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Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord: Forty Days After Easter

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Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord Forty days after Easter Presence of God – O Jesus, who ascended into heaven, grant that I, too, may live there in spirit. MEDITATION The central idea in the liturgy today is the raising of our hearts toward heaven, so that we may begin to dwell in spirit where Jesus has gone before us. “Christ’s Ascension” says St. Leo, “is our own ascension; our body... Read More

God Invites All Souls

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Easter Thursday 💐   Presence of God – O Lord, I answer Your invitation, I run to Your fountain: quench my thirst! MEDITATION Commenting on the invitation of Jesus: “If any man thirst, let him come to Me, and drink” (Jn 7:37), St. Teresa of Avila says, “Consider that the Lord calls everyone. Now, He is Truth itself, we cannot doubt His word. If His invitation were not addressed to all,... Read More

Blind Obedience

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✞ Blind Obedience Presence of God – O Jesus, who out of love for me were willing to submit to Your own creatures, teach me to obey blindly. MEDITATION When we see God in our superior we obey without argument or futile reasoning and with no delay: Christus jubet, sufficit, Christ commands, that is enough. What more do I want, when I know that the orders of my superior are those of God Himself? Even... 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

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

Entering Into Prayer

March 8, 2014 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Prayer

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For those struggling to pray, one challenge in prayer is entering into silence. It seems the moment one goes into a chapel or room or some other private place, a thousand thoughts and feelings suddenly flow. Sometimes, in fact, it is to find some relief from particularly painful feelings or haunting thoughts that we find ourselves driven to prayer. Whatever the case, it can happen that the psychological... Read More

Called to Holiness (Part II of II)

December 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Holiness, Ralph Martin

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Called to Holiness (Part II of II) In part I, we examined what the universal call to holiness means, generally speaking.  In today’s post, we will look at what Blessed John Paul II specifically says about the call to holiness, training in holiness and why this turn to holiness of life and depth in prayer is important. John Paul II goes on to call the parishes of the third millennium to become... Read More

Called to Holiness (Part I of II)

December 28, 2013 by  
Filed under Holiness, Ralph Martin

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Called to Holliness (Part I of II) Jesus summed up His teaching in a startling and unambiguous call to His followers: “You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Mt. 5:48). Perfect in purity of heart, perfect in compassion and love, perfect in obedience, perfect in conformity to the will of the Father, perfect in holiness-when we hear these words, we can be understandably... Read More

Should we be Afraid of the Devil?

November 14, 2013 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare

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Father Fortea, should we be afraid of the devil? The devil strives to do all the evil that he can, especially by tempting us to turn away from God through sin. If he could do more evil, he would. If a person prays the Rosary daily and asks God to protect him from all the snares of the Evil One, he has nothing to fear. The power of God is infinite; that of the devil is not. God, through His gift of... Read More

The Lost Sense of Sin-Filling in Catechetical Gaps with the Wisdom of the Saints (II/II)

November 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Overcoming/Fighting, Ralph Martin, Sin

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The Lost Sense of Sin: Filling in Catechetical Gaps with the Wisdom of the Saints (II/II) In Part I, we looked at how gaps in catechetical instruction have led to deficiencies in the way we understand our faith, how we can learn from the Doctors of the Church, specifically what St. Teresa of Avila teaches regarding carelessness about sin.  In Part II, we will see what St. Teresa of Avila says about... Read More

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