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Mystery of Hope

Mystery of Hope   Presence of God – Let me hunger for You, O Bread of Angels, pledge of future glory. MEDITATION Jesus said: “I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever, and the bread that I will give is My Flesh, for the life of the world.” The Jews disliked this speech; they began to question and dispute the Master’s words. But Jesus answered them still... Read More

The Virtues and the Gifts

The Virtues and the Gifts   Presence of God – Teach me, O Holy Spirit, to remain in an attitude of continual attention to Your inspirations, and of perpetual dependence upon Your impulses. MEDITATION St. Thomas teaches that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are given to us as a help to the virtues: “dona sunt in adjutorium virtutum.” This is a very meaningful expression: note that we receive the gifts to help the virtues,... Read More

Blessings that are Difficult to Receive — Updated

Blessings that are Difficult to Receive (Updated)   Editor’s Note: Yesterday May 4th, 2017, Pope Francis declared Cardinal François-Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan “Venerable”, a further step on the road to canonization which began in 2007 when his cause was first opened. With that exciting development, we have updated Dr. Anthony Lilles’ post about the prominence of the Cross in Venerable Cardinal Van Thuan’s... Read More

The Supper at Bethany

The Supper at Bethany Monday of Holy Week   Presence of God— O Lord, with Mary of Bethany I wish to pay my humble, devout homage to Your sacred Body before it is disfigured by the Passion. MEDITATION The Gospel for today (John 12:1-9) tells us of this impressive scene: “Jesus therefore, six days before the Pasch, came to Bethany … and they made Him a supper there; and, Martha served…. Mary, therefore, took a pound... Read More

Spiritual Discipline of Detachment

April 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Detachment, Dylan Jedlovec, Virtue

The Avila Institute helps students grow in their own personal spiritual journey while also equipping them with knowledge about the faith. The great thing about the Institute is that it helps students to grow in their prayer lives and spiritual discipline. Each class is prayerful with plenty of material for students to reflect on outside of class. Many students finish the class having grown in virtue and prayer. For this post, I... Read More

The Value of Obedience

The Value of Obedience   Presence of God – O Jesus most obedient, make me understand the value of obedience. MEDITATION St. John of the Cross has said, “God wants from us the least degree of obedience and submission, rather than all the works we desire to offer Him” (Spiritual Maxims: Words of Light, 13). Why? Because obedience makes us surrender our own will to adhere to God’s will as expressed in the orders of... Read More

Evangelical Poverty — Divine Intimacy Meditation

Evangelical Poverty   Presence of God – O Jesus, for my sake You embraced a life of extreme poverty; make me realize the great value of this virtue. MEDITATION One day a scribe approached Jesus and said to Him, “Master, I will follow Thee whithersoever Thou shalt go.’ Jesus answered him, ‘The foxes have their holes, and the birds of the air have their nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head”... Read More

Charity the Essence of Sanctity

November 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Charity, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy

Charity the Essence of Sanctity Presence of God – I place myself in the presence of God, considering that He is infinite charity: “Deus caritas est,” God is charity. MEDITATION “Be you, therefore, perfect, as also Your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). Before we can begin to imitate God, we must know who He is, and in what His perfection consists. Holy Scripture tells us, God is charity (1 John 4:16). It does... Read More

Obedience, Subjection and Superfluous Words

October 4, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Imitation of Christ, Obedience

Obedience, Subjection and Superfluous Words   OF SUBJECTION AND OBEDIENCE 1. It is a great matter to live in obedience, to be under a superior and not to be at our own disposing. It is much safer to obey than to govern. Many live under obedience, rather for necessity than for love; such are discontented, and do murmur. Neither can they attain to freedom of mind, unless they heartily put themselves under obedience for the love... Read More

Meekness

August 31, 2016 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Meekness

Meekness   Presence of God – Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto Thine. MEDITATION Temperance makes man master of himself by controlling the passions of concupiscence; meekness makes him master of himself by controlling the impulses of anger. The great value of this virtue lies in the fact that it assures the soul of that inner peace which is so necessary in order to fulfill serenely all its duties... Read More

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