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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

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

Mary and Fraternal Charity

Mary and Fraternal Charity   Presence of God – O Mother, whose love for man was so great, teach me how to fulfill, in all its perfection, the precept of fraternal charity. MEDITATION Charity is one in its essence, because of the oneness of its object: God loved in Himself, God loved in the neighbor. Hence, the more a soul loves God, so much the more does it love its neighbor. Now if charity toward God reached its peak in... Read More

How Our Lord’s Ascension Into Heaven Increases Our Faith

May 10, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Faith, Liturgy, Liturgy of the Hours, Solemnity

How Our Lord's Ascension Into Heaven Increases Our Faith* At Easter, beloved brethren, it was the Lord’s resurrection which was the cause of our joy; our present rejoicing is on account of his ascension into heaven. With all due solemnity, we are commemorating that day on which our poor human nature was carried up, in Christ, above all the hosts of heaven, above all the ranks of angels, beyond the highest heavenly powers to... Read More

Love One Another: Retreat Guide on St. Therese’s Little Way of Charity

Love One Another: on St. Therese's Little Way of Charity Written by Fr. John Pietropaoli, LC and presented by Fr. John Bartunek, LC, ThD   Christ’s great commandment is that we love one another as he has loved us. Inasmuch as we live that out, we are Christians in name and in fact. But we encounter an obstacle: our own weakness and sinfulness. Luckily, God has given us the saints, friends who can guide us along the narrow... Read More

Bear Ye One Another’s Burdens

Bear Ye One Another's Burdens   Presence of God – Give me, O Lord, prompt, attentive charity for the needs of others, a charity which, for the love of You, knows how to make itself all things to all men. MEDITATION Everyone has some burden, more or less heavy, to bear: physical or moral weakness, the press of duties and responsibilities, fatigue or other troubles which weigh on his shoulders. Everyone feels the need of... Read More

The Extent of Fraternal Charity

The Extent of Fraternal Charity   Presence of God  – O Lord, make me understand that true charity allows of no exceptions, but embraces with sincere love our neighbor, whoever he may be. MEDITATION If charity were based on our neighbor’s qualities, on his merits or his worth, if it were based on the consolation and benefits we receive from him, it would be impossible to extend it to all men. But since it is founded on... Read More

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