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Spiritual Compass for the New Evangelization

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Editor’s note:  Today, we introduce you, our readers, to Dr. Peter Howard, a professor with the Avila Institute and an expert on Mariology and Venerable Fulton Sheen.  Please welcome him warmly! It is often the case that, after the Easter season, there is a spiritual let-down as we sigh and return to “Ordinary Time”. However, the great line up of major feast days immediately following Pentecost are in no way “ordinary”.... Read More

Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Editor’s Note: “Divine Intimacy” has no entry for the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Therefore, we offer the following reflection for your mediation and prayer. Presence of God – O Mary, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, make me docile to His divine motions. MEDITATION “The Blessed Virgin Mary,” says St. Augustine, “was the only one who merited to be called the Mother and Spouse”... Read More

How does one Receive what God Wants to Give?

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Dear Fr. John, thank you for “The Better Part“. I have kept up with all days following the calendar in the back. I treasure this book as it “lives” at my bedside ready to nourish and inspire. I especially have benefited from the entries where a figure from Scripture speaks in the first person. I write because my search for a remedy for a life-long spiritual matter has reached a dead end. The answer I already... Read More

Solemnity of Pentecost

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The Descent Of The Holy Spirit Pentecost Sunday Presence of God – Come, Holy Spirit, fill my heart and enkindle in it the fire of Your Love. MEDITATION Pentecost is the plenitude of God’s gift to men. On Christmas Day, God gives us His only-begotten Son, Christ Jesus, the Mediator, the Bridge connecting humanity and divinity. During Holy Week, Jesus, by His Passion, gives Himself entirely for us, even to death on the Cross.... Read More

The Holy Spirit

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Presence of God – O Holy Spirit, teach me to know You, to want You, to love You, and to prepare myself to second Your action in my soul. MEDITATION The approach of Pentecost reminds us to turn our mind and heart to the Holy Spirit; with His help, we want to know Him better so as to love Him more ardently, invoke Him more fervently, and dispose ourselves in the best manner possible for the furtherance of His action in our soul. The... Read More

Strengths of Thousands: New Retreat Guide on Confirmation

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Dear Fellow Digital Missionary, One of my favorite lines from the Catechism says this about the special grace we received from the sacrament of confirmation: “Confirmation… strengthened us for the combat of this life” (CCC 1523). Life in this fallen world is a battle. And as Christians, we are not only called to engage courageously in the fight, but we are also equipped to do so. We are given supernatural strength and wisdom... Read More

Interview w/Fr Jacques Philippe: “Searching for and Maintaining Peace”

March 9, 2014 by  
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Fr Jacques Philippe Dear Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction Friends, As you know from my post about the mysterious encounter with Fr. Jacques Philippe that I had the joy of interviewing him on Register Radio. I had the urge to get this ready for you today as I was reminded of this encounter after another visit to Casa Maria. Bless you as you seek His peace. Fr. Jacques Philippe and Dan Burke on Register Radio from Avila Institute... Read More

A New and Personal Pentecost of Heart (Part IV of IV)

February 4, 2014 by  
Filed under Holy Spirit, Mary Kaufmann

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In our first post, we looked at the importance of relying on the Holy Spirit to guide and direct us in our daily lives.  In part II of this series, we looked at who the Holy Spirit is and what His gifts are.  In our third discussion, we explored the charisms of the Holy Spirit.  Today, we will talk about a new and personal “Pentecost of the Heart”. Have you ever experienced living “in the flow of life,” in those... Read More

Wish Your Life Could Be Different? (Holy Spirit Series-III/IV)

January 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Holy Spirit, Mary Kaufmann

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In our first post, we looked at the importance of relying on the Holy Spirit to guide and direct us in our daily lives.  In part II of this series, we looked at who the Holy Spirit is and what His gifts are.  Today, we will discuss the charisms of the Holy Spirit. I was offering a live large group workshop on the Holy Spirit and spiritual gifts when a woman came up and shared her story. She had attended this workshop several... Read More

New Beginnings: As Far as the East is From the West…

January 24, 2014 by  
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Don’t you love the idea, the notion, the concept of a fresh start? I love to read about new beginnings. Or listen to life-changing stories and testimonies of people. They renew and energize us. They give us the opportunity to lift up our heads and our hearts and look toward the future. I am convinced that all of us need this type of boost. So many things happen to all of us – both good and bad. Why is it, though, that the bad... Read More

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