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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

The Divine Plan for the World: A Mirror for the Spiritual World

June 9, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Doctor of the Church, God's Will, Prayer, Prayers

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The Divine Plan for the World: A Mirror for the Spiritual World* Optional Memorial of Saint Ephrem Doctor of the Church   Lord, shed upon our darkened souls the brilliant light of your wisdom so that we may be enlightened and serve you with renewed purity. Sunrise marks the hour for men to begin their toil, but in our souls, Lord, prepare a dwelling for the day that will never end. Grant that we may come to know the risen... Read More

Act of Contrition

March 16, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Prayer, Prayers

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Contrition in the Confessional Act of Contrition Act of Contrition: O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended You, and I detest all my sins, because of Your just punishments, but most of all because they offended You, my God, who are all goo and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasions of sin. Amen. + This above is a traditional act of contrition... Read More

The Proficiscere “Go Forth Christian Soul”

November 2, 2014 by  
Filed under Death and Dying, Liz Estler, Prayers

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The Proficiscere The Proficiscere “Go Forth Christian Soul” Art: Poem of the Soul — The Flight of the Soul, Louis Janmot, 1854, PD-US Go forth, Christian soul, from this world in the name of God the almighty Father, who created you, in the name of Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, who suffered for you, in the name of the Holy Spirit, who was poured out upon you, go forth, faithful Christian. May you live in... Read More

Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

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Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels, October 2nd “He has given his angels charge over you to guard you in all your ways‘ [Psalm 91:11]. These words should fill you with respect, inspire devotion and instill confidence; respect for the presence of angels, devotion because of their loving service, and confidence because of their protection. And so the angels are here; they are at your side, they are with you, present... Read More

The Central Prayers of the Mass: The Anaphora

July 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Eric Johnston, Mass, Prayers

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The Central Prayers of the Mass: We can pray the Mass better if we better understand its central prayers. Knowing what is going on allows us to join in and make the prayer our own – allows us to mean it when we say, “Amen.” It also allows us to understand the Mass itself, and so enter more deeply into what it has to offer us. Today we will consider the priest’s part of the Eucharistic Prayer. The “Eucharistic... Read More

Flos Carmeli (Flower of Carmel)

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Every year on July 16th, Carmelites throughout the world celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, patroness of the Carmelite Order.  If you want to know how we feel about Mary, our Mother, spend a few minutes reflecting on one of the most beautiful prayers ever written, the Flos Carmeli. Most of us pray – before meals, morning and/or night prayers, many people pray before a trip, and at Mass, of course. Yet, for... Read More

Carmelite Prayer

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Editor’s Note: As we approach the Memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel this coming week, it is appropriate to consider a Carmelite prayer. Our Lord taught Saint Teresa a simple method of prayer. It is often called mental prayer. “I never knew what it was to get satisfaction and comfort out of prayer,” confesses the Saint, “until the Lord taught me this method – I beg of you to test it.”  The method is this:... Read More

Prayer to Our Lady, Undoer of Knots

October 8, 2013 by  
Filed under Liz Estler, Mary, Prayer, Prayers

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Prayer to Our Lady, Undoer of Knots Our Lady, Undoer of Knots by Johann Georg Schmidtner O Virgin Mary, Mother who never refuses to come to the help of your children in need, Mother whose hands never stop working for the welfare of your children, moved as they are by the loving mercy and kindness that exists in your Immaculate Heart, cast your compassionate and merciful eyes on me and see the snarl of knots that exists in my life. Oh... Read More

Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

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Dear Friends, We are approaching a very special day in the Church and one that is particularly important to me. July 16th is the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. It is a kind of second birthday to me as it was the day I was confirmed and received into the Church. This year I am asking that you celebrate this day and join with me in a special prayer for a special group of people by praying a novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel... Read More

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