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Squeezing Through the Crack THE CLOISTERED HEART - February 2, 2016 ... so I could have just a tiny taste of the spiritual life I once knew. Then the Holy Spirit brought the Cloistered Heart to me. The Cloistered Heart allowed me to squeeze through a tiny crack in that big brick wall. I long for the fullness of all of God's promises for those who love Him to the heights. And if that sounds presumptive, then so be it, because I know that it is meant for us all. Not just the Religious or the saints, but for all.....' (from a ...http://www.thecloisteredheart.org/2016/02/squeezing-through-crack.html
2016 RETREAT REFLECTION - "TO TAKE UP THE JOYFUL CALL TO MERCY" (Pope Francis) ALWAYS A JOY... - February 2, 2016 How time marches on...it seems like it is only a few years but this year, I would be thanking God for my 12th year in full-time ministry in Divine Retreat Centre. I can honestly say these have been years where I felt more joy in being part of the Divine-Potta ministry than all the achievements I had in my 16 years in the corporate world. It has been a life lesson in understanding the phrase - "Happiness is from the outside but joy comes from within." January is the month ...http://alwaysajoy.blogspot.com/2016/02/2016-retreat-reflection-to-take-up.html
God, Grant Me Serenity, but Wait Until I Calm Down! THESE STONE WALLS - January 20, 2016 The Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr is much more than a few verses on the walls of a Twelve Step program. It's a vital petition to recover from spiritual wounds. "Forgiveness is to give up all hope for a better past." I get a lot of mail. I'm not complaining, mind you, for mail in prison is the life blood of a psyche and a soul. Or, at least, it should be. From Thanksgiving through New Year's Day these past months, mail call in this prison had a more sullen air about ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheseStoneWalls/~3/eA7_RjlWkeg/
SAINT AUGUSTINE ON MONASTICISM by Fr Hugh Feiss MONKS AND MERMAIDS (A BENEDICTINE BLOG) - December 3, 2015 ... ought to have": The monks should practice this zeal with the warmest love: "Let them strive to be the first to honor one another" (Rom 12.10). They should bear each other's weaknesses of both body and character with the utmost patience. They must compete with one another in obedience. No one should pursue what he judges advantageous to himself, but rather what benefits others. They must show selfless love to the brothers. Let them fear God out of ...http://fatherdavidbirdosb.blogspot.com/2015/12/saint-augustine-on-monasticism-by-fr.html
Saint Jean De Brebeuf, S.J.: I Felt Myself Drawn to Christ As to a Magnet SERVANT AND STEWARD - October 19, 2015 Of the many writings of the North American Martyrs collected together in Jesuit Missionaries to North America: Spiritual Writings and Biographical Sketches , the most moving - for me - is taken from the diary Saint Jean de Brebeuf, S.J. In the year that the Hurons turned against the Jesuit missionaries - 1637 - Father de Brebeuf offered himself to Jesus as a martyr: ...this vow, I repeat, my Lord Jesus, that if you most generously offer me the grace of martyrdom, me, ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/OhEL/~3/WuaJzoTbAHQ/saint-jean-de-brebeuf-sj-i-felt-myself.html
Homily at the Funeral of Jean-André Potworowski [1947-2015] THE JOURNEY OF A BISHOP - October 19, 2015 ... an advocate of responsible management of resources and the protection of the environment. He was particularly excited at the publication of Laudato Si, the recent encyclical on the environment by Pope Francis. He even participated in a group discussion on the subject of the encyclical in his home less than a week before his death. His excitement at the Church's involvement in this issue at the highest level was difficult to contain. In later life, he met the lay Catholic movement Communion and ...http://archbishopterry.blogspot.com/2015/10/homily-at-funeral-of-jean-andre.html