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The Necessity of Purging away all tendency to Venial Sins – St. Francis de Sales

As daylight waxes, we, gazing into a mirror, see more plainly the soils and stains upon our face; and even so as the interior light of the Holy Spirit enlightens our conscience, we see more distinctly the sins, inclinations and … Continue reading

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A Firm Purpose of Amendment – St. Francis de Sales

A hearty Protest made with the object of confirming the Soul’s resolution to serve God, as a conclusion to its acts of Penitence  – (taken from St. Francis de Sales’ ‘Introduction to the Devout Life’.) Having made our General Confession, … Continue reading

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5th Century Centenary of the Birth of Saint Teresa of Jesus, Catholic Reformer

From RORATE CÆLI – Guest-post by Don Pietro Leone I. – The Life St. Teresa was born in Gotarrendura, Avila, Castile, of Alonso Sanchez de Cepeda and Beatrice (Beatriz) de Ahumada on 28th March, 1515, 500 years ago. As a child … Continue reading

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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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