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St. Rose of Lima and the Fragrant Love Born of Suffering

St. Rose of Lima and the Fragrant Love Born of Suffering Thinker: The Mystic Rose of Lima Rose was not an academic and had little in the way of formal education, although she did learn to read. Among her favorite books were biographies of Saint Catherine of Siena and the spiritual guidebooks of another notable Dominican, Venerable Louis of Granada. In fact, his Book of Prayer and Meditation became Saint Rose’s favorite book,... Read More

The Interior Apostolate

The Interior Apostolate   Presence of God – I place myself before Jesus, my sweet Savior and Redeemer, asking Him to teach me how to collaborate with Him in the salvation of souls. MEDITATION The apostolate, considered in its totality, consists in everything we can do in collaboration with Christ to diffuse the supernatural life in souls. The apostolate is always a collaboration with Jesus and attains its end only when... Read More

The Meaning of Memorial Day

May 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Carmelite Sisters, Sacrifice

The Meaning of Memorial Day Many people are very free with their opinions about war, about whether or not we should fight this war or that, about where and how the military should be deployed or brought home.  In some countries, freely expressing these opinions could land you in jail or worse.  In America, our right to express them is protected by the highest law in our land.  In America, men and women have given their lives... Read More

Contemplating Jesus through Mary of Nazareth

Contemplating Jesus Through Mary of Nazareth   Oh to be a mother—so many reasons to both worry and rejoice from pregnancy onward. But to be the Mother of the Savior…who can imagine it? Every mother contemplating the Christmas story surely must consider what it would have been like to have an angel announce our pregnancy or ride on a donkey with no place to rest during labor except a manger. But still, as we pick up socks... Read More

30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila: Days 2 & 3

Dan and Melissa look at advancing against the gates of hell, embracing suffering, and the inspiration of Mother Angelica as they reflect on letters from St. Teresa in the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Some historical context of the letters and great works of St. Teresa of Avila. St. Teresa's understanding of what happens when we go into “enemy territory” – a reflection... Read More

God Turns Sinners into Saints

God turns Sinners into Saints Sometimes my mind is too tired or distracted to engage in detailed meditations during prayer time. I look for a simple image to focus on that will bring me into God's presence and still my scattered thoughts. One of my favorite images is fire. I can easily imagine red flames in the dark. I think of the flames as God's love, burning away my sins and attachments as I submit to Him. The other day while... Read More

Apostolic Immolation

Apostolic Immolation   Presence of God— O Jesus, immolated for my salvation, make me worthy to immolate myself with You for the salvation of souls. MEDITATION Apostolic prayer must be accompanied by sacrifice, as we learn from the prayer which Jesus made to His Father in the Garden of Olives and on the Cross. Love should urge those who pray to “active sacrifice which does not allow them to rest calmly in prayer as long... Read More

What is a Living Sacrifice?

September 9, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Sacrifice

Dear Father John, what exactly is a living sacrifice? I've been asking some of my Protestant Christian friends and no one can give me an answer that I am satisfied with. My dissatisfaction stems from the fact that I keep receiving conflicting answers. Thank you and y'all are in my prayers. Let’s start with the key biblical passage that made this phrase, “living sacrifice,” famous. It’s from St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans.... Read More