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Chaplet of Our Lady of Sorrows (The Seven Dolors Chaplet)

September 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Chaplets, Devotions, Liz Estler, Mary, Memorial, Prayer

Chaplet of Our Lady of Sorrows The Seven Dolors Chaplet Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows On the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows, today, we bring you this devotion, which began in the 13th century and was reintroduced to the world by Our Blessed Mother during the approved apparitions of The Blessed Virgin Mary of Kibeho, Rwanda with some slight variations. It honors the Sorrows the Virgin Mother of God endured in compassion for... Read More

The Precious and Life-Giving Cross of Christ

September 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Feast Days, The Cross

The Precious and Life-Giving Cross of Christ* How precious the gift of the cross, how splendid to contemplate! In the cross there is no mingling of good and evil, as in the tree of paradise: it is wholly beautiful to behold and good to taste. The fruit of this tree is not death but life, not darkness but light. This tree does not cast us out of paradise but opens the way for our return. This was the tree on which Christ, like... Read More

Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

September 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Feast Days, Mary

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Presence of God – O Mary, my Mother, teach me to live hidden with you in the shadow of God. MEDITATION The liturgy enthusiastically celebrates Mary’s Nativity and makes it one of the most appealing feasts of Marian devotion. We sing in today’s Office: “Thy Nativity, O Virgin Mother of God, brings joy to the whole world, because from you came forth the Sun of Justice, Christ,... Read More

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Presence of God – O most Blessed Virgin Mary, assumed into heaven, I beg you to purify my senses so that I may begin to enjoy God even while I am on earth. MEDITATION The Blessed Virgin Mary, whom we contemplate today assumed body and soul into heaven, reminds us very definitely that our permanent abode is not on earth but in heaven where she, with her divine Son, has... Read More

Enter into Prayer — Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

August 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Fr. Najim, Prayer, Transfiguration

Enter into Prayer – Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord If I were to ask you to define prayer, how would you define it?  Many people would answer that prayer is talking to God, plain and simple.  I think it’s safe to say that while many Christians say prayers, it’s also true that many Christians do not truly enter into prayer.  There’s a big difference between saying prayers and entering into prayer.  Saying... Read More

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

June 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Liturgy, Liz Estler, Saints and Blesseds, Solemnity

Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles Solemnity Saints Peter and Paul “This day has been made holy by the passion of the blessed apostles Peter and Paul. We are, therefore, not talking about some obscure martyrs. ‘For their voice has gone forth to all the world, and to the ends of the earth their message.' These martyrs realized what they taught: they pursued justice, they confessed the truth, they died for it. “Saint... Read More

Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

June 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Liz Estler, Saints and Blesseds, Solemnity

Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist Today, we mark the nativity of Saint John the Baptist. So great is John’s contribution to salvation history that Holy Mother Church does not celebrate anyone else’s birth as a solemnity–except that of Jesus. John the Baptist recalls Isaac, Eli, Samson and their mothers whose births came about because nothing is impossible for God. He is the one leaping and dancing for joy... Read More

Returning Love for Love: Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Returning Love for Love Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Presence of God – O Jesus, You have loved me so much; enable me to repay Your love. MEDITATION In the Encyclical Annum Sacrum, Leo XIII declares, “The Sacred Heart is the symbol and image of the infinite charity of Jesus Christ, the charity which urges us to give Him love in return.” Indeed, nothing is more able to arouse love than love itself. “Love... Read More

Corpus Christi Sunday: A Symbolic Solemnity?

Corpus Christi Sunday: A Symbolic Solemnity? I wanted to share with you a conversation I found myself in a few weeks ago.* I found it relevant as these are the days we are reflecting into Corpus Christi. Friend: “What gives you reason to believe the Eucharist is more than a symbol?” Me: “What gives me reason to believe that it is not?” Friend: “Because, nowhere in Sacred Scripture does Jesus Christ say that ‘I am... Read More

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity   Presence of God — “I return thanks to You, O God, one and true Trinity, one sovereign divinity, holy and indivisible unity” (Roman Breviary). MEDITATION From Advent until today, the Church has had us consider the magnificent manifestations of God’s mercy toward men: the Incarnation, the Redemption, Pentecost. Now she directs our attention to the source of these gifts, the most... Read More

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