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Blessed are They that Hunger and Thirst after Justice

Blessed are They that Hunger and Thirst after Justice   Presence of God – O Holy Spirit, may I no longer hunger for the things of earth, but for heavenly things alone. MEDITATION When the Holy Spirit becomes master of a soul and takes entire control of it, He communicates to it an invincible strength which sweeps away and overcomes all obstacles, enabling it to bear all kinds of suffering. As the strong are not easily satisfied,... Read More

Temperance

Temperance   Presence of God – Teach me, O Lord, to mortify my flesh, in order that I may live fully the life of the spirit. MEDITATION We may fail in our duty either because of the hardships and sacrifices we encounter, or because of the allurements of pleasure. Our help in the first case is the virtue of fortitude; in the second, the virtue of temperance. Temperance is the virtue which moderates in us the inordinate desire... Read More

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

September 14, 2018 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Feast Days, FEATURED, Liz Estler, Meditations

EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS (Triumph of the Cross) This feast celebrates three things: the discovery of the true cross by St. Helena, the dedication of the Basilica and Shrine built on Calvary by her son Emperor Constantine, and the triumph of the cross by which Christ defeated sin and death, winning for us salvation and everlasting beatific life in heaven. St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross wrote this meditation on September... Read More

The Practice of Patience

The Practice of Patience   Presence of God – O Lord, give me greater patience that I may be able to endure more for Your love. MEDITATION Patience is a virtue of primary importance and daily necessity. As we need bread to live, so every day, even every moment, we need patience, because every day and every moment brings with it its own trial. We become patient by making acts of patience, that is, by accustoming ourselves... Read More

Simplicity

Simplicity   Presence of God – O Lord, give me a simple heart, free from duplicity and deceit, a heart which goes to You with childlike simplicity. MEDITATION Simplicity is a virtue very much like sincerity, its indispensable foundation, but one which surpasses it when perfect, embracing man’s whole moral life and reducing it to unity. Simplicity excludes every form of duplicity and complication stemming from egoism,... Read More

Prudence and Rectitude

Prudence and Rectitude   Presence of God– Teach me, O my God, the prudence which leads to You by the straight path of duty and truth. MEDITATION Prudence is not limited to suggesting good works to be done in order to attain sanctity, but it remains with us while we do these works, and enlightens us as to the best conduct to observe therein, according to the circumstances of the moment. For example, prudence tells us when... Read More

Love of Neighbor and Love of God

Love of Neighbor and Love of God   Presence of God – Make me understand, O Lord, that the surest sign of my love for You is a sincere love for my neighbor. MEDITATION A soul who lives for God sometimes needs to be reassured that its love for Him is not an illusion. What criterion will give it the greatest certitude? St. Teresa of Jesus says, “We cannot be sure if we are loving God, although we may have good reason to... Read More

The Measure of Fraternal Charity

The Measure of Fraternal Charity   Presence of God – O Lord, make me understand the full meaning of Your words: “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” (Matthew 22: 39). MEDITATION When Jesus gave the precept of fraternal charity, He Himself set its measure: “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” (Matthew 22:39). This measure is so great that it would be difficult to exceed it, when we consider how much every... Read More

The Excellence of Charity

The Excellence of Charity   Presence of God – Make me understand, O Lord, the pre-eminence of charity, that I may apply myself to it with all my heart. MEDITATION The three theological virtues, having God for their immediate object, are superior to the moral virtues which are directed to the government of our conduct; but among the three theological virtues, charity holds the primacy. It holds the primacy because, being... Read More

Charity

Charity   Presence of God – O Lord, grant that by charity I may really participate in Your life of love. MEDITATION Faith makes us adhere to God by means of knowledge; hence, it is especially related to our intellect. Hope makes us adhere to God by the conviction that we will one day possess Him in heaven, and therefore, it is related to our desire for happiness. But charity seizes our entire being, and by means of love,... Read More

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