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Jesus and the Glory of the Father

Jesus and the Glory of the Father   Presence of God – O Jesus, increase within me Your love and Your zeal for the glory of the Father; teach me to despise all personal glory and to flee from it. MEDITATION  “I honor My Father…. I seek not My own glory.” “I receive not glory from men” (John 8:49, 50; John 5:41). Jesus ever sought His Father’s glory, and to this end He chose for... 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

Guard of the Senses

Guard of the Senses Presence of God– O my God, I recollect my senses and faculties in Your presence, withdrawing them from all exterior occupations, in order to fix my attention wholly on You. MEDITATION To live a serious interior life, one that is wholly concentrated on seeking God, it is necessary to prevent the outside world from entering the soul and filling it with distractions and noise; it... 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

Invitation to Sanctity

Invitation to Sanctity   Presence of God – I place myself in the presence of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament, contemplating Him as the Redeemer and Sanctifier of my soul. MEDITATION “Where sin abounded, grace did more abound” (Romans 5:20). Adam’s fall brought about the destruction of God’s plan for man’s sanctification. Our first parents, created to the image and likeness of... Read More

The Lord Cometh from Afar

The Lord Cometh from Afar First Sunday of Advent   Presence of God – The Lord is coming; I place myself in His presence and go to meet Him with all the energy of my will. MEDITATION “The Name of the Lord cometh from afar…. I look from afar, and behold I see the power of God coming…. Go out to meet Him, and say, ‘Tell us if You are He who shall rule….’” These words are taken from... Read More

10 Ways to Reduce Distractions in Prayer

10 Ways to Reduce Distractions in Prayer   “A hungry man does not have to be reminded to eat.” Those were the words of my pastor after I confessed that I often allow myself to be distracted. “If you hunger for God more, you will be distracted less,” he said. We are humans not robots, so complete mental focus is not ours to be had but sitting in Mass or to set aside time for prayer and... Read More

Passive Purification

Passive Purification   Presence of God– My God, illumine my way, that I may not go astray in the midst of the darkness of tribulation. MEDITATION Although it is possible for us to enter the night of the spirit by a generous practice of total renunciation and an intense exercise of the theological virtues, we will never be able to penetrate into its deepest part if God Himself does not place... Read More

Education and Culture at the Service of the Apostolate

Education and Culture at the Service of the Apostolate Presence of God – Teach me, O Lord, to put into the service of the apostolate all the talents I have received from You. MEDITATION Together with the natural virtues placed at the service of apostolic charity, it is also necessary to consider the other human qualities which give the apostle an ascendency in his field of activity, not for his... Read More

Distractions in Prayer and Spiritual Progress

Distractions in Prayer and Spiritual Progress   I've been struggling greatly with distraction in prayer – more so now than I have in years. Does this temptation often come as we progress in the spiritual life (especially with the night of sense)? Distractions can come from different causes.  As we begin to engage in mental prayer (and “beginnings” can last for years), distractions can... Read More

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