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Tag Archive for ‘heart’

Pray with the heart

“Therefore, my children, pray, pray, pray, with the heart, pray with love, pray with good works. Pray so that the world will change, that the world will be saved. With love live the words of my Son. Do not judge, instead love one another so that my heart will triumph. Thank you”. Our Lady of Medjugorje […]

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Wrapped in death’s strong bonds

We are still in Easter season and the mystery of Christ Jesus resurrection is still central in the liturgy as well in our private prayer and meditation. I have been spending a lot of time on the ‘Last Discourse’ of Jesus in the Gospel of John as well as the account of the Resurrection. Our […]

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Purity of heart, failure, listening, confession and healing

Transference: the shift of emotions, especially those experienced in childhood, from one person or object to another, especially the transfer of feelings about a parent to an analyst. I enjoy my position in our retreat house… I like people. Yet working with the public has made me aware of deeper regions of my soul, which […]

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The Blessing of God

Among the blessings of God, some are the blessings of creation, others of restoration, and others of day-to-day consolation. The blessings of creation are that we were created in the image and likeness of God, that in him we live and move and have our being and are his offspring, and that by his gift […]

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The role of wine in Scripture and health

Have you ever wondered about the emphasis in our faith — including during Mass — on wine? We’re not talking about overdoing it. We’re talking about the role it has played from the first miracle of Jesus (at the behest of the Blessed Mother) to the Last Supper. And before: It goes back at least […]

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Tuesday of Holy Week

There is an inner coldness, A deep emptiness that comes upon me this time of the year, Perhaps it is the radiating darkness From the occupied tomb of Holy Saturday, An ending known, The ending of us all A tomb waiting after our own passion, Ending in the bleakness of death. Beyond that day of […]

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We ought to weep, in order that we may persevere

Some Fathers went to Panephysis to see Abba Joseph and ask him what kind of reception they should give to the brethren to whom they gave lodging, whether they ought to mix with them and speak freely with them. Before they asked him, the old man said to his disciple, ‘Consider what I am going […]

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Give freely

In disappointment the heart is tried, in pain it bleeds, seeking what gives it life, wounds are received, for true love among many counterfeits can be hard to find, leading some to despair, even death, others, to seek more deeply until the treasure is found. So when asked for love give it freely, for healing […]

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One heart and one soul

Since they have but one heart and one soul and all things in common, there is concord and unanimity throughout, and they always put the general profit and the common good before their own individual convenience. They so far renounce themselves and what is theirs that none of them, if indeed he is truly one […]

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Mercy beyond all telling

Upon the cross as he hung in pain, between two thieves, one who mocked the other more humble, his body racked with pain unimaginable, betrayed by his apostles, who like cowards fled. One betraying, another denying, the others hidden in fear, something really not so hard to understand, for the heart of man is divided, […]

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