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When Joy is Wrong – According to St John of the Cross

September 1, 2016 by  
Filed under Joy, Marriage Spirituality, Matthew Leonard


When Joy is Wrong According to St John of the Cross   We’re all aware we shouldn’t take inordinate pleasure in earthly/temporal goods (which remains a problem for most of us). Affected by the original sin of Adam and Eve, we tend to focus too much on the things of this world. The clichés of women craving shoes and men drooling over cars is rooted in reality. We like stuff. Again, it’s not that any of these things are... Read More

The Holy Spirit and Activity

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The Holy Spirit and Activity   Presence of God – O Holy Spirit, inspire my actions, direct my activity. MEDITATION An interior soul gradually arrives at the point where its whole life—prayer as well as activities—is under the direction of the Holy Spirit. Jesus Himself has told us that He would “teach us all things and bring all things to our minds” (cf. John 14:26). Let us first consider the activity which is so... Read More

Rejoice in the Lord Always – An Exhortation by St Augustine

May 26, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Joy, Meditations, Spiritual Direction


Rejoice in the Lord Always! *   The Apostle tells us to rejoice, but in the Lord, not in the world. Whoever wishes to be a friend of this world, says Scripture, will be reckoned an enemy of God [cf James 4:4]. As a man cannot serve two masters, so one cannot rejoice both in the world and in the Lord. Let joy in the Lord prevail, then, until joy in the world is no more. Let joy in the Lord go on increasing; let joy in the... Read More

Spouse of the Holy Spirit – Divine Intimacy Meditation

May 16, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Holy Spirit, Mary

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Spouse of the Holy Spirit   Presence of God – O Mary, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, make me docile to His divine motions. MEDITATION “The Blessed Virgin Mary,” says St. Augustine, “was the only one who merited to be called the Mother and Spouse” of God. She became the Mother of God because she was the Spouse of the Holy Spirit: “the Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow... Read More

The Spirit of Christ – Divine Intimacy Meditation

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The Spirit of Christ Presence of God – O Holy Spirit, You who had complete dominion over the holy soul of Jesus, deign to direct my poor soul. MEDITATION In Sacred Scripture, the Holy Spirit is called “the Spirit of Christ” (Romans 8:9), an expression that is pregnant with meaning. Christ is the Incarnate Word. Although He became Man, He remains the Word, the Son of God. From Him, as from the Father, the Holy Spirit proceeds;... Read More

In Praise of Gentleness

April 26, 2016 by  
Filed under Gentleness, Liz Estler, Mercy, Spiritual Direction


In Praise of Gentleness from a text written by St Ambrose Has anyone asked for your mercy yet during this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy?  No?  Then, perhaps a meditative reading of St. Ambrose’s words here may help engender the kind of demeanor in us, which might inspire them to do so. St. Ambrose, who lived in the 4th century, and who baptized St. Augustine, is one of the original Doctors of the Church. In this... Read More

Peace to Men

December 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Christmas, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Peace

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Peace to Men December twenty-ninth Presence of God – I place myself at the feet of the Infant Jesus to meditate on the angels’ hymn: “Peace on earth to men of good will” (Luke 2:14). MEDITATION At Bethlehem the angels announced two things: glory to God and peace to men; the one corresponds to the other. No one glorifies God as much as that little Babe lying on the straw. He alone, being the eternal Word, can give God... Read More

What is a Charism? (Part II of II)


What is a Charism? Part II of II Editor’s Note, in Part I, we looked at charisms in general.  Today, we will examine the Carmelite charism in particular. Every religious community is unique because it lives out the charism or gift of the Holy Spirit, that vision of how to follow Christ imparted to its founder or foundress, to fulfill a need in the upbuilding of the Church and which determines the life of the community and... Read More

What is a Charism? (Part I of II)

October 12, 2015 by  
Filed under Carmelite Sisters, Charisms, Holy Spirit


What is a Charism?  Part I of II The mere title itself begs a definition but that definition is dependent on the context in which the word is used. Most persons, if at a loss for an exact definition, would perhaps at least associate the word with charisma or charismatic. But each of these words has its own fine tuning of definition. Charism is frequently associated with the spirituality of religious institutes and this understanding... Read More

What Path is God Calling Me To?


What Path is God Calling Me To? Dear Father John, How do I know what path of life God is calling me to? WHEN AN APPLE tree is mature, when its roots are firmly, deeply grounded in good soil with plenty of water, when its trunk is strong and healthy and protected by sturdy bark, when its branches are smooth and supple and covered with wide green leaves that drink in the sunlight, it blossoms and bears fruit. Its potential is being... Read More

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