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On the Advent of Our Lord and Its Six Circumstances (II/III)

November 30, 2015 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke, Meditations: Seasonal

On the Advent of Our Lord and Its Six Circumstances (Part II of III) (from the Advent Homilies of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Doctor of the Church) * Advent's Second, Third and Fourth Circumstances Editor's Note: In part I, we looked at the first of the six circumstances of Advent.  Today we will continue our examination, by looking at Advent's second, third and fourth circumstances. * Circumstances 2 and 3: Behold, you have... Read More

How Should I Spiritually Feed My Mind?

How Should I Spiritually Feed My Mind? Dear Father John, I notice that, as I've grown spiritually, I don't read the same things that I used to do because for one, they don't seem as interesting, and two, they don't seem to nourish me spiritually.  How should I spiritually feed my mind? IN OUR POST-CHRISTIAN culture, the spiritual, moral, and intellectual atmosphere that surrounds our daily activities contains anti-Christian values.... Read More

On the Advent of Our Lord and Its Six Circumstances (I/III)

November 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke, Meditations: Seasonal

On the Advent of Our Lord and Its Six Circumstances (from the Advent Homilies of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Doctor of the Church) * Advent's First Circumstance * TO-DAY, we celebrate the beginning of Advent. The name of this great annual commemoration is sufficiently familiar to us; its meaning may not be so well known. When the unhappy children of Eve had abandoned the pursuit of things true and salutary, they gave themselves... Read More

Advent: Allowing Christ to Rest in Us

November 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Advent, Carmelite Sisters

Advent…Allowing Christ to Rest in Us On the First Sunday in Advent, all over the world – in Los Angeles, in Rome, in Tibet – wherever Christians gather, in cathedrals and around kitchen tables, a single candle will be lit – the first candle of the Advent wreath. That single candle pierces the darkness. Hope is enkindled. Once again, as every year, the whole world waits. In the Old Testament, we see that the... Read More

Finding God through Meditation – Mental Prayer & Centering Prayer

St Peter of Alcantara on Mental Prayer Finding God through Meditation What is “centering prayer”? What did Sts Peter of Alcántara and Teresa of Avila teach about good prayer? Dan and Melissa reflect on the differences between good prayer and false prayer, as found in St Peter of Alcántara's book Finding God through Meditation. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Are there incorrect ways to pray? What did Jesus... Read More

Gratitude

November 26, 2015 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Gratitude, Prayer

Gratitude Presence of God – O my God, give me a grateful heart, that I may sing Your praises forever. MEDITATION Incapable as we are of paying our debts to God according to justice, we should at least try to supply for them by our gratitude. Even the poorest beggar, having nothing to give in return for the alms he has received, can always acknowledge a kindness by showing gratitude to his benefactor. This is our position in... Read More

Christmas Hidden Treasures: Advent Retreat Guide

November 24, 2015 by  
Filed under Advent, Christmas, Fr. Bartunek, Retreat Guides

The Hidden Treasures of Christmas: A Retreat Guide for Advent The newest Retreat Guide from RC Spirituality, The Hidden Treasures of Christmas, is now available at www.RCSpirituality.org Advent and Christmas time are always busy, busy, busy. They come and go so quickly, and when the New Year arrives, we always feel like we should have lived them better; we should have given more time and effort to the simple things, the spiritual... Read More

Viva Cristo Rey: Celebrating the Life Witness of Blessed Miguel Pro

November 23, 2015 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Pilgrimage

¡Viva Cristo Rey! Viva Cristo Rey!* Yesterday was the Solemnity of Christ the King, properly known as the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. Today, we honor Blessed Miguel Pro, a Catholic priest who was martyred during the persecutions of Catholics in Mexico during the Cristero War (1926-1929). The Feast of Christ the King day was instituted in 1925 by Pope Pius XI, in his encyclical Quas Primas, just... Read More

My Director Hasn’t Seen Me – I Need His Counsel: What Now?

November 23, 2015 by  
Filed under Challenges, Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Directors

My Spiritual Director Hasn't Seen Me ~ I Need His Counsel: What Now?   Dear Father John, My spiritual director is also my parish priest. I have been seeing him for several years. I have been very displeased with how things have been going lately. In his defense he has made it clear that most parish priests don't take on spiritual directees because they don't have a lot of time to give spiritual direction. However, it's been... Read More

Jesus the Universal King

November 22, 2015 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Solemnity

Jesus, the Universal King Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe Presence of God – O Lord, Your greatness is unfathomable; enable me to adore and love You in a manner worthy of Your infinite Majesty. MEDITATION Since Jesus is all things to us, it is fitting that we honor Him as our King. He Himself proclaimed …“I am a king” (John 18:37). “All power is given to Me in heaven and on earth” (Matthew... Read More

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