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6th Rule of Discernment

6ruleSometimes it’s like the devil is testing us, to see how far he can go, and if we’ll put up the fight.  If you see that ignoring doesn’t work (seriously, give it a shot), call upon St. Michael to help you set things straight.

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4th Rule of Discernment

rule4The fourth rule is quite the opposite from the third.  This one talks about spiritual desolation, which is everything contrary to consolation. It is here where the Lord teaches you that “Without me, you can do nothing.”

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3rd Rule of Discernment

3ruleThe third rule explains more about consolations, which I wouldn’t be surprised if you have probably already experienced some. The Lord gives consolations a lot in the beginning, to help the soul leave things and give to Him whatever He asks for.  They give us strength and encourage us to commit ourselves more to God. 

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2nd Rule of Discernment

2nd rule of discernmentThe Second Rule for Discerning Spirits, according to St. Ignatius of Loyola, is something like this: “In the people who are intensely purging their sins and who, in their service to God, go from good to better, the bad spirit tries to sadden and scare them.  It’s proper of the good spirit to give courage and strength, consolations, tears, inspirations and quiet, easing, and putting away all obstacles, that one may continue in well-doing.”

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1st Rule of Discernment

regla1bThe First Rule for Discerning Spirits, according to St. Ignatius of Loyola, goes something like this: for the person who goes from mortal sin to mortal sin, the devil usually seduces him with dirty thoughts, to keep him in vice and sin.  The good spirit moves his conscience so that he doesn't fall.

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Rules for Discernment of Spirits

Rules for Discernment of Spirits
Just as the devil tempts you and tries to make you sin, the Lord is there to encourage you to keep strong in the faith.  Many times we are moved by our feelings, but they should not be the reason behind our actions.  The Rules of Discerment were written by St. Ignatius of Loyola in the 1500s and, as you will see, are still very applicable today.

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Holy Mass

Holy Mass
If you go to Mass, you go knowing what to expect.  It is not a show where the performer is the priest.  It is not something to entertain you—the Liturgy is an end in itself, and includes all the necessary elements. It is a participation in the Sacrifice of Jesus to His Father.  There’s no need to change anything.

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas
It seems like they prepare for Christmas way to early, playing Christmas carols after Halloween, and they end it way to soon. God became man to save us from our sins, to be a Light of Hope in the midst of so much darkness- this is a big celebration!

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