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Jesus Shows Us the Father

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Jesus Shows Us the Father Presence of God– O Jesus, You are the Word who reveals the Father. You alone can teach me who God is. Speak, Lord, for Your servant heareth! MEDITATION “Now this is eternal life: that they may know Thee, the only true God” (John 17:3), Jesus tells us; and St. John the Evangelist says, “No man hath seen God at any time; the only-begotten Son who is in the bosom of... Read More

From the Eucharist to the Trinity

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From the Eucharist to the Trinity Presence of God– O Jesus, lead me to the Trinity; help me to live with the Trinity. MEDITATION Jesus came to us from the bosom of the Father to bring us to the Trinity; this was the purpose of the Incarnation and it is also that of the Eucharist, which prolongs the mystery of the Incarnation in time. In the Eucharist Jesus continues to be the Mediator between the... Read More

Blessed are the Meek (A Reflection on Meekness)

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Blessed are the Meek Presence of God – O Holy Spirit, diffuse in my heart an increase of the spirit of piety and meekness. MEDITATION By the gift of fortitude the Holy Spirit strengthens our heart; by the gift of piety He makes it meek and gentle. When we practice the virtue of meekness, we are doing our part–as we should do at all costs–to acquire that meekness of heart which Jesus has... Read More

Solemnity of Corpus Christi

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Corpus Christi Presence of God – “The eternal tide flows hid in living bread. That with its heavenly life too be fed …” (John of the Cross, Poems). MEDITATION We have gone, step by step, in the course of the liturgical year, from the consideration of the mysteries of the life of Jesus to the contemplation of the Blessed Trinity, whose feast we celebrated last Sunday. Jesus, our Mediator,... Read More

The Seven Sorrows of Mary

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The Seven Sorrows of Mary Presence of God – Permit me, O Mary, to remain near the Cross, that I may share with you in the Passion of Jesus. MEDITATION We find in Simeon’s prophecy the first explicit announcement of the part the Blessed Virgin was to have in the Passion of Jesus: “Thy own soul a sword shall pierce” (Lk 2:35). This prophecy was fulfilled on Calvary. “Yes, O Blessed Mother,”... Read More

Saint Angela of Foligno and the Enlightenment of Penance

October 26, 2013 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Penance/Confession

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Even though she died in 1309, Saint Angela of Foligno helps us appreciate the enlightenment that can come from a life of penance. It was a time not unlike our own. Epicureanism was destroying society even as great saints attempted to help their contemporaries see that there is so much more than the short term pleasures of the here and now. Saint Angela started out more on the Epicurean side of this... Read More

Saint Angela di Foligno and Blessed Elisabeth of the Trinity

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One of the influences on the thought and spirituality of Blessed Elisabeth of the Trinity is a Third Order Franciscan widow from the beginning of the 14th Century, Angela di Foligno. Pope Francis has just included this Master of Theology in the Calendar of the Saints and her feast will be January 4. Saint Angela’s Instructions #34 contains a description of some of her last experiences and words.... Read More

I am with You Always: Encounters with the Risen Lord

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“Behold, I am with you always unto the end of time.”  (Matthew 28:20) These last words of the Risen Christ to the Apostles before He ascended into heaven are words that live in our ongoing encounters with the Son of God today.  Because He has not abandoned us and is at work in the world, He is able to open our prayer to a real conversation with Him and, in the tender but unexpected love... Read More

Blessed Angela di Foligno: Resting in Crucified Love

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“You are I and I am you.”  (Words spoken to Blessed Angela di Foligno as recorded in Memorial, Chapter IX taken from Angela of Foligno: Complete Works, trans. Paul Lachance, O.F.M., in Classics of Western Spirituality, New York: Paulist Press (1993) 205.) These are words that Blessed Angela di Foligno believed the Risen Lord addressed to her. An early 14th century Franciscan Tertiary,... Read More

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