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Apostolic Hope

Apostolic Hope   Presence of God – O Jesus, I place all my hope for the souls that You have entrusted to me, in Your power, in Your infinite love, and in Your Passion. MEDITATION In his work the apostle needs to be sustained by a strong hope. The moments of enthusiasm are brief, success is quickly followed by failure, difficulties are numerous, the struggle waged by enemy forces is sharp and incessant, and if the apostle... Read More

Don’t Give in to Discouragement in Prayer!

October 25, 2018 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Difficulties, FEATURED, Perseverance, Prayer

Sometimes, when you offer all that you have and there is no more to give, all the good that you intended seems to crash down around you. All of your efforts seem to have been for naught. Hidden sacrifices and hidden tears seem to have paid no dividends. Sometimes, while offering a noble sacrifice and tender act of mercy, you only accomplished your own humiliation. Not only the project that you failed to bring to completion, but... Read More

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

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

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