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The Prince of Peace Series

The Prince of Peace Series “The Prince of Peace Series” consists of 30 Advent posts and 30 Christmas posts by Archbishop Alban Goodier, S.J., published in 1913. The following are the links to all the posts: Advent Posts: The Fullness of Time The Desired of All Nations The Prophets The Prophecies (Part I of II) The Prophecies (Part II of II) The Types Foreshadowings of Mary The Blessed Trinity The Eternal Word The Word... Read More

The Fullness of Time

November 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke, Meditations: Seasonal, The Prince of Peace

 THE FULLNESS OF TIME “ When the fullness of the time was come, God sent His Son, made of a woman, made under the law: That He might redeem them who were under the law; that we might receive the adoption of sons.” Galatians 4:4-5 “ That He might make known unto us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed in Him, in the dispensation of the fullness of times, to re-establish all things... Read More

The Art of Waiting: A Retreat Guide for Advent

November 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Advent, Fr. Bartunek, Retreat Guides

The Art of Waiting: A Retreat Guide for Advent The newest Retreat Guide from RC Spirituality, “The Art of Waiting: A Retreat Guide for Advent” is now available at www.RCSpirituality.org. Advent is a liturgical season meant to be lived with deep spiritual anticipation. It is a time of year in which the Church invites us to look forward to spiritual gifts with the same kind of eagerness and delight that children feel towards... Read More

God Turns Sinners into Saints

God turns Sinners into Saints Sometimes my mind is too tired or distracted to engage in detailed meditations during prayer time. I look for a simple image to focus on that will bring me into God's presence and still my scattered thoughts. One of my favorite images is fire. I can easily imagine red flames in the dark. I think of the flames as God's love, burning away my sins and attachments as I submit to Him. The other day while... Read More

Sins of Ignorance and Sins of the Flesh

November 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Mullady, Mortal, Sin

Sins of Ignorance and Sins of the Flesh Editor's note: It is our great pleasure to welcome Father Brian Mullady OP to our writing team. He is a professor, preacher and retreat master, who has authored three books, and is the Theological Consultant to the Institute on Religious Life. Please welcome him warmly and make him feel at home! It is a moral truth that “if we don’t know something is wrong, it may remain a moral evil,... Read More

Prayer and Purgatory: Thresholds to Glory

November 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Last Things, Prayer, Purgatory

Prayer and Purgatory: Thresholds to Glory Purgatory and prayer are both the thresholds to Glory. In both cases, the disciple of the Lord receives purification to live life to the full, to be free, to stand before God and, finally, to see his face. If we are not purified, healed, strengthened and taught how to love, we are not ready for such glory. Prayer is better than purgatory when it comes to this work of grace.  It... Read More

Offering More Than One Mass For the Deceased

November 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Death and Dying, Fr. Bartunek, Mass

Dear Father John, we have Mass said for the repose of a soul during their funeral. The Eucharist itself is said to be infinitely valuable and thus there is no greater value to offer to God. Why do we follow this with additional Masses particularly on the anniversary of the death of the individual given we cannot add to the value of the Mass? It also shows in the form of having novenas of Masses said as well for a particular intention,... Read More

Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King of the Universe

November 23, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Solemnity

Solemnity of Jesus Christ the King  Presence of God— O Jesus, Prince of Ages, King of Nations, be the sole Ruler of my mind and heart. MEDITATION The liturgy today is truly a triumphant hymn celebrating the Kingship of Christ. From the First Vespers of the Feast, the figure of Jesus is majestically portrayed, seated on a royal throne and dominating the entire world; “His Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom, and all kings shall... Read More

Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary November 21st Presence of God — O Mary, present my offering and my life to Our Lord. MEDITATION Although Holy Scripture does not tell us anything about the presentation of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple, this belief is based upon evidence authorized by a very ancient Christian tradition, and the Church has given it official recognition by making it the object of a... Read More

Consolation and Abandonment

Consolation and Abandonment Presence of God – Into Your hands, O Lord, I abandon myself with all confidence. MEDITATION “There are many who desire to make progress [in the spiritual way] and constantly entreat God to draw them and let them advance to this state of perfection [the state of union], but when it pleases God to begin to bring them through the first trials and mortifications, as is necessary, they are unwilling... Read More

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