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Flower of Carmel – Flos Carmeli – You Are Our Mother

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 Flower of Carmel – Flos Carmeli – You Are Our Mother… Flower of Carmel – Flos Carmeli – You are our Mother Every year on July 16th, Carmelites throughout the world celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, patroness of the Carmelite Order.  If you want to know how we feel about Mary, our Mother, spend a few minutes reflecting on one of the most beautiful... Read More

The Divine Plan for the World: A Mirror for the Spiritual World

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The Divine Plan for the World: A Mirror for the Spiritual World* Optional Memorial of Saint Ephrem Doctor of the Church   Lord, shed upon our darkened souls the brilliant light of your wisdom so that we may be enlightened and serve you with renewed purity. Sunrise marks the hour for men to begin their toil, but in our souls, Lord, prepare a dwelling for the day that will never end. Grant that... Read More

Feast of the Archangels

September 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Liz Estler, Prayer

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Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels Last year, we brought you this post on the archangels which came from the Liturgy of the Hours: http://www.spiritualdirection.com/2014/09/29/feast-sts-michael-gabriel-raphael-archangels Many of you already know the prayer to Saint Michael, the Archangel.  But, did you know there are specific prayers for the other two archangels, as well? Today,... Read More

Act of Contrition

March 16, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Prayer, Prayers

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Contrition in the Confessional Act of Contrition Act of Contrition: O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended You, and I detest all my sins, because of Your just punishments, but most of all because they offended You, my God, who are all goo and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasions of sin. Amen. + This above... Read More

Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

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Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels, October 2nd “He has given his angels charge over you to guard you in all your ways‘ [Psalm 91:11]. These words should fill you with respect, inspire devotion and instill confidence; respect for the presence of angels, devotion because of their loving service, and confidence because of their protection. And so the angels are here; they are at your side,... Read More

Flos Carmeli (Flower of Carmel)

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Every year on July 16th, Carmelites throughout the world celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, patroness of the Carmelite Order.  If you want to know how we feel about Mary, our Mother, spend a few minutes reflecting on one of the most beautiful prayers ever written, the Flos Carmeli. Most of us pray – before meals, morning and/or night prayers, many people pray before a trip, and... Read More

Carmelite Prayer

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Editor’s Note: As we approach the Memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel this coming week, it is appropriate to consider a Carmelite prayer. Our Lord taught Saint Teresa a simple method of prayer. It is often called mental prayer. “I never knew what it was to get satisfaction and comfort out of prayer,” confesses the Saint, “until the Lord taught me this method – I beg of you to test... Read More

Prayer to Our Lady, Undoer of Knots

October 8, 2013 by  
Filed under Liz Estler, Mary, Prayer, Prayers

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Prayer to Our Lady, Undoer of Knots Our Lady, Undoer of Knots by Johann Georg Schmidtner O Virgin Mary, Mother who never refuses to come to the help of your children in need, Mother whose hands never stop working for the welfare of your children, moved as they are by the loving mercy and kindness that exists in your Immaculate Heart, cast your compassionate and merciful eyes on me and see the snarl... Read More

O Virgin of Guadalupe

December 11, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Mary, Prayer, Prayers

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O Virgin of Guadalupe, Mother of the Americas, grant to our homes the grace of loving and respecting life in its beginnings, with the same love with which you conceived in your womb the life of the Son of God. Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Fair Love, protect our families so that they may always be united and bless the upbringing of our children. Our hope, look upon us with pity, teach is to go continually... Read More

Lead Kindly Light

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Lead Kindly Light Lead, Kindly Light, amidst th’encircling gloom, Lead Thou me on! The night is dark, and I am far from home, Lead Thou me on! Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see The distant scene; one step enough for me. I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou Shouldst lead me on; I loved to choose and see my path; but now Lead Thou me on! I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears, Pride... Read More

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