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Infinite Love

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Presence of God – O my God, my only love, kindle in me the fire of Your charity. MEDITATION Sacred Scripture tells us: “God is charity” (1 Jn 4:16). God is love, eternal, infinite, substantial love. Just as everything in God is beautiful, good, perfect, and holy, so also everything in God is love—His beauty, wisdom, power, providence; even His justice is love. Love is perfect and holy when it turns with all its strength... Read More

44. Investing Wisely (Matthew 13:44-52)

July 23, 2014 by  
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“Let me seek you in desiring you; let me desire you in seeking you; let me find you in loving you; let me love you in finding you.” -St. Anselm Matthew 13:44-52: ‘’The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field which someone has found; he hides it again, goes off happy, sells everything he owns and buys the field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls; when he finds one of great... Read More

The Divine Essence

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The Divine Essence Presence of God – O my God, purify and enlighten my mind so that I shall be able to contemplate You. MEDITATION To the question: “Who is God?” the catechism answers: “God is the Supreme Being, infinitely perfect, the Creator of heaven and earth.” In the first place it says that God is the Supreme Being; this is His foremost perfection, the one which distinguishes Him radically from creatures. “I am... Read More

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

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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, takes our souls stained... Read More

43. Qualities of the Kingdom (Matthew 13:24-43)

July 16, 2014 by  
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“In prayer I always find light and strength of spirit although there are moments so trying and hurtful, that it is sometimes difficult to imagine that these things can happen in a convent. Strangely, God sometimes allows them, but always in order to manifest or develop virtue in a soul. That is the reason for trials.” -St. Faustina Kowalska Matthew 13:24-43: He put another parable before them, ‘The kingdom of heaven may be... Read More

In the Presence of the Trinity

July 10, 2014 by  
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In the Presence of the Trinity

In the Presence of the Trinity Presence of God – The knowledge of Your mystery, O Most Holy Trinity, creates in me profound humility, blind faith, and ardent love. MEDITATION What Jesus has revealed to us, and what the Church, relying on His word, teaches us about the Trinity, is sufficient to prove the existence of this mystery, but it does not suffice to enable us to understand it. Furthermore, it is the mystery of our faith... Read More

42. Seeking a Fertile Heart (Matthew 13:1-23)

July 9, 2014 by  
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“While the Lord was calling me, all the world’s pleasures stood nearby. As though holding deliberations with a friend, my mind pondered what course to take, which to abandon. Thanks be to you, good Jesus, who, moved by the holy entreaties of your servant, broke my bonds and cast upon me the bonds of your love.” -St. Hilary of Arles  Matthew 13:1-23: That same day, Jesus left the house and sat by the lakeside, but such large... Read More

The Heart of Jesus Our Model

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The Sacred Heart of Jesus Our Model Presence of God – Sacred Heart of Jesus, teach me to model the affections of my heart on Yours. MEDITATION A soul consecrated to the Sacred Heart, a soul given to reparation, must feel the need of modeling its life on that of Jesus. How can we say that we are really consecrated to the Sacred Heart, how can we say that we are His victim of reparation, when we retain in our heart feelings, desires,... Read More

37. A Flash of Joy (Matthew 11:25-30)

July 2, 2014 by  
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“This Spirit, the dispenser of the treasures that are in the Father and keeper of the counsels that are between the Father and the Son, pours himself so sweetly into the soul that he is not perceived, and his greatness is understood by few.” -St. Mary Magdalene of Pazzi Matthew 11:25-30: At that time Jesus exclaimed, ‘I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever... Read More

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

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Presence of God– O Lord, grant that the [Solemnity] of these Apostles may strengthen my faith and my fidelity to the Church. MEDITATION The [Solemnity] of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, Princes of the Church, awakens in our souls a greater love for the Church and for our Holy Father the Pope. The liturgy today gives the place of honor to St. Peter, the head of the Apostles; tomorrow it will speak to us of St. Paul, the Apostle... Read More

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