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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

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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

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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

The Risen Lord and the Gift of Faith

March 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Easter, Faith, Resurrection

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The Risen Lord and the Gift of Faith To believe that the Lord is Risen is to believe that He is present in a radical and wonderful way. His powerful presence is accessible only by faith — this is because He has ascended into heaven. Such is the substance of our hope. When we cleave to Him by faith, because His presence is real and personal, He raises us up with Him. When Mary Magdalene calls out to the Risen Lord, He... Read More

The Dawn of Mercy: An Easter Retreat Guide on Divine Mercy

March 29, 2016 by  
Filed under Divine Mercy, Easter, Fr. Bartunek, Mercy, Retreat Guides

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THE DAWN OF MERCY: AN EASTER RETREAT GUIDE ON DIVINE MERCY The newest Retreat Guide from RC Spirituality, The Dawn of Mercy, is now available at www.RCSpirituality.org. Violence, hatred, injustice—it takes heroic fortitude just to turn on the daily news. And this evil isn’t abstract. It has a name. Events in society mirror a reality we all face every day. It’s called sin; it’s ugly; and it’s horrifically destructive. Have... Read More

Resurrection Moments

March 28, 2016 by  
Filed under Carmelite Sisters, Easter, Liturgy, Prayer, Resurrection

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Resurrection Moments My grandmother, whom I affectionately called ‘Meme’ was filled with love. I grew especially close to her since, for the last twenty years of her life, she suffered from near-blindness. I helped her with her mail, her bookkeeping, and when I was old enough to drive, I took her shopping and to Mass. Our conversations were unforgettable, and she taught me so much in those formative years. When I was a newly... Read More

Easter: On the Resurrection of the Lord

March 27, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Easter, Meditations, Resurrection, Solemnity, The Cross

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On the Lord’s Resurrection An Easter Homily from Pope Saint Leo the Great (Sermon LXXII)   I. The Cross is not only the mystery of salvation, but an example to follow The whole of the Easter mystery, dearly-beloved, has been brought before us in the Gospel narrative, and the ears of the mind have been so reached through the ear of flesh that none of you can fail to have a picture of the events: for the text of the Divinely-inspired... Read More

A Cure for Discouragement: Easter Retreat Guide

April 7, 2015 by  
Filed under Easter, Fr. Bartunek, Retreat Guides

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A CURE FOR DISCOURAGEMENT: A RETREAT GUIDE FOR EASTER The newest Retreat Guide from RC Spirituality, A Cure for Discouragement, is now available at www.RCSpirituality.org. The appearances of Jesus after his Resurrection, as recorded in the New Testament, are, to be honest, kind of confusing. The people he appears to don’t recognize him right away, even though they knew him before. Critics of Christianity attribute these appearances... Read More

How are We Able to Hold Fast to Our Faith? He is Risen!

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Alleluia! Christ is Risen! How are We Able to Hold Fast to Our Faith? He is Risen!   In the midst of our busy lives, it is easy to be overwhelmed and to feel overcome by difficult circumstance. For those who strive to pray, Christ risen from the dead allows us to taste this only in order to help us come to spiritual maturity. He himself comes to give us hope, that we might stand firm and not lose heart. This is the great... Read More

The Joy of Easter – He is Risen!

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The Joy of Easter – He is Risen! Easter is upon us! Rejoice in the triumph of Christ! On this edition of Divine Intimacy Radio, Dan and Melissa discuss the Glory of the Resurrection and the dramatic changes that it brought about in the lives of His disciples. Show Notes: Rejoice! It’s holy to be joyous. There is no spiritual depth without joy. When the Apostles were being persecuted for the sake of Christ they rejoiced. Easter... Read More

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