Catching Fire, Becoming Flame: A Guide for Spiritual Transformation

Catching Fire, Becoming Flame: A Guide for Spiritual Transformation

by Albert Haase


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Catching Fire, Becoming Flame: A Guide for Spiritual Transformation by Albert Haase

Ever wonder how some people become enthusiastic and on fire about their relationship with God? In thirty-three short chapters, Albert Haase gives you the tools and kindling to prepare for the spark of God in your life – and then shows you how to fan it into flame until you are set ablaze. This book glows with time-tested wisdom as an experienced spiritual director shares the secrets of the saints. Feel cold? Or maybe just smoldering? With supplemental reading suggestions and reflection questions, this eminently practical book functions like a personal, spiritual retreat. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612612973
Publisher: Paraclete Press
Publication date: 04/28/2013
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 818,140
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Albert Haase, OFM, is a former missionary to mainland China and award-winning author of six books. Preacher of parish missions, presenter of spirituality workshops, spiritual director, and co-host of “Spirit and Life” on the Relevant Radio Network, he resides in Texas.  Visit his website at

Table of Contents

Introduction: God's Passion, Our Enthusiasm ix

The Spark from God: An Introduction to the Spiritual Life 1

1 A Process of Transformation 3

2 Desire and Spiritual Awakening 9

3 The Three Stages of the Spiritual Journey 14

4 Imperfections versus Sins 20

5 Breaking Bad Habits 27

Kindling: Basic Spiritual Concepts 33

6 Does Your God Love You? 35

7 Principles of Prayer 42

8 The Attitude of Gratitude 49

9 The Divine Milieu 55

10 Me, Myself, and I: True or False? 61

11 God and Suffering 67

Catching Fire: Methods of Prayer 75

12 The Examen 77

13 Meditation and Contemplation 83

14 Lectio Divina 88

15 Imaginative Prayer 93

16 Wonder-ing with Creation 99

17 Praying the Stations of the Cross 104

18 The Lord's Prayer Anew 110

Fanning the Flame: Discernment 117

19 Discernment of Spirits 119

20 God's Will and Decision Making 124

21 Dryness, Darkness, or Depression? 130

22 Spiritual Direction 136

23 Self-Care and Wellness 142

24 Developing a Rule of Life 149

Becoming all Flame: Dynamic commitments 157

25 An Examination of Conscience 159

26 The Challenge of Forgiveness 165

27 Resisting Temptations 171

28 Surrender and Abandonment 182

29 Reveal Everything to God 188

30 Silence and Solitude: The Retreat 194

31 Sabbath Rest 200

32 Pilgrimage 205

33 Soul Training 212

Conclusion: A Prayer at the Hearth of the Heart 217

Acknowledgments 219

Notes 221

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