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Contemplating the Lord’s Passion


Contemplating the Lord’s Passion* True reverence for the Lord’s passion means fixing the eyes of our heart on Jesus crucified and recognizing in him our own humanity. The earth — our earthly nature — should tremble at the suffering of its Redeemer. The rocks — the hearts of unbelievers — should burst asunder. The dead, imprisoned in the tombs of their mortality, should come forth, the massive stones now ripped apart.... Read More

The Perfection of Brotherly Love


The Perfection of Brotherly Love The perfection of brotherly love lies in the love of one’s enemies. We can find no greater inspiration for this than grateful remembrance of the wonderful patience of Christ. He who is more fair than all the sons of men offered his fair face to be spat upon by sinful men; he allowed those eyes that rule the universe to be blindfolded by wicked men; he bared his back to the scourges; he submitted... Read More

A Holy Week Meditation

March 21, 2016 by  
Filed under Fr. Najim, Holy Week, Lent, Meditations: Seasonal


A Holy Week Meditation During the Monday through Wednesday liturgies of Holy Week, we listen to the three gospel passages that afford us the opportunity to meditate on the parts of Christ’s body that were “pierced for our sins” (Isaiah 53:5): his hands, his feet, and his heart. In Monday’s Gospel, we contemplate Jesus reclining at table with Lazarus whom he had raised from the dead. There was obvious jubilation at this... Read More

Passion Sunday

Passion Sunday   Today we begin the celebration of Holy Week.  We will journey spiritually with Jesus and walk along with Him from His entry into Jerusalem through the mystery of His Passion and Death and, ultimately, to His glorious Resurrection.  If we die with Him we shall also live with Him (cf Romans 6:8). The blessed sacramental palms we receive help focus our attention on this journey. Besides also being referred... Read More

Suffering and Abandonment

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Suffering and Abandonment   Presence of God – O Lord, teach me to suffer with simplicity, without useless concentration on self, but in total abandonment to Your divine will. MEDITATION The secret of learning to suffer in a virtuous way consists chiefly in forgetting oneself and one’s sorrows and in abandoning oneself to God. The soul that is absorbed in its own sufferings and concentrates its whole attention on them,... Read More

Jesus Persecuted — Passiontide

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Jesus Persecuted 5th Sunday of Lent (Passiontide) Presence of God – O Jesus, help me to enter into the mystery of Your Passion; deign to associate me with it, so that I may participate in Your Resurrection. MEDITATION [Traditionally] … Passiontide begins [today], a time especially consecrated to the remembrance and loving contemplation of the sorrows of Jesus. The veiled crucifix and statues, the absence of the Gloria... Read More

Supernatural Obedience

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Supernatural Obedience   Presence of God – O Jesus, teach me to see only You in my superiors. MEDITATION An excellent instruction from St. John of the Cross says: “Never look upon your superior, whoever he may be, with less regard than upon God Himself” (Precautions). If we do not have this supernatural spirit which makes us see God in the person of our superior, our obedience cannot be supernatural. It is necessary... Read More

Come Follow Me

March 8, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Following Christ, Lent, Meditations

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Come Follow Me   Presence of God– O Jesus, obedient even unto the death of the Cross, teach us to follow Your example. MEDITATION Jesus said to the young man who was aspiring to perfection, “If thou wilt be perfect, go sell what thou hast, and give to the poor,”—the evangelical counsel of poverty — “and come follow Me” (Matthew 19:21)—the counsel of voluntary obedience, according to St. Thomas. To follow Jesus... Read More

St Bernard’s Vision of Humility and Pride

March 7, 2016 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Humility, Lent, Pride


 St Bernard’s Vision of Humility and Pride We waste a lot of time thinking something is owed us. We brood over injury. We are not self-contained. Lent helps us remember the real truth about ourselves and our situation. The wisdom of the saints, like St. Bernard, helps us see our actual situation. His teachings suggest we can be free of brooding and find a new kind of self-possession when we allow the Lord to preoccupy... Read More

To Be Hidden with Christ in God

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To Be Hidden with Christ in God Presence of God – O Jesus, help me to hide from creatures in order to enter into intimacy with You. MEDITATION When we speak of the hidden life of Jesus, we do not mean only His self-effacement in the eyes of men, from whom He concealed His divinity, thus avoiding their praise. Besides these exterior relations with creatures, we must penetrate into the secret places of His heart where, hidden... Read More

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