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The Oblation of Saint Therese of Lisieux

Description: This week Dan and Melissa are joined by Dr. Anthony Lilles as they unravel the meaning of the oblation of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: Was the book, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love, intended to be an informative book about Saint Thérèse? What does “oblation” mean to Saint Thérèse? How can an oblation (self-offering) be a form of holocaust? How is Saint... Read More

Flower of Carmel – Flos Carmeli – You Are Our Mother

 Flower of Carmel – Flos Carmeli – You Are Our Mother… Flower of Carmel – Flos Carmeli – You are our Mother 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... Read More

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

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 World is In Flames

August 9, 2013 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Meditations, Prayers of Saints

In the Discalced Carmelite Propers, today is the Feast of St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) who was martyred during the Nazi persecution. At a time close to her death she penned an ominous reflection on the state of the world and of our need to abandon all to Christ. Though we are not in a world war now, we are no less in a battle for the soul of our country. On the stage of the world, in the past 100 years, more Christians... Read More

Novena to St Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)

June 24, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Prayers of Saints

St Pio of Pietrelcina St Pio of Pietrelcina, O.F.M.  (Padre Pio) Novena Dear God, Thou hast generously blessed Thy servant, St Pio of Pietrelcina, with the gifts of the Spirit. Thou hast marked his body with the five wounds of Christ Crucified, as a powerful witness to the saving Passion and Death of Thy Son. Endowed with the gift of discernment, St Pio labored endlessly in the confessional for the salvation of souls. With reverence... Read More

His Grace for My Sin – A Prayer of St Augustine

March 17, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Lent, Prayer, Prayers of Saints, Seasonal Meditations

His Grace for My Sin – A Prayer of St Augustine

St Augustine: His Grace for My Sin His Grace for My Sin – A Prayer of St Augustine “What fault committed by man has not been expiated by the Son of God made man? What pride can be so immeasurably inflated, that it could not be brought down by such humility? Truly, O my God, if we were to weigh both the offenses committed by sinners, and the grace of God the Redeemer, we would find that the difference equaled not only... Read More

Saint Teresa’s Prayer for All Saints Day

St. Teresa’s Prayer for All Saints’ Day   “O holy souls that now rejoice without fear of losing your joy and are forever absorbed in the praises of my God! Happy indeed your lot! How right that you should employ yourselves ceaselessly in these praises! and how my soul envies you, free as you now are from the affliction caused by the grievous offenses which are in these unhappy days are committed against my... Read More

Make me worthy to understand: A Christmas prayer

December 24, 2009 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke, Prayer, Prayers of Saints, Seasonal Meditations

“O my God! make me worthy to understand something of the mystery of the burning charity which is in You, which impelled you to effect the sublime act of the Incarnation! which brings to man, with the outpouring of love, the assurance of salvation. How ineffable is this charity! Truly there is no greater than this, that the Word was made flesh in order to make me like unto God! You became nothing in order to make me something;... Read More

Sufferings of Longing for My God: Teresa of Avila

September 29, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Meditations, Prayers of Saints, Teresa of Avila

A Matter of Life and Death: What Meditation is! From St Teresa of Avila

  Sufferings of Longing for my God   Woe is me, woe is me, Lord, how very long has been this exile! And it passes with great sufferings of longing for my God! Lord, what can a soul placed in this prison do? O Jesus, how long is the life of humans, even though it is said to be short! It is short, my God, for gaining through it a life that cannot end; but it is very long for the soul that desires to come into the presence... Read More

Reflection on the Narrow Way to Life – St. Teresa of Avila

A Matter of Life and Death: What Meditation is! From St Teresa of Avila

O my Lord, how obvious it is that You are almighty! There’s no need to look for reasons for what You want. For, beyond all natural reason, You make things so possible that You manifest clearly there’s no need for anything more than truly to love You and truly leave all for You, so that You, my Lord, may make everything easy, It fits well here to say that You feign labor in Your law. For I don’t see, Lord, nor do I know how... Read More

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