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God Invites All Souls

April 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Easter

Easter Thursday God Invites All Souls Presence of God — O Lord, I answer Your invitation, I run to Your fountain: quench my thirst! MEDITATION Commenting on the invitation of Jesus: “If any man thirst, let him come to Me, and drink” (John 7:37), St. Teresa of Avila says, “Consider that the Lord calls everyone. Now, He is Truth itself, we cannot doubt His word. If His invitation were not addressed to all, He would not... Read More

The Tomb and the Pearl: Retreat Guide for Easter

April 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Easter, Fr. Bartunek, Retreat Guides

Retreat Guide for Easter: The Tomb and the Pearl The newest Retreat Guide from RC Spirituality, “The Tomb and the Pearl: A Retreat Guide for Easter,” is designed to help you “go forward towards the light”, as the Holy Father recently put it, so that the glorious Easter Mystery can make a fresh impact on your life. In the first meditation, you will participate in St. Mary Magdalene’s transforming experience of the empty... Read More

How can We Celebrate More Fully the Easter Season?

April 21, 2014 by  
Filed under Easter, Fr. Bartunek

Dear Father John, The wonderful season of Easter is upon us. Lent has been a great time to prepare for the victory of the cross over death. Thank-you Jesus Christ, Holy Redeemer. What are appropriate things we can do to celebrate Easter, especially for the entire season?   I love this question! Ever since I was ordained, I have been struck every year by the decrease in daily Mass attendance as soon as Lent ends. I am not trying... Read More

The Resurrection of the Lord

April 20, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Easter

The Resurrection of the Lord Presence of God – O risen Jesus, make me worthy to share in the joy of Your Resurrection. MEDITATION “This is the day which the Lord hath made; let us be glad and rejoice therein” (Roman Breviary). This is the most excellent day, the happiest day in the whole year, because it is the day when “Christ, our Pasch, has been sacrificed.” Christmas, too, is a joyous feast, but whereas Christmas... Read More

The Victory of the Cross

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” (Mt 27:51-54).... Read More

The Mystery of the Cross — Good Friday

April 18, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Triduum

Good Friday   The Mystery of the Cross   Presence of God – O Jesus, permit me to penetrate with You into the depths of the mystery of the Cross. MEDITATION Good Friday is the day which invites us more than any other to “enter into the thicket of the trials and pains … of the Son of God” (John of the Cross, Spiritual Canticle first redaction, 35,9), and not only with the abstract consideration of the mind,... Read More

The Man of Sorrows

Wednesday of Holy Week   Presence of God – O suffering Jesus, grant that I may read in Your Passion Your love for me. MEDITATION [Two passages from the prophet Isaiah contain lessons] (62:11 – 63:1-7; 53:1-12) which describe in a very impressive way the figure of Jesus, the Man of Sorrows. It is the suffering Christ who presents Himself to us, covered with the shining purple of His Blood, wounded from head to foot.... Read More

The Meek Lamb

The Meek Lamb Tuesday of Holy Week   Presence of God – O Jesus, give me the grace to penetrate the abyss of sorrow made by sin in Your heart, so full of meekness. MEDITATION …Jeremias 11:18-20 speaks to us as the suffering Savior: “I was as a meek lamb that is carried to be a victim.” This sentence expresses the attitude of Jesus toward the bitterness of His Passion. He knew every one of these sufferings in... Read More

Dryness in Prayer – God’s Part in the Struggle (Part III of III)

April 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Aridity or Dryness, Fr. Bartunek, Prayer

Dryness in Prayer – God's Part in the Struggle (Part III of III) Editor's Note: In Part I, we talked about what is going on with dryness in prayer. In the second installment of this series, we addressed our part in the struggle. Today, we will look at God's part in the struggle. A reader asks: Dear Father John, I have been praying (mental prayer) for a long time. But lately I seem to be experiencing dryness in my prayer –... Read More

Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre

April 12, 2014 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Pilgrimage

With the beginning of Holy Week, we all turn our attention to Jesus’ Passion. In Jerusalem, the events of this week are commemorated throughout the Old City. Today, we’re going to explore the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built atop Calvary and Jesus’ tomb. For a great online virtual tour, check out this amazing site. The exterior of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is unremarkable except in its plainness. It was built by... Read More

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