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A Practical Commentary on St. Teresa’s Way of Perfection

A Practical Commentary on St. Teresa’s Wisdom BOOK PICK: The Way of Prayer In The Way of Prayer, Carmelite Father Gabriel of Saint Mary Magdalen leads us into the refreshing solitude and silence opened up in St. Teresa of Avila’s Way of Perfection. Father Gabriel challenges us to take up St. Teresa’s teachings to satiate our own thirst for Christ in the difficult circumstances of our own lives. With... Read More

God’s Infinite Goodness

God's Infinite Goodness   Presence of God – O my God, You alone are good; deign to clothe me with Your goodness! MEDITATION When Moses asked God to show him His glory, God replied: “I will show thee all good” (cf Exodus 33:19 [Douay-Rheims]), as if to say that His glory is infinite goodness, the good that He possesses in such plenitude that all good is in Him and no good exists independently... Read More

Returning Love for Love: Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Returning Love for Love Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Presence of God – O Jesus, You have loved me so much; enable me to repay Your love. MEDITATION In the Encyclical Annum Sacrum, Leo XIII declares, “The Sacred Heart is the symbol and image of the infinite charity of Jesus Christ, the charity which urges us to give Him love in return.” Indeed, nothing is more able to arouse love... Read More

Go to Hell or Go to Prayer (Video)

Go to Hell or Go To Prayer “Go to hell or go to prayer” is a striking title for a post but it is not an overstatement. Why is it that Saints and Doctors of the Church Teresa of Avila and Alphonsus Liguori believe that without daily mental prayer we will go to hell and with daily mental prayer we are assured of heaven? On the surface, these claims seem to be a bit over the top. How can they... Read More

Can You Pray for Me? 12 Points to Consider

Can you pray for me? 12 Points to Consider   Can you pray for me? These five words, when strung together, form one of the more important questions in the spiritual life. In and through intercessory prayer, God is asking us to enter more deeply into His outgoing love and mercy. God wants us to think like He thinks, act like He acts, live like He lives, and praying for others is a beautiful way... Read More

Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord: Forty Days After Easter

Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord Forty Days After Easter Presence of God – O Jesus, who ascended into heaven, grant that I, too, may live there in spirit. MEDITATION The central idea in the liturgy today is the raising of our hearts toward heaven, so that we may begin to dwell in spirit where Jesus has gone before us. “Christ’s Ascension,” says St. Leo, “is our own ascension; our... Read More

Vocal Prayer

Vocal Prayer   Presence of God – Lord, teach me to pray! MEDITATION When one of His disciples said to Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1), He taught them a very simple vocal prayer: the Our Father. It is certainly the most sublime formula possible and contains the whole essence of the most elevated mental prayer. However, Jesus gave it as a formula for vocal prayer: “When you... Read More

Stay with Us — Easter Monday

Stay with Us Easter Monday Presence of God – Do not leave me, O Jesus, gentle Pilgrim; I have need of You. MEDITATION God has made us for Himself, and we cannot live without Him; we need Him, we hunger and thirst for Him; He is the only One who can satisfy our hearts. The Easter liturgy is impregnated with this longing for God, for Him who is from on high; it even makes it the distinctive sign... Read More

Holy Thursday — The Real Presence

The Real Presence Presence of God – “Hidden God, devoutly I adore Thee, truly present beneath these veils: all my heart subdues itself before Thee, since all before Thee faints and fails” (cf. Adoro Te Devote). MEDITATION “Verbum caro factum est” (John 1:14). The Incarnation of the Word, the ineffable mystery of the merciful love of God, who so loved man that He became “flesh” for... Read More

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion Presence of God: O Jesus, I want to follow You in Your triumph, so that I may follow You later to Calvary. MEDITATION Holy Week begins with the description of the triumphal entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem on the Sunday before His Passion. Jesus, who had always been opposed to any public manifestation and who had fled when the people wanted to make Him their king... Read More

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