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This Present Paradise: St. Elizabeth of the Trinity

November 8, 2018 by  
Filed under Claire Dwyer, Elizabeth of the Trinity, Mysticism, Saints

Today, November 8, we celebrate the feast day of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, a French Carmelite considered by Pope St. John Paul II to be one of the most influential mystics of his life. St. Elizabeth of the Trinity was born as Elizabeth Catez, “Sabeth” to her friends, in 1880.  She was a hot-tempered child with sometimes “furious eyes”  whose father died while she was young, forcing her mother to move... Read More

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Avila Institute Fall Courses    Contemplative Prayer and the Angelic Doctor (SSF 250)   Too often, our modern minds consider St. Thomas Aquinas to be something of a rigid and sterile academic. Nothing could be further from the truth. His piercing intellectual receptivity, his child-like purity, and his poetic intuition are just a few reasons the Church lifts him up as Her Common and Angelic Doctor. Studying the work... Read More

St. Therese: His Strength Made Perfect in Her Weakness

October 1, 2018 by  
Filed under Claire Dwyer, Humility, Saints

Gravure de "Sainte Thérèse de l'Enfant Jésus, Histoire d'une âme écrite par elle-même, Lisieux, Office central de Lisieux (Calvados), & Bar-le-Duc, Imprimerie Saint-Paul, 1937, édition 1940."

If there was ever a Saint who needed no introduction, it may be the one who opens October – St. Thérèse of Lisieux.   Born in France in 1873, the fifth surviving daughter of St. Louis and Zélie Martin, she lived a simple, happy childhood marred by the death of her mother when she was only four years old.  Thérèse remained surrounded by the intimacy and devotion of her tight family circle until she entered the Carmelite... Read More

The Early Visions of St. Mother Teresa

September 12, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, FEATURED, Saints, Saints and Blesseds

The Early Visions of St. Mother Theresa After Mother Teresa died, officials preparing her sainthood cause discovered a small cache of letters written to her spiritual directors and superiors during her early years. She had long ago destroyed her notes and diaries from this period and had asked others to dispose of letters she had sent to them. “I want the work to remain only his,” she told them. “When the beginning will... Read More

The Virtues of St. Patrick

March 17, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Memorial, Prayer, Saints

The Virtues of St. Patrick* Saint Patrick's Day A Discussion of the Virtues Found in His Confession “We have no difficulty in realizing the moral grandeur of St. Patrick’s character, because it is revealed to us in all its features not only in his active life and labours, but even still more strikingly in his Confession. In the Confession, we see his character reflected as in a mirror, so that we can have no doubt as to... Read More

Who is Your Patron Saint This Year?

January 6, 2018 by  
Filed under Liz Estler, Prayer, Resources, Saints, Spiritual Direction

Who is Your Patron Saint This Year? Are you still racking your head to come up with several attainable New Year’s Resolutions? … or even with just one? Want to know something you can readily do throughout the year? Then follow this time-honored custom! Many religious orders have had a tradition of picking a saint to be their patron saint for the year. In fact, St. Faustina Kowalska writes about it in her diary: “Jesus likes... Read More

Saint Francis de Sales: Five Steps to a Good Morning

The mental activity described here is a shortened version of what St. Francis de Sales says of the morning exercise in his Introduction to the Devout Life. While its five parts appear at first to be rather detailed, this exercise is not intended to be painstaking or time-consuming. Rather, it can and should be done briefly, yet fervently, as a way to focus our thinking about the day that beckons. Since the preparation makes provision... Read More