Monthly Archives: December 2010

Do We Have To Do It His Way?

Many Christians don’t even try to hear God. At least not inwardly and intimately. Hearing God through the written or spoken word, worship times and encounters with Charismatic/Pentecostal gift ministries comprise the personal relational aspects of most Christians. What we … Continue reading

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Week 11/Chapter 11

“You can expect to  suffer (many temptations in prayer): a multitude of thoughts, problems of the imagination, provocation of your natural desires, and the problem of an inward life that is very dry” “Do you believe when you have come … Continue reading

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A Second Opinion

Teresa of Avila, in her book “The Interior Castle” echos Molinos in saying that trials and temptations are a necessary part of purification. In fact, even as the person progresses inwardly, and begins to experience the beauty and comfort radiating … Continue reading

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Old English

Here is a web site that gives the Old English version of “The Spiritual Guide”, printed in 1688: http://www.iinet.com/~passtheword/Molinos/molinos-spiritualguide-a.htm#author The language is rather nice in an old quaint sort of way.  Here is a section from Chapter 10: ” THAT the … Continue reading

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Random Circumstance and Purposeful Development

Molinos description of how God does not cause, yet does use circumstance in our life reminds me of part of a poem by Robert Frost: The tree the tempest with a crash of wood Throws down in front of us … Continue reading

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Week 10/Chapter 10

This week Molinos continues his teaching on trials. Last week he pointed out that we run into internal resistance when we try to develop a prayer life; we sometimes lose the desire to pray. This week he goes on to … Continue reading

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Week 9/Chapter 9

This week Molinos begins to remind us that we are in a spiritual war. Often an effort to seek/obey God will result in a worsening of our feelings, failures and circumstances. Molinos, like all the classic monastic authors, will tend to … Continue reading

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the happy darkness

When Jon and I were in St. Louis at Thanksgiving we did express to Bob and Susan a found feedom from “doing” in this book. And this chapter in particular, above most other things I’ve read in the past year and a half, has … Continue reading

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Week 8/Chapter 8

This week Molinos touches on the mystery of adversity and suffering. When a person suffers a trial the automatic human reaction is to believe that the person is being punished for wrong. When Paul (Acts 28) was bitten by a … Continue reading

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Wrestling with Ch. 7

Each time I read this chapter i have a different reaction to it. First time I was ready to tear it out of the book & burn it! Then I found some areas of agreement with it. Now I’m just … Continue reading

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