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Temperance

Temperance   Presence of God – Teach me, O Lord, to mortify my flesh, in order that I may live fully the life of the spirit. MEDITATION We may fail in our duty either because of the hardships and sacrifices we encounter, or because of the allurements of pleasure. Our help in the first case is the virtue of fortitude; in the second, the virtue of temperance. Temperance is the virtue which moderates... Read More

The Church is Calling: Be a Mystic!

August 30, 2018 by  
Filed under FEATURED, Joseph Hollcraft, Mysticism, Prayer

The Church is Calling: Be A Mystic! Often, we hear the word mystic, and think of such words as rapture, ecstasy, visionary, and so on. On one hand, rightfully so, the likes of Saint Padre Pio and Saint John Bosco, to name a few, are known for their “mystical” experiences of bi-location and the like. But there is a broader sense of this word that applies universally — that sense of... Read More

God’s Infinite Goodness is Diffusive

God's Infinite Goodness is Diffusive   Presence of God – O infinite Goodness, continually communicated to creatures, teach me how to imitate You. MEDITATION Goodness is not confined within itself; its characteristic is to diffuse itself, that is, to communicate itself to others, “bonum diffusivum sui,” good is diffusive of itself; the greater the good, the more it tends to diffuse itself.... Read More

The Trinity Within Us

The Trinity Within Us   Presence of God – O Most Holy Trinity, who art pleased to make my soul Your dwelling place, deign to share with me Your divine life. MEDITATION Jesus came not only to reveal the mystery of the Blessed Trinity, but also to establish ties of the closest friendship between our souls and the three divine Persons. He is not only the Revealer of the Trinity, but the Mediator,... Read More

The Way to Mystical Union – Part 4 Mini-Course on Prayer

June 16, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, Prayer

Mini-Course on Prayer: Part 4: The Way to Mystical Union   Editor's Note: In Part 3, David Torkington wrote about how it is in giving that we receive. Today, he will introduce the way to mystical union and talk about ecstatic joy, how Christ prayed, the language of love, mystical revelations, and praying without ceasing.   If you are beginning a journey upon which your whole future depends,... Read More

Confession

Confession   Presence of God – At the foot of Your Cross, O Jesus, I confess my sins. Pour over me Your Precious Blood that it may purify my soul. MEDITATION Penance is the sacrament of Christ’s Precious Blood in which God—according to the eloquent words of St. Catherine of Siena—“has bathed us in order to cleanse the face of our souls from the leprosy of sin.” If mortal sin only... Read More

Jesus the True Vine

Jesus the True Vine Presence of God – O my Lord and Redeemer, grant that I may understand the deep intimate ties that bind You to us, whom You have redeemed. MEDITATION Jesus is the “one Mediator between God and men” (1 Timothy 2:5); however, He did not will to effect the work of our redemption independently of us, but used it as a means of strengthening the bond between Himself and us. This... Read More

Behold the Savior Comes

Behold the Savior Comes Fourth Sunday of Advent Presence of God – I place myself at the feet of Jesus and ask Him to prepare my heart for His imminent coming. MEDITATION “Call together the nations, tell it among the people and say: Behold our Savior comes!” (Roman Breviary) [adapted]. The message becomes more and more urgent: [Very soon], the Word of God made flesh will show Himself to the... Read More

The Lord is Nigh

The Lord is Nigh Third Sunday of Advent Gaudete Sunday Rejoice!   Presence of God– The Lord is always drawing nearer to my soul by the solicitations of His grace; I too wish to draw near to Him by a renewal of my faith and my desires. MEDITATION “O Lord, we have patiently waited for Thee: Thy name and Thy remembrance are the desire of the soul. My soul hath desired Thee in the night; yea,... Read More

Invitation to Divine Intimacy

Invitation to Divine Intimacy   Presence of God – I recollect myself in the presence of my God living in me by grace, and I ardently desire to come close to Him. MEDITATION “If any one love Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and make Our abode with him” (John 14:23). This is the great mystery of the divine indwelling, which assures us, in Jesus’... Read More

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