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Love of the Cross

September 14, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Feast Days, Suffering, The Cross

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LOVE OF THE CROSS From a Meditation by St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross   “We hear repeatedly that St. John of the Cross desired nothing for himself but to suffer and be despised. We want to know the reason for this love of suffering. Is it merely the loving remembrance of the path of suffering of our Lord on earth, a tender impulse to be humanly close to him by a life resembling... Read More

Dozing Off to Sleep and the Power of the Cross

August 18, 2016 by  
Filed under Evangelization, Joseph Hollcraft, The Cross

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Dozing Off to Sleep and the Power of the Cross The date was August 18, 2011, and I was tucked away on the fourth floor in a little room in Christ Church, Oxford, England. After successfully defending my dissertation, I sat down to write my forward to the work. Upon doing so, I was made to consider the relevance of August 18, if any, to my dissertation topic on poverty and the new evangelization in the writings of Saint John... Read More

The Cross of Father DiAngelo

August 4, 2016 by  
Filed under Aridity or Dryness, Dark Night, Liz Estler, The Cross, Videos

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The Cross of Father DiAngelo Memorial of Saint John Vianney   In honor of the Memorial of Saint John Vianney, who was known as the “Curé d’Ars”, today we present a video written, narrated and composed by Richard K. Carlton. Saint John Vianney lived a life of mortification and is the patron of priests, pastors and confessors. In his preparation for the priesthood, he had difficulty with his studies. He founded... Read More

Easter: On the Resurrection of the Lord

March 27, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Easter, Meditations, Resurrection, Solemnity, The Cross

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On the Lord’s Resurrection An Easter Homily from Pope Saint Leo the Great (Sermon LXXII)   I. The Cross is not only the mystery of salvation, but an example to follow The whole of the Easter mystery, dearly-beloved, has been brought before us in the Gospel narrative, and the ears of the mind have been so reached through the ear of flesh that none of you can fail to have a picture of the events: for the text of the Divinely-inspired... Read More

Friday of the Passion of the Lord: The Cross Exemplifies Every Virtue

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The Cross Exemplifies Every Virtue From a conference by Saint Thomas Aquinas Collatio 6 super Credo in Deum “Why did the Son of God have to suffer for us? There was a great need, and it can be considered in a twofold way: In the first place, as a remedy for sin, And, secondly, as an example of how to act. “It is a remedy, for, in the face of all the evils which we incur on account of our sins, we have found relief... Read More

Contemplating the Lord’s Passion

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Contemplating the Lord’s Passion* True reverence for the Lord’s passion means fixing the eyes of our heart on Jesus crucified and recognizing in him our own humanity. The earth — our earthly nature — should tremble at the suffering of its Redeemer. The rocks — the hearts of unbelievers — should burst asunder. The dead, imprisoned in the tombs of their mortality, should come forth, the massive stones now ripped apart.... Read More

Blessed Elisabeth of the Trinity – On the Meaning of Life

March 16, 2016 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Spiritual Life, The Cross

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Blessed Elisabeth of the Trinity – On the Meaning of Life   For Blessed Elisabeth, the beginning and end of human life is a great hymn of praise. She held this as true for her married sister, a young mother, as she did for her fellow Carmelite nuns. She boldly affirmed that the very source of our existence is in the Son whose mysterious canticle of praise to the Father is the source of eternal joy. She contemplated the... Read More

Making the Stations of the Cross Worthwhile, Courtesy of St Alphonsus Liguori

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Making the Stations of the Cross Worthwhile, Courtesy of St Alphonsus Liguori   Have you ever done the Stations of the Cross, but thought perhaps you had been reading an airline flight schedule? There are odd versions of the Stations out there. Whether they’re disjointed, sappy, or downright heterodox, some booklets have caused people to think of the Stations of the Cross as not being worthwhile. Why bother with the “Catholic... Read More

What is God’s Will? Part II of II: His Permissive Will

February 1, 2016 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, God's Will, The Cross

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What is God’s Will? Part II of II: His Permissive Will Taking Up the Cross Editor’s Note: In Part I, we looked at God’s indicative will.  Today we will examine God’s permissive will. Here is the question we are studying: Dear Father John, Since I came back to the Church, I recognize my mistakes in following God’s will for me.  Now, I want nothing more than to do His will.  But, I’m not really... Read More

Feast of the Triumph of the Cross

September 14, 2015 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Liz Estler, The Cross

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“What a great thing it is to possess the Cross! He who possesses it possesses a treasure.”* In the second reading for today’s Mass, we hear, in Saint Paul’s letter to the Philippians, that Christ humbled himself becoming obedient to death, death on a cross. And, because of this, God greatly exalted him (cf Philippians 2:6-11). Jesus’ death on the cross reveals his utter humility, His obedience to the Father and His great... Read More

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