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The Necessity for Interior Purification

The Necessity for Interior Purification   Presence of God – Purify my soul, O Lord, so that it may be filled completely with Your light and Your love. MEDITATION St. John of the Cross compares the soul to a glass window with a ray of sunlight shining on it. If the glass is dirty, “the ray cannot illuminate it, nor transform it completely into its light; its illumination will be in proportion to its clearness. If, on the... Read More

Baptism — Divine Intimacy Meditation

February 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Baptism, Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy

Baptism   Presence of God – O God, who without any merit on my part, have made me Your child, grant that my life may be worthy of this divine Sonship. MEDITATION The Church, like a mother anxious for the salvation of her children, and eager to rescue them from the slavery of Satan, to make them living temples of God, does not wait until a child is able to appreciate the value of Baptism, but hastens to confer it upon him... Read More

Jesus and Mankind

January 30, 2017 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, God's Love

Jesus and Mankind   Presence of God – O Jesus, teach me to love others as You love them. MEDITATION The sacred soul of Jesus always remains in closest union with the Blessed Trinity and therefore in the most profound contemplation, yet He is ever mindful of the needs of mankind. It was for men that Jesus came—to save them and bring them to the Father; and He gives Himself to them with the utmost solicitude and abandon.... Read More

“I Am the Way”

January 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Meditations

“I Am the Way”   Presence of God – O Jesus, my beloved Master, take my hand and lead me to the Father: You alone are the way of salvation and sanctity. MEDITATION Jesus is not only the Master who teaches us how to attain to the perfection of His heavenly Father, but He is also the living model of that perfection. Men, on the other hand, are by their very nature so limited and imperfect that they can never serve... Read More

I Am the Truth

“I Am the Truth”   Presence of God – O Jesus, Incarnate Word, splendor and brightness of the Father, instruct and illumine my soul. MEDITATION Jesus came to give us life and to show us the way which leads to it. He, the Teacher of life, is also its source. At the beginning of Jesus’ apostolate, the heavenly Father presented Him to the world as its divine Teacher. The Holy Spirit, descending upon Jesus in... Read More

I Am the Life

January 11, 2017 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Meditations

I Am the Life   Presence of God – O Jesus, Fount of life, may Your life ever increase in my soul. MEDITATION Jesus explained His mission in these words: “I am come that they may have life, and may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). What is this life which He gives us? It is the life of grace, which is a participation in His divine life. Jesus is the Incarnate Word; in His divine nature as the Word, He possesses... Read More

Glory to God

December 28, 2016 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Meditations

Glory to God Presence of God – I unite myself in spirit to the angelic choir singing the glory of the Lord over the fields of Bethlehem. MEDITATION The Word was made flesh for our salvation and happiness. However, the primary end of the Incarnation is God’s glory, which is the end of all His works. He, the one absolute good, cannot will anything apart from His glory. By sending His only Son to save men, He wished to glorify... Read More

The Nativity of Our Lord

The Nativity of Our Lord Christmas Day! The Savior has Appeared The Nativity of Our 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 to him and thus make him... Read More

The Great Mystery is Accomplished

December 24, 2016 by  
Filed under Advent, Carmelite Spirituality, Christmas, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy

The Great Mystery is Accomplished December Twenty-Fourth Presence of God – O Incarnate Word, my Savior, teach me the lessons of wisdom contained in the mystery of Your Incarnation. MEDITATION Of all the works done by God in time and outside of Himself, the redemptive Incarnation of the Word is the greatest. It is the greatest because it has for end, not a mere creature, however sublime, but God Himself, the eternal Word who,... Read More

Apostolic Action

December 21, 2016 by  
Filed under Apostolate, Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy

Apostolic Action   Presence of God – I place myself in the presence of Jesus, in order to learn from Him, the first Apostle, the Apostle par excellence, the qualities I need to make my activity of real value to souls. MEDITATION During the three years of His public life, Jesus carried out an exterior apostolate on a large scale, but His activity was never separated from His intimate union with the Father; rather, it blossomed... Read More

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