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The Litany of Humility: How Can I be Freed From the Desire to be Loved?

Dear Father John, I am trying to pray the Litany of Humility [by Servant of God Cardinal Merry del Val] with special reverence and attentiveness during this Lent, and in doing so the following question keeps recurring to me: In the Litany of Humility, the second request is: “From the desire of being loved, Lord Jesus, free me!” How am I to understand this request? I had thought that to... Read More

Mary, Mother of the Church

March 5, 2018 by  
Filed under Liturgy, Liz Estler, Mary, Memorial, Prayer

Mary, Mother of the Church   Pope Francis very recently declared that a new obligatory memorial is to be celebrated in honor of our Blessed Mother under the title: Mary, Mother of the Church (Mater Ecclesiae). Fittingly, this memorial will take place on the Monday following Pentecost Sunday. The decree was signed on February 11th (the Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes) and released this past Saturday,... Read More

Voluntary Attachments

Voluntary Attachments   Presence of God – O Lord, I place myself in Your presence, begging You to enlighten my soul so that I may see what are the obstacles to my union with You. MEDITATION “To be perfectly united to God by love and will, the soul must first be cleansed of all appetites of the will, even the smallest” (John of the Cross, Ascent of Mount Carmel I, 11,3). In the language... Read More

Jesus the First-Born of All Creatures

Jesus the First-Born of All Creatures   Presence of God – Give me light, O Lord Jesus, to see in the lowliness of the Child, the indescribable Majesty of the Son of God. MEDITATION Jesus “is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of every creature; for in Him were all things created in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible … all things were created by Him and in Him. And... Read More

Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs

December 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Christmas, Dan Burke, Feast Days, Meditations

Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs They cannot speak, yet they bear witness to Christ* A tiny child is born, who is a great king. Wise men are led to him from afar [Matthew 2:1]. They come to adore one who lies in a manger and yet reigns in heaven and on earth. When they tell of one who is born a king, Herod is disturbed [cf Matthew 2:3]. To save his kingdom he resolves to kill him, though if... Read More

Wisdom of the Saints

December 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Kristin Aebli, Saints

Wisdom of the Saints  St. Athanasius to St. Bernard of Clairvaux  Venerable Pope John Paul I said, “If all the sons and daughters of the church would know how to be tireless missionaries of the Gospel, a new flowering of holiness and renewal would spring up in this world that thirsts for love and for truth.” As holy examples of God's people, the saints offer an abundance of wisdom... Read More

Christ is King … or is He?

Christ is King … or is He? (Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe) Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King. A relatively new festival in the Church’s liturgical calendar, this feast was established by Pope Pius XI’s encyclical Quas Primas, less than one hundred years ago, in 1925. Today, we rejoice that He is the firstborn of all creation and that all things exist... Read More

Do Ghosts Really Exist?

Dear Father Kerper: It seems like there is a lot of evidence that there are ghosts that haunt people’s homes. Do ghosts really exist? Thanks very much for your question about the reality of ghosts. Some people, of course, would brush it off as a silly thing to ask, but it actually leads us to consider anew two key Christian beliefs: first, that every human person is a communion of body (matter)... Read More

A Mind at Peace in the Age of Distraction

A Mind at Peace: Reclaiming an Ordered Soul in the Age of Distraction   Description: Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they offer solutions to our culture's technologically obsessed world by speaking with Dr. Christopher Blum about his book A Mind at Peace: Reclaiming an Ordered Soul in the Age of Distraction. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What was the inspiration/motivation for the... Read More

The Interior Castle: Saint Teresa’s Diamond

The Interior Castle: Saint Teresa's Diamond The De Beers Jewelry marketing slogan of “Diamonds are Forever” might have been a perfect catchphrase for Saint Teresa’s “Diamond”, better known to us as the Interior Castle. However, this company was not yet around in 1577 when she was ordered to write another book. “Forever” was a well-chosen word because of the properties and symbolism... Read More

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