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123. Leaders Like Christ (Mark 9:30-37)

September 19, 2018 by  
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“I desire to love you, O my God, with a love that is patient, with a love that abandons itself wholly to you, with a love that acts, and most important of all, with a love that perseveres.” – St. Theresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart Mark 9:30-37: After leaving that place they made their way through Galilee; and he did not want anyone to know, because he was instructing his disciples; he was... Read More

Temperance

Temperance   Presence of God – Teach me, O Lord, to mortify my flesh, in order that I may live fully the life of the spirit. MEDITATION We may fail in our duty either because of the hardships and sacrifices we encounter, or because of the allurements of pleasure. Our help in the first case is the virtue of fortitude; in the second, the virtue of temperance. Temperance is the virtue which moderates... Read More

120. God’s Way (Mark 8:27-38)

September 12, 2018 by  
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“Devotedly obey our mother, the Roman Church, and revere the Supreme Pontiff as your spiritual father.” – St. Louis Mark 8:27-38: Jesus and his disciples left for the villages round Caesarea Philippi. On the way he put this question to his disciples, ‘Who do people say I am?’ And they told him. ‘John the Baptist,’ they said ‘others Elijah; others again, one of the prophets.’ ‘But... Read More

The Practice of Patience

The Practice of Patience   Presence of God – O Lord, give me greater patience that I may be able to endure more for Your love. MEDITATION Patience is a virtue of primary importance and daily necessity. As we need bread to live, so every day, even every moment, we need patience, because every day and every moment brings with it its own trial. We become patient by making acts of patience, that... Read More

117. The Touch of the Lord (Mark 7:31-37)

September 5, 2018 by  
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“Oh, I praise that mercy of yours which is beyond praising and I adore in thanksgiving your most loving kindness from the depths of my nothingness.” – St. Gertrude Mark 7:31-37: Returning from the district of Tyre, he went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, right through the Decapolis region. And they brought him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they asked him... Read More

Simplicity

Simplicity   Presence of God – O Lord, give me a simple heart, free from duplicity and deceit, a heart which goes to You with childlike simplicity. MEDITATION Simplicity is a virtue very much like sincerity, its indispensable foundation, but one which surpasses it when perfect, embracing man’s whole moral life and reducing it to unity. Simplicity excludes every form of duplicity and complication... Read More

115. Hard-Hearted Hypocrisy (Mark 7:1-23)

August 29, 2018 by  
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“Be courageous; be not puffed up by prosperity nor cast down by adversity. Keep humble in this life so that God may exalt you in the next.”  – St. Stephen of Hungary Mark 7:1-23: The Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered round him, and they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with unclean hands, that is, without washing them. For the Pharisees,... Read More

Prudence and Rectitude

Prudence and Rectitude   Presence of God– Teach me, O my God, the prudence which leads to You by the straight path of duty and truth. MEDITATION Prudence is not limited to suggesting good works to be done in order to attain sanctity, but it remains with us while we do these works, and enlightens us as to the best conduct to observe therein, according to the circumstances of the moment. For... Read More

259. Free to Stay or Go (John 6:60-71)

August 22, 2018 by  
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“Do not, my child, approach Jesus Christ with the hope of bending his will to yours: what I desire is that you yield yourself to him and that he receive you, so that he, your Savior, may do with you and in you whatever he pleases.” – St. Cajetan John 6:60-71: After hearing it, many of his followers said, ‘This is intolerable language. How could anyone accept it?’ Jesus was aware that... Read More

258. Eating Right (John 6:52-59)

August 15, 2018 by  
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“This sacrament is operative to produce both love and union with Christ. The greatest showing of love is to give oneself as food.” – St. Albert the Great John 6:52-59: Then the Jews started arguing with one another: ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ they said. Jesus replied: ‘I tell you most solemnly, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you... Read More

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