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In Search of God – Divine Intimacy Meditation

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In Search of God   Presence of God – I recollect myself in the interior sanctuary of my soul to seek God there, living in me by grace. MEDITATION “The kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21), Jesus taught us, and St. Teresa of Avila comments, “If a soul wishes to speak with its Father and enjoy His company, it does not have to go to heaven…. It needs no wings to go in search of Him but only to find a place where... Read More

The Lord Will Not Delay

December 4, 2016 by  
Filed under Advent, Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy

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The Lord Will Not Delay Second Sunday of Advent Presence of God – I place myself in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, to receive His two-fold invitation to confidence and repentance, contained in today’s liturgy. MEDITATION After we have considered the sublime program of sanctification which we should follow, it is very consoling to consider the magnificent texts of today’s liturgy. They invite us to have complete... Read More

The Lord Cometh from Afar

November 27, 2016 by  
Filed under Advent, Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy

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The Lord Cometh from Afar First Sunday of Advent   Presence of God – The Lord is coming; I place myself in His presence and go to meet Him with all the energy of my will. MEDITATION “The Name of the Lord cometh from afar…. I look from afar, and behold I see the power of God coming…. Go out to meet Him, and say, ‘Tell us if You are He who shall rule….’” These words are taken from today’s liturgy, and in... Read More

Do I Need a Savior? An Advent Retreat Guide on the Prophet Isaiah

November 23, 2016 by  
Filed under Advent, Fr. Bartunek, Retreat Guides

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DO I NEED A SAVIOR? AN ADVENT RETREAT GUIDE ON THE PROPHET ISAIAH The newest Retreat Guide from RC Spirituality: Do I Need a Savior? is now available at www.RCSpirituality.org. Advent is about new beginnings. The Church year, also known as the liturgical year, starts afresh on the First Sunday of Advent. And the whole season is dedicated to preparing ourselves for the celebration of Christmas, the day that Jesus was born, the... Read More

When the Sun Rises in the Morning Sky – Final Hours of Advent

December 24, 2015 by  
Filed under Advent, Carmelite Sisters

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When the Sun Rises in the Morning Sky… the Final Hours of Advent The Final Hours of Advent: Our city endured another power outage not too long ago. I remember it quite well because it happened in the middle of the night. The next morning – remember, we wake up way before the dawn – it was amazing to find ourselves in total darkness. Of course, we had placed flashlights and lanterns in appropriate places to be used in such... Read More

The Mystery of the Incarnation

December 22, 2015 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Meditations

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The Mystery of the Incarnation Presence of God – I place myself in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, with an ardent desire to penetrate the infinite mystery of divine love which impelled God Himself to become “one of us.” MEDITATION God is Love; everything He does, both in Himself and outside of Himself, is a work of love. Being the infinite good, He cannot love anything outside of Himself from the desire of... Read More

Hearing the Call of the Bridegroom

December 21, 2015 by  
Filed under Advent, Anthony Lilles, Contemplation, Prayer

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Hearing the Call of the Bridegroom “Let me see you, let me hear your voice.”  These final days of Advent lift our hearts to the coming of Christ and are meant to move us to pray.  How can we not make prayer part of our lives when we consider what it means that the Word of the Father came in history and what it means that Jesus continues to come to us in mystery?  To help us feel this in our souls, to help us raise... Read More

The Annunciation and the Blessed Virgin’s Consent (Part III of III)

December 17, 2015 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke, Mary, Meditations

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THE ANNUNCIATION AND THE BLESSED VIRGIN’S CONSENT (Part III of III) An Advent Homily by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Doctor of the Church Editor’s Note:  In Part I, St Bernard began his homily by reflecting on the Kingdom of David and the House of Jacob, over which the King of Kings would reign.  In Part II, St Bernard imagines what Mary must have been thinking when the angel greeted her and told her the Lord was... Read More

Las Posadas: Pray the Christmas Novena

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Las Posadas: Pray the Christmas Novena Las Posadas: Pray the Christmas Novena As you and your family enjoy your own customs and traditions surrounding your celebration of Advent and Christmas, we invite you to experience with us one of our cherished Advent traditions – our Christmas Novena of Las Posadas. Las Posadas translated as “the inns or accommodations” has a rich tradition originating in Spain, the land of our... Read More

The Annunciation and the Blessed Virgin’s Consent (Part II of III)

December 14, 2015 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke, Mary, Meditations

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THE ANNUNCIATION AND THE BLESSED VIRGIN’S CONSENT (Part II of III) An Advent Homily by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Doctor of the Church   Editor’s Note: In Part I, St Bernard began his homily by reflecting on the Kingdom of David and the House of Jacob, over which the King of Kings would reign.  Today, St Bernard imagines what Mary must have been thinking when the angel greeted her, telling her the Lord was with... Read More

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