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Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

February 2, 2016 by  
Filed under Christmas, Feast Days, Liz Estler, Mary

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Feast of the Presentation of the Lord February 2 Although the Christmas season formally ended last month, this beautiful feast is the farthest extension of it.  In the early centuries, it was originally known as the Presentation of the Lord. Being observant Jews, the Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph, in humility and obedience, went in accord with Mosaic law to the Temple in Jerusalem to consecrate the first-born son that opens... Read More

A New Beginning to Pray

January 4, 2016 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Christmas, Prayer, Spiritual Direction

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A New Beginning to Pray Beginning to pray is the project of a lifetime.   The entry of the Word of the Father into human history makes this project possible.  This entry is not convenient or easy for God or man.   Love never is.  It demands taking up our freedom in the most difficult and most worthwhile of all human endeavors – the effort to attend to and respond to love. Beginning to pray is learning to respond with... Read More

Let Us Make Good Use of Time

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Let us Make Good Use of Time Presence of God – On the last day of the year, I recollect myself in the presence of the Child Jesus, to examine in the light of eternity the value of time. MEDITATION Time passes and does not return. God has assigned to each of us a definite time in which to fulfill His divine plan for our soul; we have only this time and shall have no more. Time ill spent is lost forever. Our life is made up of... Read More

Peace to Men

December 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Christmas, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Peace

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Peace to Men December twenty-ninth Presence of God – I place myself at the feet of the Infant Jesus to meditate on the angels’ hymn: “Peace on earth to men of good will” (Luke 2:14). MEDITATION At Bethlehem the angels announced two things: glory to God and peace to men; the one corresponds to the other. No one glorifies God as much as that little Babe lying on the straw. He alone, being the eternal Word, can give God... Read More

On the Feast of the Holy Family: Our Own Family Circle

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On the Feast of the Holy Family: Our Own Family Circle  Could failure to follow God’s commands be robbing your family of grace? God not only became one of us, but he was born into a family with parents: Our Blessed Mother Mary, and a father, St. Joseph.  There’s no escaping the message that families are intended to be holy places for children to grow and prepare to enter the world. The Fourth Commandment orders us to: “Honor... Read More

The Nativity of the Lord: Christmas Day! The Savior has Appeared

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The Nativity of the Lord Christmas Day! The Savior has Appeared The Nativity of the Lord The Nativity of the Lord Presence of God — Behold, I am at the feet of my Incarnate God, who has become a Child for love of me! I adore, I thank, I love! MEDITATION God is charity: He has loved us with an everlasting love! “I think God must have said to Himself: Man does not love Me because he does not see Me; I will show Myself... 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

Prepare the Way of the Lord! Advent & Christmas Preparation

November 16, 2015 by  
Filed under Advent, Christmas, Liz Estler, Preparation

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Prepare the Way of the Lord! Advent and Christmas Preparation   Christian life is one of preparation.  In order to prepare to celebrate the sacred mystery of the Eucharist, we acknowledge our sins. In order to prepare to celebrate the birth of our God as a tiny baby, for us and for our salvation, the Church wisely celebrates the Advent season.  Before we know it Advent will be here.  So, how do we prepare for Advent, itself? That’s... Read More

The Growth of Jesus

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THE GROWTH OF JESUS “And Jesus increased in wisdom, and age, and grace with God and men.” Luke 2:52 1. We cannot in a short meditation hope to fathom the meaning of this simple sentence. It has given rise to endless opinions among the Fathers of the Church, theologians, and even the contemplative saints have given it various interpretations. But there are certain fundamental truths which all accept, and upon these it is possible... Read More

The Finding in the Temple

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THE FINDING IN THE TEMPLE “And it came to pass that after three days they found Him in the Temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard Him were astonished at His wisdom and His answers. And seeing Him they wondered. And His Mother said to Him, ‘Son, why hast Thou done so to us? Behold, Thy father and I have sought Thee sorrowing.’ And He said to them: ‘How... Read More

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