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Catholic Spiritual Direction

Unitive Love

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Unitive Love Presence of God – My God, You have infused love into my soul. Grant that it may increase until it brings me to union with You. MEDITATION “God continues to do and to work in the soul by means of this night, illumining and enkindling it divinely with yearnings for God alone and for naught else whatever” (John of the Cross, Dark Night of the Soul, II, 13,11). In proportion as it detaches itself from earth, leaving... Read More

137. Staying Ready (Mark 13:28-37)

November 26, 2014 by  
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“Not all of us are called to undergo martyrdom, but we are all called to a life of Christian virtue. Now virtue demands courage… It demands from us daily, assiduous, unremitting effort to our very last breath, and so it can be called a slow and continuous martyrdom.” -Pope Pius XII Mark 13:28-37: ‘Take the fig tree as a parable: as soon as its twigs grow supple and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. So with... Read More

Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King of the Universe

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Solemnity of Christ the King  Presence of God– O Jesus, Prince of Ages, King of Nations, be the sole Ruler of my mind and heart. MEDITATION The liturgy today is truly a triumphant hymn celebrating the Kingship of Christ. From the First Vespers of the Feast, the figure of Jesus is majestically portrayed, seated on a royal throne and dominating the entire world; “His Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom, and all kings shall serve... Read More

Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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The Presentation of the 
Blessed Virgin Mary November 21st Presence of God – O Mary, present my offering and my life to Our Lord. MEDITATION Although Holy Scripture does not tell us anything about the presentation of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple, this belief is based upon evidence authorized by a very ancient Christian tradition, and the Church has given it official recognition by making it the object of... Read More

Consolation and Abandonment

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Consolation and Abandonment Presence of God – Into Your hands, O Lord, I abandon myself with all confidence. MEDITATION “There are many who desire to make progress [in the spiritual way] and constantly entreat God to draw them and let them advance to this state of perfection [the state of union], but when it pleases God to begin to bring them through the first trials and mortifications, as is necessary, they are unwilling to... Read More

79. Cheat Sheet (Matthew 25:31-46)

November 19, 2014 by  
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“I beg you, join with me in love. Run with me in faith. Let us yearn for our heavenly home. Let us sigh for it. Let us realize that we are strangers here below.” -St. Augustine Matthew 25:31-46: ‘When the Son of Man comes in his glory, escorted by all the angels, then he will take his seat on his throne of glory. All the nations will be assembled before him and he will separate men one from another as the shepherd separates... Read More

The Night of the Spirit

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The Night of the Spirit Presence of God  – Pour forth, O Lord, into my soul greater love and greater courage, that I may willingly accept Your purifying action. MEDITATION The difficult and bitter purification called the night of the spirit is necessary to extirpate the roots of imperfect habits. The purification of the soul begins with the night of sense, which, by putting the soul into obscurity and depriving it of all sensible... Read More

78. Talents in Trust (Matthew 25:14-30)

November 12, 2014 by  
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“We preach not one coming only of Christ, but a second also, far more glorious than the first. The first revealed the meaning of his patient endurance; the second brings with it the crown of the divine kingdom.” -St. Cyril of Jerusalem Matthew 25:14-30: ‘It is like a man on his way abroad who summoned his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to a third is one; each in proportion... Read More

Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

November 9, 2014 by  
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Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica November 9 “The anniversary of the dedication of the Lateran Basilica, which was erected by the Emperor Constantine, has been observed on this day since the 12th century.  This feast was at first observed only in Rome but later in honor of the basilica, which is called the mother church of Christendom, the celebration was extended to the whole Latin Church.  This action... Read More

Apostolic Maturity

November 6, 2014 by  
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Apostolic Maturity Presence of God – Your love, O my God, matures my soul and renders it capable of giving itself fully to the service of souls. MEDITATION We may ask if the apostle can devote himself freely to the apostolate when he has reached the degree of union with God in which the flame of zeal bursts forth spontaneously. The fact is that, at this point, he cannot and should not evade the gift of self. Whether he is consecrated... Read More

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