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Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord: Forty Days After Easter

Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord Forty Days After Easter Presence of God – O Jesus, who ascended into heaven, grant that I, too, may live there in spirit. MEDITATION The central idea in the liturgy today is the raising of our hearts toward heaven, so that we may begin to dwell in spirit where Jesus has gone before us. “Christ’s Ascension,” says St. Leo, “is our own ascension; our body has the hope of one day... Read More

Practice of the Presence of God

Practice of the Presence of God   Presence of God – O Lord, grant that I may always live in Your presence with my interior gaze fixed on You. MEDITATION The life of continual prayer becomes easier as the soul succeeds in preserving within itself, throughout the day, the awareness of the presence of God. We already know that God is always present within us, that we live, move, and have our being in Him; but while we try... Read More

Aridity and Progress

Aridity and Progress Presence of God – O Lord, help me to seek for You and to unite myself to You, even through the aridity and powerlessness of my spirit. MEDITATION Even without the presence of the physical or moral causes which we have mentioned before, it is possible to pass from a state of sensible fervor to one of absolute aridity. This happens by the direct work of God which makes it impossible for the soul to pray with... Read More

Happy Mother’s Day to The Mother of God

Happy Mother’s Day to The Mother of God   Presence of God – Holy Mother of God, make my heart one with yours, which was ever one with the Heart of God! MEDITATION The divine maternity is the source of all Mary’s privileges. Mary, the Immaculate One, the beloved Daughter of the Father, is also the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, whose power overshadowed her because she had been chosen to be the Mother of the Incarnate... Read More

Mary’s Humility – Divine Intimacy Meditation

Mary’s Humility   Presence of God – O Mary, humblest of all creatures, make me humble of heart. MEDITATION St. Bernard says: “It is not hard to be humble in a hidden life, but to remain so in the midst of honors is a truly rare and beautiful virtue.” The Blessed Virgin was certainly the woman whom God honored most highly, whom He raised above all other creatures; yet no creature was so humble and lowly as she.... Read More

Christian and Non-Christian Spiritualities

For Post on Christian and Non-Christian Spiritualities

Christian and Non-Christian Spiritualities You may have heard of the School of Spiritual Formation, where students at the Avila Institute can take courses on special topics to help them grow in the spiritual life. The Avila Institute also has a graduate-level program for those who want to study at a higher academic level. Today’s post highlights a course from the program taught by Dr. Anthony Lilles: Christian and Non-Christian... Read More

Month of Mary, Our Guide and Our Model

 Month of Mary, Our Guide and Model   Presence of God – Under your protection I take refuge, O Mary; be the guide and model of my interior life. MEDITATION Month of May, month of Mary! The heart of every Christian turns spontaneously toward his heavenly Mother, with a desire to live in closer intimacy with her and to strengthen the sweet ties which bind him to her. It is a great comfort on our spiritual way, which is often... Read More

Vocal Prayer

Vocal Prayer   Presence of God – Lord, teach me to pray! MEDITATION When one of His disciples said to Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1), He taught them a very simple vocal prayer: the Our Father. It is certainly the most sublime formula possible and contains the whole essence of the most elevated mental prayer. However, Jesus gave it as a formula for vocal prayer: “When you pray, say …” (Luke 11:2).... Read More

Stay with Us — Easter Monday

Stay with Us Easter Monday Presence of God – Do not leave me, O Jesus, gentle Pilgrim; I have need of You. MEDITATION God has made us for Himself, and we cannot live without Him; we need Him, we hunger and thirst for Him; He is the only One who can satisfy our hearts. The Easter liturgy is impregnated with this longing for God, for Him who is from on high; it even makes it the distinctive sign of our participation in the Paschal... Read More

The Victory of the Cross

The Victory of the Cross Holy Saturday Presence of God – O Jesus, crucified for love of me, show me the victory won by Your death. MEDITATION As soon as Jesus expired, “the veil of the Temple was torn in two … the earth quaked, the rocks were rent. And the graves were opened, and many bodies … arose,” so that those who were present were seized with a great fear and said: “Indeed this was the Son of God” (Matthew... Read More

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