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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

Charity the Essence of Sanctity

November 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Charity, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy

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Charity the Essence of Sanctity Presence of God – I place myself in the presence of God, considering that He is infinite charity: “Deus caritas est,” God is charity. MEDITATION “Be you, therefore, perfect, as also Your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). Before we can begin to imitate God, we must know who He is, and in what His perfection consists. Holy Scripture tells us, God is charity (1 John 4:16). It does... 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

The Divine Invitation

November 24, 2016 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Gratitude

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The Divine Invitation   Presence of God – O my God, give me the sovereign grace to respond to all Your invitations with generosity. MEDITATION (Matthew 22:2-14) outlines the sad story—so true even today—of human ingratitude which rejects God’s mercy and is indifferent to His gifts and invitations. “The kingdom of heaven is likened to a king, who made a marriage for his son, and he sent his servants to call them... Read More

The Triumph of Love

November 10, 2016 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy

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The Triumph of Love Presence of God – Grant that there may be only love in me, my God; that all may proceed from love, and all revert to love. MEDITATION The life of the soul which has reached total union may be defined as one simple, continual, most intense exercise of love, by means of which it gives itself to God unceasingly. All its faculties, not only purified, but perfectly harmonized, are wholly employed in the divine... Read More

Desolation and Darkness

October 26, 2016 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Dark Night, Divine Intimacy

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Desolation and Darkness   Presence of God – Come to my aid, O Lord, that I may not be overwhelmed by the storm. MEDITATION Seeing its wretchedness so clearly, the soul senses the infinite distance separating it from God; and, while desiring even more to be united to Him, it realizes that it is farther from Him than ever, absolutely incapable of bridging the chasm which divides them. This recognition causes pain as well,... Read More

The Way of Union

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The Way of Union   Presence of God – Lord, give me light and strength to root out of my heart all that hinders me from being united to You. MEDITATION “God communicates Himself most to that soul that has progressed farthest in love: namely, that has its will in closest conformity with the will of God” (John of the Cross, Ascent of Mount Carmel II, 5,4). In ordinary life, true love is manifested in willingness to do... Read More

Progress in the Apostolate

October 12, 2016 by  
Filed under Apostolate, Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy

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Progress in the Apostolate Presence of God – Unite me to You, O Lord, and may the power of Your charity enkindle in my heart true apostolic fire. MEDITATION St. Thomas teaches that love is like fire. It produces a flame, and the flame of love is zeal. If the fire burns intensely, then the flame will also be intense and devouring. True apostolic zeal is the spontaneous result, the normal fruit of intimate contact of the soul... Read More

A Right Intention

October 5, 2016 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy

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A Right Intention   Presence of God – O God, remove from my heart all secondary intentions and all movements of self-love so that I may seek only Your glory. MEDITATION Difficulties encountered in the apostolate often arise because apostolic activity is not exercised under conditions which are required by its very nature, conditions which are indispensable if this activity is to be transformed into an intense exercise of... Read More

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