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Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs

December 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Christmas, Dan Burke, Feast Days, Meditations

Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs They cannot speak, yet they bear witness to Christ* A tiny child is born, who is a great king. Wise men are led to him from afar [Matthew 2:1]. They come to adore one who lies in a manger and yet reigns in heaven and on earth. When they tell of one who is born a king, Herod is disturbed [cf Matthew 2:3]. To save his kingdom he resolves to kill him, though if he would have faith in the child,... Read More

The Word was Made Flesh … and Dwelt Among Us

The Word was Made Flesh … and Dwelt Among Us * Then He summoned an archangel, Saint Gabriel: and when he came, Sent him forth to find a maiden, Mary was her name. Only through her consenting love Could the mystery be preferred That the Trinity in human Flesh might clothe the Word. Though the three Persons worked the wonder It only happened in the One. So was the Word made incarnation In Mary's womb, a son. So He who only... 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

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

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

God has Revealed His Love through His Son

God has Revealed His Love through His Son* From a letter to Diognetus No man has ever seen God [1 John 4:12] or known him, but God has revealed himself to us through faith, by which alone it is possible to see him. God, the Lord and maker of all things, who created the world and set it in order, not only loved man but was also patient with him. So he has always been, and is, and will be: kind, good, free from anger, truthful; indeed,... Read More

Saint John the Evangelist

December 27, 2016 by  
Filed under Christmas, Feast Days, Liturgy, Liz Estler

Contemplative Prayer and the Beloved Disciple

Saint John the Evangelist Today, the Church celebrates the Feast of Saint John the Evangelist. It is St. John who is thought to be the “Beloved Disciple”, the Apostle who is referred to as the one “whom Jesus loved” six times in the Gospel of St. John (John 13:23, 19:26, 20:2, 21:7, 21:20, 21:24). He is the only one of the Twelve who was understood not to have been martyred and, thus, lived to old age.... Read More

A New Beginning to Pray

January 4, 2016 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Christmas, Prayer, Spiritual Direction

A New Beginning to Pray Beginning to pray is the project of a lifetime. The entry of the Word of the Father into human history makes this project possible. This entry is not convenient or easy for God or man.   Love never is. It demands taking up our freedom in the most difficult and most worthwhile of all human endeavors – the effort to attend to and respond to love. Beginning to pray is learning to respond with love... Read More

Peace to Men

December 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Christmas, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Peace

Peace to Men December twenty-ninth Presence of God – I place myself at the feet of the Infant Jesus to meditate on the angels’ hymn: “Peace on earth to men of good will” (Luke 2:14). MEDITATION At Bethlehem the angels announced two things: glory to God and peace to men; the one corresponds to the other. No one glorifies God as much as that little Babe lying on the straw. He alone, being the eternal Word, can give God... Read More

On the Feast of the Holy Family: Our Own Family Circle

On the Feast of the Holy Family: Our Own Family Circle  Could failure to follow God’s commands be robbing your family of grace? God not only became one of us, but he was born into a family with parents: Our Blessed Mother Mary, and a father, St. Joseph.  There’s no escaping the message that families are intended to be holy places for children to grow and prepare to enter the world. The Fourth Commandment orders us to: “Honor... Read More

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