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The Journey Begins – Part 5 Mini-Course on Prayer

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Mini-Course on Prayer Part 5: The Journey Begins   In my last article in this series on prayer, I used the image of an archway to show how vocal prayer and contemplative prayer should ideally grow side by side. In this way, they will find their consummation in the keystone at its summit, which I identified with Christ. I would firstly like to concentrate on vocal prayer. In order to do this, I... Read More

Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary Editor's Note: “Divine Intimacy” has no entry for the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Therefore, we offer the following reflection for your meditation and prayer. Presence of God – O Mary, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, make me docile to His divine motions. MEDITATION “The Blessed Virgin Mary,”... Read More

It is in Giving that We Receive – Part 3 Mini-Course on Prayer

June 2, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, Prayer

Mini-Course on Prayer Part 3: It is in Giving that We Receive   Editor's Note: In Part 2, David Torkington wrote on St. Teresa of Avila's wisdom about going forward in prayer. Today, he will discuss how it is that in giving we receive. [Saint] Angela [of Foligno] calls prayer the ‘School of Divine Love', not just because it is the place where the selflessness that leads to love is learnt,... Read More

The Visitation: Mary Visits Elizabeth

Mary Visits Elizabeth Feast of the Visitation From a Commentary on the Gospel of St. Luke by St. Ambrose, Bishop* When the angel revealed his message to the Virgin Mary he gave her a sign to win her trust. He told her of the motherhood of an old and barren woman to show that God is able to do all that he wills. When she hears this Mary sets out for the hill country. She does not disbelieve God’s... Read More

Mary’s Apostolate

Mary's Apostolate   Presence of God – O Mary, Queen of Apostles, obtain for me the heart of an apostle. MEDITATION Mary is, at the same time, the model of both contemplative and apostolic souls. Furthermore, by combining in herself the highest contemplative life with the highest apostolic life, she teaches us that contemplation and the apostolate, far from being opposed to each other, complement,... Read More

If You Want Peace in Your Life, Pray the Rosary

May 21, 2018 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Mary, Prayer, Rosary

If You Want Peace in Your Life, Pray the Rosary   Editor's Note: Today is the first memorial of “Mary, Mother of the Church” as prescribed by Pope Francis earlier this year. Dr. Peter Howard makes a strong case for doing what “Mary, Mother of the Church” told us to do at Fatima: Pray the Rosary! This is probably my tenth revision of this blog post. With it being the month... Read More

Mary and Fraternal Charity

Mary and Fraternal Charity   Presence of God – O Mother, whose love for man was so great, teach me how to fulfill, in all its perfection, the precept of fraternal charity. MEDITATION Charity is one in its essence, because of the oneness of its object: God loved in Himself, God loved in the neighbor. Hence, the more a soul loves God, so much the more does it love its neighbor. Now if charity... Read More

The Queen of Seasons

May 12, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Mary, Poetry

The Queen of Seasons (A Song for an Inclement May)   All is divine which the Highest has made, Through the days that He wrought, till the day when He stay'd; Above and below, within and around, From the centre of space, to its uttermost bound. In beauty surpassing the Universe smiled, On the morn of its birth, like an innocent child Or like the rich bloom of some delicate flower; And the Father... Read More

The Marian Life

The Marian Life   Presence of God – O Mary, I wish to live with you as a child with its mother. MEDITATION The high place which Mary, as the Mother of God, occupies in the work of our sanctification fully justifies our desire to live intimately with her. As children love to be near their mother, so we as Christians want to live with Mary, and in order to do this, we resort to little means of... Read More

Participating in Holy Mass

Participating in Holy Mass Presence of God – O Jesus, immolated at every moment of the day on our altars, let me share in Your Sacrifice. MEDITATION The Encyclical Mediator Dei exhorts all the faithful to “participate in the Eucharistic Sacrifice, not passively, carelessly, and with distractions, but with such ardor and fervor that we shall be closely associated with the High Priest.” It is... Read More

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