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Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed — All Souls’ Day

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Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed All Souls’ Day November 2nd Presence of God – Grant, O Lord, eternal rest to the souls of the departed; and may the thought of death spur me on to greater generosity. MEDITATION “Holy Church, our good Mother, after having exalted with fitting praise all her children who now rejoice in heaven, strives also to help all those who still suffer in purgatory, and to this end intercedes... Read More

Solemnity of All Saints

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Solemnity of All Saints November First Presence of God – Through the intercession of Your saints, O Lord, may I tread the way of holiness courageously. MEDITATION Holy Mother Church, always solicitous and anxious for our salvation, exults today with exceeding joy as she contemplates the glory of her children who, having reached their heavenly fatherland, are safe for all eternity, forever delivered from the snares of the evil... Read More

God Invites All Souls

April 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Easter

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Easter Thursday 💐   Presence of God – O Lord, I answer Your invitation, I run to Your fountain: quench my thirst! MEDITATION Commenting on the invitation of Jesus: “If any man thirst, let him come to Me, and drink” (Jn 7:37), St. Teresa of Avila says, “Consider that the Lord calls everyone. Now, He is Truth itself, we cannot doubt His word. If His invitation were not addressed to all, He would not call all of us….... Read More

The Tomb and the Pearl: Retreat Guide for Easter

April 24, 2014 by  
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Retreat Guide for Easter: The Tomb and the Pearl The newest Retreat Guide from RC Spirituality, “The Tomb and the Pearl: A Retreat Guide for Easter,” is designed to help you “go forward towards the light”, as the Holy Father recently put it, so that the glorious Easter Mystery can make a fresh impact on your life. In the first meditation, you will participate in St. Mary Magdalene’s transforming experience of the empty... Read More

How can we celebrate more fully the season of Easter?

April 21, 2014 by  
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Dear Father John, The wonderful season of Easter is upon us. Lent has been a great time to prepare for the victory of the cross over death. Thank-you Jesus Christ, Holy Redeemer. What are appropriate things we can do to celebrate Easter, especially for the entire season?   I love this question! Ever since I was ordained, I have been struck every year by the decrease in daily Mass attendance as soon as Lent ends. I am not trying... Read More

The Resurrection of the Lord

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Presence of God – O risen Jesus, make me worthy to share in the joy of Your Resurrection. MEDITATION “This is the day which the Lord hath made; let us be glad and rejoice therein” (Roman Breviary). This is the most excellent day, the happiest day in the whole year, because it is the day when “Christ, our Pasch, has been sacrificed.” Christmas, too, is a joyous feast, but whereas Christmas vibrates with a characteristic... Read More

The Victory of the Cross

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Victory of the Cross Holy Saturday ✞ Presence of God – O Jesus, crucified for love of me, show me the victory won by Your death. MEDITATION As soon as Jesus expired, “the veil of the Temple was torn in two … the earth quaked, the rocks were rent. And the graves were opened; and many bodies … arose,” so that those who were present were seized with a great fear and said: “Indeed this was the Son of God” (Mt 27:51-54).... Read More

The Mystery of the Cross — Good Friday

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Good Friday ✞ Presence of God – O Jesus, permit me to penetrate with You into the depths of the mystery of the Cross. MEDITATION Good Friday is the day which invites us more than any other to “enter into the thicket of the trials and pains … of the Son of God” (John of the Cross, Spiritual Canticle first redaction, 35,9), and not only with the abstract consideration of the mind, but also with the practical disposition... Read More

The Gift of Love

April 17, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Triduum

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The Gift of Love ✞ Holy Thursday Presence of God – O Jesus, grant that I may fathom the immensity of that love which led You to give us the Eucharist. MEDITATION “Having loved His own … He loved them unto the end” (Jn 13:1-15), and in those last intimate hours spent in their midst, He wished to give them the greatest proof of His love. Those were hours of sweet intimacy, but also of most painful anguish. Judas had already... Read More

The Man of Sorrows

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✞ Wednesday of Holy Week Presence of God – O suffering Jesus, grant that I may read in Your Passion Your love for me. MEDITATION [Two passages from the prophet Isaiah contain lessons] (62:11 – 63:1-7; 53:1-12) which describe in a very impressive way the figure of Jesus, the Man of Sorrows. It is the suffering Christ who presents Himself to us, covered with the shining purple of His Blood, wounded from head to foot. “Why... Read More

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