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New Retreat Guide: A Mother’s Tears: A Retreat Guide on Our Lady of Sorrows

September 13, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mary, Retreat Guides

A Mother's Tears (Retreat Guide) - Available Now

A Mother’s Tears — New Retreat Guide on Our Lady of Sorrows The newest Retreat Guide from RC Spirituality, A Mother’s Tears: A Retreat Guide on Our Lady of Sorrows is now available at www.RCSpirituality.org. If you could protect your mother from terrible suffering, would you? I think I would; I think most of us would. Mothers suffer enough in this fallen world. If we could bring them some relief, we would do so... Read More

The Most Holy Name of Mary (Optional Memorial)

September 12, 2014 by  
Filed under Liz Estler, Mary, Meditations

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The Most Holy Name of Mary O Dulcis Virgo Maria O Sweet Virgin Mary! How Sweet is the Name of Mary in Life and in Death “The great name of Mary, which was given to the divine mother, was not found on earth, neither was it invented by the mind or will of men, as were all other names that are in use among them; but it came from heaven, and was given to the Virgin by divine ordinance, as St. Jerome, St Epiphanius, St. Antoninus... Read More

Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

September 8, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Mary

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The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Presence of God – O Mary, my Mother, teach me to live hidden with you in the shadow of God. MEDITATION The liturgy enthusiastically celebrates Mary’s Nativity and makes it one of the most appealing feasts of Marian devotion. We sing in today’s Office: “Thy Nativity, O Virgin Mother of God, brings joy to the whole world, because from you came forth the Sun of Justice, Christ, our... Read More

Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

August 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Featured, Mary, Memorial

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Hail Holy Queen, Hail Our Life, Our Sweetness and Our Hope! Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary   What a beautiful salutation to call upon Our Most Blessed Mother! One may be tempted to think that these words are an exaggerated expression of piety as they apply also to her Son, whose sacrifice on the Cross obtained our Redemption. However, God’s Redemption began not with an imposition upon an unworthy humanity,... 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

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

July 16, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Mary

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel 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,... Read More

Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary 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... Read More

Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Presence of God – O my Mother, most holy Virgin Mary, be always my model, my support, and my guide. MEDITATION “And Mary, rising up in those days, went into the hill country with haste into a city of Juda.” These words are from today’s Gospel (Lk 1:39-47). Mary, in the exquisite delicacy of her charity, has such a profound sense of the needs of others, that as soon as... Read More

The Mother of God

May 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Mary

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Presence of God – Holy Mother of God, make my heart one with yours, which was ever one with the Heart of God! MEDITATION The divine maternity is the source of all Mary’s privileges. Mary, the Immaculate One, the beloved Daughter of the Father, is also the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, whose power overshadowed her because she had been chosen to be the Mother of the Incarnate Word. All Mary’s greatness and glory are explained... Read More

Celebrating the Greatest Mother Ever – Happy Mother’s Day Mary!

May 11, 2014 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Mary

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 Happy Mother’s Day Mary! Please take a moment to thank God for Mary and ask her to intercede for your mother! Art:  Adoration, Antonio da Correggio, ca 1520, PD, Wikimedia Commons.   About Dan BurkeDan is the founder of Catholic Spiritual Direction, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, and author of the award winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God. Beyond... Read More

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