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Christ is Baptized – Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Christ is Baptized Second Reading, Office of Readings, Liturgy of the Hours From a Sermon by St. Gregory of Nazianzus (St. Gregory Nazianzen), Bishop Oratio 39 in Sancta Lumina, 14-16, 20; PG 36, 350-351, 354, 358-359 “Christ is bathed in light; let us also be bathed in light. Christ is baptized; let us also go down with him, and rise with him. “John is baptizing when Jesus draws near.... Read More

Seek the Lord, Not Things From the Lord

November 30, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Najim, Prayer, Relationship with Christ, Silence

Seek the Lord, Not Things from the Lord Here’s a question: Do you see God in the same way that you see an ATM machine? Strange question, I know; but it’s actually a good analogy for the way many people understand prayer … Why do we go to an ATM machine? Most of us go to the ATM primarily to get cash. Yes, I know some people might use the ATM to get a balance inquiry. But the bottom line... Read More

The Holy Spirit and the Apostolate

The Holy Spirit and the Apostolate   Presence of God – O Holy Spirit, take possession of my soul and transform it into a chosen instrument for the glory of God and the salvation of souls. MEDITATION The heart of the apostolate is love. St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus understood this well; after having passed in review all possible vocations, and recognizing that they would not suffice to appease... Read More

Gift of the Holy Spirit and the Divine Indwelling

How Sanctifying Grace Makes us like God

The Gift of the Holy Spirit and the Divine Indwelling “St. Paul teaches that the Holy Spirit directs us towards the great values of love, joy, communion, and hope: our task is to experience them every day.” –Pope Benedict XVI The greatest gift God has favored us with is the love of Christ, a love expressed in His death on the cross. Through this love, He remains with His Church to the... Read More

The Effects of Holy Water

The question naturally presents itself: whence come the effects of holy water? For the effects of holy water we are indebted principally to our divine Savior. He merited for us the graces we obtain through its usage by His bitter Passion and death. Holy Church, however, who is the custodian of these precious and infinite treasures of grace merited by our Lord, has, in view of these merits, attached... Read More

Our Meeting with the Holy Spirit

Our Meeting with the Holy Spirit   Presence of God – Come, Holy Spirit, invade me with Your action. MEDITATION Considering the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the beatitudes which are their fruits, we arrive at a better understanding of the marvelous riches God has bestowed upon us. Every Christian possesses these gifts from the day of his Baptism; hence, there is no temerity in the desire that... Read More

The Gift of Fortitude

The Gift of Fortitude   Presence of God – O Holy Spirit, You know how weak I am; make me strong with Your divine fortitude. MEDITATION Under the influence of the gift of fear, the soul puts itself completely into the hands of God and has but one desire, that of never being separated from Him. The gift of fortitude comes to strengthen it so that it may be always more and more courageous in serving... Read More

Prudent Judgment

Prudent Judgment   Presence of God – Help me, O God, to judge with rectitude so that I may be able to act accordingly. MEDITATION The first duty of prudence is to help us choose the best means for attaining our final end. Many times the choice is easy and presents itself spontaneously to a mind accustomed to making judgments and acting in the light of eternity. At other times, however, it is... 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... Read More

Action of the Holy Spirit

The Action of the Holy Spirit Presence of God – O Holy Spirit, make me realize Your action in my soul; teach me to recognize it and correspond with it. MEDITATION Just as the Holy Spirit dwelt in the most holy soul of Christ in order to bring it to God, so He abides in our souls for the same purpose. In Jesus He found a completely docile will, one that He could control perfectly, whereas in us... Read More

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