Spiritual Formation – Catholic Spiritual Direction

Here is the portal that will allow you to enter the Spiritual Formation rooms below and be taught by those, past and present, who have travailed the spiritual journey.  These are the Discerning Hearts formation rooms.

Spiritual Formation Library

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Discerning Hearts Formators

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Pope Benedict XVI - School of Prayer

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Here are subcategories in Spiritual Formation which contain a wealth of podcasts:

Archbishop George Lucas

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“Discerning Hearts is a trusted resource for Catholic spirituality and teaching. I support it as an apostolate for the new evangelization that brings the Good News to every corner of the world through the internet.”

Most Reverend George J. Lucas,
Archbishop of Omaha

Bishop James Conley

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“Discerning Hearts offers orthodox resources for those who are serious about deepening their understanding of the spiritual life and the teachings of Holy Mother Church. I support this apostolate, which makes the treasury of Catholic wisdom and knowledge readily available.”

Most Reverend James Conley,
Bishop of Lincoln

Bishop William Dendinger

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Discerning Hearts is an outstanding resource for those searching for a deeper spirituality. It contains so many authors and speakers for enriching our spirituality. It’s a trusted resource and so quickly available. For those who live miles from their parish or a retreat center, this is the place to look! Join the many who are who are seeking the Face of God in a deeper way.

Most Reverend William J. Dendinger
Bishop of Grand Island

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From the Teachings of the Saints to the guidance of contemporary Spirtiual leaders.  This page responds to the call to form us in the School of Prayer….

St. John Paul II from Novo Millennio Ineunte:

The great mystical tradition of the Church of both East and West has much to say in this regard. It shows how prayer can progress, as a genuine dialogue of love, to the point of rendering the person wholly possessed by the divine Beloved, vibrating at the Spirit’s touch, resting filially within the Father’s heart. This is the lived experience of Christ’s promise: “He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him” (Jn 14:21). It is a journey totally sustained by grace, which nonetheless demands an intense spiritual commitment and is no stranger to painful purifications (the “dark night”). But it leads, in various possible ways, to the ineffable joy experienced by the mystics as “nuptial union”. How can we forget here, among the many shining examples, the teachings of Saint John of the Cross and Saint Teresa of Avila?

Yes, dear brothers and sisters, our Christian communities must become genuine “schools” of prayer, where the meeting with Christ is expressed not just in imploring help but also in thanksgiving, praise, adoration, contemplation, listening and ardent devotion, until the heart truly “falls in love“. Intense prayer, yes, but it does not distract us from our commitment to history: by opening our heart to the love of God it also opens it to the love of our brothers and sisters, and makes us capable of shaping history according to God’s plan.18