Category Archives: spiritual direction

Short Meditation from St. Eymard

“Now to have one’s mind in God is to have the thought of God ever present, ruling, sustaining, and fructifying.  Do you habitually think of our Lord?  If you do, He is in your mind and is living there;  He … Continue reading

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“Give up Communion…???

 Don’t we all want to do great things for God?   The times call for great saints, but where do we begin? Aaah, the answer is so simple.  My prayer for everyone reading these line is that God will give you  … Continue reading

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Conclusion – The Priesthood of the Laity

by Abbé Astruc I think that now you see how, by uniting yourself to Jesus, either sacramentally or spiritually, by participating in His interior and exterior life, you do communicate as the Priest does.  But you must make the likeness … Continue reading

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4th Post – The Priesthood of the Laity

 by Abbé Astruc,  “Irish Messenger“ series, a continuation on the theme of Communion: Jesus is in the Holy Gospels, where, in some sort, an incarnation of Christ lies hidden beneath the letter.  When you meditate on the Word of God … Continue reading

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3rd Post – The Priesthood of the Laity

by Abbé Astruc,  “Irish Messenger“ series, a continuation on the theme of Consecration: You, too, are to be changed into Jesus; you are to become “other Christs.”  I do not say that this is done really, that is, substantially, but … Continue reading

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2nd post, The Priesthood of the Laity

Abbé Astruc,  “Irish Messenger“ series: The Priest, in offering up the Sacred Host, says:  “Receive, O Holy Father, Almighty and Eternal God this spotless host which I, Thy unworthy servant, offer unto Thee, my Living and True God, for mine … Continue reading

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Ist Posting – Traditional Understanding of the Priesthood of the Laity

  The Priesthood of the Laity The perennial teaching on the exercise of the priesthood of the laity, by Abbé Astruc,  “Irish Messenger“ series: Every Christian has received a true participation in the Priesthood of Jesus Christ; as a member of … Continue reading

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The Garden of our Souls

We’ve started enjoying the fruits of our garden:  tender squash, a variety of peppers, parsley, mint, basil, Swiss chard.  I’ve even made pectin from apple drops.  And what a delight to see the heaven-sent freebies!  I keep a compost pile, … Continue reading

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Never be a Bore

Advice on Recreation from a Novice Master, edited (Religious Life, May-June 2011 ) “I told you I wanted to write you something on recreation, so here it is.  I think I would like to talk about the virtuous nature of … Continue reading

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Spiritual Direction from the Saints

St. Francis de Sales: Believe me, the mortification of the senses – of the sight, the hearing, the tongue – is more beneficial than to wear a chain of iron or a hairshirt.     One of the things which keeps … Continue reading

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