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Elizabeth Ann Seton Pray for Newtown Connecticut

December 14, 2012 by  
Filed under Anonymous, Events, Saints and Blesseds

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Elizabeth Ann Seton Patron saint of children tragically lost, pray for Newtown Connecticut and for us! Elizabeth Ann Seton Elizabeth Ann Seton was the foundress and first superior of the Sisters of Charity in the United States and founded the first parochial school in the US.  She was born Elizabeth Ann Bayley in New York City, on August 28th, 1774, two years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, of prominent... Read More

St Lucy – Pray for us

December 13, 2012 by  
Filed under Advent, Anonymous, Liturgy, Praying Through Art, Seasonal

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St Lucy Burial   St. Lucy — Pray for Us! Memorial of Saint Lucy Saint Lucy was a young woman who lived from 283-304 in Italy. She was born in Sicily of a noble Greek family and was raised Christian by her mother, who was cured at the shrine of St Agatha in Catania, on the Eastern coast of Sicily. Lucy was very devout and vowed virginity at an early age and gave her wealth away to the poor. This angered the young man... Read More

Veni Veni Emmanuel – Advent Music Video by Libera

December 1, 2012 by  
Filed under Advent, Anonymous, Seasonal Meditations, Videos

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 Veni Veni Emmanuel: Veni Veni Emmanuel: A video, with Latin subtitles, of the stirring music of the hymn O Come, O Come Emmanuel, which is a metrical paraphrase of the O Antiphons.  The first letters of the Antiphons are an acrostic which, in reverse, spell the Latin “Ero cras”, which means “Tomorrow, I Will Be There” or “Tomorrow, I Will Come.”  The “O Antiphons” are a series... Read More

How can I better prepare for Lent?

February 18, 2012 by  
Filed under Anonymous, Lent

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Can you help me better understand how I should approach the Lenten season? I always seem to find myself in the season without any preparation and then make a knee jerk commitment that I rarely follow through with. Anyway, I am a bit ahead of the game this year but would be grateful if you could help me improve my participation in this important time. It’s admirable that you want to live the season of Lent in a better way.... Read More

I am undone

November 21, 2011 by  
Filed under Anonymous, Meditations

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I am undone. I stand before Him naked. I bring nothing but need. He is faithful. I am undone. He will care for me. I am a child. I am undone. I bring nothing. He is everything. In Him I am what he desires me to be. In Him I will have the strength to do whatever He calls me to. I can do nothing by my own power. I will do everything He asks by the ability He gives. I am undone. It is glorious and painful to come to know what I truly... Read More

Sleep eludes me…

September 17, 2011 by  
Filed under Anonymous, Suffering

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Sleep Eludes Me Sleep Eludes Me Sleep eludes me Night encompasses me without rest Oh the glorious day when I can peacefully rest in His arms + Prose from Anonymous relates the suffering of not being able to sleep, the suffering of insomnia and restlessness and a seemingly endless night.  And, how much one looks forward to the day when they can rest in God … even though it will be endless day! Art: Close Up, Mortification... Read More

A prayer of surrender

June 25, 2011 by  
Filed under Anonymous, God's Will, Prayers

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Prayer of Surrender Loving Father, I surrender to you today with all my heart and soul. Please come into my heart in a deeper way. I say, “Yes” to you today. I open all the secret places of my heart to you and say, “Come on in.” Jesus, you are the Lord of my whole life. I believe in you and receive you as my Lord and Savior. I hold nothing back. Holy Spirit, bring me to a deeper conversion to the person of Jesus Christ.... Read More

Penance after Reconciliation: Implications of not fulfilling it!

March 24, 2011 by  
Filed under Anonymous, Penance/Confession

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Dear Father Edward, a couple of months ago, I went to receive the sacrament of reconciliation. After I confessed my sins the priest asked me whether I could say the Angelus for my penance. He also asked me if I knew the Angelus. I very hesitatingly affirmed, thinking that if I concentrated enough (I had not said the Angelus in a long time), the words would come. However, on returning to the pew and put myself to the test, I could... Read More

Is it selfish to spend time on a hobby instead of praying?

March 3, 2011 by  
Filed under Anonymous

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Does living a God centered life mean that you do nothing other than pray? Or can you have a hobby? Could it be God centered if you offer whatever your hobby is to God? How do you know when you are overdoing something or another? I know it sounds like an odd question, but the problem I am trying to figure out is if my hobby (which is writing) is glorifying God, or if I am simply being selfish and should do something else with my... Read More

Carmelite or Opus Dei… where should I go?

February 6, 2011 by  
Filed under Anonymous, Discernment

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Dear Fr. Edward, I have been considering becoming a third order Carmelite for some time and have taken some initial steps with them in that direction. However, I am in a weekly study that is very powerful to me. It is led by an Opus Dei woman. After hearing what she has to say, and watching her life, I am finding myself drawn to Opus. How do I discern which direction to take? Am I just being fickle and should I stay with the Carmelites,... Read More

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