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Catholic Spiritual Direction

Self-Forgetfulness and Abnegation

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Self-forgetfulness and Abnegation Presence of God – O Lord, You who give Yourself to us even to becoming our food, teach me to give myself to souls even unto total forgetfulness of myself. MEDITATION Another condition necessary for making our activity holy is “generous forgetfulness and abnegation of self” (Pius XII); what is more, without forgetfullness of self, it would be impossible to have... Read More

God’s Collaborators

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God’s Collaborators Presence of God – Take me, O Lord, and make me worthy of collaborating with You in the work of extending Your kingdom. MEDITATION St. Paul, speaking of the work of the apostolate, says: “Dei sumus adjutores” (1 Cor 3:9); we are God’s coadjutors, collaborators with Him. The apostolate, therefore, is not merely a personal activity, the more or less praiseworthy result... Read More

2 Doctors, 2 Ways, 1 Goal: Sts Teresa and Therese (Part 3 of 3)

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2 Doctors, 2 Ways, 1 Goal: Sts Teresa and Therese (Part III of III) Memorial of Saint Teresa of Jesus Virgin and Doctor of the Church October 15th Editor’s note:  In part II, we looked at Saint Teresa of Avila, in particular, and the way St Teresa and St Thérèse differed from each other. Today, we’ll put what we’ve considered in the previous posts of this series into perspective. Putting... Read More

Blessed Are the Clean of Heart

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Blessed Are the Clean of Heart Presence of God – O Lord, purify my heart and my mind, that I may learn to know You better. MEDITATION The beatitude: “Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God” (Mt 5:8), corresponds to the gift of understanding. There is a purity of heart which is the indispensable condition for receiving an abundant inflowing of the gift of understanding; it is the... Read More

2 Doctors, 2 Ways, 1 Goal: Sts Teresa and Therese (Part 2 of 3)

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2 Doctors, 2 Ways, 1 Goal: Sts Teresa and Therese (Part II of III) Editor’s note:  In part I, we talked about the goal of every pilgrimage, our Carmelite Doctors of the Church, and Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, specifically.  Today we will look at Saint Teresa of Avila, in particular, and the way these Daughters of the Church differ from each other. Saint Teresa of Avila (Saint Teresa of Jesus) St.... Read More

Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary

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Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary Blessed Virgin Mary of the Rosary Presence of God– O most holy Virgin, may the Rosary be my spiritual armor and my school of virtue. MEDITATION Today’s feast is a manifestation of gratitude for the great victories won by the Christian people through the power of Mary’s Rosary; it is also the most beautiful and authoritative testimony of the value of this prayer.... Read More

Fathers, Daughters and St Therese

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Today we are pleased to introduce Nancy Ward to you.  Nancy is a convert to Catholicism and a widely published writer.  In this post, she interviews Connie Rossini, who has written for us in the past.  Please welcome Nancy warmly and make her feel at home! Fathers. Daughters and St Thérèse An interview with Connie Rossini, author of Trusting God with St. Thérèse. Connie gives practical advice... Read More

Blessed are the Meek (A Reflection on Meekness)

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Presence of God – O Holy Spirit, diffuse in my heart an increase of the spirit of piety and meekness. MEDITATION By the gift of fortitude the Holy Spirit strengthens our heart; by the gift of piety He makes it meek and gentle. When we practice the virtue of meekness, we are doing our part—as we should do at all costs—to acquire that meekness of heart which Jesus has so strongly recommended and... Read More

2 Doctors, 2 Ways, 1 Goal: Sts Teresa and Therese (Part 1 of 3)

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2 Doctors, 2 Ways, 1 Goal: Sts Teresa and Therese (Part I of III) Memorial of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus Virgin and Doctor of the Church October 1st Many of you probably have seen the 1965 film entitled The Sound of Music starring Julie Andrews as Maria von Trapp and Christopher Plummer as Captain von Trapp. The first verse of the theme song goes like this: Climb every mountain, Search high... Read More

Spiritual Progress

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Presence of God – Help me, O Lord, to advance rapidly in the path of virtue. MEDITATION “Be ye holy, because I the Lord your God am holy” (Lev 19:2): this is the will of God, this is our vocation, the object of all our desires and efforts. Created to the likeness of God, we do not wish His image in us to be dimmed by our sins and passions, but to shine forth clear and pure, reflecting His sanctity... Read More

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