Tag Archives: Christian Perfection

‘Born again’ Catholic

+ J.M.J. Feast of St. Therese of the Child Jesus “Unless you be converted and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven” (from today’s Holy Gospel). That is, “not in sense,” explains St. Paul … Continue reading

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The one change necessary

+ J.M.J.   Feast of the Transfiguration of Christ – “His Face did shine as the sun: and His garments became white as snow” (from the Holy Gospel, Mt. 17.1-9). There’s only one change, one real growth and progress that … Continue reading

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Impatient Lover

+ J.M.J. Feast of St. John of the Cross Father of the Teresian Carmel “The property of love,” says our holy Father John of the Cross, “is to desire to be united, joined, and made equal and like to the … Continue reading

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What it takes to become a Carmelite Saint

+ J.M.J. Feast of All the Saints of Carmel … By their examples and merits, [may we] live for Christ Crucified alone in meditation of the yoke of His law and in perfect abnegation… (taken from the Collect) My son, … Continue reading

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‘Christian’ Condescension

+ J.M.J. Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle “O Orient, splendor of Light Eternal, and Sun of Justice, come and enlighten them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death” (today’s “Great Antiphon”). Thus the authentic Catholic position vis-a-vis the … Continue reading

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The “Little Way” of Spiritual Childhood of St. Therese: Humility (III)

+ J.M.J First Friday of the Month “In order to belong to Jesus,” says our dear “Little Therese,” “ we must be little, but there are few souls who aspire to remain in that littleness. ” Elsewhere: “In order to … Continue reading

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Christian Prayer – “[Asks] Such Things As PLEASE GOD” (III)

+ J.M.J. Tenth Sunday after Pentecost Send forth Thy light and Thy truth (Ps. 42.3 – DRV) When God sheds a ray of His light upon us, He makes us see our real state which “we are only beginning to … Continue reading

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“Holy” Obedience – The True Catholic Obedience

+ J.M.J. Solemn Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel Sin makes the soul a slave of the devil and among the sins which makes the soul the worst slave of Satan is the sin of impurity (cf., … Continue reading

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The “Rule” of Our Lady and the Scapular Confraternity – IX

+ J.M.J. Ninth and Last Day of Novena to the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel “Keep watch in prayers…” (Incline your ears to the words of My mouth.) – According to St. Alphonsus Mary Liguori, a great Doctor of … Continue reading

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“God Himself Will Come…”

+ JMJ First Sunday of Advent God Himself will come and will save you (Is. 35.4). This coming as foretold was expected for long ages – not only by the Hebrews but even by the Gentiles through the preparation which Judaism … Continue reading

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