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Progress in the Apostolate

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Progress in the Apostolate Presence of God – Unite me to You, O Lord, and may the power of Your charity enkindle in my heart true apostolic fire. MEDITATION St. Thomas teaches that love is like fire. It produces a flame, and the flame of love is zeal. If the fire burns intensely, then the flame will also be intense and devouring. True apostolic zeal is the spontaneous result, the normal fruit of... Read More

Piety and Devotion

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Piety and Devotion Presence of God – O God, our Father, infuse into my soul the true spirit of piety and devotion. MEDITATION The Christian religion is not limited to the simple relations of the creature with the Creator, relations which, given the infinite distance between them, would remain only within the sphere of reverence and homage, without any character of intimacy, without any confidential... Read More

St Thomas Aquinas for Everyone — Book Review

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St Thomas Aquinas for Everyone by Dave Palmer Book Review by Nancy Ward   “St. Thomas is the greatest doctor of the Church,” author Dave Palmer said, “and I assert that children can be taught his basic philosophy, as I do with my 11- and 7-year olds.” Let’s Go Find God is the enticing teaser of Volume I. The full title of the series tells it all: St. Thomas Aquinas for Everyone, 30 Quick... Read More

Corpus Christi

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Corpus Christi The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ   In today’s solemnity (which was celebrated last Thursday, May 26th in some locations), we honor the most holy Body and Blood of Christ. This feast was promoted by St. Juliana of Liège (also known as St. Juliana of Cornillon), who lived between 1191/2 and 1258, an Augustinian nun in charge of a leper colony. Jesus appeared... Read More

The Growth of Charity in Mary

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The Growth of Charity in Mary   Presence of God – O Mary, Mother of fair love, teach me the secret of steady growth in charity. MEDITATION We must not think that the Blessed Virgin Mary was excused from all personal activity and progress because she had been established from the beginning in a higher degree of sanctity than that which even the greatest saint could ever hope to attain. Quite... Read More

Friday of the Passion of the Lord: The Cross Exemplifies Every Virtue

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The Cross Exemplifies Every Virtue From a conference by Saint Thomas Aquinas Collatio 6 super Credo in Deum “Why did the Son of God have to suffer for us? There was a great need, and it can be considered in a twofold way: In the first place, as a remedy for sin, And, secondly, as an example of how to act. “It is a remedy, for, in the face of all the evils which we incur on account of... Read More

Come Follow Me

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Come Follow Me   Presence of God– O Jesus, obedient even unto the death of the Cross, teach us to follow Your example. MEDITATION Jesus said to the young man who was aspiring to perfection, “If thou wilt be perfect, go sell what thou hast, and give to the poor,”—the evangelical counsel of poverty — “and come follow Me” (Matthew 19:21)—the counsel of voluntary obedience, according... Read More

The Mystery of the Incarnation

December 22, 2015 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Meditations

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The Mystery of the Incarnation Presence of God – I place myself in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, with an ardent desire to penetrate the infinite mystery of divine love which impelled God Himself to become “one of us.” MEDITATION God is Love; everything He does, both in Himself and outside of Himself, is a work of love. Being the infinite good, He cannot love anything outside... Read More

The Life of Love

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The Life of Love Presence of God – Grant, O Lord, that even while I am here on earth, I may love You as I shall love You in heaven. MEDITATION If it may be said that by faith “eternal life begins in us” (St. Thomas, Summa, IIa IIae, q.4, a.1, co.), the same may be said–and with greater reason–of charity, which will remain unchanged even in heaven. Eternal life will be essentially a life... Read More

Keeping Faith Alive During Life’s Dark Nights (Part II of IV)

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Keeping Faith Alive During Life’s Dark Nights (Part II of IV) Editor’s Note: In Part I, we looked at how faith is a response to revelation, how it penetrates the veil of the ordinary, and how it is essential to our relationship with God. Today, we will examine general patterns of growth which we experience. Because each soul is unique, the workings of the Holy Spirit are unique in each... Read More

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