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Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord: Forty Days After Easter

Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord Forty Days After Easter Presence of God – O Jesus, who ascended into heaven, grant that I, too, may live there in spirit. MEDITATION The central idea in the liturgy today is the raising of our hearts toward heaven, so that we may begin to dwell in spirit where Jesus has gone before us. “Christ’s Ascension,” says St. Leo, “is our own ascension; our... Read More

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion 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 to make Him their king... Read More

Ash Wednesday — Divine Intimacy Meditation

Ash Wednesday   Presence of God – I place myself in Your presence, O Lord; illumine with Your light the eternal truths, and awaken in my soul a sincere desire for conversion. MEDITATION: “Dust thou art, and into dust thou shalt return” (Genesis 3:19). These words, spoken for the first time by God to Adam after he had committed sin, are repeated today by the Church to every Christian,... Read More

Jesus and Mankind

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

Charity the Essence of Sanctity

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

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

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 Shows Us the Father

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

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

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

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