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Obtaining Peace and Zeal for Growth in Grace

October 11, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Imitation of Christ, Meditations, Spiritual Growth

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OF OBTAINING PEACE, AND OF ZEAL FOR GROWTH IN GRACE   1. We might enjoy much peace if we would not busy ourselves with the words and deeds of others, and things which appertain nothing to our charge. How can he abide long in peace, who thrusteth himself into the cares of others, who seeketh occasions abroad, who little or seldom cometh to himself? Blessed are the single-hearted; for they shall enjoy much peace. 2. Why were... Read More

Jesus is Asking You… (Part IV of IV)

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Jesus Is Asking You… (Part IV of IV) Either He Rose From the Dead…Or He Didn’t Excerpts from the Weekend Retreat Talks of Father Stash Dailey Editor’s Note: In Part III, we reflected on seeing and living life with resurrected eyes, the reality of Jesus for all humanity, and what makes us Christian. In today’s final installment, we will examine who some of the witnesses of the Resurrection are today, how it is... Read More

Jesus is Asking You… (Part III of IV)

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Jesus Is Asking You… (Part III of IV) Either He Rose From the Dead…Or He Didn’t Excerpts from the Weekend Retreat Talks of Father Stash Dailey Editor’s Note: In Part II, we examined Christ’s question today and the impact of the Resurrection. Today, we will reflect on seeing and living life with resurrected eyes, the reality of Jesus for all humanity, and what makes us Christian. Seeing and Living Life with Resurrected... Read More

Jesus is Asking You… (Part II of IV)

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Jesus Is Asking You… (Part II of IV) Either He Rose From the Dead…Or He Didn’t Excerpts from the Weekend Retreat Talks of Father Stash Dailey Editor’s Note: In Part I, we looked at the question that Jesus is asking, where Jesus meets us and the fact that He comes to us every day at every moment. In today’s post, we will look at Christ’s question today and the impact of the Resurrection. The Question Today... Read More

Jesus is Asking You… (Part I of IV)

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Jesus Is Asking You… (Part I of IV) Either He Rose From the Dead…Or He Didn’t Excerpts from the Weekend Retreat Talks of Father Stash Dailey   “Who do you say that I am?” This theme could be gleaned from the words taken from the sixteenth chapter of St. Matthew’s Gospel. But it could also be gleaned from a life that is well lived, the life of a disciple of Jesus Christ. The more we spend time with the Lord,... Read More

You are Perfect, Really

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You Are Perfect, Really Though Christ tells us to “be perfect” (Matthew 5:48), we tend to think of perfection as an impossible, unrealistic standard. “Nobody’s perfect.” “She thinks she’s so perfect.” Perfect is ‘done’, ‘finished’, ‘no more work needed’, ‘as good as can be’. This causes confusion in our souls. Satan twists Christ’s own words within us until we aren’t sure whether we should try... Read More

Simple Resolutions for the New Year

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Simple Resolutions for the New Year … I thought I would once again suggest some simple but powerful resolutions for the New Year. So, without a lot of fanfare, here they are: Commit to daily prayer – The stronger our relationship with God is, the stronger our relationships with others will be. Commit to carving out 10-15 minutes of quiet meditation each day. Get away from distractions and be silent. Focus on strengthening... Read More

Does Jesus Contradict Himself? I’m Confused!

October 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Life

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Does Jesus Contradict Himself? I’m Confused! What is Up to Me? I get all confused sometimes when I hear the Gospels. Jesus tells us that we can’t do anything without him. At the same time, he also tells us to strive to enter by the narrow door. Which one is it? Are we supposed to let Him do everything, or do we do everything, or is it a little of both? Please help me understand. JESUS SEEMS TO contradict himself.... Read More

Spiritual Progress

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Spiritual Progress Presence of God – Help me, O Lord, to advance rapidly in the path of virtue. MEDITATION “Be ye holy, because I the Lord your God am holy” (Lev 19:2): this is the will of God, this is our vocation, the object of all our desires and efforts. Created to the likeness of God, we do not wish His image in us to be dimmed by our sins and passions, but to shine forth clear and pure, reflecting His sanctity... Read More

My Spiritual Growth Efforts Don’t Seem to Get Results. Help!

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I pray and do many good works. But, the labor and work I put into spiritual growth doesn’t seem to get any results. Help!!!!!!   OUR LORD FREQUENTLY described his kingdom, the growth of his lordship in each heart and in the world, by comparing it to plants. The mustard seed (see Matthew 13:31), the farmer’s field (see Matthew 13:24), the sower who sowed seed on various types of soil (see Luke 8:1-15)–all these images... Read More

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