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The Doctrine of Truth

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The Doctrine of Truth   1. Happy is he whom truth by itself doth teach, not by figures and words that pass away, but as it is in itself. Our own opinion and our own sense do often deceive us, and they discern but little. What availeth it to cavil and dispute about dark and hidden things; for ignorance of them we shall not be reproved in the day of judgment? It is great folly to neglect things that are profitable and necessary... Read More

Of Having a Humble Opinion of Ourselves

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Of Having a Humble Opinion of Ourselves*   Editor’s Note: Last Friday, we celebrated the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The featured post that day “Learn from Me – The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus” reflected on Christ’s command to learn from Him and His meek and humble heart. Along that line, this selection from The Imitation of Christ considers the type of humble opinion we should have... Read More

Learn from Me – The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

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Learn from Me The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus   Apart from Jesus’ command to learn a lesson from the fig tree, on how its branch(es) and leaves announce summer (cf Matthew 24:32 and Mark 13:28), Christ commands us to learn only two things.  Our Blessed Savior knows that, like the rich young man, we are lacking in these things … otherwise, He would not be compelled to call our attention to them. Learning Mercy... Read More

Mary’s Humility – Divine Intimacy Meditation

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Mary’s Humility   Presence of God – O Mary, humblest of all creatures, make me humble of heart. MEDITATION St. Bernard says: “It is not hard to be humble in a hidden life, but to remain so in the midst of honors is a truly rare and beautiful virtue.” The Blessed Virgin was certainly the woman whom God honored most highly, whom He raised above all other creatures; yet no creature was so humble and lowly as she.... 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

To Be Hidden with Christ in God

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To Be Hidden with Christ in God Presence of God – O Jesus, help me to hide from creatures in order to enter into intimacy with You. MEDITATION When we speak of the hidden life of Jesus, we do not mean only His self-effacement in the eyes of men, from whom He concealed His divinity, thus avoiding their praise. Besides these exterior relations with creatures, we must penetrate into the secret places of His heart where, hidden... Read More

The Hidden Life – Divine Intimacy Reflection

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The Hidden Life   Presence of God– O Jesus, hidden God, teach me the secret of the hidden life. MEDITATION During His life on earth, Jesus chose to conceal His divinity under the veil of His humanity. Except on very rare occasions — and this is especially true during the thirty years preceding His apostolate — He never allowed His greatness, His wisdom, or His omnipotence to be manifest. Later, during the years of His... Read More

Humility in Our Falls

February 25, 2016 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Humility, Lent

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Humility in Our Falls   Presence of God – “I am a beggar and poor, but the Lord is careful for me.” “In the shadow of Thy wings will I hope” (Psalm 40:18, 57:2). MEDITATION If we contemplate our misery without raising our eyes to God, the Father of mercies, we will easily become discouraged. By examining ourselves thoroughly, we will see that discouragement always comes from two closely related causes: The... Read More

Our Place — Divine Intimacy Meditation

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Our Place Presence of God – O my God, help me to know You and to know myself! I know that You are He who is, and I am he who is not! MEDITATION Among all the creatures in which we take pleasure and toward which our nature seems to be attracted the most, self undoubtedly holds the first place. There is no one, no matter how limited in talents and good qualities, who does not love his own excellence, and who does not try, in one... Read More

The Ugliest Rash in the World

January 21, 2016 by  
Filed under Humility, Judgment, Sin, Trent Beattie

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The Ugliest Rash in the World   There’s a curious story about a middle-aged woman who moved to a new parish. One weekday after Mass, she noticed a couple emptying the St. Vincent de Paul food collection into the back of a shiny red SUV. The new parishioner was alarmed and, since there was no one else left in the church, immediately went to the parish office with her concern. “I’ve got to talk with Father—and fast!”... Read More

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