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About Liz Estler

Editor, SpiritualDirection.com. Liz holds a Master of Arts in Ministry Degree (St. John's Seminary, Brighton, Massachusetts), Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Theology (Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation), Liturgy Certificate (Boston Archdiocese), and a BS degree in Biology and Spanish (Nebraska Wesleyan University - Lincoln). She has served as hospital chaplain associate, sacristan, translator and in other parish ministries. She was a regular columnist for a military newspaper in Europe and has been published in a professional journal. She once waded in the Trevi Fountain!

An Ancient Homily on Holy Saturday — Video

March 31, 2018 by  
Filed under Holy Week, Liz Estler, Prayer, Triduum, Videos

An Ancient Homily on Holy Saturday Video “[He] suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into Hell…” (Apostles' Creed) This moving video presentation was created by Theophilus Peregrinus from An Ancient Homily on Holy Saturday, and is used here with permission. This is the Second Reading for the Office of Readings for Holy Saturday found in... Read More

Mary, Mother of the Church

March 5, 2018 by  
Filed under Liturgy, Liz Estler, Mary, Memorial, Prayer

Mary, Mother of the Church   Pope Francis very recently declared that a new obligatory memorial is to be celebrated in honor of our Blessed Mother under the title: Mary, Mother of the Church (Mater Ecclesiae). Fittingly, this memorial will take place on the Monday following Pentecost Sunday. The decree was signed on February 11th (the Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes) and released this past Saturday,... Read More

Feast of the Chair of Peter, Apostle

February 22, 2018 by  
Filed under Church, Church Authority, Feast Days, Liz Estler

Feast of the Chair of Peter, Apostle* The Church of Christ rises on the firm foundation of Peter’s faith. Out of the whole world one man, Peter, is chosen to preside at the calling of all nations, and to be set over all the apostles and all the fathers of the Church. Though there are in God’s people many shepherds, Peter is thus appointed to rule in his own person those whom Christ also rules... Read More

Conversion of Saint Paul

January 25, 2018 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Liz Estler, Loving God, Renunciation, Self-Denial

Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul* Editor's Note: St Paul's conversion is the only conversion the Church celebrates as a feast.  Today, we meditate on the impact of that event on Saul of Tarsus and, by extension, on us as well … as presented by St John Chrysostom. For love of Christ, Paul bore every burden Paul, more than anyone else, has shown us what man really is, and in what our... Read More

Who is Your Patron Saint This Year?

January 6, 2018 by  
Filed under Liz Estler, Prayer, Resources, Saints, Spiritual Direction

Who is Your Patron Saint This Year? Are you still racking your head to come up with several attainable New Year’s Resolutions? … or even with just one? Want to know something you can readily do throughout the year? Then follow this time-honored custom! Many religious orders have had a tradition of picking a saint to be their patron saint for the year. In fact, St. Faustina Kowalska writes about... Read More

Mary’s Motherhood in the Order of Grace

January 1, 2018 by  
Filed under Liz Estler, Mary, Prayer, Solemnity

Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God The Virgin Mary, who at the message of the angel received the Word of God in her heart and in her body and gave Life to the world, is acknowledged and honored as being truly the Mother of God and of the redeemer. Redeemed, in a more exalted fashion, by reason of the merits of her Son and united to him by a close and indissoluble tie, she is endowed... Read More

The Word was Made Flesh … and Dwelt Among Us

The Word was Made Flesh … and Dwelt Among Us * Then He summoned an archangel, Saint Gabriel: and when he came, Sent him forth to find a maiden, Mary was her name. Only through her consenting love Could the mystery be preferred That the Trinity in human Flesh might clothe the Word. Though the three Persons worked the wonder It only happened in the One. So was the Word made incarnation In Mary's... Read More

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

December 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Liz Estler, Mary, Prayer, Solemnity

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary “The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is in perfect harmony with the spirit of Advent; while the soul is preparing for the coming of the Redeemer, it is fitting to think of her, the all-pure one, who was His Mother. The very promise of a Savior was joined to, or rather, was included in the promise of this peerless Virgin. After... Read More

Christ is King … or is He?

November 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Christ the King, Liz Estler, Solemnity, Spiritual Direction

Christ is King … or is He? (Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe) Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King. A relatively new festival in the Church’s liturgical calendar, this feast was established by Pope Pius XI’s encyclical Quas Primas, less than one hundred years ago, in 1925. Today, we rejoice that He is the firstborn of all creation and that all things exist... Read More

The Presentation of the Virgin Mary in the Temple (Part III)

November 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Liz Estler, Mary, Memorial

The Presentation of the Virgin Mary in the Temple (Part III) Editor's Note: This third part of the “Presentation of the Virgin Mary in the Temple” concludes our series for this celebration from the “Glories of Mary” by St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, Doctor of the Church. You may read the entire series by clicking here to begin with part one and clicking here to continue reading... Read More