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Mildness

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Presence of God – O Lord, who art mildness itself, teach me meekness of heart and mildness in my dealings with others. MEDITATION Mildness is the flower of charity, a participation in that infinite sweetness with which God guides and governs all things. There is no one who has a greater desire for our good, for our sanctification, than God; yet He never uses harshness, severity, or violence. With a sovereignly gentle power He... Read More

The Life of Love

August 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Charity, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Love

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Presence of God – Grant, O Lord, that even while I am here on earth, I may love You as I shall love You in heaven. MEDITATION If it may be said that by faith “eternal life begins in us” (St. Thomas, Summa, IIa IIae, q.4, a.1, co.), the same may be said—and with greater reason—of charity, which will remain unchanged even in heaven. Eternal life will be essentially a life of love, of love which has reached its greatest... Read More

The Obscure Light of Faith

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Presence of God – Teach me to believe, O Lord, even in darkness and obscurity; teach me to believe by relying only on Your word. MEDITATION Through its own efforts, the human mind is able to attain to a knowledge of God the Creator by considering created things; it can know His existence and even some of His perfections, but it cannot attain to the mystery of His intimate life which is beyond the knowledge of creatures, if God... Read More

The Supper at Bethany

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✞ Monday of Holy Week Presence of God– O Lord, with Mary of Bethany I wish to pay my humble, devout homage to Your sacred Body before it is disfigured by the Passion. MEDITATION The Gospel for today (Jn 12:1-9) tells us of this impressive scene: “Jesus therefore, six days before the Pasch, came to Bethany … and they made Him a supper there; and Martha served…. Mary, therefore, took a pound of ointment of right spikenard,... Read More

Blind Obedience

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✞ Blind Obedience Presence of God – O Jesus, who out of love for me were willing to submit to Your own creatures, teach me to obey blindly. MEDITATION When we see God in our superior we obey without argument or futile reasoning and with no delay: Christus jubet, sufficit, Christ commands, that is enough. What more do I want, when I know that the orders of my superior are those of God Himself? Even if the thing commanded is... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love #37

April 3, 2014 by  
Filed under John of the Cross, Virtue

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Reflect that your guardian angel does not always move your desire for an action, but he does always enlighten your reason.  Hence, in order to practice virtue do not wait until you feel like it, for your reason and intellect are sufficient. St. John of the Cross More “Sayings of Light and Love” About Dan BurkeDan is the founder of Catholic Spiritual Direction, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, and author of the... Read More

Free Sacrifice of Liberty

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✞ Free Sacrifice of Liberty Presence of God – O Jesus, divine Lamb, immolated voluntarily for the glory of the Father, make me understand the great value of voluntary immolation. MEDITATION The vow of obedience has been excellently defined as the “free immolation of liberty” (Pius XII, Allocution to the Congregation for Religious, Dec., 1950). This definition stresses the idea of the freedom of our immolation. It involves... Read More

The Value of Obedience

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✞ The Value of Obedience Presence of God – O Jesus most obedient, make me understand the value of obedience. MEDITATION St. John of the Cross has said, “God wants from us the least degree of obedience and submission, rather than all the works we desire to offer Him” (Spiritual Maxims:Words of Light, 13). Why? Because obedience makes us surrender our own will to adhere to God’s will as expressed in the orders of our superiors;... Read More

Everyday Virtues

December 10, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach, Virtue

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An Introduction to the Devout Life (Week 6 of 14) We have but rarely opportunities for the practice of courage, magnanimity, and great sacrifices.  But every action of our daily life should be influenced by gentleness, temperance, humility, and purity.  Some qualities may be more eminent, but these are the most needful.  Sugar is more agreeable than salt, but salt is in much more universal requisition.  Therefore, we should... Read More

And, the Greatest of These is Love!

September 28, 2013 by  
Filed under Mary Kaufmann, Virtue

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Sit back and read this post like you would stand at the foot of the waves and take in the ocean. Imagine that you are entering a mystical garden. Why? We are speaking about the theological virtue of love and no other response can open the door to its wonders! Rather than sit at the computer to write this last post on virtues, I wrote it in my walk in closet, where I pray, following my quiet time with God. I couldn’t figure out... Read More

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