Choose Your Own Cross?

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St Gertrude was praying for someone whom she pitied because she had heard that she had spoken impatiently, asking God why He sent her trials which she considered unsuitable for her. The Lord said to Gertrude: “Ask her what kind of trials would suit her, and tell her that, since she cannot enter the Kingdom of God without at least some trials, she should now choose the ones she thinks would suit her; and when they come to her, let her be patient.” By these words of the Lord, Gertrude understood how very dangerous it is to imagine that one… Continue Reading

Praying When You Are Axious

Accept the cross as the only way
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Are you too anxious to pray? Finding it hard to concentrate? Here is a simple practice to help you do something that is so contrary to the way we normally run from pain and hunger after pleasure. Breathing in, breathing in your own evil, sickness, disappointment, not measuring-up, anxiety, disordered passions, thoughts and feelings. Imagine all this as darkness or a lost homeless child. Feel sympathy for yourself, sweet affection, loving kindness, gratitude. Breathing out, bless the darkness with Jesus: “The Lord’s peace be with you.” All this breathing makes me think of singing, especially in the repetition of a… Continue Reading

St. Peregrine: Patron of Cancer Sufferers

Saint Peregrine
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St. Peregrine: Patron Saint of Cancer Sufferers Overview Many people have been affected by cancer or know someone who has.  Traditionally, St. Peregrine has been the patron saint of cancer sufferers and of those with major life-threatening illnesses since his death in 1345. We may feel helpless in the face of chronic or even terminal illness as well as any condition which causes pain. Moreover, it may even cause you to cry, “Amputate!” which is exactly what was going to happen to St. Peregrine. Born in Italy in 1260, Peregrine wasn’t always a faith filled or hopeful follower of Christ. In his… Continue Reading

A Meditative Prayer How to…

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Meditative prayer begins with taking a few moments to become aware of God’s presence Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths, remembering that in this very moment you are under the loving gaze of God, who knows and loves you totally. Bring to mind something that you will face in this upcoming week It could be something that you’re excited, worried, or unsure about. It could be an event, a relationship, a problem, a task, or responsibility. It could be anything. Select a reading from the Word of God Pick one… I picked this one: “I regard everything… Continue Reading

When Crisis Hits, What to do?

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Understand this: From the very Beginning God imprinted His Natural Law on the heart of (every) man. He also ordained physical laws for Nature to follow. He then appointed Man as steward of all Creation (i.e., Nature). Why? Because Man has an intellect and a (free) will, because Man can differentiate between good and evil, and because Man can choose to obey his Creator or disobey His Law. Nature, on the other hand, has neither intellect nor will. So, she takes her cue from (Wo)Man – her Divinely appointed steward. Thus, when Man rebelled against God in The Fall, so… Continue Reading

Mother Teresa on the Importance of Prayer

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 A page from Mother Theresa: “I don’t think there is anyone who needs God’s help and grace as much as I do. Sometimes I feel so helpless and weak. I think that is why God uses me. Because I cannot depend on my own strength…   All of us must cling to God through prayer. My secret is very simple: I pray. Through prayer I become one in love with Christ. I realize that praying to Him is loving Him…   People are hungry for the Word of God that will give Peace, that will give Unity, that will give… Continue Reading

A Blessed Sorrow

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Jesus said, “The wedding guests cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them…The days sill come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.”  Mt 9:15 “But in the midst of all this pain, there is a strange, shocking, yet very surprising voice.  It is the voice of the one who says, ‘Blessed are those who mourn, they shall be comforted.’  That’s the unexpected news; there is a blessing hidden in our frief.  Not those who comfort are blessed, but those who mourn!  Somehow, in the midst of our tears, a gift is… Continue Reading

Lord, Have Mercy – Meditations of Henri J. M. Nouwen

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This Lent I want to share with you the writings of Henri J. M. Nouwen. He was one of the most innovative and influential spiritual writers of the past century. He wrote 39 books on the spiritual life that have sold millions of copies. I will be quoting from his books. ” Lord, have mercy…” That’s the prayer that keeps emerging from the depth of our being and breaking through the walls of our cynicism. Yes, we are hopeless sinners; everything is lost and nothing is left of our hopes and dreams. Still there is a voice: ” My grace… Continue Reading

Beginning the Spiritual Life

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We are created by God and destined to share the life of love that flows between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. But we don’t have to wait for death to find it, to live it.  Jesus said the Kingdom of God is HERE.  This present life is all about the eternal.  Even St. John of the Cross, Doctor of the Church tells us that union with God is possible here and now. He even describes what this experience can be: “The soul has become God through participation in God” (Living Flame of Love 2:34). The happiness of this divine intimacy is a gift that God already… Continue Reading

The Tradition of Praying the Psalms

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For centuries the psalms have been a used to help souls request help from God.  They’ve been used to thank Him, praise Him, and to seek forgiveness.  Jesus Himself used one of the psalms when He called to his heavenly Father from the cross. (Matt 27:46).  The Church uses them everyday during the liturgy of the Mass and for the bulk of the Liturgy of the Hours (Divine Office). Meditating on the psalms can give us strength and fortitude when we are faced with the obstacles that meet us in our walk through this hostile world.    We can find… Continue Reading