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Solemnity & Litany of St Joseph, Husband of Mary

March 19, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, FEATURED, Litanies, Prayer, Saints, Solemnity

Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary *There is a general rule concerning all special graces granted to any human being. Whenever the divine favor chooses someone to receive a special grace, or to accept a lofty vocation, God adorns the person chosen with all the gifts of the Spirit needed to fulfill the task at hand. This general rule is especially verified in the case of Saint Joseph, the foster... Read More

Mary’s Humility

Mary's Humility   Presence of God – O Mary, humblest of all creatures, make me humble of heart. MEDITATION St. Bernard says: “It is not hard to be humble in a hidden life, but to remain so in the midst of honors is a truly rare and beautiful virtue.” The Blessed Virgin was certainly the woman whom God honored most highly, whom He raised above all other creatures; yet no creature was so... Read More

Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Transferred)

Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary Presence of God – O glorious St. Joseph, under your patronage, may my interior life grow and develop. MEDITATION Today the Church presents St. Joseph, the great Patriarch, to whose care God willed to entrust the most chosen portion of His flock, Mary, and Jesus. Because Joseph was selected by God to be the guardian of the family of... Read More

You Have What It Takes to Evangelize

July 11, 2016 by  
Filed under Evangelization, Fr. Bartunek

You Have What It Takes to Evangelize   Dear Father John, Sometimes I get nervous, even scared, at the thought of evangelizing. Is this normal, and how can I overcome these feelings? THE CHURCH’S DEEPEST identity is found in her mission to evangelize, to proclaim and foster the growth of Christ’s kingdom. And God calls every Christian, every member of the Church, no matter how apparently small... Read More

Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Presence of God – O Sacred Heart of Jesus, teach me how to know You and to love You. MEDITATION The object of devotion to the Sacred Heart is, properly speaking, the physical Heart of Jesus which is worthy of adoration, because it is a part of His sacred humanity, hypostatically united to the Word. However, the ultimate... Read More

On the Holy Communion

ON THE HOLY COMMUNION “Take ye, and eat: this is my body.” Matthew 26:26 Let us consider the great gift which Jesus Christ has bestowed on us in the institution of the most holy sacrament; the great love he has shown to us in this gift; and his great desire that we should receive this gift. Let us, in the first place, consider the great gift which Jesus Christ has bestowed upon us in giving... Read More

On Evil Habits

March 14, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Evil, Lent, Meditations, Preparation for Death, Sin

ON EVIL HABITS “The wicked man, when he is come into the depth of sins contemneth.” cf Proverbs 18:3 The evil inclination to sin is one of the greatest injuries which we have received from the sin of Adam. This made the apostle weep when he saw himself impelled by concupiscence to the very evil which he abhorred. “I see another law in my members…captivating me in the law of... Read More

Value of Time

Value of Time “Son, observe the time.” cf Sirach 4:20 “Son,” says the Holy Ghost, “be careful to preserve time, which is the greatest and the most precious gift which God can bestow upon you in this life.” The very pagans knew the value of time. Seneca said that no price is an equivalent for it. “Nullum temporis pretium.” But the saints have understood... Read More

The Holy Name of Jesus (Part II of II)

THE HOLY NAME OF JESUS (Part II of II) “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and let all that is within thee bless His Holy Name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and never forget all He hath done for thee.” Psalm 103:1-2 1. The great saint of the Holy Name is St. Bernardine of Siena. In his missionary expeditions he carried it on a banner, and used it continually in his sermons. He has a long treatise on the... Read More