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The Handmaid of the Lord

The Handmaid of the Lord Presence of God – O Mary, you who called yourself the handmaid of the Lord, teach me how to consecrate all my strength and life to His service. MEDITATION All the splendors—divine filiation, participation in divine life, intimate relations with the Trinity—which grace produces in our souls are realized in Mary with a prominence, a force, a realism, wholly singular. If, for example, every soul in the... Read More

268. A Blind Man Sees (John 9:1-17)

March 22, 2017 by  
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“Let us carry bravely the shield of faith, so that with its protection we may be able to parry whatever the enemy hurls at us.” – St. Cyprian John 9:1-17: As he went along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, for him to have been born blind?’ ‘Neither he nor his parents sinned,’ Jesus answered ‘he was born blind so that the works of... Read More

269. The Seeing Go Blind (John 9:18-41)

March 22, 2017 by  
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“God is watching us as we battle and fight in the combat of the faith. His angels are watching us, and so is Christ.” – St. Cyprian John 9:18-41: However, the Jews would not believe that the man had been blind and had gained his sight, without first sending for his parents and asking them, ‘Is this man really your son who you say was born blind? If so, how is it that he is now able to see?’ His parents answered, ‘We... Read More

Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Transferred)

Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary Presence of God – O glorious St. Joseph, under your patronage, may my interior life grow and develop. MEDITATION Today the Church presents St. Joseph, the great Patriarch, to whose care God willed to entrust the most chosen portion of His flock, Mary, and Jesus. Because Joseph was selected by God to be the guardian of the family of Nazareth, the nucleus of the... Read More

249. Quenching Christ’s Thirst (John 4:1-30)

March 15, 2017 by  
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“To show that he was not different from us, he undertook hard work, he went hungry and thirsty, he took rest and sleep, he did not shirk suffering, he revealed the Resurrection.” – St. Hippolytus John 4:1-30: When Jesus heard that the Pharisees had found out that he was making and baptizing more disciples than John – though in fact it was his disciples who baptized, not Jesus himself – he left Judaea and went... Read More

250. Food for Life (John 4:31-42)

March 15, 2017 by  
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“The best way to become a saint is to plunge ourselves in the will of God, as a stone is immersed in the water. We must allow ourselves to be tossed like a ball here and there according to his good pleasure.” – St. Clement Hofbauer John 4:31-42: Meanwhile, the disciples were urging him, ‘Rabbi, do have something to eat; but he said, ‘I have food to eat that you do not know about.’ So the disciples asked one another,... Read More

Humility

Humility Presence of God – O Jesus, You who were so humiliated for us, teach me how to practice true humility. MEDITATION Charity is the essence of Christian perfection, for charity alone has the power to unite man to God, his last end. But for us poor, miserable creatures, whom God wishes to raise to union with Himself, is charity the ultimate basis of the spiritual life? No. There is something deeper still which is, so... Read More

54. Mountaintop Meetings (Matthew 17:1-13)

March 8, 2017 by  
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“If he were not of the same nature as ourselves, his command to imitate him as a master would be a futile one.” – St. Hippolytus Matthew 17:1-13: Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone. There in their presence he was transfigured: his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as the light. Suddenly Moses and Elijah... Read More

Conversion

Conversion   Presence of God – O Lord, You have created me for Yourself; grant that, with all my strength, I may tend toward You, my last end. MEDITATION In…Ezekiel 34:11-16, we read: “For thus saith the Lord God: Behold I Myself will seek My sheep, and will visit them … and will deliver them out of all the places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day…. I will bring them to their own land,... Read More

Ash Wednesday 2017 — Divine Intimacy Meditation

Ash Wednesday   Presence of God – I place myself in Your presence, O Lord; illumine with Your light the eternal truths, and awaken in my soul a sincere desire for conversion. MEDITATION: “Dust thou art, and into dust thou shalt return” (Genesis 3:19). These words, spoken for the first time by God to Adam after he had committed sin, are repeated today by the Church to every Christian, in order to remind him of two... Read More

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