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Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

January 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Liz Estler

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Feast of the Baptism of the Lord “Today the heavens opened and the waters of the sea became sweet and fragrant; the earth rejoiced, the mountains and hills exulted –because Christ was baptized by John in the Jordan. What has happened that the sea has been put to flight, and the Jordan has turned back upon itself? –Because Christ was baptized by John in the Jordan.” Responsory for the Second Reading, Office... Read More

Saint John the Evangelist

December 27, 2016 by  
Filed under Christmas, Feast Days, FEATURED, Liturgy, Liz Estler

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Saint John the Evangelist Today, the Church celebrates the Feast of Saint John the Evangelist. It is St. John who is thought to be the “Beloved Disciple”, the Apostle who is referred to as the one “whom Jesus loved” six times in the Gospel of St. John (John 13:23, 19:26, 20:2, 21:7, 21:20, 21:24). He is the only one of the Twelve who was understood not to have been martyred and, thus, lived to old age.... Read More

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Declaration

December 12, 2016 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Liturgy, Liz Estler, Mary

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Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Declaration by St John Paul II* “When the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman…” (Galatians 4:4)…From the standpoint of human history, the fullness of time is a concrete fact. It is the night when the Son of God came into the world in Bethlehem, as foretold by the prophets…”The Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, a young woman shall... Read More

Feast of All Carmelite Saints

November 14, 2016 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Feast Days, Liturgy, Liz Estler

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Feast of All Carmelite Saints As those of you who have been following our site for some time know, we are partial to Carmelite spirituality here.  It is a spirituality, formed in the crucible of spiritual fire, that drew the Carmelite saints to the Lord by way of prayer and love.  In today’s Carmelite calendar, the Carmelites celebrate the feast of all the many Carmelite saints: saints like St. John of the Cross and St.... Read More

Dedication of Saint John Lateran

November 9, 2016 by  
Filed under Church, Feast Days, Liz Estler

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Feast of the Dedication of Saint John Lateran   Today we celebrate the feast of the dedication of the Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran in Rome. This anniversary has been observed on this date since the 12th century and is an important feast for the Church because Saint John Lateran is considered to be the mother church of all Christendom and is a sign of unity with, and devotion to, the Chair of Peter. To honor this celebration,... Read More

Feast of Saint Luke the Evangelist

October 18, 2016 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Liz Estler

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Feast of Saint Luke the Evangelist     Today is the feast day of Saint Luke the Evangelist.  He is responsible for writing the Gospel of Luke and also the Acts of the Apostles, sometimes collectively referred to as Luke-Acts! He was a physician, and painter (believed to have painted a portrait of Mary, the Mother of God, and Saints Peter and Paul), who, though not personally an eye-witness to Christ and, as such, not... Read More

Devotion to Sts Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels

September 29, 2016 by  
Filed under Angels, Feast Days, Liz Estler

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Devotion to Sts Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels Feast of Sts Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels Editor’s note: Today we present a short treatise on devotion to the holy archangels adapted from “Devotion to the Nine Choirs of Holy Angels”, published in 1869 as an English translation of the French, and written by Henri Marie Bouden (1624 – 1702), an archdeacon of Évreux, a spiritual director,... Read More

Love of the Cross

September 14, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Feast Days, Suffering, The Cross

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LOVE OF THE CROSS From a Meditation by St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross   “We hear repeatedly that St. John of the Cross desired nothing for himself but to suffer and be despised. We want to know the reason for this love of suffering. Is it merely the loving remembrance of the path of suffering of our Lord on earth, a tender impulse to be humanly close to him by a life resembling... Read More

On the Birth of Mary – Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

September 8, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Feast Days, Mary

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On the Birth of Mary From a discourse by Saint Andrew of Crete on the Birth of Mary The old has passed away, all things are made new   The fulfillment of the law is Christ himself [cf Matthew 5:17], who does not so much lead us away from the letter as lift us up to its spirit. For the law’s consummation was this, that the very lawgiver accomplished his work and changed letter into spirit, summing everything up in himself... Read More

Transfiguration and Religious Life

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Transfiguration and Religious Life Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord “Those who allow themselves to be seized by this love cannot help but abandon everything to follow Him.” Saint John Paul II’s words have been a personal inspiration to me all throughout my religious life. My copy of Vita Consecrata has been read and re-read numerous times. It is there that he sets the Transfiguration as an icon of consecrated... Read More

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