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The Act of Love

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The Act of Love Presence of God – O Lord, grant that I may love You for Yourself and not for my own consolation, and that in loving You, I may always seek Your will, not mine. MEDITATION To love a person is to desire his well-being. We understand, therefore, that the essence of love is in the act of the will by which we wish good. This does not take away from the fact that the act may often be accompanied by sensible affection,... Read More

Humble and Reverent Love

November 10, 2015 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Love

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 Humble and Reverent Love Presence of God – O God, who art so great, deign to lift up my soul, so small and miserable, to Yourself. MEDITATION The love which audaciously urges the soul on to the conquest of divine union is, at the same time, full of reverence and respect, for the soul understands, much better than before, how sublime and lofty is the majesty of God. If, on the one hand, love makes it impatient to be united... Read More

The Life of Love

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The Life of Love Presence of God – Grant, O Lord, that even while I am here on earth, I may love You as I shall love You in heaven. MEDITATION If it may be said that by faith “eternal life begins in us” (St. Thomas, Summa, IIa IIae, q.4, a.1, co.), the same may be said–and with greater reason–of charity, which will remain unchanged even in heaven. Eternal life will be essentially a life of love, of love which has... Read More

Seeking God in Love

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Seeking God in Love Presence of God – Help me, O God, to concentrate all my affections on You, so that my heart will be satisfied with You alone. MEDITATION Faith “is like the feet wherewith the soul journeys to God, and love is the guide that directs it” (John of the Cross, Spiritual Canticle, 1,11). Charity follows faith; in this life, faith and charity, as it were, go at an equal pace: the one depends on the other,... Read More

Our Destiny is Love

November 4, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Connie Rossini, Love

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Our Destiny is Love Why did God make you? Some of us memorized the answer to that question as children. The Baltimore Catechism says, “God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him forever in the next” (No. 6). More specifically, the Catechism of the Catholic Church says: The vocation of humanity is to show forth the image of God and to be transformed into the image of... Read More

What really is love for our neighbor? Part II of II

July 8, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Love

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Dear Father John, I have a question which may seem silly but I would like to ask it… Can you explain,  what really is love for our neighbor? We hear you don’t have to like your neighbor but you have to love your neighbor. Take the…Boston bombings. Do we have to love the person who did so much damage, injured people, killed people for absolutely no reason, except that they wanted to commit murder? Then on... Read More

What really is love for our neighbor? Part I of II

July 1, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Love

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Dear Father John, I have a question which may seem silly but I would like to ask it… Can you explain, what really is love for our neighbor? We hear you don’t have to like your neighbor but you have to love your neighbor. Take the…Boston bombings. Do we have to love the person who did so much damage, injured people, killed people for absolutely no reason, except that they wanted to commit murder? Then on the... Read More

The Solidarity of Christian Prayer

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Faith in Christ opens us to unconquerable ecclesial horizons even when love seems impossible and the world is falling apart around us.  It is about the solidarity we have in Christ. The solidarity that compels us to pray in terms of “we” and “our” instead of remaining on the level of “I” and “mine.” The faith we have in Christ opens to a new solidarity, a new peace that the tired... Read More

Blessed Angela di Foligno: Resting in Crucified Love

April 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Conversion, Divine Union, Love, Suffering

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“You are I and I am you.”  (Words spoken to Blessed Angela di Foligno as recorded in Memorial, Chapter IX taken from Angela of Foligno: Complete Works, trans. Paul Lachance, O.F.M., in Classics of Western Spirituality, New York: Paulist Press (1993) 205.) These are words that Blessed Angela di Foligno believed the Risen Lord addressed to her. An early 14th century Franciscan Tertiary, her devotion to the humanity of... Read More

Love Songs in the Night

February 14, 2013 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, John of the Cross, Love, Prayer

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With rich biblical imagery, St. John of the Cross describes the soul as a jubilant bride who sings mysterious verses and wants nothing other than to live in intimacy with her bridegroom. She ventures out with courage while the beauty of night cloaks her from anyone and anything that might prevent her from finding the One for whom her heart longs.  This living icon of the Church, tenderly touched and delicately embraced by her... Read More

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