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The Way of the Cross

The Way of the Cross   Presence of God – O Holy Spirit, teach me the value of suffering, so that I may esteem it and love it as a means of sanctification. MEDITATION We must be thoroughly convinced that if the Holy Spirit works in our souls to assimilate us to Christ, He can do so only by opening to us the way of the Cross. Jesus is Jesus Crucified; therefore, there can be no conformity to... Read More

How do Penance and Mortification Differ?

Dear Father John, OK, now I have a better grasp of what we mean by “mortification,” but that has raised another question. Is there a difference between mortification and penance or penitence. This is a very interesting question. The distinction between mortification (synonymous in most spiritual writers with self-denial, abnegation, self-renunciation, dying to self) and penance (synonymous with... Read More

What is Mortification?

Dear Father John, What is “mortification” and how does it relate to Lent? What does Saint Paul mean in 1 Corinthians 9 where he says, “I pummel my body and subdue it…”? Is he talking about mortification? The root word for “mortification” comes from the Latin, mors and mortis, and it translates as “death.” In the spiritual life, therefore, mortification... Read More

Conversion of Saint Paul

Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul* Editor's Note: St Paul's conversion is the only conversion the Church celebrates as a feast.  Today, we meditate on the impact of that event on Saul of Tarsus and, by extension, on us as well … as presented by St John Chrysostom. For love of Christ, Paul bore every burden Paul, more than anyone else, has shown us what man really is, and in what our... Read More

Guard of the Senses

Guard of the Senses Presence of God– O my God, I recollect my senses and faculties in Your presence, withdrawing them from all exterior occupations, in order to fix my attention wholly on You. MEDITATION To live a serious interior life, one that is wholly concentrated on seeking God, it is necessary to prevent the outside world from entering the soul and filling it with distractions and noise; it... Read More

Mortification and Self-Denial

Mortification and Self-Denial   Description: Today Dan and Melissa talk about mortification and how we can love God more fully by denying ourselves of earthly things. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What does St. Teresa of Avila mean when she says, “Prayer and a comfortable life do not go together”? What does it mean to take up our cross in the midst of all of the comfort we... Read More

St. Rose of Lima and the Fragrant Love Born of Suffering

St. Rose of Lima and the Fragrant Love Born of Suffering Thinker: The Mystic Rose of Lima Rose was not an academic and had little in the way of formal education, although she did learn to read. Among her favorite books were biographies of Saint Catherine of Siena and the spiritual guidebooks of another notable Dominican, Venerable Louis of Granada. In fact, his Book of Prayer and Meditation became... Read More

Corporal Mortification

Corporal Mortification   Presence of God – O Jesus Crucified, grant that my love for You may make me willing to crucify my flesh with You and for You. MEDITATION As a result of original sin, man no longer has complete dominion over his senses and his flesh; therefore he is filled with evil tendencies which try to push him toward what is base. St. Paul humbly admits: “I know that there dwelleth... Read More

Feast of All Carmelite Saints

November 14, 2016 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Feast Days, Liturgy, Liz Estler

Feast of All Carmelite Saints As those of you who have been following our site for some time know, we are partial to Carmelite spirituality here.  It is a spirituality, formed in the crucible of spiritual fire, that drew the Carmelite saints to the Lord by way of prayer and love.  In today's Carmelite calendar, the Carmelites celebrate the feast of all the many Carmelite saints: saints like St.... Read More

The Cross of Father DiAngelo

The Cross of Father DiAngelo Memorial of Saint John Vianney   In honor of the Memorial of Saint John Vianney, who was known as the “Curé d'Ars”, today we present a video written, narrated and composed by Richard K. Carlton. Saint John Vianney lived a life of mortification and is the patron of priests, pastors and confessors. In his preparation for the priesthood, he had difficulty... Read More

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