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As if Already in Eternity: Saint Elisabeth of the Trinity’s Wisdom

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As if Already in Eternity: Saint Elisabeth of the Trinity’s Wisdom Saint Elisabeth of the Trinity [canonized last month] is a witness to the primacy of contemplation in the life of the Church, and the mystical wisdom contemplation releases into human history.  This is the wisdom that understands how God is present in both the public square as well as in the intimacy of our hearts. Today, when the whole world needs... Read More

Who is Elisabeth of the Trinity – Our Newest Saint?

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Who is Elisabeth of the Trinity – Our Newest Saint?   At 20 years old Elisabeth of the Trinity was a Carmelite nun who died at the beginning of the 20th century at the age of 26.  Born in an Army camp in 1880, the oldest of two sisters, her father was a veteran and POW of the Franco-Prussian War who died while she was still a child. Her mother had a conversion experience before her marriage and was zealous to live... Read More

The Life and Ministry of the French Carmelite Mystic Elizabeth of the Trinity

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The Life and Ministry of the French Carmelite Mystic Elizabeth of the Trinity   Father Mitch Pacwa interviews our own Dr. Anthony Lilles on the life and ministry of the French Carmelite Mystic who will be canonized tomorrow, Sunday October 16, 2016: Elizabeth of the Trinity (1880-1906). Her canonization will be aired live on EWTN at 4:15 a.m. Eastern time. Dr. Lilles first came across her writings when he was studying the... Read More

Fighting for Marriage – St Teresa of Calcutta’s Wisdom on Prayer

September 6, 2016 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Marriage Spirituality, Prayer

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Fighting for Marriage St Teresa of Calcutta’s Wisdom on Prayer   One of the ways Mother Teresa of Calcutta fought poverty was that she taught families to pray together. Typically, she would teach the Rosary. Getting parents to pray with each other and their children gave people hope where there seemed to be none and it helped married couples find love when love seemed most absent. Ironically, she is said to have stated... Read More

Is Prayer an Escape from the Real World?

August 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Prayer

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  Is Prayer an Escape from the Real World?   Some think that prayer is an escape from the real world. To these, I say that there are prisons from which it is good to escape. Lots of people banally exist imprisoned in what we call “the real world.” Locked up in the fantasy land of adults and the culturally and politically powerful, they are not free to live life to the full. All the same, I cannot agree that... Read More

Saint Dominic’s Nine Ways of Prayer

August 8, 2016 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Memorial, Prayer

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Saint Dominic’s Nine Ways of Prayer A Summary Memorial of Saint Dominic Editor’s Note: On this liturgical memorial of Saint Dominic (ca 1170-1221), who founded the order of Preachers, we bring you a short summary of Saint Dominic’s famous “Nine Ways of Prayer.” As Pope Benedict XVI said in a General Audience in 2012, St. Dominic himself: “left no writings on prayer, but the Dominican tradition... Read More

The Risen Lord and the Gift of Faith

March 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Easter, Faith, Resurrection

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The Risen Lord and the Gift of Faith To believe that the Lord is Risen is to believe that He is present in a radical and wonderful way. His powerful presence is accessible only by faith — this is because He has ascended into heaven. Such is the substance of our hope. When we cleave to Him by faith, because His presence is real and personal, He raises us up with Him. When Mary Magdalene calls out to the Risen Lord, He... Read More

Blessed Elisabeth of the Trinity – On the Meaning of Life

March 16, 2016 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Spiritual Life, The Cross

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Blessed Elisabeth of the Trinity – On the Meaning of Life   For Blessed Elisabeth, the beginning and end of human life is a great hymn of praise. She held this as true for her married sister, a young mother, as she did for her fellow Carmelite nuns. She boldly affirmed that the very source of our existence is in the Son whose mysterious canticle of praise to the Father is the source of eternal joy. She contemplated the... Read More

St Bernard’s Vision of Humility and Pride

March 7, 2016 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Humility, Lent, Pride

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 St Bernard’s Vision of Humility and Pride We waste a lot of time thinking something is owed us. We brood over injury. We are not self-contained. Lent helps us remember the real truth about ourselves and our situation. The wisdom of the saints, like St. Bernard, helps us see our actual situation. His teachings suggest we can be free of brooding and find a new kind of self-possession when we allow the Lord to preoccupy... Read More

A New Beginning to Pray

January 4, 2016 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Christmas, Prayer, Spiritual Direction

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A New Beginning to Pray Beginning to pray is the project of a lifetime.   The entry of the Word of the Father into human history makes this project possible.  This entry is not convenient or easy for God or man.   Love never is.  It demands taking up our freedom in the most difficult and most worthwhile of all human endeavors – the effort to attend to and respond to love. Beginning to pray is learning to respond with... Read More

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