Tag: Meditation

What do the Saints Say About Complaining?

No doubt, that sometimes many of us feel we have much to complain about. As a result of our own concupiscence we often, myself included, fail to see how blessed we are in this life. As a result, the sight of God’s plan for us, to spend eternity with Him in heaven, is lost. All

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Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus

This Litany in honor of Jesus in His Most Precious Blood was drawn up by the Sacred Congregation of Rites and promulgated by Pope John XXIII on February 24, 1960. The devotion to Jesus in His most Precious Blood was first popularized by Saint Gaspar del Bufalo (1786-1837, feast Dec. 28) who founded the Missioners

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Fear Not – Death

In my recent post, The Final Call, I spoke about my recent heart attack and reflected on how we must be ready for our own final call and how I felt like Jesus had given me a second chance at life. Obviously, He has much more work to do on me before I am ready

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The Final Call

But he said in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour. (Matthew 25-12-13) Most of my adult life, I have prayed that God would give me advance notice of my impending death. As I prayed for that gift, it

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On a certain kind of Christmas

Vexilla Regis by David Jones I was wondering during the past few days why God allows hardships to happen to people right before Christmas. People die on Christmas Eve, or have a car accident on the 22nd, totaling a car. Some people have their entire stock of Christmas presents stolen from under the tree while

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Into a Small Silence

Those who know the documentary on the Carthusians, Into Great Silence, which many of us saw in 2007, after its release in December of 2006, recall the beauty of Grand Chartreuse, the elegance of the mountain monastery, holding the simple lives of those soldiers of Christ who dedicate themselves to prayer, sacrifice and suffering for

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Lazarus and the Rich Man

Luke 16:19-31 Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA) 19 There was a certain rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen; and feasted sumptuously every day. 20 And there was a certain beggar, named Lazarus, who lay at his gate, full of sores, 21 Desiring to be filled with the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table,

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