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Carmelite Spiritual Warfare Prayer - Carmelite Invocation

Come Holy Spirit with Thy Seven-fold gifts and anoint us with Thy Divine light, wisdom, and power. Come Lord Jesus Christ and anoint us with Thy Precious Blood, freeing us from every snare and stronghold of the principalities and powers of darkness. O Mother of God, glorious and Immaculate ever Virgin Mary, come and crush the head of the ancient serpent. O great father, St. Joseph, terror of de...

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Why Did Jesus Say that it is Impossible for the Wealthy to be Saved?

Dan reflects on the effects of wealth and the antidotes, that if heeded, will allow for the wealthy to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

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Is Apostoli Viae Conservative or Liberal?

In this reflection Dan explores the challenges associated with using "liberal" or "conservative" to label Catholics with respect to where they stand in the Church.

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The God of Wayward Children

What is God's advice and perspective for us when the prodigal wants to leave our care, our words, our home?

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Demons who Guard the Outer Court of the Interior Castle

St. Teresa of Avila speaks of demons who guard the outer court of the interior castle...

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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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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 (...