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The Canticle of Simeon

December 31, 2014 by  
Filed under Christmas, Dan Burke, Meditations: Seasonal, The Prince of Peace

THE CANTICLE OF SIMEON  “And [he] said: Now thou dost dismiss thy servant, O Lord, according to thy word, in peace; because my eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before thy people: a light to the revelation of the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. And his father and mother were wondering at these things which were spoken concerning him.” Luke 2:25-28 1. This, then, is the consolation... Read More

The Purification

December 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Christmas, Dan Burke, Meditations: Seasonal, The Prince of Peace

THE PURIFICATION “And after the days of her Purification, according to the Law of Moses, were accomplished, they carried Him to Jerusalem, to present Him to the Lord. As it is written in the Law of the Lord, That every male opening the womb shall be called holy to the Lord: and to offer sacrifice, according as it is written in the Law of the Lord, a pair of turtle doves, or two young pigeons.” Luke 2:22-2 1. The story of Christmas,... Read More

Simeon

December 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Christmas, Dan Burke, Meditations: Seasonal, The Prince of Peace

SIMEON “And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Ghost was in him. And he had received an answer from the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death before he had seen the Christ of the Lord. And he came by the Spirit into the Temple. And when His Parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the... Read More

The Holy Name of Jesus (Part I of II)

December 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Christmas, Dan Burke, Meditations, The Prince of Peace

THE HOLY NAME OF JESUS (Part I of II) “His name was called Jesus, which was called by the Angel before He was conceived in the womb.” Luke 2:21 1. It is not difficult to meditate upon the Holy Name, or to use the Holy Name in prayer. More than any other name, perhaps alone among all proper names, it is appropriate to the One Who owned it. Usually the names of men are given at random; they mean nothing in themselves; a man... Read More

The Holy Name of Jesus (Part II of II)

December 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Christmas, Dan Burke, Meditations, The Prince of Peace

THE HOLY NAME OF JESUS (Part II of II) “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and let all that is within thee bless His Holy Name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and never forget all He hath done for thee.” Psalm 103:1-2 1. The great saint of the Holy Name is St. Bernardine of Siena. In his missionary expeditions he carried it on a banner, and used it continually in his sermons. He has a long treatise on the Holy Name, which teems with... Read More

What is My Deepest Desire? (Part I of II)

December 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Loving God, Spiritual Life

Dear Father John, You've written about focusing on the heart and what the Bible says in the Psalms “May He grant you your heart's desire.” I can think of a lot of things I would like to have. But, what is really my heart's desire? What is my deepest desire? LOVING GOD WITH all one’s heart simply means making God–an increasing communion with him, an ever-deepening friendship with him–the highest priority and guiding... Read More

Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Presence of God – I beg the Blessed Virgin Mary to allow me to enter in spirit the humble home at Nazareth, to contemplate Jesus’ most admirable life there. MEDITATION On this day for the last time in the cycle of the liturgical year, the Church invites us to contemplate the mystery of Jesus’ humble, hidden life. A feeling of close intimacy and tenderness characterizes... Read More

The Circumcision

December 28, 2014 by  
Filed under Christmas, Dan Burke, Meditations: Seasonal, The Prince of Peace

THE CIRCUMCISION “And after eight days were accomplished, that the Child should be circumcised, His name was called Jesus, which was called by the Angel before He was conceived in the womb.” Luke 2:21 1. We recognize at once in the simple narrative of these lives the immediate decision of Our Lady and St. Joseph that they will make no difference between themselves and others because of the Child that has been given to them.... Read More

Yes, Virginia, There is An Infant…

December 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Sisters, Christmas

Yes, Virginia, There Is An Infant… Dear Virginia, I am writing to tell you about something that has been on my mind for several weeks. It has bubbled up within me, percolating up and down my brain and saturating my thoughts. Like coffee grounds in a coffeemaker, flowing in and out of my daily life, it strengthened quietly within my inmost soul almost – but not quite – imperceptibly. Somehow, somewhere, something wasn’t... Read More

The Adoration of the Shepherds

December 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Christmas, Dan Burke, Meditations: Seasonal, The Prince of Peace

THE ADORATION OF THE SHEPHERDS “And it came to pass that after the Angels departed from them into Heaven the shepherds said one to another, ‘Let us go over to Bethlehem, and let us see this word that is come to pass, which the Lord hath showed to us.' And they came with haste, and they found Mary and Joseph, and the Infant lying in a manger. And seeing, they understood of the word that had been spoken to them concerning... Read More

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