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Catholic Spiritual Direction

68. Foiled Again (Matthew 22:15-21)

October 15, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

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“Alas for the soul which has not Christ for its Lord dwelling in it, for when it is deserted and filled with the stench of passions it becomes a den of vice.” – St. Macarius Matthew 22:15-21: Then the Pharisees went away to work out between them how to trap him in what he said. And they sent their disciples to him, together with the Herodians, to say, ‘Master, we know that you are an honest... Read More

67. A Thankless Banquet (Matthew 22:1-14)

October 8, 2014 by  
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“Alas for the soul which is without Christ to cultivate it so that it will bring forth the fruits of the Spirit. When it is deserted it becomes full of thorns and thistles…”  – St. Macarius Matthew 22:1-14: Jesus began to speak to them in parables once again, ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a feast for his son’s wedding. He sent his servants to call those... Read More

66. A Valuable Vineyard (Matthew 21:33-46)

October 1, 2014 by  
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“My daughter, all your miseries have been consumed in the flame of My love, like a little twig thrown into a roaring fire.” – Words of Jesus to St. Faustina Kowalska Matthew 21:33-46: ‘Listen to another parable. There was a man, a landowner, who planted a vineyard; he fenced it round, dug a wine press in it and built a tower; then he leased it to tenants and went abroad. When vintage time... Read More

65. Two Types of Sinners (Matthew 21:28-32)

September 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

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“I already have a spouse, and I will not offend him by pretending that another might please me. I will give myself only to him who first chose me. So, executioners, what are you waiting for?” - St. Agnes, martyr Matthew 21:28-32: ‘What is your opinion? A man had two sons. He went and said to the first, My boy, you go and work in the vineyard today. He answered, I will not go, but afterwards thought... Read More

61. Give and Take (Matthew 20:1-19)

September 17, 2014 by  
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“It is not only as past history that we know all that the Son of God did and taught for the reconciliation of the world; here and now we feel the effects of its power.” –  Pope St. Leo the Great Matthew 20:1-19: ‘Now the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner going out at daybreak to hire workers for his vineyard. He made an agreement with the workers for one denarius a day, and sent them... Read More

Sincerity

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Sincerity Presence of God – Give me, O Lord, an open, sincere heart, loving the truth, seeking and desiring it at any cost. MEDITATION “Lord, who shall dwell in Thy tabernacle, or who shall rest in Thy holy hill?” asks the Psalmist. And he gives the answer: “He that walketh without blemish, and worketh justice” (Ps 15:1,2). God is truth, and no one can be admitted to His intimacy who does... 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

Sayings of Light and Love #27

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Mine are the heavens and mine is the earth.  Mine are the nations, the just are mine, and mine the sinners.  The angels are mine, and the Mother of God, and all things are mine; and God himself is mine and for me, because Christ is mine and all for me.  What do you ask, then, and seek, my soul?  Yours is all of this, and all is for you.  Do not engage yourself in something less or pay heed to... Read More

Journey with Jesus Through “Meditations for Lent”

February 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Lent, Patti Maguire Armstrong

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I do not want to meet Jesus on my deathbed. I want him to already be close so that death is something we do together, just as in life. Jesus told us to strive to enter eternity by the narrow door (cf Luke 13:24). That directive can leave us fearful. Is our life leading us to the narrow door? How do we get there? “But Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back,... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love #14

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God values in you the inclination to dryness and suffering for love of him more than all the consolations, spiritual visions, and meditations you could possibly have. Saint 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... Read More

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