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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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The Not-So-Secret Message of Fatima

We humans have an itch for knowledge and power. It seems to be in our DNA. In many areas of life, we are well-served by the restless striving for a better handle on things, all sorts of things--career choices, professional advancement, family relationships, concord with the neighbors, right down to eliminating weeds in the garden and getting better gas mileage. Knowledge and power, in themselve...

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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What Does the Holy Spirit Do For Us On Pentecost?

Pentecost is one of the three major feasts of the Church’s liturgical calendar, in prominence, next to Easter and before Christmas. Fifty days after Easter and ten days after Jesus ascended into heaven, the Father and Son send the Holy Spirit, who descends in tongues of fire (Acts 2) and gives birth to the Church, giving all her members life “in the fulness of God.” (Eph 3:19)...

Should I Seek "Balance" in the Spiritual Life?

Some insist that we must be balanced in our lives and especially in our spiritual commitments - is this a healthy perspective?

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Unequally Yoked - The Pain of Marriage When Spouses are Not Spiritually on the Same Page

What happens when a husband and wife are not on the same page spiritually? This can present significant challenges in a marriage that require Divine wisdom to overcome.

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St. Raphael Novena

Novena to St. Raphael for the Financial Provision of our Our Lady of Mount Carmel Retreat and Center for Spiritual Formation DAY 1 “But I alone used to go often to Jerusalem for the festivals, as was prescribed for all Israel by longstanding decree. Bringing with me the first fruits of crops, the firstlings of the flock, the tithes of livestock, and the first shearings of sheep, I ...

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