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I Was Born For You

November 8, 2015 by  
Filed under God's Will, Pilgrimage, Prayer, Teresa Tomeo

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

I Was Born For You Editor’s Note:  In anticipation of Avila Institute’s and Ave Maria Radio’s upcoming 2016 Easter Week pilgrimage to Spain, with Dan Burke and Teresa Tomeo, Teresa has graciously shared a reflection on St. Teresa of Avila, the saint she was named after, and St. Teresa’s prayer “I Was Born For You”. When most of us think of famous words written... Read More

St Therese: To My Angel Guardian

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TO MY ANGEL GUARDIAN A Poem by St Thérèse of Lisieux Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels October 2nd O glorious guardian of my frame! In heaven’s high courts thou shinest bright, As some most pure and holy flame, Before the Lord of endless light. Yet for my sake thou com’st to earth, To be my brother, Angel dear: My friend and keeper from my birth, By day and night to me most near.   Knowing... Read More

What Do Books Have to Do With Faith? (Part I of II)

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What do books have to do with faith? (Part I of II) Dear Father John, I notice there is a book club on this site.  We don’t need stuff like that to have a relationship with God.  What do books, or literature–other than the Bible, the Good Book–have to do with faith anyway?  Please help.  I am trying to understand. INFORMING AND FORMING our intellectual power is essential for... Read More

To the Feet of the Crucified One

April 3, 2015 by  
Filed under En espanol, Holy Week, Liz Estler, Poetry, Triduum

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To the Feet of the Crucified One (This is the translation of the original Spanish version, which follows below) White roses I’ve brought to the feet of the Savior, to those feet that have walked the road of pain He trod. Drops of blood have fallen and trickle flower to flower. The roses have been converted into a bouquet of love [a bower]! Red, very bright red and of a piercing scent; the flowers... Read More

Veronica’s Veil

April 1, 2015 by  
Filed under Donna Sue Berry, Holy Week, Lent, Poetry

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Veronica’s Veil Veronica could not compete with the roaring, raucous mob, Though no one heard her plea to move, she pushed with one last sob. Compassion and persistence had begged her try again, And just that quick she found herself before the Man condemned. It’s then He fell beneath the cross that forced Him to the ground, Which ripped His skin and tore His face; head pierced by thorny... Read More

Rosary on the Headboard — Poetry from Donna Sue Berry

October 17, 2014 by  
Filed under Donna Sue Berry, Poetry, Prayer, Rosary

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Rosary on the Headboard I stumbled through my daily grind Right up until midnight, Then fell in bed without my prayers; I knew it wasn’t right. So tired I was, almost asleep, But thoughts kept waking me, To rise and pray a rosary Upon my bended knees. But my rosary beads were knotted Around my headboard rail, And tired attempts to pull them down Ended to no avail. Our Lady knows how tired I am, Was... Read More

Questions to Our Lady of Sorrows (Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows)

September 15, 2014 by  
Filed under Donna Sue Berry, Memorial, Poetry

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QUESTIONS TO OUR LADY OF SORROWS Questions to Our Lady of Sorrows While you stood there in the chaos, Could you see past all the pain, Past the sword that ripped your own soul To your son’s triumphant reign? Did the sands there of Golgotha Scratch lines onto your face, Mixing with the blood of Jesus, Dearest lady full of grace? While you stood beneath his shadow As he hung there on the cross, Could... Read More

Broken? – Stanza XII – Part II

February 21, 2014 by  
Filed under Becky Ward, Poetry

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“No pain, No gain!” You led the way, and showed the path we too must find. Your saints remind us through example, on what to set our heart and mind. The lives of the saints and martyrs are full of absolutely amazing stories that demonstrate what a life dedicated to following the path Jesus set for us may look like. Far from being boring cookie-cutter examples, the variety is fascinating, and provides... Read More

Broken? – Stanza XII – Part I

February 7, 2014 by  
Filed under Becky Ward, Poetry

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Broken? Stanza XII Part I “No pain, No gain!” You led the way, and showed the path we too must find. Your saints remind us through example, on what to set our heart and mind. Human beings are noble creatures. God made us in His own likeness, and if He is good, then it follows that we must be good, as well. The concept of nobility, goodness, or dignity does not include any selfishness or inclination... Read More

Thank You God for Jesus

January 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Advent, Christmas, Donna Sue Berry, Poetry

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I truly now can say to you, as Christmas drifts away, This was an Advent to remember and a special Christmas day. Our families all had fasted and petitioned God for grace, With what a joy to see at Mass the peace on each ones face! With four weeks of preparation, and sacrifices made, We came to place our gifts of straw where Jesus would be laid. Each piece of hay an offering, a penitence of love; It... Read More

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