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Sister or Nun: What’s the Difference?

September 23, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Sisters, Featured, Vocations

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Sister or Nun: What’s the Difference? “Sister Timothy, are you a nun?” Well, I do wear a long brown habit and I have professed three vows of obedience, chastity, and poverty, in consecration to God forever. But am I a nun? My name is SISTER Timothy Marie. But am I a nun? Here is the answer. In a practical, everyday sense people have no hesitation about identifying me as a Catholic nun. Yet, in the technical sense of the... Read More

The Devil: Is He for Real? Why Does God Let Him Hang Around?

September 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Challenges, Demonology, Featured, Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Warfare

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The Devil: Is He for Real?  Why Does God Let Him Hang Around? Dear Father John, I’ve heard that talking about the devil is just a way to talk about bad things that happen.  On the other hand, there are some people that claim there really is a devil.  Is the devil for real?  If so, why does God let him hang around when our purpose is to get to heaven?  It seems so contradictory. THE DEVIL, OUR ancient enemy, really... Read More

That Loving Knowledge of God

September 20, 2014 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Featured, God's Love, God's Will, Knowing God, Silence

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That Loving Knowledge of God Although the Almighty is beyond the power of human understanding to grasp, Christians believe that knowing God’s Will is possible because Jesus, in his humanity offered for our sakes, has given us real access to God. The kind of knowledge the Risen Lord gives us is different than the merely factual kind of knowing. Such factual knowledge is all about simply knowing what to do – how to... Read More

Is there Significance to the Order of the Three Temptations of Jesus in the desert?

September 19, 2014 by  
Filed under Demonology, Featured, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare, Temptation

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Father Fortea, what order do the three temptations of Jesus in the desert follow? Is there any significance to this order? In the synoptic gospels, we see how the devil tempted Jesus in the wilderness immediately prior to the start of His public ministry (see Mt 4:1-11; Mk 1:9-15; Lk 4:1-13). These temptations were those of bread, power, and worldly recognition. Now then, why would the devil tempt Jesus to worship him when he did... Read More

Frustrated with my prayer life – I am stuck!

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Dear Catholic Spiritual Direction Family, Many people feel a profound frustration with their inability to pray, to grow spiritually, to know and experience the Love of God in their lives. If you feel this way, or even if you just experience a kind of flat existence instead of a dynamic and joyful relationship with God, there are answers. Jesus said, in the Gospel of John, “The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy, but I came... Read More

Fortitude and Patience

September 18, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Featured, Fortitude

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Fortitude and Patience Presence of God – Teach me, O Lord, to bear my sufferings with fortitude and patience. MEDITATION Although courage is needed to face or to undertake hard tasks, it is even more necessary in order to persevere in them, above all when they are unpleasant or of long duration, and it is impossible to avoid or change them. In this sense, St. Thomas teaches that the principal act of fortitude is not to attack... Read More

Living the Eucharist like the Light of the Sun! (Live the Eucharist Series Part VI)

September 17, 2014 by  
Filed under Featured, Mary Kaufmann, Spiritual Life

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Living the Eucharist like the Light of the Sun!   We have been exploring how to find unity with Jesus in the Eucharist through the writings of Venerable Concepciόn Cabrera . Her transformation into Jesus was so complete that upon her death her face became radiant and changed to resemble the face of Jesus Crucified. For Concepciόn, finding Jesus with her in the Eucharist, was the most important and central goal of her life.... Read More

God Loves You!

September 16, 2014 by  
Filed under Featured, Fr. Najim, Prayer, Videos

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God loves you! With our thanks to Father Michael Najim for allowing us to post this video originally found on his blog Live Holiness About Fr. Michael NajimFr. Michael Najim is a priest of the Diocese of Providence. He is the Director of Spiritual Formation at Our Lady of Providence Seminary and serves as chaplain of LaSalle Academy, a coed Catholic high school in Providence, RI. He is the author of Radical Surrender: Letters... Read More

Questions to Our Lady of Sorrows (Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows)

September 15, 2014 by  
Filed under Donna Sue Berry, Featured, Memorial, Poetry

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QUESTIONS TO OUR LADY OF SORROWS While you stood there in the chaos, Could you see past all the pain, Past the sword that ripped your own soul To your son’s triumphant reign? Did the sands there of Golgotha Scratch lines onto your face, Mixing with the blood of Jesus, Dearest lady full of grace? While you stood beneath his shadow As he hung there on the cross, Could you feel your own wounds bleeding When you stood upon the... Read More

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

September 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Feast Days, Featured, Liz Estler, Meditations

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EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS (Triumph of the Cross) This feast celebrates three things:  the discovery of the true cross by St. Helena, the dedication of the Basilica and Shrine built on Calvary by her son Emperor Constantine, and the triumph of the cross by which Christ defeated sin and death, winning for us salvation and everlasting beatific life in heaven. St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross wrote this meditation on September... Read More

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