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The Good Shepherd — Divine Intimacy Meditation

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The Good Shepherd Presence of God – I come to You, O Jesus, my Good Shepherd; lead me to the pastures of eternal life. MEDITATION The liturgy today sums up in the gentle figure of the Good Shepherd all that Jesus has done for our souls. The shepherd is everything to his flock; their life, their sustenance, and their care is entirely in his hands, and if the shepherd is good, they will have nothing... Read More

Calming the Storm: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila – Day 30 Reflections, Pt 2

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Calming the Storm 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Part 2, Day 30 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio Why does God allow suffering? St. Teresa helps us make sense of God’s role in our suffering. Join Dan and Melissa as they reflect on letters from St. Teresa from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila…and on calming the storm. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why does God “raise... Read More

Contemplating Jesus through Mary of Nazareth

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Contemplating Jesus Through Mary of Nazareth   Oh to be a mother—so many reasons to both worry and rejoice from pregnancy onward. But to be the Mother of the Savior…who can imagine it? Every mother contemplating the Christmas story surely must consider what it would have been like to have an angel announce our pregnancy or ride on a donkey with no place to rest during labor except a manger. But... Read More

How are We Able to Hold Fast to Our Faith? He is Risen!

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Alleluia! Christ is Risen! How are We Able to Hold Fast to Our Faith? He is Risen!   In the midst of our busy lives, it is easy to be overwhelmed and to feel overcome by difficult circumstance. For those who strive to pray, Christ risen from the dead allows us to taste this only in order to help us come to spiritual maturity. He himself comes to give us hope, that we might stand firm and not... Read More

Christ and the Confidence that Comes From the Holy Spirit

January 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Holy Spirit, Hope

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Christ and the Confidence that Comes from the Holy Spirit Christ baptizes in the power of the Holy Spirit and his fire animates the Christian life with hope.  The Holy Spirit who moved over the waters of creation, who overshadowed the Virgin Mary, who descended on Christ at his Baptism, who carried the Crucified’s last wordless cry for our sake from the depths of His heart and into the Heart... Read More

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

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

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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... Read More

Christ Yesterday, Today and Forever (Mysticism and Magisterium: II/VI)

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Editor’s Note: This is Part II of the Mysticism and Magisterium Series. You can find Part I here. Christ Yesterday, Today and Forever Jesus Christ is the Lord of history because His is the last say. The Last Judgment is also the last word. But our Savior is Lord of history also for another reason. Christ is present in the world and particularly in the Church at every historical moment through... Read More

What does it mean to have a “personal relationship with Christ?”

July 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Faith, Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Direction

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Dear Father John, what does it mean to have a “personal relationship with Christ?”  I pray regularly (rosary, Liturgy of the Hours, etc) and go to mass regularly, however, I don’t know that “personal relationship” would describe my understanding and experience of God. Am I missing something? Maybe, but maybe not. Let’s start answering your question with a question:... Read More

The Truth to Which Christ Bears Witness

January 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Truth, Witness

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The Truth to Which Christ Bears Witness “For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth” (John 18:37). A Carthusian reflects on these words of the Lord addressed to Pontius Pilate. He believes that these words reveal the most essential secret of Christ’s life. He explains: “It is awesome to discover that he came to bear witness: that... Read More

A Christmas Meditation

December 24, 2013 by  
Filed under Christmas, Fr. Najim, Seasonal Meditations

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In 1925, the New York World publication celebrated the birthday of Abraham Lincoln with a cartoon that has become something of a classic. Two Kentucky farmers are pictured talking over a picket fence. One asks, “Anything new happen lately?” The other responds, “Nothing much. A new baby was born over at Tom Lincoln’s place, but nothing much ever happens around here.” Can you imagine the same... Read More

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