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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

Three Archangels: Michael, Raphael, Gabriel

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

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Feast

May 31, 2016 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Liz Estler, Mary, Mercy

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The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Feast In this year of mercy, today’s feast, The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, invites us to appreciate Our Lady’s own understanding of God’s mercy.  By reflecting on Our Blessed Mother’s visitation to her cousin, Saint Elizabeth, the Virgin Mary, who is called “Mother of Mercy”, can help us understand God’s great mercy and love for us. Venerable... Read More

St Mark the Evangelist and His Gospel

April 25, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Feast Days, Liturgy

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St Mark the Evangelist and His Gospel*   “ST MARK … is generally supposed to have been of Jewish extraction. From the style of his writings, abounding in Hebraisms, he would seem to be better versed in the Hebrew than in the Greek language. It is said by some … that he was one of the seventy-two disciples of our Lord, and among those who deserted Him, in consequence of being scandalized at His doctrine on... Read More

Chair of Peter Mercy Seat

February 22, 2016 by  
Filed under Church Authority, Feast Days, Liz Estler, Mercy

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Chair of Peter Mercy Seat To the casual observer, it seems quite silly to honor a chair, although universities, corporations and others have Chairs. But, that perspective changes when one understands why the Church celebrates the Chair of Peter this day. The “Cathedra” is the chair in which the bishop sits. And, by extension, Cathedra refers to the authority of the bishop who occupies it. Thus, today’s feast, which is found... Read More

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