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A Right Intention

A Right Intention   Presence of God – O God, remove from my heart all secondary intentions and all movements of self-love so that I may seek only Your glory. MEDITATION Difficulties encountered in the apostolate often arise because apostolic activity is not exercised under conditions which are required by its very nature, conditions which are indispensable if this activity is to be transformed... Read More

Why Communion on the Tongue? Part II of II

Why Communion on the Tongue? Part II of II The Passive Action of Communion Editor’s Note:  In Part I, Christopher Carstens introduced the topic of the reception of Holy Communion on the tongue. Today, in Part II of the series, he offers three considerations for receiving the Holy Eucharist in this way. Part II: The Passive Action of Communion An ancient maxim of the Church teaches that “the... Read More

On the Queenship of Mary

August 22, 2016 by  
Filed under Liz Estler, Mary, Memorial

On the Queenship of Mary Memorial of the Queenship of Mary In 1954, Venerable Pope Pius XII formally promulgated the memorial of the Queenship of Mary with his encyclical Ad Caeli Reginam (Queen of Heaven). It was initially celebrated on May 31st but subsequently transferred to August 22nd, seven days after the Solemnity of the Assumption. In this encyclical, Pope Pius set down in writing what had... Read More

Actions Speak Louder than Words

Actions speak louder than words   Editor’s Note: For so many of us, St Anthony of Padua who was born in Lisbon, Portugal towards the end of the 12th century, is the go-to saint for finding lost things or people. He was initially an Augustinian, but spent most of his monastic life as a Franciscan, making his way to Italy where he was an itinerant preacher, or mendicant, on fire for the Gospel. ... Read More

Liturgical Prayer — Divine Intimacy Meditation

Liturgical Prayer Presence of God – O Jesus, Head of the Mystical Body, grant that while praying with the Church, I may unite myself to Your prayer. MEDITATION A Christian is not isolated. As man, he belongs to the great human family; as one baptized, he is grafted onto Christ and becomes a member of His Mystical Body, the Church. A Christian is, at the same time, a child of God and a child of the... Read More

Solemnity of Saint Joseph

March 19, 2016 by  
Filed under Liz Estler, Saints and Blesseds, Solemnity

Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary St Joseph is the Patron of Unborn Children, Protector of Childhood, Protector of Spouses, Protector of the Family, Patron of Fathers, Patron of Immigrants and Workers, Patron of Employment, Patron of Carpenters and of Realtors, Protector of Virgins, Protector of Fugitives, Patron against Doubt and Hesitation, Protector of the Dying, Patron of a Happy Death,... Read More

The Church – Divine Intimacy Meditation

The Church Presence of God— O Jesus, You have given me the Church as my Mother; grant that I may love her with true filial love. MEDITATION Jesus loves us so much that He wills to remain with us until the end of time. Therefore, He abides with us in the Blessed Sacrament as the Companion of our earthly pilgrimage, as the Food of our souls, but He also remains with us in the Church as our Guide, our... Read More

The Mystical Body of Christ

The Mystical Body of Christ Presence of God– O Holy Spirit, grant that I may be rich with the “fullness of understanding, unto the knowledge of the mystery … of Christ Jesus” (Colossians 2:2). MEDITATION “I am the vine; you, the branches.” On these words of Jesus, which describe our union with Him, the whole doctrine of the Mystical Body of Christ is founded. Only the figure is changed:... Read More

“Hail Holy Queen”

August 22, 2015 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Mary, Mary, Memorial

“Hail Holy Queen” Millions of times a day at the end of every Rosary, Mary is hailed as the “holy Queen” in whom we find “our life, our sweetness and our hope.” This reality is proof enough that the Church does not want her children to ever forget how important our heavenly Queen is in the life of Christians. Queenship is not very popular in the modern world that has sought to liberate... Read More

“Blessed Are the Pure of Heart”

“Blessed Are the Pure of Heart” The perfection of all virtues and gifts of God is beatitude. In other words, the more perfect virtue and use of the gifts of God are, the more perfect is one’s happiness. And there is no greater happiness than to see God. That is why it is called the beatific vision and is the final grace that God gives those who are pure of heart: “Blessed are the pure of... Read More

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