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Difficulties in Obedience

Difficulties in Obedience   Presence of God – O Jesus, teach me the secret of humble obedience which submits to every superior and every command. MEDITATION Although obedience is precious because it places our whole life in God’s will, nevertheless, in practice it has its difficulties and these arise chiefly because the command itself does not come directly from God but through His representatives. Thus it often happens... Read More

Not Excusing Oneself

Not Excusing Oneself   Presence of God – O Jesus, who willed to be silent before him who condemned You to death, teach me the art of not excusing myself. MEDITATION In any failure, fault, or personal error, our ego instinctively tries to excuse itself. It is the tactic of pride–which is not willing to admit its mistakes and schemes–to hide them under more or less false pretexts, always finding some way to blame... Read More

Humility and Confidence

Humility and Confidence   Presence of God – Out of the depths of my misery I have cried to Thee, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice…. I trust in Thee. MEDITATION Christian humility does not lower, it elevates; it does not cast down, but gives courage, for the more it reveals to the soul its nothingness and abjection, the more it moves it toward God with confidence and abandonment. The very fact that in everything—in essence... Read More


Confession   Presence of God – At the foot of Your Cross, O Jesus, I confess my sins. Pour over me Your Precious Blood that it may purify my soul. MEDITATION Penance is the sacrament of Christ’s Precious Blood in which God—according to the eloquent words of St. Catherine of Siena—“has bathed us in order to cleanse the face of our souls from the leprosy of sin.” If mortal sin only is the necessary matter of this... Read More

Voluntary Attachments

Voluntary Attachments   Presence of God – O Lord, I place myself in Your presence, begging You to enlighten my soul so that I may see what are the obstacles to my union with You. MEDITATION “To be perfectly united to God by love and will, the soul must first be cleansed of all appetites of the will, even the smallest” (John of the Cross, Ascent of Mount Carmel I, 11,3). In the language of St. John of the Cross, appetites... Read More

The Beauty of the Devout Life

In order to be devout, not only must we want to do the will of God, we must do it joyfully. If I were not a bishop, yet knew what I know, I would not want to be one. But being one, not only am I obliged to do what this annoying office requires, but I must do it joyfully, and I must take delight in it and accept it. To do so is to follow St. Paul’s saying, “in whatever state each was called, there let him remain with God”... Read More

Correspondence to Vocation

February 5, 2018 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Meditations

Correspondence to Vocation   Presence of God – O Lord, You call me unceasingly, drawing me to Yourself; grant that I may respond to Your call with ever-increasing generosity. MEDITATION God calls us but He does not constrain us. He grants man full liberty to accept or to refuse His divine invitation. “If thou wilt be perfect … come, follow Me” (Matthew 19:21), says the Lord to every soul that He chooses, but as with... Read More

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord February 2nd [From the text for the previous name of this feast: The Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary] Presence of God – O Lord, I come to You and beg You, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to purify my soul. MEDITATION Today’s Feast, which marks the end of the Christmas season [in the old liturgical calendar], is a feast both of Jesus and of Mary: of Jesus,... Read More

Awakening The Awareness of the Divine in Your Life

Join Dan Burke and guest host, Stephanie Burke, as they speak with Fr. William Watson about awakening the awareness of The Divine in your life. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What is the purpose of the Forty Weeks book and retreat? How will an emphasis on confession and self-examination assist one in his or her journey to God? How was St. Ignatius awakened to God's presence in his life? What is the idea behind The Whole-Life... Read More

Living Christ

Living Christ   Presence of God – O Jesus, deign to imprint Your likeness on my poor soul, so that my life may be a reflection of Yours. MEDITATION The imitation of Christ should not be limited to some particular aspect of His life; it means living Christ and becoming completely assimilated to Him. The life-giving principle of our resemblance to Christ is grace: the more grace we possess, the greater our resemblance to... Read More

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