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About Liz Estler

Editor, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction. Liz holds a Master of Arts in Ministry Degree (St. John's Seminary, Brighton, Massachusetts), Liturgy Certificate (Boston Archdiocese), and a BS degree in Biology and Spanish (Nebraska Wesleyan University - Lincoln). She has served as hospital chaplain associate, sacristan, translator and in other parish ministries. She was a regular columnist for a military newspaper in Europe and has been published in a professional journal. She once waded in the Trevi Fountain!

Freedom

July 4, 2014 by  
Filed under Featured, Free Will, Grace, Liz Estler, Spiritual Direction

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The 4th of July, for the United States, is a day to celebrate independence, liberty and freedom.  But, what really is true freedom?  God created us in His image and likeness and gave us free will.  And, this free will is one of the ways in which we most resemble God.  For that reason, God never violates our free will.  Yet, we are never so free as when we freely choose the ultimate Good, God Himself. ... Read More

Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

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Today, we mark the nativity of Saint John the Baptist. So great is John’s contribution to salvation history that Holy Mother Church does not celebrate anyone else’s birth as a solemnity—except that of Jesus. John the Baptist recalls Isaac, Eli, Samson and their mothers whose births came about because nothing is impossible for God. He is the one leaping and dancing for joy before the Lord, at... Read More

The Journey Home: Marcus Grodi interviews author Paul McCusker

May 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Conversion, Featured, Liz Estler, Paul McCusker, Videos

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Thanks to our friends at EWTN, we are pleased to share with you Marcus Grodi’s recent interview on “The Journey Home” with author Paul McCusker, who has been most kind in sharing his gifts with us here at Catholic Spiritual Direction: About Liz EstlerEditor, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction. Liz holds a Master of Arts in Ministry Degree (St. John's Seminary, Brighton, Massachusetts),... Read More

Divine Mercy Sunday

April 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Divine Mercy, Liz Estler, Videos

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  DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY The Divine Mercy Message   Jesus, I Trust in You! The message of the Divine Mercy is that God loves all of us. His mercy is greater than our sins, greater than any of them! Understanding and recognizing this, we are to trust Him and call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others. In this way everyone will come to share His joy. Art: ... Read More

Lean Into The Wind

April 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Sisters, Featured, Liz Estler, Music

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The Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles don’t have much spare time. Why is that?  It’s because their daily life includes both prayer and service to God’s people through healthcare, education, and spiritual retreats. Nevertheless, they have been kind and gracious in sharing their writing skills with us here at Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction for some time now.  We are... Read More

Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle

February 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Liz Estler, Praying Through Art

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Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle “I will place the key of the House of David on his shoulder; when he opens, no one shall shut, when he shuts, no one shall open.”[1] The Church has celebrated this Feast of the Chair of Peter, in Rome, since the 4th century, as a sign of the unity of the Church founded upon Saint Peter, the Apostle, when Jesus said, “And so I say to you, you are Peter,... Read More

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

February 2, 2014 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Liz Estler, Prayer

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“Suddenly there will come to the temple the Lord whom you seek.”[1] Today’s feast commemorates Jesus’ presentation in the temple by Mary and Joseph, the first time He enters the temple, 40 days after His birth. “Who is this king of glory?  The Lord of hosts,”[2] a light to the nations and the glory of Israel.[3] To celebrate this event fittingly, the Church today... Read More

Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul

January 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Liturgy, Liz Estler, Prayer & Art

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Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul On that journey as I drew near to Damascus, about noon a great light from the sky suddenly shone around me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ I replied, ‘Who are you, sir?’ And he said to me, ‘I am Jesus the Nazorean whom you are persecuting.’* “Merciful and gracious is the Lord,... Read More

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

January 12, 2014 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Liz Estler, Praying Through Art

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This feast of the Baptism of the Lord is a milestone in the life of Christ and our Christian story. As an adult, Jesus lost none of that child-like trust in the Father.  He who was like us in all things but sin, having taken on himself the weight of human sin, humbled Himself to be baptized.  He did not need to do this, but, like everything else He did and does, He did it out of love for us and... Read More

Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

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“Caravans of camels shall fill you, dromedaries from Midian and Ephah; All from Sheba shall come bearing gold and frankincense, and proclaiming the praises of the Lord” (Isaiah 60:6). “A star shall come out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel” (Numbers 24:17). “Epiphany or Theophany, means the Manifestation of God; today it is realized in Jesus who manifests... Read More