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Obstacles or Opportunities? When Life Throws Curves, Drink from the “Cup”

August 23, 2016 by  
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Life of Christ (Week 20 of 27) Looking beyond all secondary causes, such as Pilate and Annas, the Romans and the Jews, Our Lord saw not enemies to be defeated by a sword, but a cup offered by His Father. Love was the motive and spring of His Sacrifice… — Life of Christ, Chapter 42, Paragraph 5 The above quote perfectly encapsulates everything I have felt when reading the diary of Elisabeth Leseur.... Read More

Changing the World, One Sacrifice at a Time

October 22, 2013 by  
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The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur (Week 13 of 13)   “…if, after reading this book, you have greater love for your human brethren and can make a more earnest act of faith and love, then, whether I am still in this world or in everlasting bliss (provided that I attain to it), I shall be able to raise a song of thanksgiving and say with boundless gratitude: “O Lord, Thou hast tried... Read More

The Light of a Soul – Book Club Week 12 of 13

October 15, 2013 by  
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The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur Week 12 of 12 Week 12 of 13 We have all met persons of this sort. They are rare, no doubt, but there flows from them such an intensity of inner life, such calm strength, such true beauty that merely to come into contact with them soothes and comforts us. After all, this is only natural. Our outer life is the reproduction of our inner life, and the visible part... Read More

Holiness – Do You Will It? – Book Club

October 8, 2013 by  
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Holiness – Do You Will It? The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur (Week 11 of 12)   In the Morning: Whenever I can, I will go to Mass and Holy Communion. I will communicate at least spiritually when, owing to illness or circumstances beyond my control, I am unable to go out. Meditation on my new resolution. Preparation for death. Read a chapter of the Imitation. In the Afternoon: Examination... Read More

Pride of Orthodoxy (Pride of the Church – Part II of II)

October 1, 2013 by  
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The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur (Week 10 of 12) Pride of Orthodoxy (Pride of the Church – Part II of II) Last week, I addressed a weakening of our faith identity as Catholics. Unfortunately, while this issue is critical, those of us who have attempted to re-establish a Catholic Identity after nearly two generations of ecumenism have begun to suffer from another illness: The Pride of Orthodoxy. Orthodoxy... Read More

The Pride of the Church (Part I of II)

September 24, 2013 by  
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The Pride of the Church (Part I of II) The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur (Week 9 of 12) Apart from personal pride, we have the pride of faith, the most perfidious of all. We complacently scorn those of different belief and think ourselves hardly obliged to extend our charity to them. We consider that Jews, Protestants, or atheists are hardly our brothers in the true sense of that word, brothers... Read More

Suffering, Anyone? The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur Week 8

September 17, 2013 by  
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The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur (Week 8 of 12) Lord, be Thou blessed for my present suffering, because I dare to hope that it is the gentle answer of Thy Heart. I offer it all to Thee, all of it: sufferings of body, heart, and soul, all my privations, my interior desolation, my great spiritual solitude. Use these humble offerings for the intentions and substitutions Thou knowest, for souls, and... Read More

A Model for Our Times

September 10, 2013 by  
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The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur (Week 7 of 12) A Model for Our Times   O my God, through the precious Blood of Jesus and His five blessed Wounds, grant me today five graces: the conversion of a sinner; the conversion of a heretic, infidel, or Jew; the salvation of someone dying in peril of everlasting death; a vocation to the priesthood or to religious life; and, for some new soul, the grace... Read More

From Here to Eternity – The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur Week 6

September 3, 2013 by  
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The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur (Week 6 of 12) People in the world do not realize that one can be very detached from all human things and live a keen spiritual life, and yet find sweetness in the interests, occupations, and joys of life. However, it is only when one has rooted oneself in eternity that one can let one’s humble little barque float, upon the surface of the waves and rejoice fully... Read More

The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur Week 4 of 12 – Book Club

August 20, 2013 by  
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Resolution to be always amiable, without trying too obviously. If I wish to avoid all useless controversy and fruitless expense of energy, I must nevertheless know how to make myself all things to all men and interest myself in things that sometimes seem childish, and sadden me by their contrast with my own state of mind. Often people are like great children, but Jesus has said that what is done for... Read More

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