:
When we respond well to discouragement, our spiritual lives benefit greatly. A classic principle underlies this: “gratia supponit perficitque naturam,” that is, “grace presupposes nature and perfects it.” God’s supernatural life in our souls — His grace — presupposes our humanity and elevates it. Therefore, whatever strengthens our humanity, whatever assists our physical and psychological well-being, opens us more fully to God’s grace. If Beth and you and I care properly for our physical and emotional humanity, our spiritual lives will grow easier.
Do you struggle in your prayer, your vocation, your service of God? The answer, at times, will be yes. When you do, consider the helpful questions in this chapter and the previous one. Not all spiritual struggles arise from physical or emotional factors. We do well, however, not to overlook these when faced with spiritual burdens.
Gallagher O.M.V, Fr. Timothy ; Gallagher O.M.V, Fr. Timothy. Struggles in the Spiritual Life: Their Nature and Their Remedies (p. 23). Sophia Institute Press. Kindle Edition.
To find more episodes from this series, visit the Struggles in the Spiritual Life Podcast
From the book’s description: “Here is a powerful, life-changing book that will help you understand and conquer the struggles you face in your spiritual life. It’s a book for those who love the Lord and desire holiness yet often feel adrift or stagnant in their search for spiritual growth.
All of us encounter valleys on our journey with the Lord — those periods of spiritual desolation that are a painful yet unavoidable feature of our prayer life. Spiritual desolation is as complex as we are, so understanding what is happening and responding to it properly are critical to reaching the heights of holiness.
With warmth and understanding, Fr. Gallagher carefully identifies in this book the various forms of spiritual and nonspiritual desolation and supplies the remedy for each. You’ll learn how to discern whether your struggles derive from medical or psychological conditions or whether those struggles are spiritual and permitted by the Lord for reasons of growth. In each case, you’ll be given the remedy for the struggle. You’ll also learn the forms of spiritual dryness and of the Dark Night — and how to respond to them.
In chapter after chapter, Fr. Gallagher presents a particular struggle as experienced by fictional characters and then provides the advice he gives to those who come to him for spiritual direction about that struggle. You’ll gain confidence as you journey through desolation, and you’ll learn to reject the enemy’s ploys to infect you with a sense of hopelessness.”
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