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Devotion to Sts Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels

September 29, 2016 by  
Filed under Angels, Feast Days, Liz Estler

Three Archangels: Michael, Raphael, Gabriel

Devotion to Sts Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels Feast of Sts Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels Editor’s note: Today we present a short treatise on devotion to the holy archangels adapted from “Devotion to the Nine Choirs of Holy Angels”, published in 1869 as an English translation of the French, and written by Henri Marie Bouden (1624 – 1702), an archdeacon... Read More

The Duty of the Apostolate

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The Duty of the Apostolate   Presence of God – O Jesus, You who have accepted me as a member of Your Mystical Body, grant that I may not be in it as a stranger, but that I may work for the good of all my brethren. MEDITATION Regardless of the degree of charity to which a soul may have attained and of its particular vocation, there is for every Christian a duty of apostolate based on the very... Read More

Light of the Spirit and True Knowledge of God

March 14, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Liturgy of the Hours, Prayer

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Light of the Spirit and True Knowledge of God   Lent is a time of intensified prayer.  See what Saint John Chrysostom has to say about this discourse with God. “Prayer and converse with God is a supreme good: it is a partnership and union with God. As the eyes of the body are enlightened when they see light, so our spirit, when it is intent on God, is illumined by his infinite light. I... Read More

The Living Water

February 28, 2016 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Lent

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The Living Water Third Sunday of Lent Presence of God– O Jesus, my soul thirsts for You, the source of living water; grant that I may draw near You and drink! MEDITATION Jesus stated on several occasions that He was the fountain of living water for all who believed in Him and He invited souls to draw near this spring because, as He said to the Samaritan woman, “He that shall drink of the water... Read More

Five Ways to Trust God – From People Who Did

February 16, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Mercy, Vicki Burbach

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The Second Greatest Story Ever Told (Week 2 of 8) Truly, sin begins with a lack of trust: “Man let his trust in his creator die in his heart.” Sure, pride was there, too. But the starting point, the origin of sin, is lack of trust in God. And this applies not only to the first sin but to “all subsequent sin.” Indeed, every one of our sins involves “lack of trust” in God’s goodness.... Read More

The Ugliest Rash in the World

January 21, 2016 by  
Filed under Humility, Judgment, Sin, Trent Beattie

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The Ugliest Rash in the World   There’s a curious story about a middle-aged woman who moved to a new parish. One weekday after Mass, she noticed a couple emptying the St. Vincent de Paul food collection into the back of a shiny red SUV. The new parishioner was alarmed and, since there was no one else left in the church, immediately went to the parish office with her concern. “I’ve got to... Read More

The Family as Domestic Church: How She Hands on Faith (Part II of IV)

September 23, 2015 by  
Filed under Church, Domestic Church, Family, Family Life, Liz Estler

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The Family as Domestic Church: How She Hands on the Faith (Part II of IV) Editor’s Note: In part I, we examined how the four marks of the Church apply to the family. Today, we begin to consider what being priest, prophet and king means by delving into what it means to be priest in the world and how parents carry that out within the family. What it Means to be Priest, Prophet and King in the... Read More

Practicing Recollection Throughout the Day

April 22, 2015 by  
Filed under Connie Rossini, Prayer, Recollection

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Practicing Recollection During the Day St. John Chrysostom wrote, “It is impossible, utterly impossible, for the man who prays eagerly and invokes God ceaselessly ever to sin” (De Anna 4, 5). Since you are reading this post, I assume that you would like to be able to overcome every temptation. But how can we pray constantly, as not only Chrysostom, but also St. Paul taught (cf 1 Thessalonians 5:17)? St.... Read More

On Evil Habits

March 14, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Evil, Lent, Meditations, Preparation for Death, Sin

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ON EVIL HABITS “The wicked man, when he is come into the depth of sins contemneth.” cf Proverbs 18:3 The evil inclination to sin is one of the greatest injuries which we have received from the sin of Adam. This made the apostle weep when he saw himself impelled by concupiscence to the very evil which he abhorred. “I see another law in my members…captivating me in the law of... Read More

Abuse of Divine Mercy

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ABUSE OF DIVINE MERCY “Knowest thou not that the benignity of God leadeth thee to penance?” Romans 2:4 We read in the parable of the cockle [the weeds among the wheat], that the servants of the good man of the house, seeing that it had grown up in the field along with the wheat, wished to pluck it up. “Wilt thou,” said they, “that we go and gather it up?” (cf Matthew... Read More

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