Paste your Google Webmaster Tools verification code here
Sign Up for our Free Daily Email Updates
Catholic Spiritual Direction

Self-Forgetfulness and Abnegation

Divine Intimacy_K2

Self-forgetfulness and Abnegation Presence of God – O Lord, You who give Yourself to us even to becoming our food, teach me to give myself to souls even unto total forgetfulness of myself. MEDITATION Another condition necessary for making our activity holy is “generous forgetfulness and abnegation of self” (Pius XII); what is more, without forgetfullness of self, it would be impossible to have rectitude of intention. Many... Read More

257. Believing or Complaining (John 6:36-51)

October 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

theBetterPartCover for feature

“He gave himself to be our food; unhappy is the one who is unaware of so great a gift.” - St. Cajetan John 6:36-51: ‘But, as I have told you, you can see me and still you do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I shall not turn him away; because I have come from heaven, not to do my own will, but to do the will of the one who sent me. Now the will of him who sent me is that I... Read More

Apostolic Immolation

Divine Intimacy_K2

Apostolic Immolation Presence of God– O Jesus, immolated for my salvation, make me worthy to immolate myself with You for the salvation of souls. MEDITATION Apostolic prayer must be accompanied by sacrifice, as we learn from the prayer which Jesus made to His Father in the Garden of Olives and on the Cross. Love should urge those who pray to “active sacrifice which does not allow them to rest calmly in prayer as long as pain... Read More

70. The Answer (Matthew 22:34-46)

October 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

theBetterPartCover for feature

“If we desire to live in the dwelling-place of his kingdom there is no means of reaching it except by the way of good deeds.” -St. Benedict Matthew 22:34-46: But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees they got together and, to disconcert him, one of them put a question, ‘Master, which is the greatest commandment of the Law?’ Jesus said, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all... Read More

God’s Collaborators

October 16, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Featured

Divine Intimacy_K2

God’s Collaborators Presence of God – Take me, O Lord, and make me worthy of collaborating with You in the work of extending Your kingdom. MEDITATION St. Paul, speaking of the work of the apostolate, says: “Dei sumus adjutores” (1 Cor 3:9); we are God’s coadjutors, collaborators with Him. The apostolate, therefore, is not merely a personal activity, the more or less praiseworthy result of our own resources and initiatives;... Read More

2 Doctors, 2 Ways, 1 Goal: Sts Teresa and Therese (Part 3 of 3)

StsTeresaAndTherese3(Crop)

2 Doctors, 2 Ways, 1 Goal: Sts Teresa and Therese (Part III of III) Memorial of Saint Teresa of Jesus Virgin and Doctor of the Church October 15th Editor’s note:  In part II, we looked at Saint Teresa of Avila, in particular, and the way St Teresa and St Thérèse differed from each other. Today, we’ll put what we’ve considered in the previous posts of this series into perspective. Putting it Into Perspective Several... Read More

68. Foiled Again (Matthew 22:15-21)

October 15, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

theBetterPartCover for feature

“Alas for the soul which has not Christ for its Lord dwelling in it, for when it is deserted and filled with the stench of passions it becomes a den of vice.” – St. Macarius Matthew 22:15-21: Then the Pharisees went away to work out between them how to trap him in what he said. And they sent their disciples to him, together with the Herodians, to say, ‘Master, we know that you are an honest man and teach the way of... Read More

Blessed Are the Clean of Heart

Divine Intimacy_K2

Blessed Are the Clean of Heart Presence of God – O Lord, purify my heart and my mind, that I may learn to know You better. MEDITATION The beatitude: “Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God” (Mt 5:8), corresponds to the gift of understanding. There is a purity of heart which is the indispensable condition for receiving an abundant inflowing of the gift of understanding; it is the purity that results, not only... Read More

2 Doctors, 2 Ways, 1 Goal: Sts Teresa and Therese (Part 2 of 3)

StsTeresaAndTherese3(Crop)

2 Doctors, 2 Ways, 1 Goal: Sts Teresa and Therese (Part II of III) Editor’s note:  In part I, we talked about the goal of every pilgrimage, our Carmelite Doctors of the Church, and Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, specifically.  Today we will look at Saint Teresa of Avila, in particular, and the way these Daughters of the Church differ from each other. Saint Teresa of Avila (Saint Teresa of Jesus) St. Teresa of Avila cautioned... Read More

67. A Thankless Banquet (Matthew 22:1-14)

October 8, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

theBetterPartCover for feature

“Alas for the soul which is without Christ to cultivate it so that it will bring forth the fruits of the Spirit. When it is deserted it becomes full of thorns and thistles…”  – St. Macarius Matthew 22:1-14: Jesus began to speak to them in parables once again, ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a feast for his son’s wedding. He sent his servants to call those who had been invited, but they... Read More

Next Page »