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Fire of Mercy: A Retreat Guide for All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day


FIRE OF MERCY: A RETREAT GUIDE FOR ALL SAINTS’ DAY AND ALL SOULS’ DAY   The newest Retreat Guide from RC Spirituality, Fire of Mercy, is now available at When was the last time you thought about what happens after we die? Certainly, you already know what happens—we all learned it in Catechism class: first comes death, unavoidable for all of us, then comes judgment, and depending on how that... Read More

Transfiguration and Religious Life


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

Reparation — Divine Intimacy Meditation

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Reparation   Presence of God – Heart of Jesus, wounded for love of us, make me worthy to make reparation for all the wounds our sins have inflicted upon You. MEDITATION We find in the hymn for First Vespers of the Feast of the Sacred Heart [which we celebrated last Friday] the following words: “Lo, the proud, insolent procession of our offenses has wounded the innocent Heart of God.” And even more realistically it continues:... Read More

Learn from Me – The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus


Learn from Me The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus   Apart from Jesus’ command to learn a lesson from the fig tree, on how its branch(es) and leaves announce summer (cf Matthew 24:32 and Mark 13:28), Christ commands us to learn only two things.  Our Blessed Savior knows that, like the rich young man, we are lacking in these things … otherwise, He would not be compelled to call our attention to them. Learning Mercy... Read More

Corpus Christi

May 29, 2016 by  
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Corpus Christi The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ   In today’s solemnity (which was celebrated last Thursday, May 26th in some locations), we honor the most holy Body and Blood of Christ. This feast was promoted by St. Juliana of Liège (also known as St. Juliana of Cornillon), who lived between 1191/2 and 1258, an Augustinian nun in charge of a leper colony. Jesus appeared to her at the age of 16... Read More

The Spirit of Christ – Divine Intimacy Meditation

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The Spirit of Christ Presence of God – O Holy Spirit, You who had complete dominion over the holy soul of Jesus, deign to direct my poor soul. MEDITATION In Sacred Scripture, the Holy Spirit is called “the Spirit of Christ” (Romans 8:9), an expression that is pregnant with meaning. Christ is the Incarnate Word. Although He became Man, He remains the Word, the Son of God. From Him, as from the Father, the Holy Spirit proceeds;... Read More

On the Ascension of the Lord

May 5, 2016 by  
Filed under Ascension, Dan Burke, Solemnity

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ON THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD* A Homily of St Leo the Great   I. The events recorded as happening after the Resurrection were intended to convince us of its truth. Since the blessed and glorious Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, whereby the Divine power in three days raised the true Temple of God, which [wickedness] had overthrown, the sacred forty days, dearly-beloved are to-day ended, which by most holy appointment were... Read More

The Good Shepherd — Divine Intimacy Meditation

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The Good Shepherd Presence of God – I come to You, O Jesus, my Good Shepherd; lead me to the pastures of eternal life. MEDITATION The liturgy today sums up in the gentle figure of the Good Shepherd all that Jesus has done for our souls. The shepherd is everything to his flock; their life, their sustenance, and their care is entirely in his hands, and if the shepherd is good, they will have nothing to fear under his protection,... Read More

Pray Always?

April 14, 2016 by  
Filed under Carmelite Sisters, Easter, Prayer


Pray Always? “Seriously? Pray always?” That is not an uncommon reaction to St. Paul’s admonition to pray always without ceasing. Does he know what we’re up against, the demands on our time and energy, the pace of our modern world, not to mention the fragility and inconsistency of our human nature? He can’t possibly mean always, as in, all the time and everywhere. Impossible! Whenever the word “impossible” creeps... Read More

Aggressive Tenderness: Mercy on the Move – Jubilee Year of Mercy!

April 3, 2016 by  
Filed under Carmelite Sisters, Divine Mercy, Easter, Mercy


Aggressive Tenderness: Mercy on the Move! Jubilee Year of Mercy   For several weeks, I have been pondering an unusual little phrase that I came across in Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation ‘The Joy of the Gospel’ [Evangelii Gaudium]. The words just jumped off the page. He writes, “Christian triumph is always a cross, yet a cross which is at the same time a victorious banner borne with an aggressive tenderness... Read More

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