Daily Rosary Meditations

Daily Rosary Meditations

Synopsis

Want to start praying but don't know how? Join us every morning for an examination of conscience, Scripture meditation, and rosary all under 25 minutes! Its perfect for your daily commute or morning coffee listening.

Episodes

  • The Primacy of Peter
    The Primacy of Peter
    Duration: 24min | 01/02/2020

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  • The Home of the Holy Family
    The Home of the Holy Family
    Duration: 18min | 31/01/2020

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  • The Temptations of Christ
    The Temptations of Christ
    Duration: 24min | 30/01/2020

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  • The Tomb of Mary
    The Tomb of Mary
    Duration: 21min | 29/01/2020

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  • A Conversation with Pilate.
    A Conversation with Pilate.
    Duration: 27min | 28/01/2020

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  • The Upper Room
    The Upper Room
    Duration: 23min | 27/01/2020

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  • Acedia, Magnanimity, and the Shepherds
    Acedia, Magnanimity, and the Shepherds
    Duration: 27min | 26/01/2020

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  • Our Lady of America
    Our Lady of America
    Duration: 24min | 25/01/2020

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  • San Nicolas - Our Ladys Message in Argentina
    San Nicolas - Our Lady's Message in Argentina
    Duration: 21min | 24/01/2020

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  • Our Lady of Akita
    Our Lady of Akita
    Duration: 25min | 23/01/2020

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  • Nicaragua, 1980
    Nicaragua, 1980
    Duration: 23min | 22/01/2020

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  • Mary, the Rosary, and a Church in Crisis (Part II)
    Mary, the Rosary, and a Church in Crisis (Part II)
    Duration: 27min | 21/01/2020

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  • The Rosary and a Church in Crisis
    The Rosary and a Church in Crisis
    Duration: 24min | 20/01/2020

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  • Being Led by the Spirit (Part II)
    Being Led by the Spirit (Part II)
    Duration: 22min | 19/01/2020

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  • Being Led by the Spirit
    Being Led by the Spirit
    Duration: 24min | 18/01/2020

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  • Vision for the Movement
    Vision for the Movement
    Duration: 25min | 17/01/2020

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  • Love and Receive the Kingdom
    Love and Receive the Kingdom
    Duration: 23min | 16/01/2020

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  • Fiat Voluntas Tua
    Fiat Voluntas Tua
    Duration: 22min | 15/01/2020

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  • Thy Will Be Done
    Thy Will Be Done
    Duration: 23min | 14/01/2020

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  • Matrimony
    Matrimony
    Duration: 23min | 13/01/2020

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  • The Sacrament of Annointing
    The Sacrament of Annointing
    Duration: 23min | 12/01/2020

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  • Reconciliation
    Reconciliation
    Duration: 24min | 11/01/2020

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  • Our Particular Judgement
    Our Particular Judgement
    Duration: 25min | 10/01/2020

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  • Death
    Death
    Duration: 22min | 09/01/2020

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  • The Constant Needs to be Saved
    The Constant Needs to be Saved
    Duration: 23min | 08/01/2020

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  • Eucharistic Miracles
    Eucharistic Miracles
    Duration: 23min | 07/01/2020

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  • Unleashing the Gifts of the Spirit
    Unleashing the Gifts of the Spirit
    Duration: 24min | 06/01/2020

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  • Confirmation
    Confirmation
    Duration: 22min | 05/01/2020

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  • Baptism
    Baptism
    Duration: 24min | 04/01/2020

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  • Prayer and the Sacraments
    Prayer and the Sacraments
    Duration: 25min | 03/01/2020

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  • Catechism of the Catholic Church 1085 - 1112
    Catechism of the Catholic Church 1085 - 1112
    Duration: 25min | 02/01/2020

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  • The Feast of the Mother of God
    The Feast of the Mother of God
    Duration: 22min | 01/01/2020

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  • What Our Mother is Saying
    What Our Mother is Saying
    Duration: 22min | 31/12/2019

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  • Only That Which Lasts
    Only That Which Lasts
    Duration: 22min | 30/12/2019

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  • The Feast of the Holy Family
    The Feast of the Holy Family
    Duration: 23min | 29/12/2019

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  • The Holy Innocents
    The Holy Innocents
    Duration: 24min | 28/12/2019

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  • John the Evangelist
    John the Evangelist
    Duration: 22min | 27/12/2019

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  • Saint Stephen
    Saint Stephen
    Duration: 24min | 26/12/2019

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  • Celebrating Christmas
    Celebrating Christmas
    Duration: 22min | 25/12/2019

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  • The Cave
    The Cave
    Duration: 22min | 24/12/2019

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  • The Best Way to Prepare for Christmas
    The Best Way to Prepare for Christmas
    Duration: 22min | 23/12/2019

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  • The Big Book
    The Big Book
    Duration: 22min | 22/12/2019

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  • In the Face of Evil
    In the Face of Evil
    Duration: 25min | 21/12/2019

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  • Faith Makes All the Difference
    Faith Makes All the Difference
    Duration: 22min | 20/12/2019

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  • Finding Silence in the Busyness of Christmas
    Finding Silence in the Busyness of Christmas
    Duration: 21min | 19/12/2019

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  • Josephs Rest
    Joseph's Rest
    Duration: 24min | 18/12/2019

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  • Teresa of Avila and Spiritual Friendship
    Teresa of Avila and Spiritual Friendship
    Duration: 22min | 17/12/2019

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  • Advent With John the Baptist
    Advent With John the Baptist
    Duration: 23min | 16/12/2019

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  • The Third Sunday of Advent
    The Third Sunday of Advent
    Duration: 23min | 15/12/2019

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  • St. John of the Cross
    St. John of the Cross
    Duration: 23min | 14/12/2019

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  • Making Room for Christ
    Making Room for Christ
    Duration: 24min | 13/12/2019

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  • Our Lady of Guadalupe
    Our Lady of Guadalupe
    Duration: 27min | 12/12/2019

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  • Prayer as Rest
    Prayer as Rest
    Duration: 23min | 11/12/2019

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  • We Need Jesus (Part I)
    We Need Jesus (Part I)
    Duration: 24min | 10/12/2019

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  • Kolbe and the Immaculate Conception
    Kolbe and the Immaculate Conception
    Duration: 24min | 09/12/2019

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  • The Day of Consecration
    The Day of Consecration
    Duration: 25min | 08/12/2019

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  • Consecration Day 33: A Queen Ready for Battle
    Consecration Day 33: A Queen Ready for Battle
    Duration: 24min | 07/12/2019

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  • Consecration Day 32: Moving Souls
    Consecration Day 32: Moving Souls
    Duration: 26min | 06/12/2019

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  • Consecration Day 31: Turn the Other Cheek?
    Consecration Day 31: Turn the Other Cheek?
    Duration: 23min | 05/12/2019

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  • Consecration Day 30: St. John Damascene
    Consecration Day 30: St. John Damascene
    Duration: 23min | 04/12/2019

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  • Consecration Day 29: St. Francis Xavier
    Consecration Day 29: St. Francis Xavier
    Duration: 24min | 03/12/2019

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  • Consecration Day 28: Deeper Conversion
    Consecration Day 28: Deeper Conversion
    Duration: 21min | 02/12/2019

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  • Consecration Day 27: Hospitality
    Consecration Day 27: Hospitality
    Duration: 22min | 01/12/2019

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  • Consecration Day 26: You have a Mission
    Consecration Day 26: You have a Mission
    Duration: 23min | 30/11/2019

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  • Consecration Day 25: 5 reasons to pray the Rosary
    Consecration Day 25: 5 reasons to pray the Rosary
    Duration: 23min | 30/11/2019

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  • Consecration Day 24: Friendship
    Consecration Day 24: Friendship
    Duration: 23min | 28/11/2019

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  • Consecration Day 23: Good Conversation
    Consecration Day 23: Good Conversation
    Duration: 24min | 27/11/2019

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  • Consecration Day 22: Miraculous Medal 2
    Consecration Day 22: Miraculous Medal 2
    Duration: 23min | 26/11/2019

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  • Consecration Day 21: Agents of Change
    Consecration Day 21: Agents of Change
    Duration: 23min | 25/11/2019

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  • Consecration Day 20: Sorrowful Heart of Mary
    Consecration Day 20: Sorrowful Heart of Mary
    Duration: 23min | 24/11/2019

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  • Consecration Day 19: Christ the King
    Consecration Day 19: Christ the King
    Duration: 22min | 23/11/2019

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  • Consecration Day 18: San Nicolas Argentina
    Consecration Day 18: San Nicolas Argentina
    Duration: 23min | 22/11/2019

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  • Consecration Day 17: The Presentation of Mary
    Consecration Day 17: The Presentation of Mary
    Duration: 22min | 21/11/2019

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  • Consecration Day 16: The Secret of Mary
    Consecration Day 16: The Secret of Mary
    Duration: 21min | 20/11/2019

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  • Consecration Day 15: Living the Consecration
    Consecration Day 15: Living the Consecration
    Duration: 21min | 19/11/2019

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  • Consecration Day 14: The Meaning of Consecration
    Consecration Day 14: The Meaning of Consecration
    Duration: 23min | 18/11/2019

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  • Consecration Day 13: The Sacrament of the Holy Spirit
    Consecration Day 13: The Sacrament of the Holy Spirit
    Duration: 24min | 17/11/2019

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  • Consecration Day 12: Understanding the Holy Spirit
    Consecration Day 12: Understanding the Holy Spirit
    Duration: 24min | 16/11/2019

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  • Consecration Day 11: Wisdom is the Holy Spirit
    Consecration Day 11: Wisdom is the Holy Spirit
    Duration: 24min | 15/11/2019

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  • Consecration Day 10: Fatima Part 3
    Consecration Day 10: Fatima Part 3
    Duration: 22min | 15/11/2019

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  • Consecration Day 9: Fatima Part 2
    Consecration Day 9: Fatima Part 2
    Duration: 23min | 14/11/2019

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  • Consecration Day 8: The Angel of Fatima
    Consecration Day 8: The Angel of Fatima
    Duration: 24min | 12/11/2019

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  • Consecration Day 5: Greed
    Consecration Day 5: Greed
    Duration: 23min | 11/11/2019

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  • Consecration Day 7: Lust
    Consecration Day 7: Lust
    Duration: 23min | 11/11/2019

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  • Consecration Day 6: Gluttony
    Consecration Day 6: Gluttony
    Duration: 25min | 10/11/2019

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  • Consecration Day 4: Acedia and Magnanimity
    Consecration Day 4: Acedia and Magnanimity
    Duration: 23min | 08/11/2019

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  • Consecration Day 3: Anger and Patience
    Consecration Day 3: Anger and Patience
    Duration: 25min | 07/11/2019

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  • Consecration Day 2: Envy
    Consecration Day 2: Envy
    Duration: 21min | 06/11/2019

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  • Consecration Day 1
    Consecration Day 1
    Duration: 25min | 05/11/2019

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  • Preparing for Consecration
    Preparing for Consecration
    Duration: 23min | 04/11/2019

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  • Aim Higher
    Aim Higher
    Duration: 26min | 03/11/2019

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  • Feast of All Souls
    Feast of All Souls
    Duration: 23min | 02/11/2019

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  • Feast of All Saints
    Feast of All Saints
    Duration: 25min | 01/11/2019

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  • Beauty (Part II)
    Beauty (Part II)
    Duration: 25min | 31/10/2019

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  • Beauty
    Beauty
    Duration: 23min | 30/10/2019

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  • What I Learned at the Sea of Galilee
    What I Learned at the Sea of Galilee
    Duration: 25min | 29/10/2019

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  • Is Your All on the Altar?
    Is Your All on the Altar?
    Duration: 21min | 28/10/2019

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  • The Sea of Galilee
    The Sea of Galilee
    Duration: 22min | 27/10/2019

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  • The Temptations of Jesus
    The Temptations of Jesus
    Duration: 23min | 26/10/2019

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  • The Betrayal of Jesus
    The Betrayal of Jesus
    Duration: 22min | 25/10/2019

    Thank you for joining us for today's Rosary! Today we're meditating on the betrayal of Christ, and returning to the Lord with hope. Would you like to read through today's meditation? Make sure to subscribe to receive the show notes via email at DailyRosary.net. Be an apostle of the Rosary and share this with others!

  • Saint John Paul II and the Cross
    Saint John Paul II and the Cross
    Duration: 23min | 24/10/2019

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  • The Sorrowful Mysteries at Ecce Homo
    The Sorrowful Mysteries at Ecce Homo
    Duration: 22min | 23/10/2019

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  • Praying the Joyful Mysteries in Bethlehem
    Praying the Joyful Mysteries in Bethlehem
    Duration: 24min | 22/10/2019

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  • Living Rosary Groups
    Living Rosary Groups
    Duration: 27min | 21/10/2019

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  • The Primacy of Peter
    The Primacy of Peter
    Duration: 22min | 20/10/2019

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  • Praying at the Place of the Annunciation
    Praying at the Place of the Annunciation
    Duration: 23min | 19/10/2019

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  • Mount Tabor
    Mount Tabor
    Duration: 24min | 18/10/2019

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  • Consecrating Ourselves to Our Lady in Jerusalem
    Consecrating Ourselves to Our Lady in Jerusalem
    Duration: 24min | 17/10/2019

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  • Jacobs Well
    Jacob's Well
    Duration: 25min | 16/10/2019

    Thank you for joining us for the Rosary. Be an apostle of the Rosary and share this with others! Interested in learning more about the Rosary, sharing your prayer intentions, and meeting people who are also living this way of life? Join our online daily Rosary community! Find out more at www.DailyRosary.net. 

  • Saint of Teresa of Avila
    Saint of Teresa of Avila
    Duration: 21min | 15/10/2019

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  • The Visitation
    The Visitation
    Duration: 22min | 14/10/2019

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  • Our Lady of Fatima
    Our Lady of Fatima
    Duration: 33s | 13/10/2019

    On this day, Oct 13, 1917 Mary worked a public miracle for more than 70,000 to see at Fatima called the miracle of the Sun. Earlier that year, in July Mary took the three children to hell and then she said to them…“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." Mary showed the children a vision of the future, what would happen if humanity did not turn away from sin and turn to God. Mary also prophesied, "In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world." Ratzinger explained the vision: "The angel with the flaming sword on the left of the Mother of God recalls similar images in the Book of Revelation. This represents the threat of judgment that looms over the world. Today the prospect that the world might be reduced to as

  • The Prodigal Son and Acedia
    The Prodigal Son and Acedia
    Duration: 25min | 12/10/2019

    In the Gospel of the Mass today, the Parable of the Prodigal Son, neither the younger nor the older son accepted what they were, sons of the Father. The younger rejected his sonship, wishing his Father dead to receive his inheritance and go and do as he pleased; the older son, by his own words, revealed his true conviction when he said to his father, “all these years I have slaved for you.” For some reason, neither could accept they were sons of the father. Maybe it was the deadly sin of acedia, otherwise known as sloth that prevented them. Sloth is that sin in which we wish to escape the effort, self-control and sacrifice it takes to be an adopted son or daughter of God. In our fallen human nature, it is hard, I mean there is stuff that will have to change in our lives, we will need to detach from disordered desires and addictions that keep us from living according to our true identity and dignity. As I stated yesterday Acedia is an aversion to the invitation from God to become godlike, a saint. What foll

  • Two Forms of Hopelessness
    Two Forms of Hopelessness
    Duration: 23min | 11/10/2019

    As we saw in defining hope, for this virtue to be present the person must perceive heavenly happiness as a) something desirable and possible, and b) something not yet secure. If either of these two truths are lacking from a person’s outlook, hope will die. Hence there are two vices which are directly opposed to the second theological virtue: Despair and Presumption. The primary threat to hope is despair. Despair isn’t just a feeling of gloominess, or depression. It’s the refusal to strive after God, the refusal to make Holiness and Heaven our primary goal and to work for it. People succumb to despair for a variety of reasons, but ultimately, the causes of despair can be narrowed down to two categories. The first is excessive self-focus. If you just look at yourself you’re going to be struck with how disproportionate your strengths are relative to the goal. In other words, if you just look at yourself you’ll only see that there’s not enough there to do what needs to be done, and you’ll end up giving up on holi

  • What Will Heaven Be Like?
    What Will Heaven Be Like?
    Duration: 27min | 10/10/2019

    1817 Hope is the theological virtue by which we desire the kingdom of heaven and eternal life as our happiness, But we don’t desire heaven and we fear death because we fear heaven because we think all the good stuff to be done is here on earth and heaven is just rest, you know R.I.P. What will we do in Heaven? Let me suggest three things we will do in heaven: Understand our earthly life by God’s knowledge, share in all other human lives, and endless exploration into God and the New Universe First, we will review our past life with divine understanding and appreciation of every single experience, good and evil: This corresponds to the first stages of Heaven known as Purgatory. It might consist of moral reeducation, rather than mere punishment, rehabilitation rather than retribution. Second, we do the same to other’s lives from within. We will know them more intimately and completely than we could ever know our most intimate friend on earth b/c we share God’s knowledge of one another. The Communion of Sain

  • Hope: Striving for Heaven
    Hope: Striving for Heaven
    Duration: 24min | 09/10/2019

    Recently we’ve meditated on the theological virtues of charity and faith, today hope. As we have discussed, faith reveals to us God’s supernatural plan for our lives. With faith we know that the ultimate purpose of each human person lies in the transforming union with God in this life and its fulfillment in Heaven. Once we have this knowledge, it’s time to begin working towards that objective. That’s where the theological virtue of hope enters the picture. Hope is the virtue whereby the individual strives for union with God and Heaven as something which is possible, but not yet guaranteed. There are, then, three conditions needed for the virtue of hope: firstly, an active pursuit of God and Heaven; secondly, a realization that holiness, becoming a saint and the attainment of Heaven is possible, (after all, if it wasn’t possible, why would anyone even try?); thirdly, a realization that failing to attain holiness and Heaven is also possible, (after all, if getting to Heaven was guaranteed, why would you need to

  • Do You Struggle to Find Time for Prayer?
    Do You Struggle to Find Time for Prayer?
    Duration: 25min | 08/10/2019

    (Luke 10:38-42). Jesus tells us in plain language: Only one thing is necessary, a deep friendship with Him; spending time alone with Him; talking to Him, listening to him in meditation, and just being with him in silence. If you ask anyone what the bare minimum amount of time for a good conversation with a friend over coffee or a beer unanimously they say at least 30 minutes. If we want a friendship with Jesus we should give Him no less every day. If we cannot, then we are addicts If we will not, then we really don’t want a relationship with God. I think the addictions to the routines of your life are preventing you. You can’t break these addictions in an instant. But you can make one small break in your routines which will free up the log jam and the next steps will follow. What is one small change you can make in your routine to enable you to have more time with Jesus in friendship: maybe  go to bed earlier, get up earlier, spend less time on the phone or computer or TV and then spend that time in frie

  • Our Lady of the Rosary
    Our Lady of the Rosary
    Duration: 23min | 07/10/2019

    Today October 7, is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, originally the Feast of Our Lady of Victory, because when the victory comes it will come through the Rosary! Throughout the 1500s, the Muslim Ottoman Empire grew in strength, especially by means of its domination of the Mediterranean Sea. In 1571, their fleet of 300 ships was massed, just south of Greece, in the Gulf of Lepanto, poised to invade Europe and wipe out Christianity. Pope St. Pius V saw this danger looming on the horizon. In response, he begged the leaders of the West to stop fighting among themselves and unite against the force that was a threat to all. But they were too consumed with building their own kingdoms to come to the defense of the Kingdom of God. So he turned to the Christian people, asking them to take up the weapon of the Rosary and pray it daily. Pope St. Pius V finally found support in Don Juan of Austria, who cobbled together a much smaller fleet of about 200 ships. Giovanni Andrea, a Genoese admiral, agreed to lead the Chri

  • Faith and Fire Teams
    Faith and Fire Teams
    Duration: 25min | 06/10/2019

    Luke 17:5-10 The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith.’ The Lord replied, ‘Were your faith the size of a mustard seed you could say to this mulberry tree, “Be uprooted and planted in the sea,” and it would obey you. ‘Which of you, with a servant ploughing or minding sheep, would say to him when he returned from the fields, “Come and have your meal immediately”? Would he not be more likely to say, “Get my supper laid; make yourself tidy and wait on me while I eat and drink. You can eat and drink yourself afterwards”? Must he be grateful to the servant for doing what he was told? So with you: when you have done all you have been told to do, say, “We are merely servants: we have done no more than our duty.”’ We need an increase of faith; we are expected to be good servants, good soldiers The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith.’ Faith is misunderstood. All people have a built-in desire for God because we were created for union with him and nothing less will satisfy. God takes the initiative

  • Saint Faustina
    Saint Faustina
    Duration: 25min | 05/10/2019

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  • Learning Faith Through Friendship
    Learning Faith Through Friendship
    Duration: 24min | 04/10/2019

    Today is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. He wanted to be a warrior, a knight in battle, yes for his own glory, still he wanted to be a soldier. When he was a young man he had a dream that his home changed into a great palace filled with shields, armor, swords and banners – on all this war equipment glittered a red cross. As he wandered the halls a beautiful poorly-clad young woman appeared and clasped his hand tightly and said to him: “Francis, my beloved, all this is for you and for your companions. Take up your arms.” Francis misinterpreted the dream. The poorly clad young woman was Lady Poverty; the companions – Franciscans, not secular Knights, and the weapons well, God had other weapons in mind: prayer, penance and preaching. God does not give up on us in our miscues. Francis came to the broken-down church of St. Damian, barley more than rubble. He fell on his knees before the Crucifix and in the silence, Jesus spoke saying: “Rebuild my Church. It is falling down.” Again, Francis did not interpret th

  • Faith, Prayer, and Fasting
    Faith, Prayer, and Fasting
    Duration: 23min | 03/10/2019

    Since the 19th century this world welcomed, as though it is good news, what people call the death of God. Man, finally free, has become his own god. He can now enter on the way of progress with no inhibitions. According to those who rely completely on science, man is going to be able to resolve by himself all his problems, including the problem of war and even the problem of death. It is thought that there will be a scientific means found to overcome this final disaster which overtakes every human life. In this triumphalistic spirit the world has calmly given itself over to sin, to the most animalistic desires of the human person, which become the religion and morality of the world. From this has come the worst of slaveries, the worst of violence and the worst of despair. Mary, the Mother of God and Our Mother has been appearing at Medjugorje since June 24, 1981 until this day, Oct 2, 2019 to warn us this calm abandonment to sin has placed the world in a state of self-destruction, with no faith and no moral l

  • Guardian Angels
    Guardian Angels
    Duration: 22min | 02/10/2019

    Today we celebrate the reality that God has given each person a guardian Angel St. Faustina writes: When I entered the chapel for a moment that same evening, to thank God for all the graces He had bestowed on me in this house, suddenly God’s presence enveloped me.  I felt like a child in the hands of the best of fathers, and I heard these words:  Do not fear anything.  I am always with you.  His love penetrated my whole being.  I felt I was entering into such close intimacy with Him that I cannot find words to express it. 630 Then I saw one of the seven spirits near me, radiant as at other times, under a form of light.  I constantly saw him beside me when I was riding on the train.  I saw an angel standing on every church we passed, but surrounded by a light which was paler than that of the spirit who was accompanying me on the journey, and each of these spirits who were guarding the churches bowed his head to the spirit who was near me. When I entered the convent gate at Wa

  • The Little Way
    The Little Way
    Duration: 22min | 01/10/2019

    We are to live in reality and not according to illusions. What is reality? God is love. What are the Implications of the fact that God is love? The nature of love is to give itself as a gift to do what is good for others. So God creates the world and gives us his life at the beginning, on the cross, and in baptism. What more could we want?  He makes us his children, and he is our Father.  Our Father is All-Good: Trust him. Abandon yourself to him with audacious confidence. He can only do good for you, there is no other option. So love him in return. Do all of the little and big duties and tasks of daily life for the love of God. Accept all that you cannot change with trust and love for God.  Offer it for the good of other souls. Work with God to get them to heaven. This is what Jesus lived for 30 years.  Thérèse of Lisieux was a little soul, indeed. Still, from the time of her youth, she had bold desires: She wanted to become a saint, and not just any saint, but a great saint. A story from

  • Our Lady and Saint Michael
    Our Lady and Saint Michael
    Duration: 25min | 30/09/2019

    1 Peter 5:8 Be calm but vigilant, because your enemy the devil is prowling round like a roaring lion, looking for someone to eat. In this spiritual battle the is a very important alliance between Mary, the Queen of the Universe and St. Michael the Archangel. The Book of Revelation 12 Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman, adorned with the sun, standing on the moon, and with the twelve stars on her head for a crown…Then a second sign appeared in the sky, a huge red dragon which had seven heads and ten horns, and each of the seven heads crowned with a coronet. Its tail dragged a third of the stars from the sky and dropped them to the earth, and the dragon stopped in front of the woman as she was having the child, so that he could eat it as soon as it was born from its mother. The woman brought a male child into the world, the son who was to rule all the nations with an iron scepter, and the child was taken straight up to God and to his throne…And now war broke out in heaven, when Michael with his angels

  • Saint Michael
    Saint Michael
    Duration: 24min | 29/09/2019

    The Devil is the absolute destroyer, his goal is to divide and conquer by turning man against God and man against man. The weapons he uses is to sow doubt in us toward God the Father and to sow fear, hatred and polarization between husbands and wives, families and nations. Look around and we see precisely this at every level. There are human actors but this is first and foremost a spiritual war fought between spiritual beings, God, angels and demons. St Paul describes this in Ephesians 6:10 If this was not Sunday we would be celebrating today, September 29, the Feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. But since we are inundated with the powers of darkness in the world and in the Church I want to reflect on the often forgotten and vital role of St. Michael the Archangel, the Prince or Leader of the Spiritual Army of Angels. The Book of Revelation 12:7, Describes a great battle between Michael and his angels fought with the dragon, the devil and his demons. This conflict began with the creation of

  • Saint Vincent de Paul and Divine Providence
    Saint Vincent de Paul and Divine Providence
    Duration: 25min | 28/09/2019

    Yesterday we celebrated the feast of St. Vincent DePaul. His life is a striking example of Divine Providence, the way God works all things for good for those who love him. Vincent lived from 1576-1660. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1600 but did not finish his studies until Oct 1604. When he graduated, he was saddled with a large student loan debt. Nothing changes right! In 1605 the good news reached him that a family friend had died and left him some money to pay for his debt for which he had to go ship to Marseilles through the Mediterranean. In 1605, Vincent returning to by ship and was taken captive by Barbary or Muslim pirates, who took him to Tunis. There, De Paul was auctioned off as a slave. His first master was a fisherman, but Vincent was unsuitable for this line of work due to sea-sickness and was soon sold. His next master was alchemist and inventor. Upon the Alchemists death, Vincent was sold again. His new master was a former Franciscan priest from Nice, France, who had converted to Islam

  • Divine Providence and My Stupidity
    Divine Providence and My Stupidity
    Duration: 22min | 27/09/2019

    Divine Providence is the way God guides all things with Wisdom, Love and Power to reach the purpose for which he designed them. CCC 321 This is so liberating – see – last night I was feeling like a caged animal because I can’t exercise with this muscular skeletal problem that causes breathing issues – but I thought – sure I can do some simple exercises – so I did and it was simple – and it was dumb as…because I cant breathe today. Idiot, idiot, idiot…Why do I do such stupid things. Then I reflected on the multiplicity of stupid and even worse sinful things I say and do: idiot, idiot, idiot. But even my stupidity and even my sin are not more powerful than the Providence of God who works all things, even my stupid choices, and my sins for my good if I love Him. Oh there are consequences, physical, moral and spiritual, but we never have cause for despair because God can even work our bad decision and even our sinful decisions for our greater good and the greater good of others and the whole world. That doesn’t g

  • Who Should You Love?
    Who Should You Love?
    Duration: 24min | 26/09/2019

    We have been reflecting on Charity, the virtue by which we love God above all things for his own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God. Our standard for charity towards those around us is God’s love. In fact, Christ explicitly gave us this standard, saying, “A new commandment I give you: love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34), that is, selflessly and sacrificially. Consequently, whether we have genuine charity for our neighbors depends on whether we’re willing to give selflessly and sacrificially for their sakes. Notice that Our Lord doesn’t offer this principle as advice, but as a commandment; we’re obliged to love selflessly and sacrificially. As Christians, we’re obliged to spend time with people we don’t enjoy, to be kind to our enemies, to give generously to the poor, to strive for reconciliation with estranged family members, and to show our affection for people we don’t get along with. The Virtue of Charity means practicing the Works of Mercy, both bodily and spiritual. Th

  • What Makes God Happy?
    What Makes God Happy?
    Duration: 23min | 25/09/2019

    If Charity is to do something for the happiness of someone else, then what would please God, what would make Him happy? What matters most to God is the salvation of souls. This is what motivated Him to become one of us, suffer and die: God loves souls and wants to save them. If we want to do something for God, something for the love of Him, then we should do all we can to help Him save souls. And there are many simple things we can do for the love of God and for the salvation of souls. Each morning in the Morning Offering I shared with you yesterday, we can offer up and unite our prayer, work, joy and suffering to Jesus to help Him save souls. In this way we become God’s fellow workers, as Paul says in 1 Cor 3:9. Did you do your morning offering today or is all that stuff going to be wasted? The second way you can do something for the love and good of God and to make him happy is the be an apostle of friendship and the Rosary. The world is rampant with loneliness and a loss of meaning and purpose. What the wo

  • Hell and Charity
    Hell and Charity
    Duration: 22min | 24/09/2019

    There are, St. Augustine tells us, two basic alternatives in this life: either we can love self to the point of forgetting God, or we can love God to the point of forgetting ourselves. The first choice results in the self-exclusion of heaven otherwise known as hell; the second – Heaven and eternal joy. How could a person choose hell? I mentioned this the other day but I want to build on it - Because of Original Sin we have a fallen human nature. Now, instead of our passions or feelings propelling us toward good and away from evil they do just the opposite – we have a strong attraction to sin and an aversion for the things of God. This condition puts us in great danger. God will not force us to choose him. We must freely choose friendship with him. But in our fallen state, we have this aversion to the things of God and are drawn to sin. If we do not reverse this trend it will grow stronger until death, at which time we will still have an aversion to Him and reject Him. This is why we need to practice the virtu

  • How Saint Dominic Prayed the Rosary
    How Saint Dominic Prayed the Rosary
    Duration: 24min | 23/09/2019

    From the earliest days of the Church the faithful had the habit of praying a series of Our Fathers, Hail Mary’s and Glory Be’s. St. Dominic was is unique in the way he used the Rosary as a powerful tool of evangelization. The great Dominican theologian, Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange writes: At the end of the 12th century southern France was ravaged by the Albigensian heresy – a heresy which denied the infinite goodness and power of God by admitting a principle of evil which was often victorious…It was at that moment that Our Blessed Lady made known to St. Dominic a kind of preaching till then unknown, which she said would be one of the most powerful weapons against future errors and in future difficulties. Under her inspiration, St Dominic went into the villages of the Albigensians, gathered the people, and preached to them the mysteries of salvation — the Incarnation, the redemption, eternal life. As Mary had taught him to do, he distinguished the different kinds of mysteries, and after each short instruction, he ha

  • Providence and Self-Reliance
    Providence and Self-Reliance
    Duration: 25min | 22/09/2019

    What prevents us from perfect Joy is Self-Reliance. When everything is going well, when we have it all under control, and there is no major crisis, we fall into the bad habit of self-reliance. We think, "I got this…" This is known as the deadly sin of Pride.  Crisis. Then something happens which removes our apparent ability to control things Some examples include: Loss of health. loss of a spouse, problems at work, in marriage, or with a kid. This crisis can leave us dazed and bewildered.  We can’t make sense out of it. We can’t control or solve the problem, and everything is dark. We become lost and paralyzed. We experience anger, fear, sorrow and even despair – these are normal human emotions.  So we have to assess and weigh options. We try to understand what is going on, then make a plan to solve the problem. It is normal to ask “What is going on? Why is this happening?” Ultimately there are two options: Option 1: Chaos and Despair Everything that happens is the result of billions of humans

  • The Virtue of Charity (Part II)
    The Virtue of Charity (Part II)
    Duration: 22min | 21/09/2019

    We must begin with the distinction between hope and charity because I have hope and very little charity. Hope is the theological virtue by which we desire the kingdom of Heaven and eternal life as our happiness, placing our trust in Christ’s promises and relying not on our own strength, but on the help of the Holy Spirit. Hope is the desire for one’s own happiness. And since nothing in this world is perfect, lasting or enough, then our hope is the proper love of self that motivates us to do what we need to achieve perfect and lasting happiness through union with God and heaven. Hope as the desire for happiness propels us to get rid of our vice and sin which destroys union with God, and practice virtue, spend time in prayer, receive the sacraments, learn what Jesus revealed through Scripture and Tradition and so on…so that we can reach union with God. With hope I want my good, my happiness and so I stop doing the things that destroy happiness (sin) and I make a habit out of those things that bring lasting happ

  • The Virtue of Charity
    The Virtue of Charity
    Duration: 24min | 20/09/2019

    Today and tomorrow we will reflect on the virtue of Charity because I do not understand it at all; even more, I don’t live charity toward God and neighbor. So here we go. The two chief characteristics of God’s love are selflessness and sacrifice.  Consequently, in the virtue of Charity, our love must embody these two attributes. Of course, the fact that we must be selfless does not imply that we can never consider our own needs and desires. The virtue of hope is founded on fulfilling one’s own need: “I want to get to Heaven; I need to get to Heaven.” Hope is the desire for supernatural good insofar as it will make oneself happy. This is totally appropriate, but it also needs to be complemented by charity, which is the desire for supernatural good insofar as it’s something that’ll make God and neighbor happy. To have a proper understanding of selflessness, we need to first distinguish between two kinds of love. Love itself can be a difficult idea to get a handle on, given how many kinds there are and how

  • Moving from Vice to Virtue
    Moving from Vice to Virtue
    Duration: 23min | 19/09/2019

    We have reflected on the three powers of the soul: the intellect, will and passions. The passions are the God-given desires, feelings, or emotions designed to propel us toward what is good and away from what is evil. There are eleven fundamental passions: Love, desire, joy, hate, aversion, sorrow, hope, despair, fear, courage and anger. Because of Original Sin we have a fallen human nature. Now, instead of our feelings and desires propelling us toward good and away from evil they do just the opposite – we have a strong attraction to sin and an aversion, a dislike for the things of God. This is one reason it is so hard to spend time in prayer and we would almost like to do anything else. This condition puts us in great danger. God will not force us to choose him. We must freely choose friendship with him. But in our fallen state, we have this aversion to the things of God and a strong attraction to sin. If we do not reverse this trend it will grow stronger until we see God at death, at which time we still have

  • The Joy of Virtue
    The Joy of Virtue
    Duration: 23min | 18/09/2019

    The connection between joy and the commandments is counter-intuitive to many people in modern culture. And yet that connection is laid out plainly in the Scriptures. The very first Psalm describes the just man as one to whom God’s law is delightful: “the law of the Lord is his joy he finds pleasure in the Law of God” (Psalm 1:2). Not his “obligation,” but his joy. Christ Himself reaffirms this connection for His disciples: “If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete” (John 15:10-11). Why is the commandment of the Lord a source of joy? Because joy comes from fulfilling our design, and God’s commandment reveals our design. When my children were somewhere between one and two years old, they all developed a taste for the woodchips that cover the ground at most of the local playgrounds. Whenever I caught them putting a woodchip in their mouth, I take it a

  • 5 Reasons to Practice Patience
    5 Reasons to Practice Patience
    Duration: 22min | 17/09/2019

    Many of you know I have been suffering for 41/2 years an unexplainable muscular skeletal issue that affects my breathing. Today, I am worn out with it. So I have been reflecting on my need for the virtue of patience. The virtue of patience enables us to bear physical and moral sufferings without being overwhelmed by sorrow. If we suffer well our reward in heaven will immeasurably surpass the pain in this life but we may be in danger of losing our reward because we fail to exercise the virtue of patience. In fact, we suffer even more than we would have, because we don’t conform our will to the will of God. Patience harnesses the emotions of anger and sorrow to help us take advantage of the good of suffering that purifies us of disordered attachments, increases our Faith, Hope and Love which is our capacity to receive the life of God, and leverage our suffering to help save souls and change world events. Paul writes in Col. 1:24 I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake. And in my flesh I complete what is lackin

  • Joy and Humility
    Joy and Humility
    Duration: 23min | 16/09/2019

    Joy is the response to something experienced as good, and it invites rest in that good. The final piece of knowledge we need for real joy is self-knowledge, namely, the knowledge that can provide the foundation for humility. In Joseph Pieper’s words, “Humility is man’s estimation of himself according to truth. And that is almost all there is to it.” Joy depends on our knowing the truth about ourselves, I think, for at least four reasons. Knowing who and what we are is helps us to: a) cultivate gratitude; b) not think about ourselves too much; c) appreciate the magnificence of other things; d) resist the urge to feel as though our salvation depends upon ourselves. First, gratitude. Gratitude and a sense of entitlement are diametrically opposed. Have you ever heard someone say “Thank you!” after his insistent demands have finally been met? It doesn’t sound like gratitude – it sounds more like “Well, it’s about time!” You’re not grateful for what you think you’re owed. Gratitude is due to what is given gratuitou

  • Our Lady of Sorrows
    Our Lady of Sorrows
    Duration: 23min | 15/09/2019

    Redemptive Suffering and the Sacrament of Anointing CCC 1499 By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. And indeed, she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the people of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ. Romans 8:17, “If we are children (of God) we are heirs as well: heirs of God and coheirs with Christ, sharing his sufferings so as to share his glory.” 2 Corinthians 4:17, “The troubles which are soon over, though they weigh little, train us for the carrying of a weight of eternal glory which is out of proportion to them.” Colossians 1:24, “It makes me happy to suffer for you, as I am suffering now, and in my own body to do what I can to make up all that has still to be undergone by Christ for the sake of his body, the Church.”  Why does Jesus want us to participate in His suffering? Our suffering can be good for u

  • Gratitude Flows from Contemplating the Truth
    Gratitude Flows from Contemplating the Truth
    Duration: 25min | 14/09/2019

    Thomas Aquinas wrote that the greatest of all pleasures consists in the contemplation of truth. Now every pleasure assuages pain as stated above: hence the contemplation of truth assuages pain or sorrow, and the more so the more perfectly one is a lover of wisdom. And therefore in the midst of tribulations men rejoice in the contemplation of Divine things and of future Happiness. So the act of careful reflection on ultimate truth is pleasing, and the truth God has revealed enhances that pleasure immeasurably. Furthermore, the only adequate response to a consideration of the goodness of God, and to His boundless extravagance towards us is gratitude. Gratitude can refer either to a feeling of appreciation or to a display towards our benefactor – and where the display is absent the feeling will quickly evaporate. In other words, when you stop saying “thank you,” your pleasure in the things you’ve been given won’t last. What have you been given? Well, of course, there’s what we all have in common: goods of the bo

  • The Joy of Contemplating the Truth
    The Joy of Contemplating the Truth
    Duration: 23min | 13/09/2019

    Things that bring true fulfillment we should do; things that leaves us empty, angry and full of anxiety, we should stop doing. The mind was made for truth like the stomach was made for food. And since the mind is higher than the stomach, the pleasure and satisfaction of knowing the truth should be higher than the satisfaction of having a full belly. Knowing the truth, grasping reality, seeing the big ideas that put everything in a new light – now there’s food for the soul! Think about the last time a talk or a book or even a movie “blew your mind.” Probably it wove together large pieces of your experience – stuff that you knew already – and connected them to some larger principle in a way that brought it all together. We gain our knowledge piecemeal, and when we’re able to put the pieces together into a coherent picture, it’s enormously gratifying, one of the most fulfilling experiences.   On the other hand, the countless contradictory statements and bits of information we receive in the news, blogs and podc

  • The Feast of the Holy Name of Mary
    The Feast of the Holy Name of Mary
    Duration: 25min | 12/09/2019

    Through the approved apparitions of Fatima, Akita Japan, Kibeho Rwanda, San Nicolas Argentina and others God and Our Lady have made it absolutely clear that if enough people answer the call and pray the Rosary, souls can be saved, and world events can be altered. When the 3rd Secret of Fatima, a vision which showed a world in ruins and many souls lost, was revealed publicly in the year 2000, then Cardinal Ratzinger who became Pope Benedict the XVI, explained in a press conference that the secret was a vision concerning the future, but not a vision that is unchangeably fixed. No, it was just the opposite, the purpose of the vision and why it was revealed in the year 2000 is that is shows us what the future tragically could hold unless we respond to the requests of Our Lady. If we respond, everything can be changed – none of needs to happen. All the tragedy or at least some of it can be averted. He said: In this way, the importance of human freedom is underlined: the future is not in fact unchangeably set, and

  • Existential Love
    Existential Love
    Duration: 25min | 11/09/2019

    I want to end this three day reflection on Joy with a distinction between two kinds of love. We’ll call the first existential love, and define it as taking delight in the existence of another. In everyday English, I think we usually express this love as when you “like” somebody, i.e., when that person’s presence gives you pleasure. There’s also what we could call perfective love, which is desiring and working for the fulfillment of another. This is where we dedicate ourselves to helping someone else, whether materially or spiritually.      I think it’s crucial for a celebration of existence to realize that God’s existential love is prior to His perfective love. Creation is prior to redemption. God likes us before He saves us. When we say “God loves you,” we don’t just mean that God wants you to be happy, or that He gives everything to free us from sin. Sure He does. But “God loves you” means first of all that God is pleased that you’re here. How do we know? Because if He wasn’t, you wouldn’t be here!  Catholi

  • Existential Validation
    Existential Validation
    Duration: 24min | 10/09/2019

    Joy is the God-given passion or emotion that prompts us to rest in the good. After I climb the mountain, I want to rest on the summit and take in the beauty of 360-degree view that, makes me realize life is bigger and better than all my projects and problems. This allows me to celebrate reality. Then I can peacefully walk back down the mountain and say, “Life is good.” What do you like to do that makes you realize life is bigger and better than your projects problems, that thing from which you walk away you say, “Life is good?” What do you delight in and how often do you partake of that activity?   If we refuse to rest, or if we’re incapable of it, joy or delight will be frustrated. If when I got to the top of the mountain I did not sit down and take in the view but immediately trudged off back down the mountain, never raising my eyes to see the glorious vistas but set off to find another summit – then I’ve missed the whole point – the goal, which is to delight to have joy in the good, to rest in the good. W

  • Joy as Rest
    Joy as Rest
    Duration: 23min | 09/09/2019

    A sobering article entitled Death by Loneliness documented that people are committing suicide and mass murders at an alarming rate because people are missing four essential ingredients to happiness: Family, friends, relationship with God that also gives meaning and purpose to suffering and finally, meaningful work. Meaningful work and a sense of achievement are vital to happiness. But production and achievement alone are insufficient. We also need joy, we need to delight in, rest in the work we have done. I love an arduous hike through the woods and up the mountain. But I am frustrated if I can’t get above tree-line, reach the summit and delight or rest in the 360-degree view that makes me realize, life is bigger than my projects or problems – life is really good. To be happy we need both the arduous work and the rest or the delight in the accomplishment of the work. In todays meditation we focus on joy and delight.  The power of the soul called the Passions are the good God-given emotions or desires designe

  • Celebrating Our Ladys Birthday
    Celebrating Our Lady's Birthday
    Duration: 23min | 08/09/2019

    Today, nine months after the Immaculate Conception of Mary, we celebrate her birthday on September 8. Today is the birthday of our spiritual mother.  God does not need to use many words to make some of the most important things happen: God said, “Let there be light” and the entire universe sprang into existence. God said, “This is my body.” And bread was transformed into God in the Eucharist at the Last Supper. From the Cross in God said, “Behold, your mother.” What God says become real, and from that moment Mary became our spiritual mother. I know Mary is my Spiritual Mother because I’ve met her  In October of 1991 a seminarian, who is now Fr. Bill Ashbaugh,  invited me to watch a movie with him. He didn’t tell me what we were going to watch, and little did I know that he had planned for us to watch a video entitled Marian Apparitions of the 20th Century. The movie was narrated by Ricardo Montalban, famous for his endorsement for the Chrysler Cordoba with the rich Corinthian leather.  The film documents t

  • Too Busy to Pray?
    Too Busy to Pray?
    Duration: 22min | 07/09/2019

    Our Lady is calling us to a greater quality and quantity of prayer. I have been encouraging you to spend more time in silence and solitude with Jesus in prayer. So what do you think people give as the number one reason for not spending time in prayer? They are too busy. We all think we are too busy… CCC 2742 We have not been commanded to work, to keep watch and to fast constantly, but it has been laid down that we are to pray without ceasing. Evagrius (cf. 1 Thess. 5:17)  I do not believe we lack time for prayer because we lack love for God. I think the real culprit is that we have been addicted to the routines of our life and these just need to be broken to create new routines and habits.  Luke 5:12-16 Jesus was not too busy to pray  While he was in one of the cities, there came a man full of leprosy; and when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and besought him, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” And he stretched out his hand, and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the lepr

  • Why Pray the Rosary?
    Why Pray the Rosary?
    Duration: 22min | 06/09/2019

    We should pray the Rosary every day because Our Lady came from heaven as aked us to do so. On May 13, 1917 Our Lady requested: “Pray the Rosary everyday, in order to obtain peace for the world, and the end of the war”. Sister Lucia, one of the three children to whom Mary appeared at Fatima explained why she thought Our Lady asked everyone to pray the Rosary every day: I think God is Father; and as Father He adapts Himself to the needs and possibilities of his children. Now if God, through Our Lady, had asked us to go to Mass and receive Holy Communion every day, there would be undoubtedly have been a great many people who would have said, quite rightly, that this was not possible. Some, on account of the distance separating them from the nearest Church where Mass was celebrated; others on account of the circumstances of their lives, their state in life, their job, the state of their health, ect. On the other hand to pray the Rosary is something everybody can do, rich and poor, wise and ignorant, great and sma

  • The Secret of Mother Teresa
    The Secret of Mother Teresa
    Duration: 22min | 05/09/2019

    God’s plan is for the whole Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, to live in you and through you. God wants to be the life, love and power pulsing through you. If we would give Him room and let Him live in and through us we would be perfectly happy, have meaning and purpose in life, be filled with joy, totally at peace, undisturbed by any storm, wise to make the best decisions, powerful to overcome any difficulty, loving, energetic, able to move mountains literally, convert countless souls and have the deepest and best friendships. We could have all this IF we would give ourselves to God more generously in prayer. In prayer we open our soul to be filled and transformed by God. This was the secret to the greatness of Mother Teresa, the Saint whose feast we celebrate today. Mother Teresa arguably, did more good than any other person in the 20th century precisely because she opened up and let God fill her by prayer. A young priest asked her one day, “Mother Teresa, what is your secret?” she looked at him with a

  • Saving Souls through Suffering
    Saving Souls through Suffering
    Duration: 23min | 04/09/2019

    In every approved apparition from the Miraculous Medal to the reported apparitions of Medjugorje, Jesus and Mary have called us to help them save souls and to change world events by our prayer and suffering. Yesterday, the mission to pray; today, suffering.  The Mission of Jesus was to save souls by suffering. We are invited to share in the same mission, to take up our cross daily and follow him.  Recently a wise friend of mine reminded me that my mission was to teach and to suffer. That caught me off-guard, but it is true. I should not forget or reject this aspect of my mission. An essential part of our mission as a Christian is to save other souls and alter world events by our suffering. The greatest good we can do is through our suffering united to Christ and that is what gives meaning and purpose to suffering! I believe Jesus wants us to help him save souls by our suffering. But I don’t like it. And I am tempted to doubt this truth and fall into the temptation that my suffering is random and se

  • Silence and Stillness
    Silence and Stillness
    Duration: 24min | 03/09/2019

    Yesterday, September 2, 2019, Our Lady is reported to have given this message at Medjugorje: Dear children, pray! Pray the Rosary every day—that wreath of flowers which, as a mother, directly connects me with your pains, sufferings, desires, and hopes. Apostles of my love, I am with you through the grace and the love of my Son, and I am asking for prayers of you. The world is in such need of your prayers for souls to be converted. With complete trust, open your hearts to my Son, and in them He will inscribe the summary of His words—which is love. Live in an unbreakable connection with the Most Sacred Heart of my Son. My children, as a mother, I am telling you that it is high time for you to kneel before my Son to acknowledge Him as your God, the center of your life. Offer gifts to Him—that which He most loves—which is love towards neighbor, mercy, and pure hearts. Apostles of my love, many of my children still do not acknowledge my Son as their God; they have not yet come to know His love. But you, with your

  • Judged by Our Love
    Judged by Our Love
    Duration: 23min | 02/09/2019

    I want you to reach a deeper friendship and intimacy with God in this life and so for the last few days I have been explaining the nine stages of prayer and that when you reach the 5th stage of prayer, infused prayer or contemplation you will begin to experience heaven on earth. To grow in prayer we need to foster a greater desire for God since as John of the Cross writes the desire for God is the preparation for union with Him. However, we cannot grow in union with God unless we grow in love for other people, including our enemies.  I don’t like this. I am all for the love of God, but I don’t want to love all people. Some people are my enemies, and the enemies of the things that are genuinely good, things I love and want to protect. In the 1st Letter of John chapter 4, John warns us we must be on guard against the enemies of Christ and against the world: It is not every spirit, my dear people, that you can trust; test them, to see if they come from God, there are many false prophets, now, in the world. You

  • Increasing our Desire for God
    Increasing our Desire for God
    Duration: 24min | 01/09/2019

    I want you to continue to respond to call of Mary to pray the Rosary every day. Through the Rosary the Holy Spirit and Mary will form Jesus within you. The Rosary is the School of Mary. The Rosary is also the greatest weapon to overcome evil and bring peace to our families and the world. Mary is the one who crushes the head of Satan and she will do so in our lives by the Rosary. At the same time I want to encourage you to deepen your friendship with God by spending more time with him in prayer; talking to him from the heart, listening to him by reading the Word of God and just being quiet and still with him. What prevents us from spending more time with Jesus in friendship are the 1000s desires and worries that vie for time and attention. What overcomes these 1000s is a greater desire for God. John of the Cross, in his Living Flame of Love 3:26, says the desire for God is the preparation for union with Him. The questions is: how do we increase our desire for God?  The first way is very simple: ask for it. God

  • Meditation, Reflection, and Resolution
    Meditation, Reflection, and Resolution
    Duration: 26min | 31/08/2019

    Over the last few days I have been encouraging you to spend more time in friendship with Jesus by moving from stage one, vocal prayer, talking to God, to listening in Meditation so that you can reach stage 5, infused prayer or contemplation, which is the beginning of the experience of heaven on earth. The Rosary is a combination of vocal prayer and meditation, but to move to meditation it is helpful to understand what it is… Jordan Aumann, Spiritual Theology, p. 318 Meditation is a reasoned application of the mind to some supernatural truth, in order to penetrate its meaning, love it, and carry it into practice with the assistance of grace.  Meditation is to turn your attention to God To think about what He has said or done In order to understand it  To love God for the things He has said and done To form firm convictions That we will put into practice with the assistance of grace What do we meditate upon? As Christians we meditate on the Word of God, but the Word of God is more than the Bible. Je

  • Facing Temptation in Prayer
    Facing Temptation in Prayer
    Duration: 23min | 30/08/2019

    Facing temptations in prayer Prayer is friendship with God. Friendship takes time talking, listening and just being together. But it certainly takes one on one time and focused attention. Vocal prayers like the Our Father and Hail Mary, and personal prayers of petition in which we turn to Our Father for all we need are good. But if we stop there, it is not much of a friendship. We would not call it friendship if the only time we communicate was to ask for something. If the only time you call me is when you want something from me – I will stop answering and I will not consider you a friend. Friendship with God is more than talking and asking. It takes time in relationship – listening and just being together. Yet too often we do stop at the stage of talking and asking and we don’t go on to deeper friendship. Do you long for a greater intimacy with God? The CCC points out different temptations that lead us to fail to develop a deep friendship with Jesus in prayer. CCC 2732 The most common yet most hidden tempt

  • The Stages of Prayer
    The Stages of Prayer
    Duration: 23min | 29/08/2019

    Prayer is friendship with God: it is talking, listening and just being with God. This corresponds to the three major expressions of prayer: Vocal prayer, mediation, and contemplation. The goal of this friendship with God we call prayer is Heaven. Heaven is a transforming union with God. The journey to heaven does not begin at death. The journey or pilgrimage to heaven is supposed to begin now. In fact, you are traveling either closer to heaven or closer to hell at each moment. Time is dynamic. There is no standing still and there are only two ultimate destinations: heaven and union with God or hell and eternal isolation and loneliness. We are indebted to the great Doctor on Prayer, Teresa of Avila, for explaining the different stages in the journey of the soul to Heaven or union with God. The landscape of prayer has been divided into (9) stages: Vocal prayer, Meditation, Affective prayer, Prayers of Simplicity, Infused Contemplation, Prayers of Quiet, Prayers of Union, Prayers of Conforming Union, and the Pr

  • Why Pray? The First Reason
    Why Pray? The First Reason
    Duration: 24min | 28/08/2019

    Why would anyone want to pray? I want to pray because I want to be happy. Happiness is to possess the good things that complete or fulfill our human nature. In general, God designed the Human Person to need certain good things to be satisfied. We need: physical goods, psychological goods, family and friendship, knowledge, meaningful work, beauty, and identity.  If you had all these would you be perfectly satisfied? No! And that is the right answer because even though the things of the world are good…the Problem lies in this: Nothing is perfect, lasting, or enough. I desire more - union with God. We were made for union with God.  Today is the Feast of St Augustine and he summed up this desire for union with God when he wrote “you have made us for yourself, O Lord and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” The good things in life are the cups – Jesus is the Living Water. The good things in life we need to be happy – physical, emotional, family, friends, meaningful work, knowledge, beauty, ect…

  • Beating Your Addiction to Sin
    Beating Your Addiction to Sin
    Duration: 24min | 27/08/2019

    We are all addicts. Addicts to the sins we have turned into habits that are buried so deep in our sub-conscience we do them without even thinking. There are seven roots of our addiction and they are known as the deadly sins: Pride, envy, anger, acedia, greed, gluttony and lust. Pride in the form of self-reliance, the disordered desire for perfection, or being a control freak, refusing to listen to anyone other than oneself; but Pride is also found in timidity, anxiety and fear. Envy is a sadness at someone’s good and pleasure at their misfortune. It leads us to gossip, backbiting, tearing others down in the attempt to raise ourselves up. Its why we love hearing and spreading dirty laundry. Anger and impatience – that’s probably self-explanatory. Acedia or Sloth which is not laziness but rather an aversion to the invitation from God to become a saint. So rather than heed the invitation from God we escape his call through our constant busyness and entertainment which keeps us from doing those things that will r

  • Our Lady of Czestochowa
    Our Lady of Czestochowa
    Duration: 25min | 26/08/2019

    Mary set out and went as quickly as she could to a town in the hill country of Judah. She went into Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. Now as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. She gave a loud cry and said, ‘Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Why should I be honored with a visit from the mother of my Lord? For the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leapt for joy. Yes, blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.’ 2. Mary brought Jesus to Elizabeth and John the Baptist in her womb. Mary leads all people to Jesus! The more you develop a relationship with Mary, your spiritual mother, the more she will help you live your relationship with Jesus. Poland may be the last completely Christian nation in the world. I know it is not 100% but it is close. And why has their faith survived, even after 70 years of pressure from Go

  • Your Wedding Garment
    Your Wedding Garment
    Duration: 22min | 25/08/2019

    Thank you for joining us for our meditation on the Kingdom of Heaven

  • The Three Things You Need to Get from This Life to the Next
    The Three Things You Need to Get from This Life to the Next
    Duration: 22min | 24/08/2019

    Today is the feast of the Apostle Bartholomew, also known as Nathanael. I walk by his house in Cana in the Holy Land every time I lead a pilgrimage there. Bartholomew was one of the few who said yes to a life of deep friendship with Jesus Christ. He lived this intimate friendship with Jesus and with the other Apostles for three years and then he went forth after the Resurrection to constantly invite others into friendship with Jesus. We make things too complicated and difficult. This life is most importantly about a deep friendship with Jesus in prayer; it is about living authentic friendships with others; and constantly multiplying by inviting others into this way of life. Yeah, I know, you got a lot of things going on in your life. But the only things you will take with you from this life to the next are these three:  your friendship with Jesus – so you better get that now, because if you exit this life without it you are screwed;  Virtuous friendships with others also goes with us into heaven, that is wh

  • The Devil and Discouragement
    The Devil and Discouragement
    Duration: 21min | 23/08/2019

    One of the greatest weapons of the devil is discouragement. He wants to discourage us from actions that will lead to our own transformation, the transformation of those around us and the whole world. We need to resist him firmly, refuse to give into his lies and do what God is inspiring within us! 1) The devil wants to discourage us from daily meditation. He knows that if we persevere in daily meditation, we will, over time, go from good, to better, to great, and become a saint. If we persevere in meditation, nothing can stop us. Therefore, the devil does all that he can to stop us and discourage us from prayer by telling us that “we’re wasting our time, that our prayer isn’t accomplishing anything, and that we have too many more pressing responsibilities. Or, God loves you unconditionally and he won’t mind if you skip meditation today.” Fight this attack of the devil by persevering in daily meditation.  2) The devil wants to discourage us from speaking to others about Jesus. The devil knows the power of th

  • The Queenship of Mary
    The Queenship of Mary
    Duration: 24min | 22/08/2019

    Today we celebrate the Feast of the Queenship of Mary. Because Mary is the Mother of Jesus Christ, the King of Kings, then she is the Queen of the Universe. In the early 700’s in Jerusalem, St. John Damascene sums up the entire Christian tradition when he writes: "When she became Mother of the Creator, she truly became Queen of every creature." Christ is our King not only because He is the Son of God but also because He is the Savior of the World. Instituting this Celebration of the Queenship of Mary Pope Pius XII wrote: if Mary, in taking an active part in the work of salvation, was, by God's design, associated with Jesus Christ, the source of salvation itself, in a manner comparable to that in which Eve was associated with Adam, the source of death, so that it may be stated that the work of our salvation was accomplished by a kind of "recapitulation," in which a virgin was instrumental in the salvation of the human race, just as a virgin had been closely associated with its death; if, moreover, it can likew

  • Learning from our Limitations
    Learning from our Limitations
    Duration: 23min | 21/08/2019

    I hate limitations! I am not the most intelligent person but I have a strong will and I will work or push through anything to accomplish what I want! Well, I came face to face with my limitations last night and today. My body was destroyed from trying to reach a new summit hiking everyday since last Wednesday. Except for Mass I didn’t leave the house today. I’ve been vanquished by my limitations and I am angry, sad and depressed. I have limitations, I hate that I am finite. This is the very trap the devil fell into.   Teresa of Avila writes: I believe His Majesty desires to bring us along this way (the way of suffering, trials, crosses and difficulties) for our own good so that we may understand well what little we amount to. The favors that come afterward are of such great worth that He desires first that before He gives them to us we see by experience our own limitations so that what happened to Lucifer will not happen to us. Life 11:11 Because he has no physical body, the devil did not experience his li

  • Pray Without Ceasing
    Pray Without Ceasing
    Duration: 22min | 20/08/2019

    I am with my family, sadly not all at the same time but in waves, Sandy John Sara Grace, Xavier, Teresa and Nick. We get up, go to daily Mass, hike big all day, cook great meals, laugh, have good conversation and pray the Rosary – well, that is whoever hasn’t fallen asleep. This is wonderful vacation. But today I felt a little lost because I am off my normal spiritual routine of spending the first hour of each day in silent meditation with Jesus and Mary. I’ve had lots of time in silence on the mountains but its not my normal routine and place for meditation so I’m off my game. I have a handful of holy nuns that pray for me, and keep my out of prison and probably from hell. One of them texted me today and I share with her how I was a little lost. She gave me a piece of wisdom that should be lived everyday and I share it with you: “The heart of our prayer routine is to fix our gaze on the Heart of Jesus and that our deepest longing is union with Him. With this I should move through the day without ever leaving

  • The DNA of a Christian
    The DNA of a Christian
    Duration: 21min | 19/08/2019

    Is your addiction to routine holding you back from encountering others?

  • Jesus Brings Division
    Jesus Brings Division
    Duration: 23min | 18/08/2019

    Join us for the Rosary and a meditation on this weekend's Gospel.

  • Conforming Ourselves to Christ
    Conforming Ourselves to Christ
    Duration: 23min | 17/08/2019

    God created every person to share in his life – to be like God and live like God forever! God’s plan is to bring about a great exchange – he would take on our lowly humanity in order to give us a share in his divinity. Who wouldn’t want to be part of that? St. Peter writes in his 2nd letter that we will become “partakers in the divine nature” (II Peter 1:4). And this fact led St. Augustine and St. Thomas to say: God became man so that man could become god.      How will we come to share in the life of God?  The Holy Spirit and Mary conceive the life of Jesus in our souls through Baptism and then we are to cooperate with God so that Christ is fully formed in us. CCC 520 In all of his life Jesus presents himself as our model. He is "the perfect man", who invites us to become his disciples and follow him. In humbling himself, he has given us an example to imitate, through his prayer he draws us to pray, and by his poverty he calls us to accept freely the privation and persecutions that may come our way Howe

  • 4 Reasons We Need Jesus
    4 Reasons We Need Jesus
    Duration: 23min | 16/08/2019

    The CCC suggests 4 reasons why we need Jesus 457    God became man in Jesus to save us by reconciling us with God. We have all sinned. Romans 6 tells us the consequences of sin is death. Death doesn’t just mean the end of our earthly life. Death as the consequence from unrepented sin means eternal separation from God, but also separation from one another and the complete loss of happiness… Imagine being locked in solitary confinement, completely alone – forever, with no hope that the pain would end. That is Hell That is what Jesus came to save us from Why can’t God just forgive and forget the consequences? B/C God made us free like Himself and with Freedom comes Consequences. Good choices bear good consequences, Bad choices bear bad consequences. If we want him to remove the consequences, Then He would have to remove our freedom We would not be human Imagine Playing a game with young child If every time the child made a wrong move you let him take it back, Then the child was not really playing th

  • The Assumption of Our Lady
    The Assumption of Our Lady
    Duration: 23min | 15/08/2019

    The Assumption of Mary is not recorded in Scripture, but we know it is true because the Apostles were present, they are the witnesses to the Assumption of Mary, body and soul into heaven, and they hand down this fact. The Apostles were present at the home of Mary in Jerusalem when her earthly life came to an end, they carried her body and placed it in a tomb near Gethsemane, and the Apostles were witnesses to her bodily Assumption into heaven.   St. Germanus of Constantinople in a homily given in the year 720 states that Mary’s Assumption into heaven was witnessed by the Apostles, who could then confirm the truth with their authority. St. Germanus writes: “Your departure did not lack witnesses…Heaven tells the glory of those who ran to meet you then; earth presents the truth about it; the clouds cry out the honor they paid you, and the angels tell of the offering of gifts that was made to you then, when the Apostles were at your side as you passed away above Jerusalem.” The Church has celebrated the Feast o

  • Redemptive Suffering (Part 2)
    Redemptive Suffering (Part 2)
    Duration: 24min | 14/08/2019

    In the beginning of his letter to the Colossians, St. Paul makes a statement that I think doesn’t make sense except on the Catholic view of participation: “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and  my flesh I complete what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ for the sake of His body, that is, the Church” (Colossians 1:24).  How could Christ’s sufferings be lacking? And if they were lacking, how could we make up for it?  Think of it this way: Christ preached the Gospel, but if we don’t participate in preaching the Gospel, Christ’s preaching won’t have its full effect. Christ loved and served the poor, but if we don’t participate in His love and service for the poor, His love for the poor won’t have its full effect. And Christ suffered for souls, but if we don’t participate in His suffering for souls, than His suffering won’t have its full effect. That’s what it means to “make up what is lacking in Christ’s sufferings for the good of the Church”: it means Christ makes the full impact of Calvary de

  • Redemptive Suffering (Part 1)
    Redemptive Suffering (Part 1)
    Duration: 23min | 13/08/2019

    Yesterday we reflected on four causes sorrow, that if prolonged can lead to depression. We should do all we can to change what is bad. However, if we cannot change our suffering, there is still a way forward; we can unite our suffering and sorrow to Christ. He uses it to bring us to transforming union with God, the goal of life and he uses it to save the souls of others.  This is what led St. Paul to say “It makes me happy to suffer for you, as I am suffering now, and in my own body to do what I can to make up all that has still to be undergone by Christ for the sake of his body, the Church.” If the suffering of Christ was sufficient to save the world – why would Paul say he wants to make up all that still has to be undergone by Christ? Because God invites us to participate in all he does. This idea of participation is where we get the phrase “offer it up” and it is why Jesus says we cannot be his disciples unless we take up our own cross and follow him every day.  Still “offering it up” is a very misunders

  • Depression and Sorrow
    Depression and Sorrow
    Duration: 24min | 12/08/2019

    Depression can be caused by suffering, pain and sorrow. Let’s recall the difference between evil and suffering. Evil is the absence of a good which should be present, in other words something is missing that should be there. Blindness is a physical evil since the person is missing sight. Vice is a moral evil since the person is missing virtue – the good actions and habits that result in happiness. Suffering is not evil. Suffering is a felt response to something perceived as evil. The purpose of suffering is to alert us that something needs to change. People always mix up suffering and evil, probably because suffering always indicates the presence of some evil. If we suffer, it’s either because we accurately perceive some present evil, or because we mistakenly think something’s evil when it isn’t – and that very mistake on our part is itself a failure in our judgment. Suffering doesn’t happen without evil. But the correspondence between evil and suffering shouldn’t lead to confusion. Only evil is evil. Suffe

  • Why is Jesus God? He Rose From the Dead
    Why is Jesus God? He Rose From the Dead
    Duration: 24min | 11/08/2019

    Prior to everyone on the planet having an I-phone ready to record, the only verification of any historical event were the eyewitness accounts. In 1 Corinthians chapter 15 Paul recounts the many eyewitnesses of the Resurrection of Jesus from dead.Some deny the Resurrection The disciples lied and stole Christ’s body to support their lie What if the disciples just made the whole thing up? What if the whole story of the Resurrection was a fabrication by the apostles? But the main problem with the Deception hypothesis is this: Why would you give your life for a lie? Furthermore, how could you get more than 500 people to conspire and carry out the same lie over 50 years with no earthly benefit? Many of the apostles and first Christians were martyred in horrible, horrible ways. Who on earth would die for something they know isn’t true? You may give your life for something you mistakenly think is true – but we have no case in history of someone dying for something that they know is a hoax. The word “martyr,” as is

  • Why is Jesus God? He Claimed to be God
    Why is Jesus God? He Claimed to be God
    Duration: 23min | 10/08/2019

    The third reason we believe Jesus is God and one of the most dramatic differences between Jesus and any other religious founder, is that Jesus said He was God. That’s right. The thirty-something carpenter’s son from a small town in Nazareth said he was the Eternal Creator of the Universe. He actually said, “Before Abraham was, I AM” (thus giving himself the name of the eternal, all-powerful creator of everything visible and invisible). This is the main reason the Jewish leaders wanted to Jesus put to death: “He made himself God’s equal.” John 5:18. Now what can you do with that? First of all, that’s radically unlike what any religious founder would have said. CS Lewis imagines what other religious founders would have said if you’d asked them, “Are you the creator of the universe?” Socrates would have laughed at you. Buddha would have urged you to seek enlightenment. Confucius would have said something like, “Jokes which are in bad taste should not be made.” And Mohammed would have cut off your head for blasph

  • Why is Jesus God? He Worked Public Miracles
    Why is Jesus God? He Worked Public Miracles
    Duration: 24min | 09/08/2019

    Before we get on a flight for which we have a reservation, we’re asked to show some form of ID. They want to make sure we’re who we say we are.     Jesus Christ has his proof of identification as well. It’s not a photo ID; it’s his miracles. Jesus performs dozens of miracles, and he uses them as evidence that He’s who He says He is. He goes so far as to challenge people: “Believe in me because of the works that I do.” Here are a few remarkable but often overlooked characteristics of Jesus’ miracles: He never did a miracle for His own advantage (i.e., when He was hungry He didn’t turn the stones into bread)He never did a private miracle. He never did a miracle to satisfy curiosity or popular demand. He never did a miracle that was denied, even by his enemies. Even those who hated him had to admit that his actions were supernatural. The only solution they could come up with was that he was doing his miracles with the help of Satan!Compare that to other religious founders. Mohammed worked no public miracles.

  • Why is Jesus God? He is Preannounced
    Why is Jesus God? He is Preannounced
    Duration: 23min | 08/08/2019

    In your average Comparative Religions course at your run-of-the-mill college, Jesus Christ will be presented in a lineup of major religious founders. He’ll be there with the likes of Zoroaster, Buddha, Socrates, Confucius, Mohammed, Joseph Smith, and maybe Martin Luther. And the similarities between all these people will be emphasized. They were all persons of strong character, who presented a world-view and preached a moral system. Many suffered for their beliefs, and all of them urged people everywhere to unite in serving a Higher Cause. The problem is, emphasizing similarities is sometimes more misleading than emphasizing dissimilarities. As C.S. Lewis pointed out, milk and urine are similar in that both come from a cow, but you wouldn’t really want to make too much of that similarity when the differences are so much more striking and important. So too with Christ. It’s an enormous mistake to emphasize the similarities between Himself and other religious founders when the differences between Him and them

  • Our Lady of Kibeho
    Our Lady of Kibeho
    Duration: 23min | 07/08/2019

    Evil and sin are the enemies, not people.

  • The Transfiguration
    The Transfiguration
    Duration: 25min | 06/08/2019

    The Feast of the Transfiguration (Matthew 16:24). The event of the Transfiguration is a Diamond placed within a setting of 5 predictions of the suffering of Jesus (16:21; 24; 17:9; 17:12; and 17:22). We just heard the first of the five predictions at the end of which Peter tries to stop Jesus and Jesus responds 'Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle in my path, because the way you think is not God's way but man's.' Why does Jesus call Peter Satan? Because Peter what Satan is always trying to do – turn Jesus away from the will and mission of the Father. That Jesus would save souls from hell by his suffering, death and Resurrection is the will of the Father. Then Jesus said to his disciples, 'If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me. For anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it. What get if we are followers of Jesus is to be Agents of Change – Jesus goes before us, saving souls by ta

  • Our Lady of the Snow
    Our Lady of the Snow
    Duration: 21min | 05/08/2019

    Today, August 5, is the Feast of Our Lady of the Snow. It commemorates a powerful intervention of the Mother of God in the world.  In 352 AD, there was a Roman aristocrat named Giovanni. He and his wife, having no children, made a vow to donate their possessions to the Virgin Mary. They prayed that she might make known to them how they were to dispose of their property in her honor. Mary appeared to Giovanni in a dream on August 4 and told him to build a church on the site where he would find snow the following morning. Bewildered, he went immediately in the morning to tell Pope Liberius of his dream. But that same night, Mary had also appeared to the pope and told him he would find snow on the Esquiline Hill, and there he was to outline the dimensions of a new church. On 5 August, at the height of the Roman summer, snow fell during the night on the summit of the Esquiline Hill. In obedience to a vision of the Virgin Mary that they had the same night, the Pope outlined the size of the Church and the couple b

  • The Purpose of Pain and the Dark Night
    The Purpose of Pain and the Dark Night
    Duration: 24min | 04/08/2019

    vil is evil and suffering can result from evil, but suffering is not evil. The purpose of pain and suffering can only be understood within the overall context of the purpose of the human person. The ultimate purpose of the human being is union with God. Suffering can be, is meant to be, something that moves us forward towards the divine destination, and it plays a crucial role at every stage of that journey. Pain and suffering can rouse us from our spiritual sloth and indifference so that we take our relationship with God and way we are living seriously. Once we are on the right path, suffering can prevent us from standing still, it keeps us moving forward toward God. Finally, suffering can empty us of all that has blocked God from filling our soul with himself. Therefore, the last leg of the journey, as St. John of the Cross describes it, is the Dark Night. Not Batman, but the Dark Night of the soul. (Sirach 2). We don’t have to wait until after death and purgatory to reach heaven. Heaven is transforming uni

  • The Purpose of Pain
    The Purpose of Pain
    Duration: 23min | 03/08/2019

    Our meditation yesterday and today has been adapted from the draft of a book called, the Morality of Drug Use by John Mark Miravalle The Purpose of Suffering and Pain  Suffering itself is not an evil. Evil is evil. Evil is the problem. Evil – whether physical, psychological, or spiritual – is the thing to eliminate. Salvation from evil is the main objective of God. Salvation from suffering is not the goal. If it were, we would just create a government office that distributes freely morphine, opioids, pot and meth. Or we could just organize a concerted drop of nukes on as many human habitations as possible – we’d all die instantly and painlessly and no one would ever suffer again.  Within the broader category of suffering, it’s helpful to distinguish between pain, which begins in the body, and sorrow, which begins in the soul. Pain motivates people not to harm themselves, not to stick their hands in the fire or poke forks into their eyes. People who can’t feel physical pain tend to hurt themselves much more

  • The Difference Between Evil and Suffering
    The Difference Between Evil and Suffering
    Duration: 21min | 02/08/2019

    Over the next few days, we will meditate on truths that I hope will begin to transform the way you see suffering and help you see the way that God sees our suffering. CCC 412 concludes the section on Original Sin by asking "Why did God not prevent the first man from sinning?" Evil exists because angels and humans abused their freedom. To prevent evil, it would be necessary for God to take away our freedom. But then we would not be persons, and we wouldn't be able to love. Love requires freedom, and God wants lovers, not pets. I speak often of offering up suffering and suffering is closely related to evil, but they are not the same thing. People always mix up suffering and evil, probably because suffering always indicates the presence of some evil. If we suffer, it’s either because we accurately perceive some present evil, or because we mistakenly think something’s evil when it isn’t – and that very mistake on our part is itself a failure in our judgment. So suffering doesn’t happen without evil. But the cor

  • She Will Crush His Head
    She Will Crush His Head
    Duration: 25min | 01/08/2019

    As a consequence of original sin the powers of our soul have been wounded. Our passions, feelings and desires now propel us toward sin rather than toward God and our intellect has become darkened and confused while the will is weak. As a result, we desire and choose things that are not good for us, we sin, we turn away from God and toward the devil, even if unknowingly. (1 John 3:7-8, CCC 407). Even though Jesus conquered the devil by his death and Resurrection, tragically, people still choose sin which keeps them under the influence of the devil. That is why the devil is the Ruler of this world. People choose to serve him under the guise of all the idols of our age. You are I are not immune to his influence. There are vices, temptations and sins we are powerless against. Do you know the ones you cannot root out? (CCC 410). Revelation chapter 12 describes the cosmic battle between the Woman, Mary, and the great Red Dragon, Satan. The Catechism then connects this prophecy with the Antichrist who will usher in

  • The Consequences of Original Sin
    The Consequences of Original Sin
    Duration: 22min | 31/07/2019

    God created the world and humans in four-fold state of harmony Harmony or good relationship between God and mankind in which God literally dwelt in their souls as in a Temple Harmony between men and women – I have no idea what that could have been like so I can’t describe it.  Harmony between Man and creation – there was no sickness, no disease, no natural disasters, no death for the human person – we were created immortal with all of creation serving us. Finally, there was a harmony within the human soul. The intellect, will and passion worked in a perfect accord As a consequence of original sin, CCC 400 states, The harmony in which they had found themselves, thanks to original justice, is now destroyed: the control of the soul's spiritual faculties over the body is shattered; the union of man and woman becomes subject to tensions, their relations henceforth marked by lust and domination. Harmony with creation is broken: visible creation has become alien and hostile to man. Because of man, creation is n

  • The Fall
    The Fall
    Duration: 25min | 30/07/2019

    Today we meditate on the nature of the Fall and Original Sin Genesis 2:15-17  The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, "You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die." The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil signifies the power to determine what is good and what is evil God alone has this power  God created the world; he gave angelic and human persons their design. Something is good for us when it helps us fulfill our design, it is bad for us, it is evil when it frustrates our design.  But we do not have the power to change our God given design, therefore we cannot determine what is good and what is evil We have Intelligence and Freedom – we must use our intelligence to learn what is good and evil and then choose But we cannot make something evil good and good evil.  Even though we make somethin

  • The Fall of the Angels
    The Fall of the Angels
    Duration: 23min | 29/07/2019

    THE FALL OF THE ANGELS 391 Behind the disobedient choice of our first parents lurks a seductive voice, opposed to God, which makes them fall into death out of envy. Scripture and the Church's Tradition see in this being a fallen angel, called "Satan" or the "devil". The Church teaches that Satan was at first a good angel, made by God: "The devil and the other demons were indeed created naturally good by God, but they became evil by their own doing." 392 Scripture speaks of a sin of these angels. This "fall" consists in the free choice of these created spirits, who radically and irrevocably rejected God and his reign. We find a reflection of that rebellion in the tempter's words to our first parents: "You will be like God." The devil "has sinned from the beginning"; he is "a liar and the father of lies". If Satan was originally created as a good angel, why did he fall, why did he reject God? Teresa of Avila writes: I believe His Majesty desires to bring us along this way (the way of suffering, trials, cross

  • Perseverance in Prayer
    Perseverance in Prayer
    Duration: 23min | 28/07/2019

    Once Jesus was in a certain place praying, and when he had finished one of his disciples said, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.’ He said to them…‘Suppose one of you has a friend and goes to him in the middle of the night to say, “My friend, lend me three loaves, because a friend of mine on his travels has just arrived at my house and I have nothing to offer him”; and the man answers from inside the house, “Do not bother me. The door is bolted now, and my children and I are in bed; I cannot get up to give it you.” I tell you, if the man does not get up and give it him for friendship’s sake, persistence will be enough to make him get up and give his friend all he wants. ‘So I say to you: Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For the one who asks always receives; the one who searches always finds; the one who knocks will always have the door opened to him. What father among you would hand his son a stone when he asked f

  • Making a Mess of Our Souls
    Making a Mess of Our Souls
    Duration: 22min | 27/07/2019

    Responding to the Truth and Motivating Pursuit of the Good We have been meditating on the powers of our soul: the intellect, the free-will and the passions and their purpose. King Solomon had an amazing intellect, may be the smartest guy who ever lived. He also had a strong will – he got a lot accomplished. But his passions were totally out of control. Solomon never harnessed his passions and feelings which led him to be enslaved to his desire for power, wealth and women – 700 wives and 300 concubines. These turned his heart away from God to the worship Satan hidden behind the pagan gods Molech and Ashteroth, to whom he offered child sacrifice and burned his sons. In the end Satan always demands human sacrifice in the form of abortion, infanticide, suicide and war. The point is, Solomon made a train-wreck of his life because the powers of his soul were not integrated. It must not be so for us!  The Intellect is designed to know reality – how things really are. Once the intellect grasps reality it has the tr

  • What does the soul need to live?
    What does the soul need to live?
    Duration: 22min | 26/07/2019

    Today we reflect on what the soul needs to live. Just as the body needs food, water and oxygen to live, the soul needs reality. Specifically, the intellect needs to be nourished by reality in the form of truth and the will needs reality in the form of goodness. Without food and water, the body will die. Without reality in the form of truth and goodness, the soul begins to die from a sense that life is meaningless.  The intellect receives reality in the form of truth. Therefore, the soul needs to feed on truth to thrive. When the intellect grasps reality accurately – it possesses truth and then the mind is satisfied and can rest. That is why we are restless when we can’t understand something. The intellect rests when it possesses, locks in the truth it wants to understand. The intellect needs to be nourished on reality in the form of truth. We can know reality or truth through our experiences, that is, through science, and we can know reality through reason. But we cant know the answers to the most important

  • Saint James the Greater
    Saint James the Greater
    Duration: 23min | 25/07/2019

    Matthew 20:17-28  Then the mother of James and John came with her sons to make a request of Jesus, and bowed low; and he said to her, ‘What is it you want?’ She said to him, ‘Promise that these two sons of mine may sit one at your right hand and the other at your left in your kingdom.’ ‘You do not know what you are asking’ Jesus answered. ‘Can you drink the cup that I am going to drink?’ They replied, ‘We can.’ ‘Very well,’ he said ‘you shall drink my cup, but as for seats at my right hand and my left, these are not mine to grant; they belong to those to whom they have been allotted by my Father.’ When the other ten heard this, they were indignant with the two brothers.  You may be tempted to accuse James and John of vain ambition, especially since the other Apostles were indignant, but I believe, with St. John Henry Cardinal Newman that this was not vain ambition, rather Noble Ambition, Magnanimity, the virtue to desire and do great things for the love of God and souls.  They asked to reign with Christ.

  • The Power of the Soul
    The Power of the Soul
    Duration: 23min | 24/07/2019

    Yesterday we reflected in the creation of the invisible world and better understanding of the Angels. Today, the visible world and a better understand of who we are as human persons.  CCC 355, 1700, As human persons we were created “in the image of God.” This means we were endowed with a spiritual and immortal soul… To have direction in life we need to know the purpose of the soul To know the purpose of the soul we need to know the purpose of the powers of the soul There are Three Powers of the Soul: intellect, will, and passions. In the beginning, God designed the powers of the soul to work in harmony: The job of the intellect is to know reality and make a judgement – this is good, that is evil. The passions respond to the intellect’s perception of reality and prompt the will to go toward what is good for me or away from what is bad for me. Led by the intellect and propelled by the feelings, the will chooses what is good or rejects what is evil.   Tragically Original Sin damaged the powers of the soul:

  • The Angels
    The Angels
    Duration: 23min | 23/07/2019

    In the Creed we profess that we believe in God the Father, Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is visible and invisible. Well, what is the invisible? It is the spiritual creatures God has made, the Angels, one third of which rejected God, but that is for another time. These fallen angels became Satan and the demons. They were originally good angels who refused to love and serve God and share in His life. Angles and demons are a whole civilization of persons, pure spirits without bodies, who day in and day out which we ignore. It is a civilization that is far more intelligent, powerful and numerous than the human civilization. One key mission the angels have is to help us make it safely home, while Satan and demons do all in their power to destroy our souls in hell.  We must start tapping into the supernatural power of our Guardian Angels. We are in a spiritual war. We pray to St. Michael, “Defend us in battle…” if you don’t see the battle, that’s the problem. We are in a spiritual battle between

  • Why Does God Allow Bad Things to Happen to Good People?
    Why Does God Allow Bad Things to Happen to Good People?
    Duration: 22min | 22/07/2019

    Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people? 309 If God the Father almighty, the Creator of the ordered and good world, cares for all his creatures, why does evil exist?... Why did God not create a world so perfect that no evil could exist in it? With infinite power God could always create something better. But with infinite wisdom and goodness God freely willed to create a world "in a state of journeying" towards its ultimate perfection…With physical good there exists also physical evil as long as creation has not reached perfection. 311 Angels and men, as intelligent and free creatures, must journey toward their ultimate destinies by their free choice and preferential love. They can, therefore go astray. Indeed, they have sinned. And because of the Original Sin of the first two humans, the harmony with creation is broken. Human sin brought sickness, disease, natural disasters and death into our world.  The only way God could change this would be to remove free will from angels, Satan, and human

  • 5 Steps to Heaven
    5 Steps to Heaven
    Duration: 24min | 21/07/2019

    Heaven is the goal of life. Heaven is transforming union with God. Why wait, why put it off? Nothing less than union with God can satisfy the deep longing of your heart.  Five simple steps to achieve union with God: Do and accept the will of God; flee from sin; develop a deep friendship with Jesus; have a profound interior life; belong to Mary. If we want to be united to God, then we must strive to do His will in everything. But just saying I want to do the will of God is too general, too vague. There are areas in your life you know you are not bringing God into because you are not thinking about it or because you don’t want Him in there. It could be work, relaxation, family, friends, your summer, vacation…You know what you are doing wrong. What are you going to do the make a change? If we want to be united to God then we must flee from every sin, both serious and small sins, and flee from every occasion of sin. Be intentional about identifying and rooting out the deadly vices: pride, envy, anger, sloth, g

  • The Christian Meaning of Work
    The Christian Meaning of Work
    Duration: 21min | 20/07/2019

    Thank you for joining us for our daily meditation!

  • The Triumph of Her Immaculate Heart
    The Triumph of Her Immaculate Heart
    Duration: 22min | 19/07/2019

    If we respond to the Message of Our Lady we can change world events and save souls Mary is asking for Five things Faith and Conversion A greater faith in Jesus Christ as the one mediator to the Father Conversion flowing from a frequent reception of the Sacrament of reconciliation- at least once a month Consecration to Mary Accept Mary as your spiritual mother, Give yourself to her as her child, so that the Holy Spirit and Mary may form Jesus in you. Live the consecration -live in imitation of Jesus’ relationship with Mary as a little child depending upon his mother, moment to moment, day after day. A greater quality and quantity of prayer Moving from vocal prayer, talking to God and saying prayers, to listening, to meditation through the Rosary and with the Word of God At San Nicolas Mary said: “The weapon that has the greatest influence on evil is to say the Rosary." Penance and Sacrifice by taking up your cross and following Jesus Offer Sacrifice What you did not choose, do not like and cann

  • The Ascent to God
    The Ascent to God
    Duration: 21min | 18/07/2019

    In the book the Ascent of Mt Carmel, St John of the Cross says “the ascent to God…lies in keeping the soul empty, naked and purified of every disordered desire. The only desire should be to fulfill the will of God and to carry the Cross of Christ.” The question for us is: are we doing the will of God; and are we carrying the cross? What criteria do we use to judge whether we are doing the will of God? Too often men measure their success or their impact based on their profession and their ability to provide financially for their family alone. This is not universal but often women judge their success or impact based on the health and well-being of their children and their relationships. How do you judge how you are doing in life? Secondly, how would you judge yourself in the sense of doing the will of God? How does God measure our success or impact? Let me suggest eight criteria that reflect whether we are doing the will of God: Am I changing from a life of bad habits, vice, to a life of good habits, virtue; A

  • Gods Providence
    God's Providence
    Duration: 21min | 17/07/2019

    CCC 302 Creation has its own goodness and proper perfection, but it did not spring forth complete from the hands of the Creator. The universe was created "in a state of journeying" toward an ultimate perfection yet to be attained, to which God has destined it. We call "divine providence" the dispositions by which God guides all his creatures with wisdom and love to their ultimate end. One passage of Scripture captures the reality of Providence: Romans 8:28 All things work for good for those who love God.  CCC 303 The witness of Scripture is unanimous that the care of divine providence is concrete and immediate; God cares for all, from the least things to the great events of the world and its history. The Scriptures powerfully affirm God's absolute sovereignty over the course of events…CCC 304 And so we see the Holy Spirit, the principal author of Sacred Scripture, often attributing actions to God without mentioning any secondary causes. This is not a "primitive mode of speech", but a profound way of recallin

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