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The Extent of Fraternal Charity

The Extent of Fraternal Charity   Presence of God  – O Lord, make me understand that true charity allows of no exceptions, but embraces with sincere love our neighbor, whoever he may be. MEDITATION If charity were based on our neighbor’s qualities, on his merits or his worth, if it were based on the consolation and benefits we receive from him, it would be impossible to extend it to all... Read More

Jesus Sleeps in Souls

Jesus Sleeps in Souls

Jesus Sleeps in Souls   Jesus lives mystically in souls, reproducing in them all the mysteries of His mortal life. With the keen in­tuition of her love, St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus understood the mystery of this mystical sleep, expressing it with her inimitable language, full of ingenuous and truest poetry: “Jesus slept in my boat, as was His wont. But how rarely will souls allow Him... Read More

Aridity and Progress

Aridity and Progress Presence of God – O Lord, help me to seek for You and to unite myself to You, even through the aridity and powerlessness of my spirit. MEDITATION Even without the presence of the physical or moral causes which we have mentioned before, it is possible to pass from a state of sensible fervor to one of absolute aridity. This happens by the direct work of God which makes it impossible... Read More

The Value of Suffering

The Value of Suffering   Presence of God – O Jesus Crucified, teach me the Science of the Cross; make me understand the value of suffering. MEDITATION The Passion of Jesus teaches us in a concrete way that in the Christian life we must be able to accept suffering for the love of God. This is a hard, repugnant lesson for our nature, which prefers pleasure and happiness; however, it comes... Read More

Humility

Humility Presence of God – O Jesus, You who were so humiliated for us, teach me how to practice true humility. MEDITATION Charity is the essence of Christian perfection, for charity alone has the power to unite man to God, his last end. But for us poor, miserable creatures, whom God wishes to raise to union with Himself, is charity the ultimate basis of the spiritual life? No. There is something... Read More

Seeking God in Faith

Seeking God in Faith   Presence of God – I recollect myself in the presence of God living in my soul, to learn how to seek Him by the light of faith. MEDITATION “He that cometh to God, must believe” (Hebrews 11:6), says St. Paul, and he gives us this definition of faith: “Faith is the substance of things to be hoped for, the evidence of things that appear not” (Hebrews 11:1). In heaven,... Read More

The Triumph of Love

The Triumph of Love Presence of God – Grant that there may be only love in me, my God; that all may proceed from love, and all revert to love. MEDITATION The life of the soul which has reached total union may be defined as one simple, continual, most intense exercise of love, by means of which it gives itself to God unceasingly. All its faculties, not only purified, but perfectly harmonized, are... Read More

The New Commandment

The New Commandment Presence of God – O Jesus, grant me the grace to understand Your new commandment, the commandment of fraternal charity. MEDITATION The commandment “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” (Matthew 22:39), requires strong, solid virtue, but it does not yet reach the greatest perfection of love. The highest ideal was proposed to us by Jesus shortly before His death, in those... Read More

The Interior Apostolate

The Interior Apostolate   Presence of God – I place myself before Jesus, my sweet Savior and Redeemer, asking Him to teach me how to collaborate with Him in the salvation of souls. MEDITATION The apostolate, considered in its totality, consists in everything we can do in collaboration with Christ to diffuse the supernatural life in souls. The apostolate is always a collaboration with Jesus... Read More

Aridity and Contemplation

Aridity and Contemplation Presence of God – Draw me to You, O Lord, by the road You choose and in any way You will; I ask only for grace to know how to follow You always. MEDITATION The aridity which comes from God not only has the advantage of making us go forward in virtue, but it also brings us to a higher form of prayer. St. John of the Cross teaches that it is by means of this kind of aridity... Read More

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