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Thank You God for Jesus

January 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Donna Sue Berry, Featured, Poetry


I truly now can say to you, as Christmas drifts away, This was an Advent to remember and a special Christmas day. Our families all had fasted and petitioned God for grace, With what a joy to see at Mass the peace on each ones face! With four weeks of preparation, and sacrifices made, We came to place our gifts of straw where Jesus would be laid. Each piece of hay an offering, a penitence of love; It... Read More

Hearing the Call of the Bridegroom

December 21, 2013 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Featured, Prayer, Silence


“Let me see you, let me hear your voice.” These final days of Advent lift our hearts to the coming of Christ and are meant to move us to pray. How can we not make prayer part of our lives when we consider what it means that the Word of the Father came in history and what it means that Jesus continues to come to us in mystery? To help us feel this in our souls, to help us raise our hearts... Read More

Rejoice in the Lord Always

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Christians have the duty to rejoice, to express their joy to the world. Great thinkers like St. Augustine explain to us that joy is love which possesses its object. When we have what we most desire, we are able to enjoy and rest in what we love. We also know that many things we desire, even when we attain them, do not provide a joy that lasts. Most things we desire are too small to occupy our hearts... Read More

Watching and Waiting: Advent in Carmel


Watching and Waiting To experience Advent in Carmel is to enter into a rarified atmosphere that is filled to the brim with Carmel’s living legacy of Advent customs and observances. My first Advent in Carmel remains fresh in my memory today, still as vibrant and alive as when it happened. I feel at a loss, however, to write about it. What words can do justice to a wordless experience? Well, the most... Read More

CSD Book Club – The Imitation of Christ (Week 2 of 10)

December 18, 2012 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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On Death When you rise in the morning, think that you will not see evening; and when evening comes, do not be too certain that you will rise in the morning. Be always ready, therefore, and so live that death may not find you unprepared. For many, death comes suddenly and unexpectedly; the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. When your final hour arrives you will view your past life... Read More

St. Lucy – Pray for us

December 13, 2012 by  
Filed under Advent, Anonymous, Liturgy, Praying Through Art, Seasonal

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  St. Lucy — Pray for Us! Memorial of Saint Lucy Art:  Burial of St. Lucy, Caravaggio, 1608, PD-US copyright expired, Wikimedia Commons. About Theophilus Mail | More Posts (28)  Read More →

93. Prophecies Finally Fulfilled (Mark 1:1-6)

November 30, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

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“We must therefore get to work, and follow the Lord; we must break the chains which impede our following him.” - St. Augustine Mark 1:1-6: ‘The beginning of the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It is written in the book of the prophet Isaiah: Look, I am going to send my messenger before you; he will prepare your way. A voice cries in the wilderness: Prepare a way for the Lord,... Read More

Hidden Delights

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“The world is not only hungry for food, but also for beauty.” With those words, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta helps explain why Pope Benedict is encouraging us to return to Catholic art as a privileged place for prayer. The vision of a gifted, accomplished, faith-filled artist can reveal to us a glimpse of God’s beauty, sparking an encounter with his love – and that’s the heart of all... Read More

Advent is a season of hope… What if there is little reason for hope?

Q: Dear Father John, Advent is usually a season of hope. But what about when there is little reason for hope? When life is far from joyful, how can we experience the true joy and peace of the Advent season?  Our family has suffered many losses this year and even my children are despairing at what a bad year it has been. My husband and I are separated with little hope of reconciliation, we lost our... Read More

Advent Questions?

November 30, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, General

Dear Friends, Happy Advent! We would like to hear from you! What are your questions, joys, or struggles with the Advent season? Blessings to you and yours in this season of preparation for the coming of our Great King. Seek Him – Find Him – Follow Him, Dan About Dan BurkeDan is the founder of Catholic Spiritual Direction, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, and author of the... Read More

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