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Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Expectation

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THE EXPECTATION “Be comforted, be comforted My people, saith your God. Speak ye to the heart of Jerusalem, and call to her: for her evil is come to an end, her iniquity is forgiven: she hath received of the hand of the Lord double for her sins. The voice of one crying in the desert: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the wilderness the paths of our God. Every valley shall be exalted,... Read More

The Trial of Joseph

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THE TRIAL OF JOSEPH “Now the generation of Christ was in this wise. When as his Mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child, of the Holy Ghost. Whereupon Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing publicly to expose her, was minded to put her away privately. But while he thought on these things, behold the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in... Read More

The Benedictus: Part I of II

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THE BENEDICTUS: Part I of II “And Zachary, his father, was filled with the Holy Ghost, and he prophesied, saying, ‘Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, because He hath visited and wrought the redemption of His people, and He hath raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of David his servant. As he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets who are from the beginning, salvation from our... Read More

The Benedictus: Part II of II

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THE BENEDICTUS:  Part II of II “And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest, for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways. To give knowledge of salvation to His people unto the remission of their sins. Through the bowels of the mercy of our God, in which the orient from on high hath visited us. To enlighten them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death,... Read More

The Birth of St John

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THE BIRTH OF ST JOHN “Now Elizabeth’s full time of being delivered was come, and she brought forth a son. And her neighbours and kinsfolks heard that the Lord had showed His great mercy towards her, and they congratulated with her. And it came to pass that on the eighth day they came to circumcize the child, and they called him by his father’s name, Zachary. And his mother, answering,... Read More

The Magnificat: Part III of IV

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THE MAGNIFICAT: Part III of IV “He hath showed might in His arm; He hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their seat and hath exalted the humble. He hath filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He hath sent empty away.” Luke 1:51-53 1. Here more than ever does one hear in Mary’s words an echo of the Old Testament. She seems again... Read More

The Magnificat: Part IV of IV

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THE MAGNIFICAT:  Part IV of IV “He hath received Israel His servant, being mindful of His mercy. As He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed for ever.’ And Mary abode with her about three months, and she returned to her own house.” Luke 1:54-56 1. At the close of the canticle Mary again very emphatically reveals to us the material source of all her inspiration. She has always... Read More

The Magnificat: Part I of IV

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THE MAGNIFICAT (Part I of IV) “And Mary said: ‘My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.” Luke 1:46-47 1. Here more than anywhere else are we able to detect the soul of Our Lady; here we have her authentic biography, coming spontaneously, almost unconsciously from her lips, and in the language with which her lips are most familiar. Secondly, this... Read More

The Magnificat: Part II of IV

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THE MAGNIFICAT (Part II of IV) “Because He hath regarded the humility of His handmaid, for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For He that is mighty hath done great things to me, and holy is His name. And His mercy is from generation unto generation to them that fear him.” Luke 1:48-50 1. By “humility” the original Greek here intends not the virtue of humility,... Read More

Mary, Advent of Christ

December 18, 2014 by  
Filed under Advent, Dr. Peter Howard, Featured, Mary

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Mary, Advent of Christ Is it mere coincidence that the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception during Advent? Not if the Holy Spirit has anything to do with it (hint: He does). Moreover, is it mere coincidence that God should send Mary to the geographic center of the Americas to establish a beachhead in the pagan New World, in the West, on a day on which the Immaculate Conception... Read More

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