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Prudent Judgment

Prudent Judgment   Presence of God – Help me, O God, to judge with rectitude so that I may be able to act accordingly. MEDITATION The first duty of prudence is to help us choose the best means for attaining our final end. Many times the choice is easy and presents itself spontaneously to a mind accustomed to making judgments and acting in the light of eternity. At other times, however, it is... Read More

The Virtues and the Gifts

The Virtues and the Gifts   Presence of God – Teach me, O Holy Spirit, to remain in an attitude of continual attention to Your inspirations, and of perpetual dependence upon Your impulses. MEDITATION St. Thomas teaches that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are given to us as a help to the virtues: “dona sunt in adjutorium virtutum.” This is a very meaningful expression: note that we receive... Read More

Action of the Holy Spirit

The Action of the Holy Spirit Presence of God – O Holy Spirit, make me realize Your action in my soul; teach me to recognize it and correspond with it. MEDITATION Just as the Holy Spirit dwelt in the most holy soul of Christ in order to bring it to God, so He abides in our souls for the same purpose. In Jesus He found a completely docile will, one that He could control perfectly, whereas in us... Read More

Sweet Guest of the Soul

Sweet Guest of the Soul   Presence of God – O Holy Spirit, You who deign to dwell in me, help me to open my soul completely to Your action. MEDITATION The Encyclical Mystici Corporis states that “the Holy Spirit is the soul of the Church.” Because soul means “principle of life,” this statement equivalently says that the divine Paraclete is the One who gives life to the Church. As the... Read More

Mary’s Humility – Divine Intimacy Meditation

Mary's Humility   Presence of God – O Mary, humblest of all creatures, make me humble of heart. MEDITATION St. Bernard says: “It is not hard to be humble in a hidden life, but to remain so in the midst of honors is a truly rare and beautiful virtue.” The Blessed Virgin was certainly the woman whom God honored most highly, whom He raised above all other creatures; yet no creature was so... Read More

How Sanctifying Grace Makes us Like God

How Sanctifying Grace Makes us like God

How Sanctifying Grace Makes us Like God With the Gift of the Holy Spirit, the gift of supernatural grace makes one’s whole existence holy. This doctrine of deification, or divinization, involves a true sharing in God’s life that does not diminish our created dignity but raises our freedom above its natural capacities. To be assimilated into the life of God in a way that perfects our humanity,... Read More

Elizabeth of the Trinity’s Lived Spirituality

Elizabeth of the Trinity's Lived Spirituality  Elizabeth of the Trinity crossed the threshold of the Dijon Carmel aware that she was embracing a life that, by vocation and mission, had prayer, silence, solitude, and an unceasing conversation with God at its center. She felt called to consecrate her entire existence to a living relationship with God-Trinity, with Christ, as an expression of a love... Read More

Who is Blessed Marie-Eugene of the Child Jesus?

Who is Blessed Marie-Eugene of the Child Jesus?   In 2016, Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity was canonized. It was truly a great grace for the Church and much was made of her being raised to the altars.  Almost unnoticed, outside of Carmelite circles, was the beatification on November 19, 2016 of Pere Marie-Eugène of the Child Jesus, born Henri Grialou in Le Gua, a little town in the mining region... Read More

Deacon Seeking New Spiritual Director

Deacon Seeking New Spiritual Director Dear Rev. Bartunek, I was provided your email address from Catholic Spiritual Direction upon request. I was hoping you might write an article on the following question. I am in the process of looking for a new spiritual director. While meeting with a prospective director the priest explained that he approaches direction from a “contemplative” approach... Read More

Who is Elisabeth of the Trinity – Our Newest Saint?

Who is Elisabeth of the Trinity – Our Newest Saint?   At 20 years old Elisabeth of the Trinity was a Carmelite nun who died at the beginning of the 20th century at the age of 26.  Born in an Army camp in 1880, the oldest of two sisters, her father was a veteran and POW of the Franco-Prussian War who died while she was still a child. Her mother had a conversion experience before her marriage... Read More

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