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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 world. We must hasten our preparations... Read More

The Lord Hears the Cry of the Poor, Blessed be the Lord!

December 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Advent, Anthony Lilles, Christmas, Poverty, Suffering

  The Lord Hears the Cry of the Poor, Blessed be the Lord! Contemplation of the mystery of Christmas, almost upon us, sees the Lord's attentiveness to the plight of the poor. He who came into our poverty, in silence and obscurity, also comes into the hidden plights of every man and woman. Though He seems powerless or even absent, His love is the gravity that holds together not only the world but every heart that avails itself... Read More

Ways We Can Prepare Our Hearts for Christmas

December 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Advent, Christmas, Dan Burke, DI Radio, Show Notes, Spiritual Direction

Description: What should we be doing spiritually to prepare for Christmas? Dan and Melissa discuss ways we can prepare our hearts for Christmas during Advent with devotional ideas and resources. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why is Advent so important in the liturgical calendar? How does imagery, like icons and manger scenes, help to orient our hearts toward God? How does the Old Testament help us understand Advent? How... Read More

The Lord is Nigh

December 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Advent, Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy

The Lord is Nigh Third Sunday of Advent Gaudete Sunday Rejoice!   Presence of God– The Lord is always drawing nearer to my soul by the solicitations of His grace; I too wish to draw near to Him by a renewal of my faith and my desires. MEDITATION “O Lord, we have patiently waited for Thee: Thy name and Thy remembrance are the desire of the soul. My soul hath desired Thee in the night; yea, and with my spirit within me... Read More

Dealing with Sin – A Pathway for Prayer in Advent

December 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Advent, Anthony Lilles, Meditations: Seasonal, Prayer, Sin

Dealing with Sin – A Pathway for Prayer in Advent   God wants to help us deal with sin but He waits for us to come to Him, to invite Him, to welcome Him. Advent is a time for doing just that. Opening our hearts to the Lord with contrition-filled prayer is the most important thing we can do to prepare for the joy of Christmas. Not to do so is to prefer to live in self-contradiction, a cold dark misery not worthy of human... Read More

The Lord Will Not Delay

December 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Advent, Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy

The Lord Will Not Delay Second Sunday of Advent Presence of God – I place myself in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, to receive His two-fold invitation to confidence and repentance, contained in today’s liturgy. MEDITATION After we have considered the sublime program of sanctification which we should follow, it is very consoling to consider the magnificent texts of today’s liturgy. They invite us to have complete... Read More

The Christmas Apostle – Advent Retreat Guide on St John the Evangelist

December 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Advent, Fr. Bartunek, Prayer, Retreat Guides

The Christmas Apostle: A Retreat Guide on St. John the Evangelist Written and presented by Fr. John Bartunek, LC, SThD Father John Bartunek introduces us to his latest Advent Retreat Guide on Saint John the Evangelist! St. John the Evangelist, more than any other of the eleven Apostles, was wonderfully fascinated by the amazing, marvelous event of God becoming man and living among us. His writings are filled to the brim with this... Read More

The First Promise of a Redeemer

December 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Advent, Books, Charlie McKinney, Meditations: Seasonal

It was on the very day of our fall that God said to the serpent, our corrupter: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; she shall bruise your head” (Gen. 3:15). One must not think that God desired to judge or to punish the visible serpent, for it is an animal lacking intelligence. This is an allegory in which the serpent is judged as a figure of the Devil, whose instrument he had been.... Read More

The Lord Cometh from Afar

December 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Advent, Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy

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 today’s liturgy, and in... Read More

Prepare the Way of the Lord at Advent & Christmas

Prepare the Way of the Lord at Advent & Christmas   Christian life is one of preparation. In order to prepare to celebrate the sacred mystery of the Eucharist, we acknowledge our sins. In order to prepare to celebrate the birth of our God as a tiny baby, for us and for our salvation, the Church wisely celebrates the Advent season. Before we know it Advent will be here. So, how do we prepare for Advent, itself? That's... Read More

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