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Mystical Premonitions: Part 14 Mini-Course on Prayer

October 4, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, Prayer

Mini-Course on Prayer Section 2  Christian Meditation Part 14 – Mystical Premonitions   Editor's Note: In Part 13, David Torkington discussed Genuine Christian Meditation and its Counterfeit. Today, he will talk about Mystical Premonitions.   Guido the Carthusian After the Reformation, a new terminology began to replace the older monastic terminology for the beginning of mental prayer... Read More

Blessed are They that Mourn

Blessed are They that Mourn   Presence of God – Grant, O Lord, that I may shed only such tears as are pleasing to You and that will help me to grow in Your love. MEDITATION The Beatitude: “Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:5), corresponds to the gift of knowledge. Blessed are they who, thoroughly enlightened by the Holy Spirit as to the nothingness of... Read More

Introducing Christian Meditation – Part 11 Mini-Course on Prayer

September 6, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, FEATURED, Prayer

Mini-Course on Prayer Section 2 Part 11 – Introducing Christian Meditation   Editor's Note: In Part 10, David Torkington concluded the first section of his prayer series by summarizing the “OUR FATHER” mnemonic, or memory jog, for daily prayer. Today, he begins the second section of his prayer series as an introduction to Christian meditation. Authentic Christian Meditation The... Read More

Prayer of St. Augustine in Aridity

“Lord, my God, You who are holy, look and see my affliction! Have pity on the child whom You have engendered in sorrow and do not consider my sins, lest you forget Your power over them. What father will not liberate his son? And what son has not been chastised by his father's compassionate rod? O Father and Lord, although I am a sinner, I am nonetheless Your child, because You have created and... Read More

Faith and Abandonment to the Fullness of Love – Part 7 Mini-Course on Prayer

July 19, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, Prayer

Mini-Course on Prayer Part 7 – Father “F” – Faith in Our Risen Lord Abandonment to the Fullness of Love   Editor's Note: In Part 6 of this mini-course, David Torkington examined the letters U (union with the mystical body) and R (reviewing the day ahead) in his explication of the “OUR FATHER” mnemonic, or memory jog, for keeping God and prayer at the forefront... Read More

Divine Omnipotence

Divine Omnipotence   Presence of God – O God, use Your almighty power to convert me entirely to Your love. MEDITATION “I am the Almighty God” (Genesis 17:1). With these words God revealed Himself to Abraham. God is all-powerful because He can do all that He wills; and this He can do as He wills, when He wills, without any limitations. “Whatsoever the Lord pleased, He hath done, in heaven,... Read More

Peter and Paul, Apostles – Solemnity

June 29, 2018 by  
Filed under Liturgy, Liz Estler, Solemnity

Peter and Paul, Apostles Solemnity As St. Augustine of Hippo taught, this day was made holy by the passion, by the blood, of the blessed apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul (cf Sermo 295, 1-2, 4:7-8; PL 38, 1348-1352). Based on Saint Peter's profession of faith, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16), Jesus pronounced him: Peter, the rock on which He would build... Read More

Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

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Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist* The Church observes the birth of John as a hallowed event. We have no such commemoration for any other fathers; but it is significant that we celebrate the birthdays of John and Jesus. This day cannot be passed by. And even if my explanation does not match the dignity of the feast, you may still meditate on it with great depth and profit. John... Read More

Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary Editor's Note: “Divine Intimacy” has no entry for the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Therefore, we offer the following reflection for your meditation and prayer. Presence of God – O Mary, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, make me docile to His divine motions. MEDITATION “The Blessed Virgin Mary,”... Read More

On the Love of the Three Divine Persons for Man

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On the Love of the Three Divine Persons for Man* Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity Sermon XXIX of St Alphonsus Liguori “Going, therefore, teach ye all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” (Matthew 28:19) St. Leo has said, that the nature of God is, by its essence, goodness itself. “Deus cujus natura bonitas.” Now, goodness naturally... Read More

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