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

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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

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

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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

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

St Maximilian Kolbe: Martyr of Charity and True Friend of Christ

August 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Saints and Blesseds

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St. Maximilian Kolbe: Martyr of Charity and True Friend of Christ This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends . . . This I command you, to love one another. (John 15:12-13, 17) These words of Christ come during his farewell discourse to His Apostles on Holy Thursday, immediately before He embraces His Passion and Death. And... Read More

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

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Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles 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... Read More

Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

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Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist Today, we mark the nativity of Saint John the Baptist. So great is John’s contribution to salvation history that Holy Mother Church does not celebrate anyone else’s birth as a solemnity—except that of Jesus. John the Baptist recalls Isaac, Eli, Samson and their mothers whose births came about because nothing is impossible for God. He is the one leaping and dancing for joy... Read More

A Constellation of Saints

May 21, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Sisters, Saints and Blesseds

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There are as many saints as there are stars in the sky… The night sky in its magnificent beauty has beckoned to me ever since I was a small child. At night, especially on a summer’s night, I would slip away and sit on our front porch, or better still, I would lie on the grass and just look up at the stars. I learned to recognize one constellation from another and once in a while view an eclipse of the moon. That is why a statement... Read More

Celebrating St John Paul II’s Canonization — (Part 14)

May 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Saints and Blesseds, Videos

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This post is part of a series of talks by Dr. Anthony Lilles celebrating St. John Paul II’s canonizaton, April 27th, Divine Mercy Sunday 2014. 14. Dr. Lilles on Meeting Pope John Paul II from Avila Institute on Vimeo.   Video used with permission [Celebrating John Paul II’s Canonization]. Editor’s Note:  For Dr. Lilles’ insights on prayer, don’t miss his new book, Hidden Mountain Secret Garden, an experience... Read More

Celebrating St John Paul II’s Canonization — (Part 13)

May 2, 2014 by  
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This post is part of a series of talks by Dr. Anthony Lilles celebrating St. John Paul II’s canonizaton, April 27th, Divine Mercy Sunday 2014. 13. Dr. Lilles on Pope John Paul II on America the Possible from Avila Institute on Vimeo.   Video used with permission [Celebrating John Paul II’s Canonization]. Editor’s Note:  For Dr. Lilles’ insights on prayer, don’t miss his new book, Hidden Mountain Secret... Read More

Celebrating St John Paul II’s Canonization — (Part 12)

May 1, 2014 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Saints and Blesseds, Videos

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This post is part of a series of talks by Dr. Anthony Lilles celebrating St. John Paul II’s canonizaton, April 27th, Divine Mercy Sunday 2014. 12. Dr. Lilles on the Prayers of Pope John Paul II from Avila Institute on Vimeo. Video used with permission [Celebrating John Paul II’s Canonization]. Editor’s Note:  For Dr. Lilles’ insights on prayer, don’t miss his new book, Hidden Mountain Secret Garden, an experience... Read More

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