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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

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

Jesus Persecuted — Passiontide

Jesus Persecuted 5th Sunday of Lent (Passiontide) Presence of God – O Jesus, help me to enter into the mystery of Your Passion; deign to associate me with it, so that I may participate in Your Resurrection. MEDITATION [Traditionally] … Passiontide begins [today], a time especially consecrated to the remembrance and loving contemplation of the sorrows of Jesus. The veiled crucifix and statues,... Read More

Humble and Reverent Love

November 10, 2015 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Love

 Humble and Reverent Love Presence of God – O God, who art so great, deign to lift up my soul, so small and miserable, to Yourself. MEDITATION The love which audaciously urges the soul on to the conquest of divine union is, at the same time, full of reverence and respect, for the soul understands, much better than before, how sublime and lofty is the majesty of God. If, on the one hand, love makes... Read More

The Mystery of the Cross — Good Friday

Good Friday   The Mystery of the Cross   Presence of God – O Jesus, permit me to penetrate with You into the depths of the mystery of the Cross. MEDITATION Good Friday is the day which invites us more than any other to “enter into the thicket of the trials and pains … of the Son of God” (John of the Cross, Spiritual Canticle first redaction, 35,9), and not only with the abstract... Read More

Saint Angela of Foligno and the Enlightenment of Penance

October 26, 2013 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Penance/Confession

Even though she died in 1309, Saint Angela of Foligno helps us appreciate the enlightenment that can come from a life of penance. It was a time not unlike our own. Epicureanism was destroying society even as great saints attempted to help their contemporaries see that there is so much more than the short-term pleasures of the here and now. Saint Angela started out more on the Epicurean side of this... Read More

St Angela di Foligno and St Elisabeth of the Trinity

Saint Angela di Foligno and St. Elisabeth of the Trinity   One of the influences on the thought and spirituality of Saint Elisabeth of the Trinity was a Third Order Franciscan widow from the beginning of the 14th Century, Angela di Foligno. Pope Francis has just included this master of theology in the Calendar of the Saints and her feast will be January 4. Saint Angela's Instructions #34 contains... Read More

Make me worthy to understand: A Christmas prayer

“O my God! make me worthy to understand something of the mystery of the burning charity which is in You, which impelled you to effect the sublime act of the Incarnation! which brings to man, with the outpouring of love, the assurance of salvation. How ineffable is this charity! Truly there is no greater than this, that the Word was made flesh in order to make me like unto God! You became nothing... Read More