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Charity the Essence of Sanctity

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Charity the Essence of Sanctity Presence of God – I place myself in the presence of God, considering that He is infinite charity: “Deus caritas est,” God is charity. MEDITATION “Be you, therefore, perfect, as also Your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). Before we can begin to imitate God, we must know who He is, and in what His perfection consists. Holy Scripture tells us, God is... Read More

The Doctrine of Jesus

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The Doctrine of Jesus (Fourth Sunday of Lent) Presence of God – Behold me at Your feet, O Lord, that I may hear Your doctrine, the doctrine of eternal life. MEDITATION The truths Jesus taught are so important and essential that, to know them or not, to believe them or not, is a matter of life or of death. His doctrine is not optional; rather, it is so essential that we cannot attain eternal life... Read More

Sin — Divine Intimacy Reflection

February 16, 2016 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Sin

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Sin Presence of God – O Jesus Crucified, give me the grace to understand the great malice of sin. MEDITATION The essence of Christian perfection consists in union with God by charity. While charity, by conforming our wills to God’s, unites us to Him, grave sin, which directly opposes His will, produces the opposite effect. In other words, charity is the force uniting man to God, and sin the force... Read More

Jesus and Mankind

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Jesus and Mankind   Presence of God – O Jesus, teach me to love others as You love them. MEDITATION The sacred soul of Jesus always remains in closest union with the Blessed Trinity and therefore in the most profound contemplation, yet He is ever mindful of the needs of mankind. It was for men that Jesus came—to save them and bring them to the Father; and He gives Himself to them with the... Read More

Jesus Shows Us the Father

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Jesus Shows Us the Father Presence of God– O Jesus, You are the Word who reveals the Father. You alone can teach me who God is. Speak, Lord, for Your servant heareth! MEDITATION “Now this is eternal life: that they may know Thee, the only true God” (John 17:3), Jesus tells us; and St. John the Evangelist says, “No man hath seen God at any time; the only-begotten Son who is in the bosom of... Read More

Let Us Make Good Use of Time

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Let us Make Good Use of Time Presence of God – On the last day of the year, I recollect myself in the presence of the Child Jesus, to examine in the light of eternity the value of time. MEDITATION Time passes and does not return. God has assigned to each of us a definite time in which to fulfill His divine plan for our soul; we have only this time and shall have no more. Time ill spent is lost forever.... 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

The Triumphal Entrance of Jesus

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The Triumphal Entrance of Jesus Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday) Presence of God: O Jesus, I want to follow You in Your triumph, so that I may follow You later to Calvary. MEDITATION Holy Week begins with the description of the triumphal entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem on the Sunday before His Passion. Jesus, who had always been opposed to any public manifestation and who had fled when the people wanted... Read More

Seeking God in Love

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Seeking God in Love Presence of God – Help me, O God, to concentrate all my affections on You, so that my heart will be satisfied with You alone. MEDITATION Faith “is like the feet wherewith the soul journeys to God, and love is the guide that directs it” (John of the Cross, Spiritual Canticle, 1,11). Charity follows faith; in this life, faith and charity, as it were, go at an equal pace:... Read More

Solemnity of All Saints

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Solemnity of All Saints November First Presence of God – Through the intercession of Your saints, O Lord, may I tread the way of holiness courageously. MEDITATION Holy Mother Church, always solicitous and anxious for our salvation, exults today with exceeding joy as she contemplates the glory of her children who, having reached their heavenly fatherland, are safe for all eternity, forever delivered... Read More

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