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O My God, Trinity Whom I Adore – Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity Prayer – [UPDATED]

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O My God, Trinity Whom I Adore Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity Prayer   UPDATE: Don’t miss the update note at the bottom of this page… As we mentioned earlier this year, on March 3rd, Pope Francis approved Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity for canonization. Today, a meeting of cardinals is expected to set the date for when she will be raised to the altars. Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity was a discalced Carmelite... Read More

Solemnity of Saint Joseph

March 19, 2016 by  
Filed under Liz Estler, Saints and Blesseds, Solemnity

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Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary St Joseph is the Patron of Unborn Children, Protector of Childhood, Protector of Spouses, Protector of the Family, Patron of Fathers, Patron of Immigrants and Workers, Patron of Employment, Patron of Carpenters and of Realtors, Protector of Virgins, Protector of Fugitives, Patron against Doubt and Hesitation, Protector of the Dying, Patron of a Happy Death, and Patron of Canada, Croatia,... Read More

Solemnity of St Joseph, Husband of Mary

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St Joseph’s Life of Faith Presence of God – In your school, O glorious St Joseph, I desire to learn how to live by faith, guided in all things by divine Providence. MEDITATION The fundamental disposition of St Joseph’s soul was one of complete confidence and abandonment to God, which had its source in his faith. St. Matthew called him “a just man” (Matthew 1:19); now Sacred Scripture teaches that “the just... Read More

2 Doctors, 2 Ways, 1 Goal: Sts Teresa and Therese (Part 3 of 3)

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2 Doctors, 2 Ways, 1 Goal: Sts Teresa and Therese (Part III of III) Memorial of Saint Teresa of Jesus Virgin and Doctor of the Church October 15th Editor’s note: In part II, we looked at Saint Teresa of Avila, in particular, and the way St Teresa and St Thérèse differed from each other. Today, we’ll put what we’ve considered in the previous posts of this series into perspective. Putting it Into Perspective Several... Read More

2 Doctors, 2 Ways, 1 Goal: Sts Teresa and Therese (Part 2 of 3)

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2 Doctors, 2 Ways, 1 Goal: Sts Teresa and Therese (Part II of III) Editor’s note: In part I, we talked about the goal of every pilgrimage, our Carmelite Doctors of the Church, and Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, specifically. Today we will look at Saint Teresa of Avila, in particular, and the way these Daughters of the Church differ from each other. Saint Teresa of Avila (Saint Teresa of Jesus) St. Teresa of Avila cautioned... Read More

2 Doctors, 2 Ways, 1 Goal: Sts Teresa and Therese (Part 1 of 3)

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2 Doctors, 2 Ways, 1 Goal: Sts Teresa and Therese (Part I of III) Memorial of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus Virgin and Doctor of the Church October 1st Many of you probably have seen the 1965 film entitled The Sound of Music starring Julie Andrews as Maria von Trapp and Christopher Plummer as Captain von Trapp. The first verse of the theme song goes like this: Climb every mountain, Search high and low, Follow every highway, Every... Read More

St Maximilian Kolbe: Martyr of Charity and True Friend of Christ

August 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Saints and Blesseds

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St. Maximilian Kolbe: Martyr of Charity and True Friend of Christ This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends . . . This I command you, to love one another. (John 15:12-13, 17) These words of Christ come during his farewell discourse to His Apostles on Holy Thursday, immediately before He embraces His Passion and Death. And... Read More

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

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Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles Presence of God— O Lord, grant that the [Solemnity] of these Apostles may strengthen my faith and my fidelity to the Church. MEDITATION The [Solemnity] of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, Princes of the Church, awakens in our souls a greater love for the Church and for our Holy Father the Pope. The liturgy today gives the place of honor to St. Peter, the head of the Apostles; tomorrow... Read More

Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

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Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist Today, we mark the nativity of Saint John the Baptist. So great is John’s contribution to salvation history that Holy Mother Church does not celebrate anyone else’s birth as a solemnity–except that of Jesus. John the Baptist recalls Isaac, Eli, Samson and their mothers whose births came about because nothing is impossible for God. He is the one leaping and dancing for joy... Read More

A Constellation of Saints

May 21, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Sisters, Saints and Blesseds

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There are as many saints as there are stars in the sky… The night sky in its magnificent beauty has beckoned to me ever since I was a small child. At night, especially on a summer’s night, I would slip away and sit on our front porch, or better still, I would lie on the grass and just look up at the stars. I learned to recognize one constellation from another and once in a while view an eclipse of the moon. That is why a statement... Read More

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