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43. Qualities of the Kingdom (Matthew 13:24-43)

July 16, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

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“In prayer I always find light and strength of spirit although there are moments so trying and hurtful, that it is sometimes difficult to imagine that these things can happen in a convent. Strangely, God sometimes allows them, but always in order to manifest or develop virtue in a soul. That is the reason for trials.” -St. Faustina Kowalska Matthew 13:24-43: He put another parable before them,... Read More

42. Seeking a Fertile Heart (Matthew 13:1-23)

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“While the Lord was calling me, all the world’s pleasures stood nearby. As though holding deliberations with a friend, my mind pondered what course to take, which to abandon. Thanks be to you, good Jesus, who, moved by the holy entreaties of your servant, broke my bonds and cast upon me the bonds of your love.” -St. Hilary of Arles  Matthew 13:1-23: That same day, Jesus left the house and sat... Read More

37. A Flash of Joy (Matthew 11:25-30)

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“This Spirit, the dispenser of the treasures that are in the Father and keeper of the counsels that are between the Father and the Son, pours himself so sweetly into the soul that he is not perceived, and his greatness is understood by few.” -St. Mary Magdalene of Pazzi Matthew 11:25-30: At that time Jesus exclaimed, ‘I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from... 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

Finding Time for God

November 19, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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An Introduction to the Devout Life (Week 4 of 14) Do not children as they hearken to their mother, and, lisping, imitate her, gradually learn to speak her language? And so if we remain close to the Savior, meditating upon Him, and giving heed to His words, His actions, and His affections, we shall gradually, by the help of His grace, learn to speak, to act and will like Him. There we must stop, for,... Read More

Announcing our Next Book – An Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales

October 29, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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Introduction to the Devout Life (Week 1 of 14) The back of the book says it all: As no sensible person would make a long road trip without first consulting a map, so the person intent upon gaining Heaven should first resort to a competent guide to reach that Goal of all goals. And no better guide to Heaven exists than “An Introduction to the Devout Live” by St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622),... Read More

115. Hard-Hearted Hypocrisy (Mark 7:1-23)

August 29, 2012 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

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“Be courageous; be not puffed up by prosperity nor cast down by adversity. Keep humble in this life so that God may exalt you in the next.”  - St. Stephen of Hungary Mark 7:1-23: The Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered round him, and they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with unclean hands, that is, without washing them. For the Pharisees, and the... Read More

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