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On the Conformity to the Will of God

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On The Conformity to the Will of God “And, life in his good-will.” cf Psalm 30:6 All our salvation and perfection consists in loving God. “He that loveth not, abideth in death” (1 John 3:14). “Charity, which is the bond of perfection” (Colossians 3:14). But the perfection of love consists in conformity to the divine will; for, as the Areopagite says, the principal... Read More

Dwelling of Jesus on the Altars

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ON THE LOVING DWELLING OF JESUS CHRIST ON THE ALTARS OF THE MOST HOLY SACRAMENT “Come to me, all ye that labor and are burdened, and I will refresh you.” Matthew 11:28 Having to depart from this world after he had completed the work of redemption, our loving Savior did not wish to leave us alone in this valley of tears. “No tongue,” says St. Peter of Alcántara, “can... Read More

Theology and Contemplative Prayer

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Contemplative Prayer and Theology Contemplation needs scientific theology and theologians need contemplation.  Historically, contemplatives who have presumed otherwise unwittingly submitted themselves and those they influenced to all kinds of demeaning irrationality. At the same time, whenever theologians believe they can conduct their investigations without prayer, their body of scholarship becomes... Read More

Nescivi – A Cry of A Heart in Love with God

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“Nescivi!”  This is the Latin for what it seems the Shulamite Bride of the Canticle of Canticles sings in 6:12.  The passage is difficult to translate.  One 16th Century Doctor of the Church, Saint John of the Cross, understood it to be the declaration of a lover captivated with thoughts of her Beloved.  The Latin means “I no longer know (anything)” although some modern... Read More

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