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Pentecost Novena for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

One of the most profound mysteries of our Faith is that by entering into the rhythm of the liturgical year, we do not simply remember things that have happened in the past and are now over, but we also — in a mysterious way — experience and participate in those very realities, these sacred and eternal things touching us in our own time. We can dispose ourselves to receive specifi...

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Eucharistic Reception as We Return to Mass

As Bishops around the world begin to release rules about the reception of the Eucharist in the shadow of the Corona Virus, we members of the faithful may be faced with difficult decisions, especially if our bishop decides, out of an abundance of caution and concern for his flock, to prevent members of the faithful from receiving Our Lord on the tongue. Reception of Our Lord in the Blessed Sa...

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Consecration of the United States to Mary

The entire month of May is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Today at noon PT/ 3 pm ET, the Bishops of the United States and Canada will reconsecrate their nations to her. His Excellency the Most Reverend José Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles and president of the USCCB, will lead the reconsecration of the United States. We are all invited to join the bishops in praying for our co...

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Vulnerability - the Path to Authentic Community

Without vulnerability, authentic community is not possible. Vulnerability is risky and painful, so how do we face it and grow through it into a Christ-centered community?

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Zealous for the Lord

"With zeal have I been; zealous for the Lord; God of hosts.” - Carmelite motto Zeal. Love in action. Fervent and passionate and intense—in a spiritual sense, it is inspired by the love of God. In an age of religious tepidity and indifference, in a time of lax and lukewarm leadership, we the faithful are called to act with boldness, to fill voids with clarity and righteous...

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What happens when you don't pray?

During my hospitalization for Covid-19, I agreed to participate in a clinical trial to test a treatment that could be effective for those suffering from the virus. I made my last visit to the clinic today for the trial. They drew about eight vials of blood and asked me several questions. As we were talking, the nurse revealed that two other patients had agreed to the trial at the same time (...

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Prayer and Mortification - The Path to the Mystical Garden of God

What does it mean when we say that mortification and prayer prepare the way for contemplation? An audio reflection (see above).

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The Living Water - Mortification and Prayer

Mortification frees the soul from every obstacle which retards the growth of grace... whereas prayer (intimate conversation with God) feeds this love and quickens this flight.

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He is risen!

Don't let the enemy steal your joy! Rejoice!

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