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Rejoice in the Lord Always

December 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Advent, Anthony Lilles, Featured, Seasonal Meditations

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Christians have the duty to rejoice, to express their joy to the world. Great thinkers like St. Augustine explain to us that joy is love which possesses its object. When we have what we most desire, we are able to enjoy and rest in what we love. We also know that many things we desire, even when we attain them, do not provide a joy that lasts. Most things we desire are too small to occupy our hearts for long, at least in a way... Read More

St. Lucy – Pray for us

December 13, 2012 by  
Filed under Advent, Anonymous, Liturgy, Praying Through Art, Seasonal

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  St. Lucy — Pray for Us! Memorial of Saint Lucy Art:  Burial of St. Lucy, Caravaggio, 1608, PD-US copyright expired, Wikimedia Commons. About Theophilus Mail | More Posts (27)  Read More →

Veni Veni Emmanuel

December 1, 2012 by  
Filed under Advent, Anonymous, Featured, Seasonal Meditations, Videos

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Father Barron on Christmas

December 21, 2011 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke, Seasonal Meditations, Videos

Father Barron on Christmas

Father Barron on Christmas About Dan BurkeDan is the founder of Catholic Spiritual Direction, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, and author of the award winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God. Beyond his “contagious” love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN’s National Catholic Register,... Read More

Hidden Delights

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“The world is not only hungry for food, but also for beauty.” With those words, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta helps explain why Pope Benedict is encouraging us to return to Catholic art as a privileged place for prayer. The vision of a gifted, accomplished, faith-filled artist can reveal to us a glimpse of God’s beauty, sparking an encounter with his love – and that’s the heart of all Christian prayer. When I was... Read More

The Digital Nativity

December 18, 2010 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke, Seasonal Meditations, Videos

The Digital Nativity

The Digital Nativity Well, the fare at Catholic Spiritual Direction is not what most would call light reading. So, to brighten up the mood a bit, I thought this might make you smile. About Dan BurkeDan is the founder of Catholic Spiritual Direction, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, and author of the award winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God. Beyond his “contagious”... Read More

Haste not want not…

December 18, 2010 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke, General, Seasonal Meditations

Haste is the enemy of the spiritual life. Guard your heart in this glorious Advent season. The only haste that reflects holiness is when we return to God and he runs to embrace us with His forgiveness and love. (Luke 15:11-32) If we find and live in that embrace, we will never again be in want. About Dan BurkeDan is the founder of Catholic Spiritual Direction, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, and author of the award... Read More

2. Salvation is Born (Matthew 1:18-25)

December 15, 2010 by  
Filed under Advent, Fr. Bartunek, Seasonal Meditations

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“What is this wealth of goodness? What is this mystery that touches me? I received the divine image and I did not keep it. He receives my flesh to save the image and grant immortality to the flesh. This, his second communion with us, is far more marvelous than the first.” – St. Gregory Nazienzen Matthew 1:18-25: This is how Jesus Christ came to be born. His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph; but before they came to... Read More

Advent is a season of hope… What if there is little reason for hope?

December 3, 2010 by  
Filed under Advent, Fr. Bartunek, Seasonal Meditations, Suffering

Q: Dear Father John, Advent is usually a season of hope. But what about when there is little reason for hope? When life is far from joyful, how can we experience the true joy and peace of the Advent season?  Our family has suffered many losses this year and even my children are despairing at what a bad year it has been. My husband and I are separated with little hope of reconciliation, we lost our family pets (both our dog and... Read More

Out of Advent darkness into His marvelous light!

November 28, 2010 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke

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Dear Friends, Last year, the note below came as a portion of my first post of the new liturgical year and my first personal note to you. Looking back on this today I was moved with particular gratitude.  I was struck with the tremendous measure of joy I was feeling because of the coming of Advent, in spite of some challenging circumstances that have arisen this month. It is amazing how God heals if we allow him to. He really is... Read More

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