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Jesus Persecuted — Passiontide

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Jesus Persecuted 5th Sunday of Lent (Passiontide) Presence of God – O Jesus, help me to enter into the mystery of Your Passion; deign to associate me with it, so that I may participate in Your Resurrection. MEDITATION [Traditionally] … Passiontide begins [today], a time especially consecrated to the remembrance and loving contemplation of the sorrows of Jesus. The veiled crucifix and statues,... Read More

Humble and Reverent Love

November 10, 2015 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Love

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 Humble and Reverent Love Presence of God – O God, who art so great, deign to lift up my soul, so small and miserable, to Yourself. MEDITATION The love which audaciously urges the soul on to the conquest of divine union is, at the same time, full of reverence and respect, for the soul understands, much better than before, how sublime and lofty is the majesty of God. If, on the one hand, love makes... Read More

The Mystery of the Cross — Good Friday

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Good Friday   The Mystery of the Cross   Presence of God – O Jesus, permit me to penetrate with You into the depths of the mystery of the Cross. MEDITATION Good Friday is the day which invites us more than any other to “enter into the thicket of the trials and pains … of the Son of God” (John of the Cross, Spiritual Canticle first redaction, 35,9), and not only with the abstract... 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

Make me worthy to understand: A Christmas prayer

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“O my God! make me worthy to understand something of the mystery of the burning charity which is in You, which impelled you to effect the sublime act of the Incarnation! which brings to man, with the outpouring of love, the assurance of salvation. How ineffable is this charity! Truly there is no greater than this, that the Word was made flesh in order to make me like unto God! You became nothing... Read More

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