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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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Piercing the Heart of a Saint

On August 26th, Discalced Carmelites and the community of Apostoli Viae celebrate the feast of the Transverberation (or Transpierecing of the Heart) of St. Teresa of Avila, Virgin, Doctor, and Reformer of the Carmelite Order. The transverberation is a mystical grace wherein the Saint’s heart was pierced with a “dart of love” by an angel. St Teresa describes this experience ...

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Am I not here who am your Mother?

“Hear and let it penetrate your heart, my dear little son: let nothing discourage you, nothing depress you. Let nothing alter your heart or your countenance. Also do not fear any illness or trouble, anxiety or pain. Am I not here who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not your fountain of life? Are you not in the fold of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms?...

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Fatima and The Devotion of Five First Saturdays

The Apparitions On July 13, 1917, at Fátima, Portugal, the Blessed Virgin Mary said to the three pastorinhos, Lúcia, Francisco, and Jacinta: “You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace... I shal...

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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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The Redemptive Examen

The Examen is a prayerful reflection of the state of our soul, during the course of each day, in the presence of God. (Note: The Examen is not an examination of conscience, which can be found here.) This effective tool has been a constant in Church tradition but has become much more common through the practical framework of St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises. It is a powerful he...

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The Degrees of Perfection - St. John of the Cross

A concise summary of St. John of the Cross that reveals the path to union with God.

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Discernment of Spirits Summary Guide - First Rules (1-14)

DISCERNMENT OF SPIRITS SUMMARY – First Rules (1-14) Process: 1) Awareness 2) Understanding 3) Action: Resist/Embrace Definitions/Fruits: Desolation: Inspirations to Doubt – Despair – Narcissism Consolation: Inspirations to Faith – Hope - Love Sources: 1) Yourself, 2) Good Spirits (GS), 3) Bad Spirits (BS) Persons moving away from God to serious ...

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