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A Life of Praise to God

What does it mean to be called to a contemplative prayer life? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Dr. Anthony Lilles about the book Elizabeth of the Trinity: A Life of Praise to God to discover the riches hidden in the wisdom of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Why did Dr. Lilles choose to focus his doctoral work on St. Elizabeth of the Trinity? Who... Read More

Living Christ

Living Christ   Presence of God – O Jesus, deign to imprint Your likeness on my poor soul, so that my life may be a reflection of Yours. MEDITATION The imitation of Christ should not be limited to some particular aspect of His life; it means living Christ and becoming completely assimilated to Him. The life-giving principle of our resemblance to Christ is grace: the more grace we possess, the... 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

Living with the Trinity

Living with the Trinity   Presence of God – O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, take me into Your embrace and deign to admit me to intimacy with You. MEDITATION If we wish the great gift of the indwelling of the Blessed Trinity to bear its full fruit of intimate friendship with the three divine Persons, we must become accustomed to living with the Trinity, since it is impossible to have a real... Read More

Fire from Above: Christian Contemplation & Mystical Wisdom

Description: Why should we deepen our prayer life? Dan and Melissa speak with Dr. Anthony Lilles about his book Fire from Above: Christian Contemplation and Mystical Wisdom to explain the importance behind contemplative prayer and the reasons to make it part of one's daily prayer life. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What was the motivation behind writing the book? What significance is behind... Read More

Mary’s Prayer

Mary's Prayer   Presence of God – O Mary, faithful adorer of God, show me how to make my life a continual prayer. MEDITATION In order to have even a slight understanding of Mary’s prayer, we must try to penetrate the sanctuary of her intimate union with God. No one has ever lived in closer intimacy with Him. Let us reverently observe this intimacy from the viewpoint of the divine maternity.... Read More

Practice of the Presence of God

Practice of the Presence of God   Presence of God – O Lord, grant that I may always live in Your presence with my interior gaze fixed on You. MEDITATION The life of continual prayer becomes easier as the soul succeeds in preserving within itself, throughout the day, the awareness of the presence of God. We already know that God is always present within us, that we live, move, and have our being... Read More

Elizabeth of the Trinity’s Lived Spirituality

Elizabeth of the Trinity's Lived Spirituality  Elizabeth of the Trinity crossed the threshold of the Dijon Carmel aware that she was embracing a life that, by vocation and mission, had prayer, silence, solitude, and an unceasing conversation with God at its center. She felt called to consecrate her entire existence to a living relationship with God-Trinity, with Christ, as an expression of a love... Read More

St. Elizabeth of the Trinity on the Abyss of Love

St. Elizabeth of the Trinity on the Abyss of Love   Every contemplative life is founded upon the total self-donation to God in order to love Him above every other thing, with the hope of feeling oneself loved by Him with a profound and transforming love. Elizabeth Catez was one of these contemplatives. In words borrowed from John of the Cross, she wanted to make her life a lively and enthusiastic... Read More

I Am the Truth

“I Am the Truth”   Presence of God – O Jesus, Incarnate Word, splendor and brightness of the Father, instruct and illumine my soul. MEDITATION Jesus came to give us life and to show us the way which leads to it. He, the Teacher of life, is also its source. At the beginning of Jesus’ apostolate, the heavenly Father presented Him to the world as its divine Teacher. The Holy Spirit,... Read More

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