St. John of the Cross reminds us that "God’s purpose is to exalt the soul". That is why he came down, "so profound is the humility and sweetness of God".
The ninth poem in the generally acknowledged collection of St. Teresa's poetry is her brief meditation 'On Patience' called 'Nada Te Turbe'. We present two English translations and a commentary by Kieran Kavanaugh, O.C.D.
On the fourth step of this ladder of love a habitual yet unwearisome suffering is engendered on account of the Beloved. As St. Augustine says: Love makes all burdensome and heavy things nearly nothing [Cf. Sermo 70, De verbis Domini in Evangelium S. Matthei, para. 3] The bride spoke of this step when, desiring to... Continue Reading →
When we see that Savior before us with the eyes of faith as the Scriptures portray him, then our desire to receive him in the bread of life increases.
She who belongs to the "weak and poor of the Lord" bears in herself, like no other member of the human race, that "glory of grace" which the Father "has bestowed on us in his beloved Son"
“It is by virtue of this immense love” that we are drawn into the depths of the “intimate sanctuary” where God “imprints on us a true image of His majesty.”
This is what the birth of John the Baptist announces: just as from the womb of Elizabeth a creature is born, the Lord can bring forth life from a story of darkness and death.
That Word was and is so great the heaven cannot contain Him; yet he wished to be contained in the small womb of the little Virgin!
How truly wonderful you are, O Word of God, in the Holy Spirit; you cause him to infuse the soul with you
In those silent hours of prayer, the Holy Spirit inflamed Mary’s heart and swept her up into the bosom of the triune God
Faith is a gift that must be accepted. In faith divine and human freedom meet.
Faith is already marked by fulfillment
Where among you, tell me, are to be found preachers?
"One thing alone is certain: that God is and that his hand holds us in being."
I took for my advocate and lord the glorious St. Joseph and earnestly recommended myself to him. - St. Teresa of Avila Dr. John C. Cavadini, Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana presents a lecture on Saint Joseph and his place in the mystery of Christ. "To acquire a friendship with... Continue Reading →