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The Development of Love

The Development of Love   Presence of God – My God, from all eternity You have gone before me with Your infinite love; increase my love for You. MEDITATION “What shall prevent God from doing that which He will in the soul that is resigned, annihilated, and detached?” (John of the Cross Ascent of Mt. Carmel II, 4,2). This statement of St. John of the Cross makes you understand that God has an immense desire to work in... Read More

Making the Impossible Possible: Part 17 Mini-Course on Prayer

MINI-COURSE ON PRAYER SECTION 2  CHRISTIAN MEDITATION Part 17 – Making the Impossible Possible Editor's Note: in part 16, David Torkington discussed the movement in prayer from paralysis in the face of the enormity of Christian revelation, to growing fruitfulness in meditation, to the failure of words to convey the depth of love one experiences in God's presence. This week he discusses how it is love that animates all Christian... Read More

Courageous and Impatient Love

Courageous and Impatient Love Presence of God – May Your love, my God, make me intrepid in seeking You, and impatient to possess You. MEDITATION Although the soul subjected to interior purifications by the Holy Spirit is profoundly conscious of its own misery and unworthiness, it is nevertheless “sufficiently bold and daring to journey toward union with God” (John of the Cross, Dark Night of the Soul II, 13,9). Whence comes... Read More

The Act of Love

The Act of Love Presence of God – O Lord, grant that I may love You for Yourself and not for my own consolation, and that in loving You, I may always seek Your will, not mine. MEDITATION To love a person is to desire his well-being. We understand, therefore, that the essence of love is in the act of the will by which we wish good. This does not take away from the fact that the act may often be accompanied by sensible affection,... Read More

Humble and Reverent Love

November 10, 2015 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Love

 Humble and Reverent Love Presence of God – O God, who art so great, deign to lift up my soul, so small and miserable, to Yourself. MEDITATION The love which audaciously urges the soul on to the conquest of divine union is, at the same time, full of reverence and respect, for the soul understands, much better than before, how sublime and lofty is the majesty of God. If, on the one hand, love makes it impatient to be united... Read More

The Life of Love

The Life of Love Presence of God – Grant, O Lord, that even while I am here on earth, I may love You as I shall love You in heaven. MEDITATION If it may be said that by faith “eternal life begins in us” (St. Thomas, Summa, IIa IIae, q.4, a.1, co.), the same may be said–and with greater reason–of charity, which will remain unchanged even in heaven. Eternal life will be essentially a life of love, of love which has... Read More

Seeking God in Love

Seeking God in Love Presence of God – Help me, O God, to concentrate all my affections on You, so that my heart will be satisfied with You alone. MEDITATION Faith “is like the feet wherewith the soul journeys to God, and love is the guide that directs it” (John of the Cross, Spiritual Canticle, 1,11). Charity follows faith; in this life, faith and charity, as it were, go at an equal pace: the one depends on the other,... Read More

Our Destiny is Love

November 4, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Connie Rossini, Love

Our Destiny is Love Why did God make you? Some of us memorized the answer to that question as children. The Baltimore Catechism says, “God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him forever in the next” (No. 6). More specifically, the Catechism of the Catholic Church says: The vocation of humanity is to show forth the image of God and to be transformed into the image of... Read More

What really is love for our neighbor? Part II of II

July 8, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Love

Dear Father John, I have a question which may seem silly but I would like to ask it… Can you explain,  what really is love for our neighbor? We hear you don’t have to like your neighbor but you have to love your neighbor. Take the…Boston bombings. Do we have to love the person who did so much damage, injured people, killed people for absolutely no reason, except that they wanted to commit murder? Then on... Read More

What Really is Love for Our Neighbor? Part I of II

July 1, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Love

Dear Father John, I have a question which may seem silly but I would like to ask it… Can you explain, what really is love for our neighbor? We hear you don’t have to like your neighbor but you have to love your neighbor. Take the…Boston bombings. Do we have to love the person who did so much damage, injured people, killed people for absolutely no reason, except that they wanted to commit murder? Then on the... Read More

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