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Love of Neighbor and Love of God

Love of Neighbor and Love of God   Presence of God – Make me understand, O Lord, that the surest sign of my love for You is a sincere love for my neighbor. MEDITATION A soul who lives for God sometimes needs to be reassured that its love for Him is not an illusion. What criterion will give it the greatest certitude? St. Teresa of Jesus says, “We cannot be sure if we are loving God, although... Read More

Listen to St. Teresa of Avila – Part 2 Mini-Course on Prayer

May 26, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, Prayer

Mini-Course on Prayer: Part 2: Listen to St Teresa of Avila   Editor's Note: In Part 1, David Torkington introduced us to the unquenchable fire of love. Today, he will talk about St Teresa of Avila's wisdom regarding how to go forward in prayer. Making the spiritual ascent into God is rather like trying to run up a downward escalator. The moment you stop moving steadily forwards is the moment... Read More

The Unquenchable Fire of Love – Part 1 Mini-Course on Prayer

May 19, 2018 by  
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Mini-Course on Prayer Part 1: The Unquenchable Fire of Love   The first Jews used the symbol of unquenchable fire to depict the all-consuming power of God's love. The first Christians however believed that this love was now embodied in the Risen and glorified body of Jesus, as he rose from the dead on the first Easter day, and they used the radio-active energy of the sun to symbolize its saving power... Read More

The Litany of Humility: How Can I be Freed From the Desire to be Loved?

Dear Father John, I am trying to pray the Litany of Humility [by Servant of God Cardinal Merry del Val] with special reverence and attentiveness during this Lent, and in doing so the following question keeps recurring to me: In the Litany of Humility, the second request is: “From the desire of being loved, Lord Jesus, free me!” How am I to understand this request? I had thought that to... Read More

Courageous and Impatient Love

Courageous and Impatient Love Presence of God – May Your love, my God, make me intrepid in seeking You, and impatient to possess You. MEDITATION Although the soul subjected to interior purifications by the Holy Spirit is profoundly conscious of its own misery and unworthiness, it is nevertheless “sufficiently bold and daring to journey toward union with God” (John of the Cross, Dark Night of... 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

Love One Another: Retreat Guide on St. Therese’s Little Way of Charity

Love One Another: on St. Therese's Little Way of Charity Written by Fr. John Pietropaoli, LC and presented by Fr. John Bartunek, LC, ThD   Christ’s great commandment is that we love one another as he has loved us. Inasmuch as we live that out, we are Christians in name and in fact. But we encounter an obstacle: our own weakness and sinfulness. Luckily, God has given us the saints, friends... Read More

Love and Kind Deeds

Love and Kind Deeds Love is the heart and soul of religion. God is love, and every kind deed is a step toward God. Life is a school in which you acquire knowledge regarding the means of making your life and the lives of your fellowmen happy. That education is founded on love. You cannot live without love, any more than a flower can bloom without sunshine. There is no power in the world so great as... Read More

Contemplating the Triumph of Mercy — Easter Week

Contemplating the Triumph of Mercy   The Resurrection is a mystery of the triumph of divine mercy over human misery. When the Father raised Christ Jesus from the dead, humble humanity was not overcome, surmounted or diminished. Instead, all that is good, holy and true about this life was rescued from futility and death. Christian contemplation beholds this victory and by faith allows the splendor... Read More

Charity the Essence of Sanctity

Charity the Essence of Sanctity Presence of God – I place myself in the presence of God, considering that He is infinite charity: “Deus caritas est,” God is charity. MEDITATION “Be you, therefore, perfect, as also Your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). Before we can begin to imitate God, we must know who He is, and in what His perfection consists. Holy Scripture tells us, God is... Read More

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