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2 Doctors, 2 Ways, 1 Goal: Sts Teresa and Therese (Part 3 of 3)

2 Doctors, 2 Ways, 1 Goal: Sts Teresa and Therese (Part III of III) Memorial of Saint Teresa of Jesus Virgin and Doctor of the Church October 15th Editor’s note: In part II, we looked at Saint Teresa of Avila, in particular, and the way St Teresa and St Thérèse differed from each other. Today, we’ll put what we’ve considered in the previous posts of this series into perspective. Putting... Read More

To God with Love: St Teresa and the Way of Perfection

A Matter of Life and Death: What Meditation is! From St Teresa of Avila

To God With Love: St Teresa and The Way of Perfection To God with Love, I am yours, I was born for You: What do You want me to do? Teresa of Jesus These words taken from one of St. Teresa’s poems could easily have been penned by her in a letter to God. The phrase “I was born for You” is being used as the logo for the Fifth Centenary of the birth of St. Teresa [She was born in Spain in 1515].... Read More

Is God’s Love Unconditional? (Part I of II)

September 16, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, God's Love

Dear Father John, since I have been very exposed to the modern self-help movement that tells us God’s love or Christ’s love is unconditional, how do we explain judgment of others?  If he loves us all equally, why do we need to pray, be virtuous or even religious? If we are all flawed humans (some worse than others ) and we are told to love ourselves regardless, what could possibly be the motivation... Read More

How can actions & sufferings make God loved across the seas?

for post on why human suffering?

Dear Father John, in St. Thérèse’s poem to Venerable Theophane Venard (stanza 6) she expresses her desire to save souls as a missionary . . .  I love it, that unbelieving shore That was the object of your ardent love; With happiness I would fly toward it,  If my Jesus were to require it one day… But in His sight distances are wiped away; It is but a single point, this entire vast universe! My... Read More

Who are you?

May 1, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Self Knowledge

Who are You? Who are you? You are God’s child (John 1:12) You are Christ’s friend (John 15:15) You are a member of Christ’s Body (1 Corinthians 12:27) You are a citizen of heaven (Philippians 3:20) You are hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3) You are His chosen one in Him before the creation of the world (Ephesians 1:4, 11) You are adopted as his child (Ephesians 1:5) You are... Read More

I like dogs better than people, am I off base?

February 25, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Fraternal Love

Dear Dan, I was telling a friend of mine the other day that I really prefer dogs to people. He told me that I needed to pray about this and that he thought it was a serious issue for me spiritually. His response really has me baffled. Still, since Lent has me a bit introspective, I thought I would take his challenge seriously. What do you think? Is this just a silly conversation that I am taking too... Read More

Love beyond love

December 12, 2009 by  
Filed under Anonymous, Theophilus

Love Beyond Love Almighty God, I do love and fear you. What fool would fail to tremble at your ability to cast it into the eternal suffering of its own making? But I am not motivated by your power to effortlessly give me what I have often requested by my choice of sin. No, I am not motivated by my fear of judgment and hell. My divine Love, I am driven to love you by the reality of your unimaginable... Read More

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