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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 is the necessary matter of this... Read More

Return to Me

Return to Me* Even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment. Perhaps he will again relent and leave behind him a blessing, Offerings and libations for the LORD, your God. Joel 2:12-14 (an excerpt... Read More

94. What Pleases God (Mark 1:7-13)

February 14, 2018 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“Jesus came to John, and received baptism at his hands. Could anything be more wonderful? The boundless river that gladdens the City of God is washed by a few drops of water. The source without limits that engenders life for all mankind and is beyond all understanding is covered by the poor waters of this world.” – St. Hippolytus Mark 1:7-13: In the course of his [St. John the Baptist’s] preaching he said, ‘Someone... Read More

Voluntary Attachments

Voluntary Attachments   Presence of God – O Lord, I place myself in Your presence, begging You to enlighten my soul so that I may see what are the obstacles to my union with You. MEDITATION “To be perfectly united to God by love and will, the soul must first be cleansed of all appetites of the will, even the smallest” (John of the Cross, Ascent of Mount Carmel I, 11,3). In the language of St. John of the Cross, appetites... Read More

98. What Christ Wants (Mark 1:40-45)

February 7, 2018 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“How merciful the Lord Jesus is towards us, how abundantly kind and good!” – St. Cyprian Mark 1:40-45: A leper came to him and pleaded on his knees: ‘If you want to’ he said ‘you can cure me.’ Feeling sorry for him, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him. ‘Of course I want to!’ he said. ‘Be cured!’ And the leprosy left him at once and he was cured. Jesus immediately sent him away and sternly ordered... Read More

Correspondence to Vocation

February 5, 2018 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Meditations

Correspondence to Vocation   Presence of God – O Lord, You call me unceasingly, drawing me to Yourself; grant that I may respond to Your call with ever-increasing generosity. MEDITATION God calls us but He does not constrain us. He grants man full liberty to accept or to refuse His divine invitation. “If thou wilt be perfect … come, follow Me” (Matthew 19:21), says the Lord to every soul that He chooses, but as with... Read More

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord February 2nd [From the text for the previous name of this feast: The Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary] Presence of God – O Lord, I come to You and beg You, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to purify my soul. MEDITATION Today’s Feast, which marks the end of the Christmas season [in the old liturgical calendar], is a feast both of Jesus and of Mary: of Jesus,... Read More

97. Prayer and Action (Mark 1:29-39)

January 31, 2018 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“If you seek to know where you can stay, stay close to Christ, because he is the way.”  – St. Thomas Aquinas Mark 1:29-39: On leaving the synagogue, he went with James and John straight to the house of Simon and Andrew. Now Simon’s mother-in-law had gone to bed with fever, and they told him about her straightaway. He went to her, took her by the hand and helped her up. And the fever left her and she began to wait on... 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 greater our resemblance to... Read More

Jesus and the Glory of the Father

January 22, 2018 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Meditations

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 Himself utter humiliation, even... Read More

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