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As if Already in Eternity: Saint Elisabeth of the Trinity’s Wisdom

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As if Already in Eternity: Saint Elisabeth of the Trinity’s Wisdom Saint Elisabeth of the Trinity [canonized last month] is a witness to the primacy of contemplation in the life of the Church, and the mystical wisdom contemplation releases into human history.  This is the wisdom that understands how God is present in both the public square as well as in the intimacy of our hearts. Today, when the whole world needs... Read More

Who is Elisabeth of the Trinity – Our Newest Saint?

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Who is Elisabeth of the Trinity – Our Newest Saint?   At 20 years old Elisabeth of the Trinity was a Carmelite nun who died at the beginning of the 20th century at the age of 26.  Born in an Army camp in 1880, the oldest of two sisters, her father was a veteran and POW of the Franco-Prussian War who died while she was still a child. Her mother had a conversion experience before her marriage and was zealous to live... Read More

The Life and Ministry of the French Carmelite Mystic Elizabeth of the Trinity

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The Life and Ministry of the French Carmelite Mystic Elizabeth of the Trinity   Father Mitch Pacwa interviews our own Dr. Anthony Lilles on the life and ministry of the French Carmelite Mystic who will be canonized tomorrow, Sunday October 16, 2016: Elizabeth of the Trinity (1880-1906). Her canonization will be aired live on EWTN at 4:15 a.m. Eastern time. Dr. Lilles first came across her writings when he was studying the... Read More

To Live as a Praise of Glory

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Editor’s Note:  Today, we are most pleased and honored to introduce to you another author who has joined our team of writers. Some of you may already know her from her work as an professor for the Avila Institute.  Please join us in warmly welcoming Julie Enzler today and make her feel at home.   To Live As a Praise of Glory   St. Elizabeth of the Trinity (she has already been declared a saint and her canonization... Read More

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

St Thomas Aquinas for Everyone — Book Review

June 16, 2016 by  
Filed under Books, Doctor of the Church, Knowing God, Nancy HC Ward

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St Thomas Aquinas for Everyone by Dave Palmer Book Review by Nancy Ward   “St. Thomas is the greatest doctor of the Church,” author Dave Palmer said, “and I assert that children can be taught his basic philosophy, as I do with my 11- and 7-year olds.” Let’s Go Find God is the enticing teaser of Volume I. The full title of the series tells it all: St. Thomas Aquinas for Everyone, 30 Quick and Fun Lessons, Activities... Read More

Actions Speak Louder than Words

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Actions speak louder than words   Editor’s Note: For so many of us, St Anthony of Padua who was born in Lisbon, Portugal towards the end of the 12th century, is the go-to saint for finding lost things or people. He was initially an Augustinian, but spent most of his monastic life as a Franciscan, making his way to Italy where he was an itinerant preacher, or mendicant, on fire for the Gospel.  His actions did, indeed,... 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

God Will be Seen by Men

May 23, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Masters, Trinity

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God Will be Seen by Men*   There is one God, who by his word and wisdom created all things and set them in order. His Word is our Lord Jesus Christ, who in this last age became man among men to unite end and beginning, that is, man and God. The prophets, receiving the gift of prophecy from this same Word, foretold his coming in the flesh, which brought about the union and communion between God and man ordained by the Father.... Read More

Discernment of Spirits: Rule 2

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Discernment of Spirits: Rule 2 Dan and Melissa discuss the second rule of Saint Ignatius of Loyola’s Discernment of Spirits, focusing on movement toward God and recognizing the effect of the enemy on our spiritual progress. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Discernment of Spirits – Rule 2: “In persons who are going on intensely purifying their sins and rising from good to better in the service of God our... Read More

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