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Prayer of St. Augustine in Aridity

“Lord, my God, You who are holy, look and see my affliction! Have pity on the child whom You have engendered in sorrow and do not consider my sins, lest you forget Your power over them. What father will not liberate his son? And what son has not been chastised by his father's compassionate rod? O Father and Lord, although I am a sinner, I am nonetheless Your child, because You have created and recreated me. Can a mother forget... Read More

A Prayer to Christ Our Savior As Holy Week Begins

March 25, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Holy Week, Meditations, Prayer, Prayers of Saints

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A Prayer to Christ Our Savior as Holy Week Begins* Blessed are you, my Lord Jesus Christ. You foretold your death and, at the Last Supper, you marvelously consecrated bread which became your precious body. And then, you gave it to your apostles out of love as a memorial of your most holy passion. By washing their feet with your holy hands, you gave them a supreme example of your deep humility. Honor be to you, my Lord Jesus Christ.... Read More

Oblation of St Therese of Lisieux

Description: This week Dan and Melissa are joined by Dr. Anthony Lilles as they unravel the meaning of the oblation of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: Was the book, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love, intended to be an informative book about Saint Thérèse? What does “oblation” mean to Saint Thérèse? How can an oblation (self-offering) be a form of holocaust? How is Saint... Read More

Flower of Carmel – Flos Carmeli – You Are Our Mother

 Flower of Carmel – Flos Carmeli – You Are Our Mother… Flower of Carmel – Flos Carmeli – You are our Mother Every year on July 16th, Carmelites throughout the world celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, patroness of the Carmelite Order.  If you want to know how we feel about Mary, our Mother, spend a few minutes reflecting on one of the most beautiful prayers ever written, the Flos... Read More

O My God, Trinity Whom I Adore – St. Elizabeth of the Trinity Prayer – [UPDATED]

O My God, Trinity Whom I Adore Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity Prayer   UPDATE: Don't miss the update note at the bottom of this page… As we mentioned earlier this year, on March 3rd, Pope Francis approved Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity for canonization. Today, a meeting of cardinals is expected to set the date for when she will be raised to the altars. Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity was a discalced Carmelite nun... Read More

The World is In Flames

August 9, 2013 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Meditations, Prayers of Saints

In the Discalced Carmelite Propers, today is the Feast of St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) who was martyred during the Nazi persecution. At a time close to her death she penned an ominous reflection on the state of the world and of our need to abandon all to Christ. Though we are not in a world war now, we are no less in a battle for the soul of our country. On the stage of the world, in the past 100 years, more Christians... Read More

Novena to St Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)

June 24, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Prayers of Saints

St Pio of Pietrelcina St Pio of Pietrelcina, O.F.M.  (Padre Pio) Novena Dear God, Thou hast generously blessed Thy servant, St Pio of Pietrelcina, with the gifts of the Spirit. Thou hast marked his body with the five wounds of Christ Crucified, as a powerful witness to the saving Passion and Death of Thy Son. Endowed with the gift of discernment, St Pio labored endlessly in the confessional for the salvation of souls. With reverence... Read More

His Grace for My Sin – A Prayer of St Augustine

March 17, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Lent, Prayer, Prayers of Saints, Seasonal Meditations

His Grace for My Sin – A Prayer of St Augustine “What fault committed by man has not been expiated by the Son of God made man? What pride can be so immeasurably inflated, that it could not be brought down by such humility? Truly, O my God, if we were to weigh both the offenses committed by sinners, and the grace of God the Redeemer, we would find that the difference equaled not only the distance between east and west,... Read More

Saint Teresa’s Prayer for All Saints Day

St. Teresa's Prayer for All Saints' Day   “O holy souls that now rejoice without fear of losing your joy and are forever absorbed in the praises of my God! Happy indeed your lot! How right that you should employ yourselves ceaselessly in these praises! and how my soul envies you, free as you now are from the affliction caused by the grievous offenses which are in these unhappy days are committed against my God! No longer... Read More

Make me worthy to understand: A Christmas prayer

December 24, 2009 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke, Prayer, Prayers of Saints, Seasonal Meditations

“O my God! make me worthy to understand something of the mystery of the burning charity which is in You, which impelled you to effect the sublime act of the Incarnation! which brings to man, with the outpouring of love, the assurance of salvation. How ineffable is this charity! Truly there is no greater than this, that the Word was made flesh in order to make me like unto God! You became nothing in order to make me something;... Read More

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