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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!

On the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

August 15, 2018 by  
Filed under Assumption, Liz Estler, Mary, Solemnity

On the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary From a Sermon by St. John Damascene Editor's Note: Although the Dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother was promulgated less than 75 years ago (1950), and is relatively new to those teachings which we, as Catholics, owe the assent of faith to, this excerpt from one of Saint John Damascene's homilies on the Assumption (from around the early 8th century)... Read More

Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; from the cloud came a voice, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” Mark 9:7 Not only is Jesus transfigured before the eyes of Peter, James, and John, but they also hear the voice of the Father and “see” the Holy Spirit as the presence in the cloud. In this theophany, the entire Trinity is... Read More

An Examination of Conscience for Venial Sins

An Examination of Conscience for Venial Sins   OK. So, you receive regular spiritual direction, you frequent the sacraments, you fast and pray and spend time in adoration. You attend daily Mass, or at least more often than just Sunday Mass (and Holy Days of Obligation). You're not committing mortal sin. You confess your venial sins during regular confession. At times, you feel like what's the... Read More

Peter and Paul, Apostles – Solemnity

June 29, 2018 by  
Filed under Liturgy, Liz Estler, Solemnity

Peter and Paul, Apostles Solemnity As St. Augustine of Hippo taught, this day was made holy by the passion, by the blood, of the blessed apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul (cf Sermo 295, 1-2, 4:7-8; PL 38, 1348-1352). Based on Saint Peter's profession of faith, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16), Jesus pronounced him: Peter, the rock on which He would build... Read More

Consecration to the Sacred Heart

Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus In 1899, Pope Leo XIII's Encyclical Letter Annum sacrum directed that the whole world be consecrated to the Divine Heart of Jesus. This was done on the 11th of June that year. As St. John Paul II indicated on the 100th anniversary of this consecration, Pope Leo wished to “obtain ‘extraordinary benefits... Read More

Aspirations Rising Up Like Incense to God

Aspirations Rising Up LIke Incense to God St. Francis de Sales, Doctor of the Church, recommended that we “make spiritual aspirations to God by short, ardent movements of [our] hearts” and taught that “… ejaculatory prayer was strongly recommended by the great St. Augustine to the devout Lady Proba” (Introduction to the Devout Life, II, 13). The Abbott Blessed Louis de Blois (François-Louis... Read More

The Ascension of the Lord

May 13, 2018 by  
Filed under Ascension, Liz Estler, Solemnity

The Ascension of the Lord Pope Benedict XVI taught, in a 2009 homily on the Ascension at the Benedictine Archabbey of Monte Cassino, that this solemnity “invites us to contemplate the mystery of the Lord's Ascension…[wherein] we [are] urged to fix our gaze on our Redeemer: who died ‘for sins once for all' that he might bring us back to God, … [and who] ‘has gone into... Read More

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