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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

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

The Precept of Charity

The Precept of Charity   Presence of God – O Lord, teach me to love You truly, with my whole heart, my whole soul, and with all my strength. MEDITATION “Virtue lies in the golden mean.” This maxim which is so exact for the moral virtues, cannot be applied to the theological virtues, which, having an infinite object, can have no limit. The measure of our faith, hope, and charity is to believe, to hope, and to love without... Read More

Charity the Essence of Sanctity

November 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Charity, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy

Charity the Essence of Sanctity Presence of God – I place myself in the presence of God, considering that He is infinite charity: “Deus caritas est,” God is charity. MEDITATION “Be you, therefore, perfect, as also Your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). Before we can begin to imitate God, we must know who He is, and in what His perfection consists. Holy Scripture tells us, God is charity (1 John 4:16). It does... Read More

Charity Adapts Itself to Everyone

Charity Adapts Itself to Everyone   Presence of God – O God, who adapted Yourself to my misery to the point of becoming man, teach me to adapt myself to others. MEDITATION Charity has no rigid requirements; it does not expect, and even less pretend, that others should adapt themselves to it, but it is always ready to accommodate itself to the neighbor. God adapted Himself to us when He became man; yet, we do not know how... Read More

The Act of Love

The Act of Love Presence of God – O Lord, grant that I may love You for Yourself and not for my own consolation, and that in loving You, I may always seek Your will, not mine. MEDITATION To love a person is to desire his well-being. We understand, therefore, that the essence of love is in the act of the will by which we wish good. This does not take away from the fact that the act may often be accompanied by sensible affection,... Read More

The Growth of Charity in Mary

The Growth of Charity in Mary   Presence of God – O Mary, Mother of fair love, teach me the secret of steady growth in charity. MEDITATION We must not think that the Blessed Virgin Mary was excused from all personal activity and progress because she had been established from the beginning in a higher degree of sanctity than that which even the greatest saint could ever hope to attain. Quite the contrary! For her, as for... Read More

The Life of Love

The Life of Love Presence of God – Grant, O Lord, that even while I am here on earth, I may love You as I shall love You in heaven. MEDITATION If it may be said that by faith “eternal life begins in us” (St. Thomas, Summa, IIa IIae, q.4, a.1, co.), the same may be said–and with greater reason–of charity, which will remain unchanged even in heaven. Eternal life will be essentially a life of love, of love which has... Read More

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