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General Confession

From “Introduction to the Devout Life” by St. Francis de Sales. Having then gone through this course of meditations, approach your General Confession with humility, yet confidently; but do not allow yourself to be perplexed with fears. The scorpion who stings … Continue reading

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Meditation Ten – The Soul’s Choice of a Devout Life

And so we reach our tenth and final meditation in Chapter XVIII from the “Introduction to the Devout Life” by St. Francis de Sales in our preparation to make a good and worthy Confession in time for Holy Week. Preparation. … Continue reading

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Meditation Nine – The Choice Upon You Between Heaven And Hell

We come to our penultimate meditation taken from “Introduction to the Devout Life” by St. Francis de Sales as preparation to make a worthy General Confession before Easter. Chapter XVII: Ninth Meditation – On the Choice Upon You Between Heaven … Continue reading

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Meditation Eight – Paradise

We continue our meditations taken from “Introduction to the Devout Life” by St. Francis de Sales to prepare ourselves to make a worthy General Confession before Easter. Chapter XVI: Eighth Meditation – On Paradise Preparation. 1. PLACE yourself in the … Continue reading

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Meditation Seven – Hell

Continuing our meditations taken from “Introduction to the Devout Life” by St. Francis de Sales, to prepare ourselves to make a General Confession before Holy Week, we come to Chapter XV: the Seventh Meditation –  Hell.  Preparation. 1. PLACE yourself … Continue reading

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How the Cistercians Can Help Us Disentangle the Washing of the Feet

From: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2015/03 Peter Kwasniewski Every year, we come back to the Holy Thursday ceremony of the washing of the feet — and all the inevitable controversy that surrounds it when women are included among the group whose feet are washed, … Continue reading

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Meditation Six – Judgement

Continuing our daily meditations, taken from “Introduction to the Devout Life” by St. Francis de Sales, in preparation for making a truly Holy Confession before entering Holy Week. Chapter XVI: Sixth Meditation – Judgement Preparation. 1. PLACE yourself in the … Continue reading

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Meditation Five – Death

Continuing the daily meditations of our Lenten journey, taken from “Introduction to the Devout Life” by St. Francis de Sales, today we contemplate the prospect of death. Chapter XIII: Fifth Meditation. On Death Preparation. 1. PLACE yourself in the Presence … Continue reading

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“Resistance through forgiveness”

The videos of a ten-year-old Iraqi displaced by IS (Islamic State) and of a brother of two Egyptian labourers beheaded in Libya both voicing forgiveness for their persecutors have been watched by a million viewers and drawn the attention of … Continue reading

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Meditation Four – Sin

Taken from “Introduction to the Devout Life” by St. Francis de Sales: Chapter XII, Fourth Meditation. On Sin Preparation. 1. PLACE yourself in the Presence of God. 2. Ask Him to inspire your heart. Considerations. 1. Consider how long it … Continue reading

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Essential Elements for Liturgical Renewal: Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Washington D.C.

: By Steve Skojec   http://www.onepeterfive.com     And why speak I of the world to come? Since here this mystery makes earth become to you a heaven. Open only for once the gates of heaven and look in; nay, rather … Continue reading

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Meditation Three – The Gifts of God

Taken from “Introduction to the Devout Life” by St. Francis de Sales: Chapter XI. Third Meditation. Of the Gifts of God. Preparation. 1. PLACE yourself in the Presence of God. 2. Ask Him to inspire your heart. Considerations. 1. Consider … Continue reading

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Meditation Two – Of the End for which we were Created

This is the second preparatory meditation taken from “Introduction to the Devout Life” by St. Francis de Sales, in order to make a complete general Confession before Easter. Preparation. 1. PLACE yourself before God. 2. Ask Him to inspire your … Continue reading

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Meditation One – Creation

Continuing on from our four earlier meditations (1), (2), (3), and (4), taken from St. Francis de Sales’ “Introduction to the Devout Life”,  the saint advises us to consider the following ten meditations (one per day) before making a complete … Continue reading

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The Last Catholic King of Ireland

From Crisis Magazine , written by K.V. Turley. Recently, whilst traveling through Ireland, I passed over a small bridge. The river was easily crossed but I was conscious that the waters below were those of the River Boyne, and that upon its … Continue reading

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