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

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2 Doctors, 2 Ways, 1 Goal: Sts Teresa and Therese (Part I of III) Memorial of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus Virgin and Doctor of the Church October 1st Many of you probably have seen the 1965 film entitled The Sound of Music starring Julie Andrews as Maria von Trapp and Christopher Plummer as Captain von Trapp. The first verse of the theme song goes like this: Climb every mountain, Search high and low, Follow every highway, Every... Read More

66. A Valuable Vineyard (Matthew 21:33-46)

October 1, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

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“My daughter, all your miseries have been consumed in the flame of My love, like a little twig thrown into a roaring fire.” – Words of Jesus to St. Faustina Kowalska Matthew 21:33-46: ‘Listen to another parable. There was a man, a landowner, who planted a vineyard; he fenced it round, dug a wine press in it and built a tower; then he leased it to tenants and went abroad. When vintage time drew near he sent his servants... Read More

Feast of Sts Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels

September 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Featured, Liturgy, Liz Estler, Praying Through Art

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“You should be aware that the word “angel” denotes a function rather than a nature.  Those holy spirits of heaven have indeed always been spirits.  They can only be called angels when they deliver some message.  Moreover, those who deliver messages of lesser importance are called angels; and those who proclaim messages of supreme importance are called archangels. “And so it was that not merely an angel... Read More

Spiritual Progress

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Presence of God – Help me, O Lord, to advance rapidly in the path of virtue. MEDITATION “Be ye holy, because I the Lord your God am holy” (Lev 19:2): this is the will of God, this is our vocation, the object of all our desires and efforts. Created to the likeness of God, we do not wish His image in us to be dimmed by our sins and passions, but to shine forth clear and pure, reflecting His sanctity as far as possible. In order... Read More

65. Two Types of Sinners (Matthew 21:28-32)

September 24, 2014 by  
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“I already have a spouse, and I will not offend him by pretending that another might please me. I will give myself only to him who first chose me. So, executioners, what are you waiting for?” - St. Agnes, martyr Matthew 21:28-32: ‘What is your opinion? A man had two sons. He went and said to the first, My boy, you go and work in the vineyard today. He answered, I will not go, but afterwards thought better of it and went.... Read More

Fortitude and Patience

September 18, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Featured, Fortitude

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Fortitude and Patience Presence of God – Teach me, O Lord, to bear my sufferings with fortitude and patience. MEDITATION Although courage is needed to face or to undertake hard tasks, it is even more necessary in order to persevere in them, above all when they are unpleasant or of long duration, and it is impossible to avoid or change them. In this sense, St. Thomas teaches that the principal act of fortitude is not to attack... Read More

61. Give and Take (Matthew 20:1-19)

September 17, 2014 by  
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“It is not only as past history that we know all that the Son of God did and taught for the reconciliation of the world; here and now we feel the effects of its power.” -  Pope St. Leo the Great Matthew 20:1-19: ‘Now the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner going out at daybreak to hire workers for his vineyard. He made an agreement with the workers for one denarius a day, and sent them to his vineyard. Going out at about... Read More

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

September 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Feast Days, Featured, Liz Estler, Meditations

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EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS (Triumph of the Cross) This feast celebrates three things:  the discovery of the true cross by St. Helena, the dedication of the Basilica and Shrine built on Calvary by her son Emperor Constantine, and the triumph of the cross by which Christ defeated sin and death, winning for us salvation and everlasting beatific life in heaven. St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross wrote this meditation on September... 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

Sincerity

September 11, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Featured, Truth

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Sincerity Presence of God – Give me, O Lord, an open, sincere heart, loving the truth, seeking and desiring it at any cost. MEDITATION “Lord, who shall dwell in Thy tabernacle, or who shall rest in Thy holy hill?” asks the Psalmist. And he gives the answer: “He that walketh without blemish, and worketh justice” (Ps 15:1,2). God is truth, and no one can be admitted to His intimacy who does not strive as much as he can,... Read More

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