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Believing in Love

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Believing in Love Presence of God – O most sweet Infant Jesus, permit me to enter into the abyss of Your infinite love, so that I may believe in it with all my strength. MEDITATION When creating us, God loved us so much that He made us to His own image and likeness; when redeeming us, He loved us so much that He made Himself to our image! Christmas is pre-eminently the feast of love—the love which... Read More

The Nativity of the Lord: Christmas Day! The Savior has Appeared

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The Nativity of the Lord Christmas Day! The Savior has Appeared The Nativity of the Lord The Nativity of the Lord Presence of God — Behold, I am at the feet of my Incarnate God, who has become a Child for love of me! I adore, I thank, I love! MEDITATION God is charity: He has loved us with an everlasting love! “I think God must have said to Himself: Man does not love Me because he does... Read More

On the Advent of Our Lord and Its Six Circumstances (II/III)

November 30, 2015 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke, Meditations: Seasonal


On the Advent of Our Lord and Its Six Circumstances (Part II of III) (from the Advent Homilies of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Doctor of the Church) * Advent’s Second, Third and Fourth Circumstances Editor’s Note: In part I, we looked at the first of the six circumstances of Advent.  Today we will continue our examination, by looking at Advent’s second, third and fourth circumstances. * Circumstances... Read More

Yes, Virginia, There is An Infant…

December 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Sisters, Christmas


Yes, Virginia, There Is An Infant… Dear Virginia, I am writing to tell you about something that has been on my mind for several weeks. It has bubbled up within me, percolating up and down my brain and saturating my thoughts. Like coffee grounds in a coffeemaker, flowing in and out of my daily life, it strengthened quietly within my inmost soul almost – but not quite – imperceptibly. Somehow,... Read More

The Angels’ Song


THE ANGELS’ SONG “And suddenly there was with the Angel a multitude of the Heavenly host, praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men of goodwill.” Luke 2:13-14 1. It was fitting that this manifestation of the angels should have been made on this night of the Nativity. The fathers of the Church, when speaking of the fall of the rebel angels, tend to... Read More

The Angels and the Shepherds


THE ANGELS AND THE SHEPHERDS “And there were in the same country shepherds watching and keeping the night-watches over their flocks. And behold an Angel of the Lord stood by them, and the brightness of God shone about them, and they feared with a great fear. And the Angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold I bring you tidings of great joy, that shall be to all the people. For this day is born... Read More

The Nativity: Part I of II

December 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Christmas, Dan Burke, Meditations: Seasonal, Solemnity


THE NATIVITY: Part I of II “And it came to pass that in those days there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that the whole world should be enrolled. This enrolling was first done by Cyrenius, the governor of Syria. And all went to be enrolled, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee out of the city of Nazareth into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem,... Read More

The Nativity: Part II of II


THE NATIVITY: Part II of II “And thou, Bethlehem Ephrata, art a little one among the thousands of Judah: out of thee shall He come forth unto me that is to be the ruler in Israel; and His going forth is from the beginning, from the days of eternity. . . . And He shall stand, and feed in the strength of the Lord, in the height of the name of the Lord His God: and they shall be converted, for now... Read More

The Digital Nativity

December 18, 2010 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke, Videos

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Digital Nativity The Digital Nativity Digital Nativity: Well, the fare at Catholic Spiritual Direction is not what most would call light reading. So, to brighten up the mood a bit, I thought this Digital Nativity might make you smile. Of course, we take seriously the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ and how his coming ushered in our salvation.  We honor the role the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph... Read More

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