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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

Transformation in Christ

Transformation in Christ   “The grace of Christ is the gratuitous gift that God makes to us of his own life, infused by the Holy Spirit into our soul to heal it of sin and to sanctify it…Sanctifying grace is an habitual gift, a stable and supernatural disposition that perfects the soul itself to enable it to live with God, to act by his love.” ­–  Catechism of the Catholic... Read More

Our Lady’s Message

Description: 100 years ago, our Blessed Mother entrusted three shepherd children with an important message of penance, sacrifice and prayer for the conversion of sinners and of the world. Dan and Melissa speak with author Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle about Our Lady's Message at Fatima and its relevance for today. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Is this book intended for children only? What is... Read More

Sacrifice and the Mystical Body of Christ

May 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Sacrifice and the Mystical Body of Christ Our Lady of Fatima (Week 6 of 8) “Did she tell you to pray for the conversion of sinners?” “No. She told me to pray to the Lady of the Rosary so that the war would end.” Lucia explained later that the Lady had asked for sacrifices rather than prayers for the conversion of sinners.” — Our Lady of Fatima ( Words between an investigator and Lucia);... Read More

Apostolic Action

Apostolic Action   Presence of God – I place myself in the presence of Jesus, in order to learn from Him, the first Apostle, the Apostle par excellence, the qualities I need to make my activity of real value to souls. MEDITATION During the three years of His public life, Jesus carried out an exterior apostolate on a large scale, but His activity was never separated from His intimate union with... Read More

Why Communion on the Tongue? Part II of II

Why Communion on the Tongue? Part II of II The Passive Action of Communion Editor's Note:  In Part I, Christopher Carstens introduced the topic of the reception of Holy Communion on the tongue. Today, in Part II of the series, he offers three considerations for receiving the Holy Eucharist in this way. Part II: The Passive Action of Communion An ancient maxim of the Church teaches that “the law... Read More

Obstacles or Opportunities? When Life Throws Curves, Drink from the “Cup”

August 23, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Life of Christ (Week 20 of 27) Looking beyond all secondary causes, such as Pilate and Annas, the Romans and the Jews, Our Lord saw not enemies to be defeated by a sword, but a cup offered by His Father. Love was the motive and spring of His Sacrifice… — Life of Christ, Chapter 42, Paragraph 5 The above quote perfectly encapsulates everything I have felt when reading the diary of Elisabeth Leseur.... Read More

The Interior Apostolate

The Interior Apostolate   Presence of God – I place myself before Jesus, my sweet Savior and Redeemer, asking Him to teach me how to collaborate with Him in the salvation of souls. MEDITATION The apostolate, considered in its totality, consists in everything we can do in collaboration with Christ to diffuse the supernatural life in souls. The apostolate is always a collaboration with Jesus... Read More

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