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Confession

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

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

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

Jesus and the Glory of the Father

January 22, 2018 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Meditations

Jesus and the Glory of the Father   Presence of God – O Jesus, increase within me Your love and Your zeal for the glory of the Father; teach me to despise all personal glory and to flee from it. MEDITATION  “I honor My Father…. I seek not My own glory.” “I receive not glory from men” (John 8:49, 50; John 5:41). Jesus ever sought His Father’s glory, and to this end He chose for Himself utter humiliation, even... Read More

Jesus the True Vine

January 15, 2018 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Meditations

Jesus the True Vine Presence of God – O my Lord and Redeemer, grant that I may understand the deep intimate ties that bind You to us, whom You have redeemed. MEDITATION Jesus is the “one Mediator between God and men” (1 Timothy 2:5); however, He did not will to effect the work of our redemption independently of us, but used it as a means of strengthening the bond between Himself and us. This is the wonderful mystery of our... Read More

The Epiphany of the Lord

The Epiphany of the Lord Presence of God – I recognize in You, O little Jesus, the King of heaven and earth; grant that I may adore You with the faith and love of the Magi. MEDITATION “He whom the Virgin bore is acknowledged today by the whole world…. Today is the glorious Feast of His Manifestation” (Roman Breviary). Today Jesus shows Himself to the world as God. The Introit of the Mass brings us at once into this spirit,... Read More

Jesus the First-Born of All Creatures

December 30, 2017 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Meditations

Jesus the First-Born of All Creatures   Presence of God – Give me light, O Lord Jesus, to see in the lowliness of the Child, the indescribable Majesty of the Son of God. MEDITATION Jesus “is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of every creature; for in Him were all things created in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible … all things were created by Him and in Him. And He is before all, and by Him... Read More

Behold the Savior Comes

Behold the Savior Comes Fourth Sunday of Advent Presence of God – I place myself at the feet of Jesus and ask Him to prepare my heart for His imminent coming. MEDITATION “Call together the nations, tell it among the people and say: Behold our Savior comes!” (Roman Breviary) [adapted]. The message becomes more and more urgent: [Very soon], the Word of God made flesh will show Himself to the world. We must hasten our preparations... Read More

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