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Feast of All Carmelite Saints

November 14, 2016 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Feast Days, Liturgy, Liz Estler

Feast of All Carmelite Saints As those of you who have been following our site for some time know, we are partial to Carmelite spirituality here.  It is a spirituality, formed in the crucible of spiritual fire, that drew the Carmelite saints to the Lord by way of prayer and love.  In today's Carmelite calendar, the Carmelites celebrate the feast of all the many Carmelite saints: saints like St.... Read More

Obtaining Peace and Zeal for Growth in Grace

OF OBTAINING PEACE, AND OF ZEAL FOR GROWTH IN GRACE   1. We might enjoy much peace if we would not busy ourselves with the words and deeds of others, and things which appertain nothing to our charge. How can he abide long in peace, who thrusteth himself into the cares of others, who seeketh occasions abroad, who little or seldom cometh to himself? Blessed are the single-hearted; for they shall... Read More

Transitioning from Meditation to Contemplation

Transitioning from Meditation to Contemplation What is the difference between meditation and contemplation? What does the transition between them look like? How will you know if you are ready for the transition, and how can you prepare for it? Dan and Melissa discuss when and how this transitioning from meditation to contemplation takes place as they reflect on the book Finding God Through Meditation... Read More

Sanctity and God’s Will

Sanctity and God’s Will Presence of God – I place myself in the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, asking Him to penetrate my soul with His words, “He that doth the will of My Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 7:21). MEDITATION The path which leads to sanctity, that is, to God, can be marked out only by God Himself, by His will. Jesus expressed this... Read More

Sanctity and the Plenitude of Grace

Sanctity and the Plenitude of Grace Presence of God – I draw near to Jesus, the “fountain of life and holiness,” with an ardent desire to drink from this inexhaustible fount. MEDITATION If Jesus came to sanctify all, if it is God’s will that “all should be saints,” then sanctity cannot consist in extraordinary gifts of nature and grace, which depend solely upon God’s liberality. Sanctity,... Read More

Surviving Suffering – 30 Days with Teresa of Avila – Reflections on Day 28 – Part 2

Surviving Suffering 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Part 2, Day 28 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio St. Teresa reveals the secrets to working through and surviving suffering. Dan and Melissa continue their discussion of St. Teresa's letter of consolation to her friend Doña Maria de Mendoza from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can we condition ourselves... Read More

Practical Benefits of Prayer: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila: Day 17 Reflections

Practical Benefits of Prayer: 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 17 Reflections Join Dan and Melissa as they reflect on letters from St. Teresa from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Today's letter reveals some of the Saint's personal tragedies and how she deals with them. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How suffering allows us to more fully experience joy. What is the relationship between... Read More

Jesus The Teacher of Sanctity

Jesus the Teacher of Sanctity Presence of God – I need You always, my divine Master, because You alone are holy and can show me the true way of holiness. MEDITATION The knowledge of God in which eternal life consists, as Jesus has said, is not the kind of knowledge which stops at the enlightenment of our intellects, but knowledge which stirs up our wills to love the God whom we know, and which... Read More

3 Ways: Longing for Face of God: Navigating the Interior Life (4/4)

The Three Ways: Longing for the Face of God ~ Navigating the Interior Life (Part IV of IV)   In our first post of this series, we covered an introduction to the concept of the three ways of the interior life. In part II and part III we covered the first and second of the three ways. In this post we will finalize our exploration of the ways. Before we jump into this final post and close out this... Read More

What Makes a Saint?

September 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Holiness

Dear Father John, why does becoming a saint seem to make us less human? I don't mean “less human” in that we cannot observe beauty, drink wine, listen to DeBussy, cry tears of joy or make love. What I mean is that if you take Mother Teresa as an example or even Pope Francis, it seems that it’s in the denial of their human needs (or in putting the needs of others first) that they are more Christ-like... Read More

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