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A Vision from the Hilltop

November 15, 2018 by  
Filed under Joseph Hollcraft, Wisdom

We believe that God created the world according to his wisdom. It is not the product of any necessity whatever, nor of blind fate or chance. We believe that it proceeds from God's free will; he wanted to make his creatures share in his being, wisdom and goodness: ‘For you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created’(Rev.4:11). Therefore, the Psalmist exclaims:... Read More

Union with God

Union with God   Presence of God – My God, Thou hast created me for Thyself; grant that I may return to Thee and unite myself to Thee by love. MEDITATION The whole life of man is a return journey to God: he came from God and must go back to Him. The more complete this return, the more intimate his union with God will become and the better will he have attained the end for which he was created:... Read More

The Little Back Shop: Part 18 Mini-Course on Prayer

November 1, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, Prayer Space

MINI-COURSE ON PRAYER SECTION 2  CHRISTIAN MEDITATION Part 18 – The Little Back Shop Editor's Note: in part 17, David Torkington discussed how it is love that animates all Christian asceticism and makes possible even severe sacrifices.  This week he expounds on the need to carve out time and space to pray, and how we know God through love, not through knowledge alone.   My doctor once gave... Read More

How to Think Like Aquinas

How does one of the Catholic Church's greatest philosophical thinkers optimize his intellect? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Dr. Kevin Vost about his book, How to Think Like Aquinas to find out. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: How is Dr. Vost trying to reinvigorate the writings and thinking of St. Thomas Aquinas? How did St. Thomas Aquinas bring Dr. Vost to convert from... Read More

Avila Institute Fall Courses

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Avila Institute Fall Courses    Contemplative Prayer and the Angelic Doctor (SSF 250)   Too often, our modern minds consider St. Thomas Aquinas to be something of a rigid and sterile academic. Nothing could be further from the truth. His piercing intellectual receptivity, his child-like purity, and his poetic intuition are just a few reasons the Church lifts him up as Her Common and Angelic... Read More

Prudence and Rectitude

Prudence and Rectitude   Presence of God– Teach me, O my God, the prudence which leads to You by the straight path of duty and truth. MEDITATION Prudence is not limited to suggesting good works to be done in order to attain sanctity, but it remains with us while we do these works, and enlightens us as to the best conduct to observe therein, according to the circumstances of the moment. For... Read More

Charity

Charity   Presence of God – O Lord, grant that by charity I may really participate in Your life of love. MEDITATION Faith makes us adhere to God by means of knowledge; hence, it is especially related to our intellect. Hope makes us adhere to God by the conviction that we will one day possess Him in heaven, and therefore, it is related to our desire for happiness. But charity seizes our entire... Read More

Divine Simplicity

Divine Simplicity   Presence of God – O Lord, Thou who art infinite simplicity, simplify my mind and my heart, that I may serve Thee in simplicity of spirit. MEDITATION God is the unique simple Being because He is one in His essence and in all His perfections. When St. Thomas speaks of God’s simplicity, he presents it as the absence of all that is composite. In God there are not quantitative... Read More

The Holy Spirit is God’s Gift to You

May 16, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney

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The Holy Spirit is God's Gift to You Not only to possess us does the Holy Spirit live in us, but also to be possessed by us, to be ours. For love must possess, as well as be possessed. He is the Gift of God Most High — Donum Dei Altissimi. Now, the gift that belonged to the giver becomes the possession of the one who receives it. The Gift of God is ours through the stupendous prodigy of love. Almost... Read More

The Victory of Christ over Sin and Death

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The Victory of Christ over Sin and Death The Incarnation and the Resurrection I wish to clarify some fundamental truths regarding our Faith and the complex theme of evil spells. Even before speaking of these evils and their author, the devil, and in order to discourage the temptation of sensationalism, I shall put together two fundamental premises that regard Jesus Christ, the Master, the Savior,... Read More

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