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The Value of Obedience

The Value of Obedience   Presence of God – O Jesus most obedient, make me understand the value of obedience. MEDITATION St. John of the Cross has said, “God wants from us the least degree of obedience and submission, rather than all the works we desire to offer Him” (Spiritual Maxims: Words of Light, 13). Why? Because obedience makes us surrender our own will to adhere to God’s will... Read More

268. A Blind Man Sees (John 9:1-17)

March 22, 2017 by  
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“Let us carry bravely the shield of faith, so that with its protection we may be able to parry whatever the enemy hurls at us.” – St. Cyprian John 9:1-17: As he went along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, for him to have been born blind?’ ‘Neither he nor his parents sinned,’ Jesus answered ‘he was... Read More

269. The Seeing Go Blind (John 9:18-41)

March 22, 2017 by  
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“God is watching us as we battle and fight in the combat of the faith. His angels are watching us, and so is Christ.” – St. Cyprian John 9:18-41: However, the Jews would not believe that the man had been blind and had gained his sight, without first sending for his parents and asking them, ‘Is this man really your son who you say was born blind? If so, how is it that he is now able to see?’... Read More

249. Quenching Christ’s Thirst (John 4:1-30)

March 15, 2017 by  
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“To show that he was not different from us, he undertook hard work, he went hungry and thirsty, he took rest and sleep, he did not shirk suffering, he revealed the Resurrection.” – St. Hippolytus John 4:1-30: When Jesus heard that the Pharisees had found out that he was making and baptizing more disciples than John – though in fact it was his disciples who baptized, not Jesus himself... Read More

250. Food for Life (John 4:31-42)

March 15, 2017 by  
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“The best way to become a saint is to plunge ourselves in the will of God, as a stone is immersed in the water. We must allow ourselves to be tossed like a ball here and there according to his good pleasure.” – St. Clement Hofbauer John 4:31-42: Meanwhile, the disciples were urging him, ‘Rabbi, do have something to eat; but he said, ‘I have food to eat that you do not know about.’ So... Read More

Humility

Humility Presence of God – O Jesus, You who were so humiliated for us, teach me how to practice true humility. MEDITATION Charity is the essence of Christian perfection, for charity alone has the power to unite man to God, his last end. But for us poor, miserable creatures, whom God wishes to raise to union with Himself, is charity the ultimate basis of the spiritual life? No. There is something... Read More

The Faithful Steward: A Lenten Retreat Guide on Saint Joseph

March 9, 2017 by  
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for post Lenten Retreat on Saint Joseph

The Faithful Steward: A Lenten Retreat Guide on Saint Joseph (A Retreat Guide from RCSpirituality.org)   He is the universal patron and protector of the Catholic Church. He is the traditional patron of a happy death, of fathers and of unborn children, of immigrants and workers, of home hunters and people facing doubt and hesitation, and of dozens of countries, regions, and cities across the world.... Read More

54. Mountaintop Meetings (Matthew 17:1-13)

March 8, 2017 by  
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“If he were not of the same nature as ourselves, his command to imitate him as a master would be a futile one.” – St. Hippolytus Matthew 17:1-13: Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone. There in their presence he was transfigured: his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as the light.... Read More

Conversion

Conversion   Presence of God – O Lord, You have created me for Yourself; grant that, with all my strength, I may tend toward You, my last end. MEDITATION In…Ezekiel 34:11-16, we read: “For thus saith the Lord God: Behold I Myself will seek My sheep, and will visit them … and will deliver them out of all the places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day…. I... Read More

Ash Wednesday 2017 — 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

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