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Judge Not

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Presence of God – O Lord, keep me from judging and criticizing my neighbor; give me kind, loving thoughts about everyone. MEDITATION “Judge not, that you may not be judged” (Mt 7:1). Charity to our neighbor begins with our thoughts, as many of our failings in charity are basically caused by our judgments. We do not think highly enough of others, we do not sufficiently consider their manifest good qualities, we are not benevolent... Read More

St. Bernard and Coming to the Fullness of Love

August 20, 2014 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Contemplation, Featured, Prayer

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(Memorial of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot and Doctor of the Church) St. Bernard built a way of life that flowed from Chapter 73 of the Rule of St. Benedict. In this final chapter, St. Benedict urges monks to learn the discipline of the Christian life he has presented because it is a good beginning, the minimum needed to make progress in a life devoted to Christ. Once one makes a good beginning, Benedict explains, “You... Read More

Are You Called to Be a Spiritual Director?

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People around the world are starving to know the God who loves them and who made them for an eternal relationship with Him. But who will lead them? Who has the time, the training, and the desire to help souls who thirst and hunger for God? I recently had the blessing of spending time with Msgr. David Toups, the Rector of St. Vincent De Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida. I asked him if he was training priests to provide... Read More

A Personal Relationship with Jesus

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A Personal Relationship with Jesus Dear Friends, a recent article in Homiletics and Pastoral Review (HPR) advanced a problematic perspective regarding how a Catholic should understand the idea that we must have a personal relationship with Jesus. I asked a scholar of St. John Paul II’s perspective on the topic, Dr. Carole Brown, and Ralph Martin who is a well-known scholar on the New Evangelization, to comment on the piece.... Read More

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Presence of God – O most Blessed Virgin Mary, assumed into heaven, I beg you to purify my senses so that I may begin to enjoy God even while I am on earth. MEDITATION The Blessed Virgin Mary, whom we contemplate today assumed body and soul into heaven, reminds us very definitely that our permanent abode is not on earth but in heaven where she, with her divine Son, has preceded us in all the fullness of her human nature. This... Read More

Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction, and God in You – Part 5 of 5

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The long awaited 5th part of “Women of Grace” series Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction and God in You with Dan Burke and Johnnette Benkovic is now available. In the final part of the series, Dan delves into how a person’s spiritual progress relates to whether you run from your suffering or embrace it, what Spiritual Direction is and the relationship between a Spiritual Director and Directee. Dan Burke, founder... Read More

Christ Yesterday, Today and Forever (Mysticism and Magisterium: Part II of VI)

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Editor’s Note:  This is Part II of the Mysticism and Magisterium Series.  You can find Part I here. Christ Yesterday, Today and Forever Jesus Christ is the Lord of history because His is the last say. The Last Judgment is also the last word. But our Savior is Lord of history also for another reason. Christ is present in the world and particularly in the Church at every historical moment through the mystery of His divine... Read More

What Does it Mean to be a Victim with Christ? (Live the Eucharist Series Part III)

August 12, 2014 by  
Filed under Featured, Mary Kaufmann, Sacrifice

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Victim with Christ In the last two posts [part one here, part two here] we have been exploring the capacity that we have to intimately live the Eucharist, to worship well and to live the mystery fruitfully. We explored how we develop a receptivity to Jesus in the Eucharist by letting Him take possession of everything and in particularly our five senses. Today we explore what this surrender brings about in us that is powerful for... Read More

How Can I Strengthen my Will and Grow in Holiness?

August 11, 2014 by  
Filed under Books, Featured, Fr. Bartunek, Resources, Spiritual Direction

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Editor’s Note:  The following post comes from a new book by Fr. Bartunek published by Franciscan Media: “Answers: Catholic Advice for Your Spiritual Questions”. The questions and answers in this new book are some of Father John’s best.  Click here to learn more about the book…or if you wish to get it for a friend or relative who doesn’t read on line. With special endorsements by: Dan Burke:  “These questions... Read More

The Kingdom of God is Within You

August 9, 2014 by  
Filed under Connie Rossini, Featured, Mental Prayer, Prayer, Silence

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The other day I was feeling disgusted at the depravity of our culture. I am an idealist. I would like the world to be perfect, a place where everyone is striving to follow God. Or if I can’t have that, I’d settle for a world that tolerates people who are striving to follow God and does nothing to hinder their spiritual growth. As we all know, that’s not the world we live in. The “real” world is a fallen... Read More

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