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Divine Simplicity

Divine Simplicity   Presence of God – O Lord, Thou who art infinite simplicity, simplify my mind and my heart, that I may serve Thee in simplicity of spirit. MEDITATION God is the unique simple Being because He is one in His essence and in all His perfections. When St. Thomas speaks of God’s simplicity, he presents it as the absence of all that is composite. In God there are not quantitative... Read More

The Yes of Perfect Consent

The Yes of Perfect Consent   Presence of God – Lord, grant that I may give You the free and full consent of my will. MEDITATION St. John of the Cross very aptly says that the characteristic of union of wills is the yes of the soul’s “free consent” (Living Flame of Love 3,24) by which it gives itself entirely to God, surrendering itself completely to Him by the full and total gift of its... Read More

Passive Purification

Passive Purification   Presence of God– My God, illumine my way, that I may not go astray in the midst of the darkness of tribulation. MEDITATION Although it is possible for us to enter the night of the spirit by a generous practice of total renunciation and an intense exercise of the theological virtues, we will never be able to penetrate into its deepest part if God Himself does not place... 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

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

Interior Trials

Interior Trials Presence of God – O Lord, purify me as gold in the crucible; purify me and do not spare me, that I may attain to union with You. MEDITATION If Our Lord finds you strong and faithful, humble and patient in accepting exterior trials, He will go on little by little to others that are more inward and spiritual “to purge and cleanse you more inwardly … to give you more interior blessings”... Read More

Consolation and Abandonment

Consolation and Abandonment Presence of God – Into Your hands, O Lord, I abandon myself with all confidence. MEDITATION “There are many who desire to make progress [in the spiritual way] and constantly entreat God to draw them and let them advance to this state of perfection [the state of union], but when it pleases God to begin to bring them through the first trials and mortifications, as... Read More

Unitive Love

Unitive Love Presence of God – My God, You have infused love into my soul. Grant that it may increase until it brings me to union with You. MEDITATION “God continues to do and to work in the soul by means of this night, illumining and enkindling it divinely with yearnings for God alone and for naught else whatever” (John of the Cross, Dark Night of the Soul, II, 13,11). In proportion as it... Read More