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The Scapular…a Sign of Mary’s Motherhood

January 31, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Sisters, Sacramentals, Scapulars

What is the scapular, and why is it so important to Carmelites? Do you remember what Our Lady was wearing when she appeared to Bernadette? How about her appearance as Our Lady of La Salette? How did Juan Diego describe her or how did she appear on his tilma? It seems Our Lady had a different wardrobe each time! Whenever a visionary describes the appearance of Our Lady when she makes herself visible to the seer, it usually includes... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love 12 – St John of the Cross

January 31, 2014 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, John of the Cross, Meditations, Saints and Blesseds

Sayings of Light and Love 12 Sayings of Light and Love 12: God desires the smallest degree of purity of conscience in you more than all the works you can perform. Saint John of the Cross More “Sayings of Light and Love” + Saint John of the Cross, O.C.D. (1542-1591), a priest and Doctor of the Church, is considered to be the Doctor of Mystical Theology, and was a reformer of the Carmelite Order, along with Saint Teresa... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love 11 – St John of the Cross

January 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, John of the Cross, Spiritual Direction

Sayings of Light and Love 11 Sayings of Light and Love 11 The blind person who falls will not be able to get up alone; the blind person who does get up alone will go off on the wrong road. Saint John of the Cross More ”Sayings of Light and Love” + Saint John of the Cross, O.C.D. (1542-1591), priest and Doctor of the Church, considered to be the Doctor of Mystical Theology, was a reformer of the Carmelite Order, along with... Read More

What is Yoga? A Catholic Perspective (Part I)

January 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Sullivan, New Age, Yoga

Editor's Note: Today, Fr. Ezra Sullivan, O.P. joins our team of writers. Father Ezra is a Dominican Friar of the Province of St. Joseph and we are blessed to have his contributions on our site. Please welcome him warmly. Yoga is hands-down — toes-up — one of the most popular forms of exercise in the world, including the United States. It is also controversial, eliciting strong reactions from enthusiasts and denouncers... Read More

Adoration, Silence and the Lamp of Fire (Part II of II)

January 28, 2014 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Prayer

In the first part of this post, we talked about silent adoration and the movement of prayer that is an ecstasy of love. Today, we will discuss how adoration is a symphony of love and how silent adoration leads to a life filled with love. If we consider adoration as a going out of self, we better understand what Elisabeth of the Trinity intends to convey when she attributes adoration to the inner life of the Trinity. In the bosom... Read More

Bloom Where You’re Planted

January 28, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

An Introduction to the Devout Life (Week 11 of 14) We accuse our neighbors in little things, but we excuse ourselves in great things. We seek to buy cheap and sell dear. We demand justice towards others, but towards ourselves mercy and indulgence. We would have none find fault with our words, but we are sensitive and captious to the words of others. We would fain make our neighbor give up any property we want and are willing... Read More

Excessive Prayer Struggle – How do I Find Proper Balance?

January 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Excessive Prayer, Fr. Bartunek

Dear Father John, I have been actually struggling with the examples mentioned [on another post] concerning “excessive prayer” that results in neglect of responsibilities. I've had such difficulty in this area as justifying doing so is easy to do. What would you recommend as a proper balance? I am very protective and almost selfish about having my personal time in solitude with our Lord. I have also been seeing my day... Read More

Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul

January 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Liturgy, Liz Estler, Prayer & Art

Conversion of Saint Paul

Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul On that journey as I drew near to Damascus, about noon a great light from the sky suddenly shone around me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ I replied, ‘Who are you, sir?’ And he said to me, ‘I am Jesus the Nazorean whom you are persecuting.’* “Merciful and gracious is the Lord, slow to anger, abounding in kindness.”** “Sooner... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love 10 – St John of the Cross

January 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, John of the Cross

Sayings of Light and Love 10 Sayings of Light and Love 10: Whoever falls while heavily laden will find it difficult to rise under the burden. For more on Saint John of the Cross click here. For more on “Sayings of Light and Love” click here. + Saint John of the Cross, O.C.D. (1542-1591), a priest and Doctor of the Church, is considered to be the Doctor of Mystical Theology, and was a reformer of the Carmelite Order,... Read More

New Beginnings: As Far as the East is From the West…

January 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Sisters, Joy

Don’t you love the idea, the notion, the concept of a fresh start? I love to read about new beginnings. Or listen to life-changing stories and testimonies of people. They renew and energize us. They give us the opportunity to lift up our heads and our hearts and look toward the future. I am convinced that all of us need this type of boost. So many things happen to all of us – both good and bad. Why is it, though, that the... Read More

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