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Thinking with the Church – Mysticism and Magisterium Part I of VI

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Editor’s Note:  Today, we are honored to introduce to you Father Angelo Geiger, who has written extensively on Marian theology and spirituality, and has been published in such publications as “Inside the Vatican” and “Catholic World Report” (online).  We are particularly pleased to note that he is our first writer out of the Franciscan tradition. We are blessed he has agreed to write for us.  Please... Read More

The Central Prayers of the Mass: The Anaphora

July 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Eric Johnston, Featured, Mass, Prayers

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The Central Prayers of the Mass: We can pray the Mass better if we better understand its central prayers. Knowing what is going on allows us to join in and make the prayer our own – allows us to mean it when we say, “Amen.” It also allows us to understand the Mass itself, and so enter more deeply into what it has to offer us. Today we will consider the priest’s part of the Eucharistic Prayer. The “Eucharistic Prayer”... Read More

Spiritual Director or Shrink? How Does One Discern? (Part I of II)

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Dear Fathers, Brothers, and Sisters,

 I have long been dealing with a deep sadness and lack of joy in life.  The vortex of emotional suffering seems to revolve around my unanswered prayers for a spouse and romantic love, but when I look at myself honestly I see that I am not selfless enough to have been a good wife.

 I pray that the Lord changes my heart, and makes me a better person, and I am trying to curb my faults.... Read More

Why does God Not Just Annihilate the Demons?

July 18, 2014 by  
Filed under Demonology, Featured, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare

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Father Fortea, why does God not just annihilate the demons? God, in His great love, has pledged not to destroy any intelligent being He has created. Demons, by their very existence, are a manifestation of God’s justice, a proclamation that the law of God is not violated without consequence. He who violates this law deforms himself and, if he chooses not to repent of this transgression, his deformation becomes eternal. Such is... Read More

The Divine Essence

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The Divine Essence Presence of God – O my God, purify and enlighten my mind so that I shall be able to contemplate You. MEDITATION To the question: “Who is God?” the catechism answers: “God is the Supreme Being, infinitely perfect, the Creator of heaven and earth.” In the first place it says that God is the Supreme Being; this is His foremost perfection, the one which distinguishes Him radically from creatures. “I am... Read More

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

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Presence of God – O Mary, Beauty of Carmel, make me worthy of your protection, clothe me with your scapular, and be the teacher of my interior life. MEDITATION The Blessed Virgin is a Mother who clothes us with grace and takes our supernatural life under her protection, in order to bring it to its full flowering in eternal life. She, the Immaculate, full of grace from the first moment of her conception, takes our souls stained... Read More

Flos Carmeli (Flower of Carmel)

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Every year on July 16th, Carmelites throughout the world celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, patroness of the Carmelite Order.  If you want to know how we feel about Mary, our Mother, spend a few minutes reflecting on one of the most beautiful prayers ever written, the Flos Carmeli. Most of us pray – before meals, morning and/or night prayers, many people pray before a trip, and at Mass, of course. Yet, for all... Read More

What does it mean to have a “personal relationship with Christ?”

July 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Faith, Featured, Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Direction

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Dear Father John, what does it mean to have a “personal relationship with Christ?”  I pray regularly (rosary, Liturgy of the Hours, etc) and go to mass regularly, however, I don’t know that “personal relationship” would describe my understanding and experience of God. Am I missing something? Maybe, but maybe not.  Let’s start answering your question with a question: When you “pray and go to Mass... Read More

Carmelite Prayer

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Editor’s Note:  As we approach the Memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel this coming week, it is appropriate to consider a Carmelite prayer. Our Lord taught Saint Teresa a simple method of prayer. It is often called mental prayer. “I never knew what it was to get satisfaction and comfort out of prayer,” confesses the Saint, “until the Lord taught me this method – I beg of you to test it.”  The method is this: we... Read More

Why Does Hell Need to be Eternal?

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Father Fortea, why does hell need to be eternal? Repentance can be born only of grace. If God does not send grace to a spirit, making it understand the perpetrated evil, then there can be no supernatural repentance. Without grace, a demon can understand that it was a foolish decision to have rebelled, a decision that has caused it suffering. But true repentance is qualitatively different from just mere awareness. It is not simply... Read More

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