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Archive for February, 2016

Of Desire

LENTEN RETREAT
Day 17

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TO rest with Jesus in the Storm is not a passive rest, as though we are to remain oblivious to the world around us. It is not…

…the rest of inactivity, but of the harmonious working of all the faculties and affections—of will, heart, imagination, conscience—because each has found in God the ideal sphere for its satisfaction and development. —J. Patrick, Vine’s Expository, p. 529; cf. Hastings’ Bible Dictionary

Think of the Earth and its orbit. The planet is in perpetual motion, always encircling the Sun, thereby generating the seasons; always rotating, generating night and day; always faithful to the course set out for it by the Creator. There you have the picture of what it means to “rest”: to live perfectly in the Divine Will.

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Published in: HOME, LENTEN RETREAT | on February 28th, 2016 | No Comments »

Resting in the Stern

 LENTEN RETREAT
Day 16

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THERE is a reason, brothers and sisters, why I feel Heaven wants to do this Lenten Retreat this year, that up until now, I have not voiced. But I feel this is the moment to speak about it. The reason is that a violent spiritual Storm is bearing down all around us. The winds of “change” are blowing hard; the waves of confusion are spilling over the bow; the Barque of Peter is beginning to rock… and in the midst of it, Jesus is inviting you and me to the stern.

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Published in: HOME, LENTEN RETREAT | on February 26th, 2016 | No Comments »

An Intimate Testimony

LENTEN RETREAT
Day 15

 

 

IF you’ve ever been to one of my retreats before, then you’ll know I prefer to speak from the heart. I find it leaves room for the Lord or Our Lady to do whatever they want—like change the subject. Well, today is one of those moments. Yesterday, we reflected on the gift of salvation, which is also a privilege and calling to bear fruit for the Kingdom. As St. Paul said in Ephesians…

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Published in: HOME, HUMAN SEXUALITY & FREEDOM, LENTEN RETREAT | on February 26th, 2016 | 4 Comments »

On Losing One’s Salvation

LENTEN RETREAT
Day 14 

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SALVATION is a gift, a pure gift from God that no one earns. It is freely given because “God so loved world.” [1]John 3:16 In one of the more moving revelations from Jesus to St. Faustina, He beckons:

Let the sinner not be afraid to approach Me. The flames of mercy are burning Me—clamoring to be spent… I want to keep pouring them out upon souls; souls just don’t want to believe in My goodness. Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 50

The Apostle Paul wrote that God “wills everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth.” [2]1 Tim 2:4 So there is no question of God’s generosity and burning desire to see every single man and woman remain with Him for eternity. However, it is equally true that we can not only refuse this gift, but forfeit it, even after we have been “saved.”

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1. John 3:16
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Published in: HOME, LENTEN RETREAT | on February 25th, 2016 | No Comments »

A Pilgrim Heart

LENTEN RETREAT
Day 13

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THERE is a word stirring in my heart today: pilgrim. What is a pilgrim, or more specifically, a spiritual pilgrim? Here, I am not speaking of one who is a mere tourist. Rather a pilgrim is one who sets out in search of something, or rather, of Someone.

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Published in: HOME, LENTEN RETREAT | on February 24th, 2016 | No Comments »

On Docility

LENTEN RETREAT
Day 12

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TO “prepare the way of the Lord,” the prophet Isaiah entreats us to make the road straight, the valleys lifted up, and “every mountain and hill made low.” In Day 8 we meditated On Humility—leveling those mountains of pride. But the evil brothers of pride are the foothills of ambition and self-will. And the bulldozer of these is humility’s sister: meekness.

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Published in: HOME, LENTEN RETREAT | on February 23rd, 2016 | No Comments »

Mercy Through Mercy

LENTEN RETREAT
Day 11

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THE third path, which opens the way to God’s presence and action in one’s life, is intrinsically tied to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. But here, it has to do, not with the mercy you receive, but the mercy you give.

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Published in: HOME, LENTEN RETREAT | on February 21st, 2016 | No Comments »

My Boo-boo…Your Benefit

 

For those who are taking the Lenten Retreat, I made a boo-boo. There are 40 days in Lent, not counting Sundays (because they are the “Day of the Lord“). However, I did a meditation for last Sunday. So as of today, we are essentially caught up. I will resume Day 11 on Monday morning. 

However, this provides a wonderful unintended pause for those who need a pause—that is, for those who are despairing as they look into the mirror, those who are discouraged, afraid, and disgusted to the point that they practically hate themselves. Self-knowledge must lead to the Savior—not self-hatred. I have two writings for you that are perhaps critical at this moment, otherwise, one could lose the most necessary perspective in the interior life: that of keeping one’s eyes always fixed upon Jesus and His mercy…

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Published in: HOME, LENTEN RETREAT | on February 20th, 2016 | No Comments »

On Making a Good Confession

LENTEN RETREAT
Day 10

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JUST as important as going to Confession on a regular basis, is knowing also how to make a good Confession. This is more important than many realize, since it is the truth which sets us free. What happens, then, when we obscure or hide the truth?

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Published in: HOME, LENTEN RETREAT | on February 19th, 2016 | No Comments »

The Tribunal of Mercy

LENTEN RETREAT
Day 9

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THE first path by which the Lord can begin to transform a soul is opened when that person, seeing themselves in the light of truth, acknowledges their poverty and need for Him in a spirit of humility. This is a grace and gift initiated by the Lord Himself who loves the sinner so much, that He seeks him or her out, most especially when they are enclosed in the darkness of sin. As Matthew the Poor wrote…

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Published in: HOME, LENTEN RETREAT | on February 17th, 2016 | No Comments »

On Humility

LENTEN RETREAT
Day 8

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IT is one thing to have self-knowledge; to see clearly the reality of one’s spiritual poverty, lack of virtue, or deficit in charity—in a word, to see the abyss of one’s misery. But self-knowledge alone is not enough. It must be wed to humility in order for grace to take effect. Compare again Peter and Judas: both came face to face with the truth of their inner corruption, but in the first case self-knowledge was wed with humility, while in the latter, it was wed to pride. And as the Proverbs say, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” [1]Prov 16:18

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1. Prov 16:18
Published in: HOME, LENTEN RETREAT | on February 16th, 2016 | No Comments »

Self-Knowledge

LENTEN RETREAT
Day 7

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MY brother and I used to share the same room growing up. There were some nights that we couldn’t stop giggling. Inevitably, we’d hear the footsteps of dad coming down the hallway, and we’d shrink beneath the covers pretending we were asleep. Then the door would open…

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Published in: HOME, LENTEN RETREAT | on February 16th, 2016 | No Comments »