04 Dec 2012

Advent: Preliminaries of the Last Judgment

Tuesday in the First Week

Summary of Tomorrow’s Meditation

Tomorrow and the following days we will meditate on the second advent of the Savior coming to judge the world at the end of time, as the Gospel of Sunday last announced to us. We will, then, limit ourselves tomorrow to the consideration of the three preliminaries of the judgment; that is to say, First, the general resurrection; second, the separation of the good and the wicked; third, the descent of the Sovereign Judge, preceded by His cross. We will then make the resolution: First, to keep our bodies pure, so … Read the rest more
03 Dec 2012

Three Ways to Sanctify Advent

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Monday in the First Week

Summary of Tomorrow’s Meditation

We shall meditate tomorrow on three means whereby to sanctify the season of Advent, that is to say: First, on the spirit of penitence and renewal of life; second, on holy desires for the birth of Christ in us: Third, on special devotion to the mystery of the incarnation. We will then make the resolution: First, to excite ourselves during every day of this holy season to lead a better life, and to ask of God … Read the rest more
02 Dec 2012

Make This Your Best Advent: The Triple Coming of Jesus

First Sunday in Advent

The Gospel according to St. Luke, 21:25-36

“At that time Jesus said to His disciples: There shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, by reason of the confusion of the roaring of the sea and of the waves, men withering away for fear and expectation of what shall come upon the whole world. For the powers of heaven shall be moved: and then they shall see the Son of man coming in a cloud with great power and majesty. But when these … Read the rest more
09 Apr 2012

On the Road to Emmaus: What Were those Disciples Faults and Virtues?

We will meditate on the touching recital of the disciples of Emmaus, contained in the gospel of the day, and we shall see: first, what, in this circumstance, were their faults and their virtues; second, what the great goodness of Christ was towards them. We will then make the resolution: first, to keep ourselves united in Jesus Christ by recollection, and to be docile to the inspirations of His grace; second, to watch over our conversation in order not to allow a word worthy of reproach to escape our lips. Our spiritual nosegay shall be the words of the apostles: “Was not our Heart burning within us whilst Jesus spoke in the way, and opened to us the Scriptures?” (Luke 24:32) more
02 Apr 2012

MONDAY IN HOLY WEEK: What Christ Suffered from His Apostles

We will meditate on what Christ suffered from His apostles during His Passion; that is to say, first, from Judas who betrayed Him; Second, from St. Peter who denied Him; Third, from the other apostles who forsook Him. We will then make the resolution: first, to mistrust ourselves and to confide in God only; second, patiently to bear all the trials which may be inflicted on us by creatures, even by our best friends. Our spiritual nosegay shall be the complaint of Job applied to Our Savior: “My kinsmen have forsaken me.” (Job 19:14) more