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Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord (Transferred)

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Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord (Transferred) Presence of God— At your side, O Mary, I wish to learn how to repeat in every circumstance your “Ecce ancilla Domini!” Behold the handmaid of the Lord. MEDITATION Let us try, through the inspired narrative of St. Luke (Gospel: 1: 26-38), to enter into the dispositions of Mary’s soul at the time of the Annunciation. The Angel sent by... Read More

Peace to Men

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Peace to Men December twenty-ninth Presence of God – I place myself at the feet of the Infant Jesus to meditate on the angels’ hymn: “Peace on earth to men of good will” (Luke 2:14). MEDITATION At Bethlehem the angels announced two things: glory to God and peace to men; the one corresponds to the other. No one glorifies God as much as that little Babe lying on the straw. He alone, being the... Read More

Sanctity and the Plenitude of Grace

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Sanctity and the Plenitude of Grace Presence of God – I draw near to Jesus, the “fountain of life and holiness,” with an ardent desire to drink from this inexhaustible fount. MEDITATION If Jesus came to sanctify all, if it is God’s will that “all should be saints,” then sanctity cannot consist in extraordinary gifts of nature and grace, which depend solely upon God’s liberality. Sanctity,... Read More

Gratitude

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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.... Read More

Jesus the Universal King

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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... Read More

Humble and Reverent Love

November 10, 2015 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Love

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 Humble and Reverent Love Presence of God – O God, who art so great, deign to lift up my soul, so small and miserable, to Yourself. MEDITATION The love which audaciously urges the soul on to the conquest of divine union is, at the same time, full of reverence and respect, for the soul understands, much better than before, how sublime and lofty is the majesty of God. If, on the one hand, love makes... Read More

Interior Trials

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Interior Trials Presence of God – O Lord, purify me as gold in the crucible; purify me and do not spare me, that I may attain to union with You. MEDITATION If Our Lord finds you strong and faithful, humble and patient in accepting exterior trials, He will go on little by little to others that are more inward and spiritual “to purge and cleanse you more inwardly … to give you more interior blessings”... Read More

The Glory of the Most Holy Trinity

The Glory of the Most Holy Trinity

The Glory of the Most Holy Trinity Presence of God – O most Holy Trinity, You who have created me for Your glory, grant that I may give You all the glory of which I am capable. MEDITATION The mystery of the Most Blessed Trinity is the root and center of all the other mysteries of our holy faith: the root from which they all spring and upon which they depend, the center about which they gravitate.... Read More

Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God

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Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God (Feast of the Motherhood of the Blessed Virgin Mary) Presence of God – O Mary, Mother of God, deign to accept my humble homage and grant that I, too, may enjoy the blessed fruits of your maternity. MEDITATION The [Solemnity] we celebrate today honors Mary under her most beautiful title and in her most glorious prerogative: Mother of God. This title and... Read More

Blessed are the Meek (A Reflection on Meekness)

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Blessed are the Meek Presence of God – O Holy Spirit, diffuse in my heart an increase of the spirit of piety and meekness. MEDITATION By the gift of fortitude the Holy Spirit strengthens our heart; by the gift of piety He makes it meek and gentle. When we practice the virtue of meekness, we are doing our part–as we should do at all costs–to acquire that meekness of heart which Jesus has... Read More

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