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The Man of Sorrows

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✞ Wednesday of Holy Week Presence of God – O suffering Jesus, grant that I may read in Your Passion Your love for me. MEDITATION [Two passages from the prophet Isaiah contain lessons] (62:11 – 63:1-7; 53:1-12) which describe in a very impressive way the figure of Jesus, the Man of Sorrows. It is the suffering Christ who presents Himself to us, covered with the shining purple of His Blood,... Read More

The Triumph of Jesus

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The Triumph of Jesus ✞ Presence of God – O Jesus, I want to follow You in Your triumph, so that I may follow You later to Calvary. MEDITATION Holy Week begins with the description of the triumphal entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem on the Sunday before His Passion. Jesus, who had always been opposed to any public manifestation and who had fled when the people wanted to make Him their king (cf.... Read More

A Holy Week Meditation

April 10, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Najim, Holy Week, Lent, Meditations

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A prayerful reading of the Gospels readings on Monday through Wednesday of Holy Week will aid to deepen our contemplation of the Passion of Christ. The Church in her wisdom has provided these Gospel passages to prepare us to celebrate the Paschal Mystery. A close, contemplative reading of each of the three Gospel passages leading up to the Sacred Triduum will focus us on the Word Incarnate “pierced... Read More

Free Sacrifice of Liberty

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✞ Free Sacrifice of Liberty Presence of God – O Jesus, divine Lamb, immolated voluntarily for the glory of the Father, make me understand the great value of voluntary immolation. MEDITATION The vow of obedience has been excellently defined as the “free immolation of liberty” (Pius XII, Allocution to the Congregation for Religious, Dec., 1950). This definition stresses the idea of the freedom... Read More

Humiliations

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✞ Presence of God – O Jesus, humbled to abjection for me, teach me to humble myself for love of You. MEDITATION Many souls would like to be humble, but few desire humiliation; many ask God to make them humble and fervently pray for this, but very few want to be humiliated. Yet it is impossible to gain humility without humiliations; for just as studying is the way to acquire knowledge, so it is... Read More

The Cross and the Chain of Love (Part I of V) Lenten Series

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The Cross and the Chain of Love (Part I of V) “Beloved, do not be surprised that a trial by fire is occurring among you, as if something strange were happening to you. But, rejoice to the extent that you share in the sufferings of Christ, so that when his glory is revealed, you may also rejoice exultantly… blessed are you, the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.” (1 Peter 4:12-14) I was... Read More

Conversion

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✞ Presence of God – O Lord, You have created me for Yourself; grant that, with all my strength, I may tend toward You, my last end. MEDITATION In…Ezekiel 34:11-16, we read: “For thus saith the Lord God: Behold I Myself will seek My sheep, and will visit them … and will deliver them out of all the places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day…. I will bring them to... Read More

The Proof of Love

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Presence of God – O Jesus Crucified, make me understand that the Cross is the greatest proof of love. MEDITATION After the Incarnation, the Cross of Jesus is the greatest proof of His love for man. Similarly, mortification, which is suffering eagerly accepted for the love of God, is one of the greatest proofs of love that we can give Him. It means freely giving up a satisfaction or a pleasure in... Read More

Ash Wednesday

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Editor’s Note: Thanks to the good people of Baronius Press, on this Ash Wednesday we begin our Lenten series of excerpts from the Carmelite meditation classic “Divine Intimacy” by Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, OCD. ✞ Presence of God – I place myself in Your presence, O Lord; illumine with Your light the eternal truths, and awaken in my soul a sincere desire for conversion. MEDITATION: “Dust... Read More

Divine Intimacy in Lent (and beyond)

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As Lent arrives, I suspect that some have found themselves yet without a plan for how to navigate this important season. Well, I have a bit of good news for you. We have developed a relationship with a fantastic publisher, Baronius Press, whereby they will regularly allow us to post a portion of one of the most profound daily meditation works ever produced – Divine Intimacy by Fr. Gabriel of... Read More

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