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Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

September 8, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Mary

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The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Presence of God – O Mary, my Mother, teach me to live hidden with you in the shadow of God. MEDITATION The liturgy enthusiastically celebrates Mary’s Nativity and makes it one of the most appealing feasts of Marian devotion. We sing in today’s Office: “Thy Nativity, O Virgin Mother of God, brings joy to the whole world, because from you came forth the... Read More

Social Media and Our Thirst for Knowledge

July 8, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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The Sinner’s Guide (Week 14 of 16) Christians should guard with special care, particularly the eyes, which, in the language of Holy Scripture, are the windows through which death enters to rob us of life… …We should protect our ears not only from evil words, but from frivolous conversations, worldly gossip, and idle discourses. – The Sinner’s Guide (Chapter 40, Section 4,... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love #40

April 8, 2014 by  
Filed under Humility, John of the Cross

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What you most seek and desire you will not find by this way of yours, nor through high contemplation, but in much humility and submission of heart. St. John of the Cross More “Sayings of Light and Love” About Dan BurkeDan is the founder of Catholic Spiritual Direction, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, and author of the award winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction... Read More

The Plague of Pride

April 1, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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Interior Freedom (Week 5 of 5) Here it is worth reflecting on the problem of pride.  We are all born with a deep wound, experienced as a lack of being.  We seek to compensate by constructing a self different from our real self.  This artificial self requires large amounts of energy to maintain it; being fragile, it needs protecting.  Woe to anyone who contradicts it, threatens it, questions it,... Read More

The Value of Obedience

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✞ The Value of Obedience Presence of God – O Jesus most obedient, make me understand the value of obedience. MEDITATION St. John of the Cross has said, “God wants from us the least degree of obedience and submission, rather than all the works we desire to offer Him” (Spiritual Maxims:Words of Light, 13). Why? Because obedience makes us surrender our own will to adhere to God’s will as expressed... Read More

True Glory

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✞ Presence of God – O Jesus, who, for love of me, accepted the disgrace of death on the Cross, teach me what true glory is, and grant that for love of You I may learn how to overcome my desire for honor. MEDITATION St. Teresa of Jesus declares, “However slight may be our concern for our reputation,” if we “wish to make progress in spiritual matters,” we must “put this attachment right... Read More

Not Excusing Oneself

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✞ Presence of God – O Jesus, who willed to be silent before him who condemned You to death, teach me the art of not excusing myself. MEDITATION In any failure, fault, or personal error, our ego instinctively tries to excuse itself. It is the tactic of pride—which is not willing to admit its mistakes and schemes—to hide them under more or less false pretexts, always finding some way to blame... Read More

To Be Hidden From Myself

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✞ To Be Hidden from Myself Presence of God– O Jesus, totally consecrated to the glory of the Father through complete forgetfullness of Yourself, teach me how to forget myself. MEDITATION In order to enter the fullness of the hidden life, it is not enough to hide oneself from the attention of others; we must also hide from ourselves, that is, forget ourselves, avoiding all excessive concern about... Read More

The Lowest Place

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✞ Presence of God– O Jesus, You who said, “The Son of man is not come to be ministered unto, but to minister” (Mt 20:28), teach me to love the lowest place. MEDITATION Jesus has proved to us not only in words, but also by example, that He came not to be ministered unto but to minister. This example He gave on the eve of His Passion, as if to leave it to us as a testament, together with His... Read More

The Chain of Love: To See With the Eyes of Jesus (Part III of V)

March 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Mary Kaufmann, Spiritual Life

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Editor’s note:  In the first part of this series, we introduced the concept of the Chain of Love, from Venerable Concepción Cabrera’s Spirituality of the Cross.  Part II examined how we are to live our baptismal priesthood and briefly looked at the concept of the fourteen rules of the Chain of Love. Today’s post explores the idea of seeing with the eyes of Jesus and goes into greater... Read More

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