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NEW Acts of Spiritual Communion

Posted by livingchrist on December 28, 2014 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (0)

I thought I would share with you a spiritual practice which I developed during Advent. Years ago when I was in the convent, we had a huge grandfather clock in the hall which chimed the quarter hour and struck the Westminster chimes on the hour. I've been thinking about that clock throughout the year, remembering that when it struck the hour, we prayed an "hour prayer"--but what that prayer was, I no longer remember. As absent-minded as I can be, sometimes hours go by without...

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UNDERSTANDING ISLAM

Posted by livingchrist on December 27, 2014 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

The Institute of Catholic Culture online contain hundreds of free lectures on great topics, including several on Islam. The full library: http/www.instituteofcatholicculture.org/complete-library/

I especially recommend these talks which w...

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SOUL FOOD Talk #20 - Spiritual Motherhood & Prayer in the Eternal Mode

Posted by livingchrist on December 14, 2014 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

SOUL FOOD Talk #20 – Spiritual Motherhood & Prayer in the Eternal Mode

1. Following the vimeo of Maria Hickein's talk on Spiritual Motherhood

[ http [:/] /lovecrucified.com/articles_formation/formation/video.html#sm ] , I thought it would be good to see some of that in writing. I can't begin to duplicate her talk which is so much more profound than what I produce for you here, but it would be good to review some ...

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SOUL FOOD Talk 19 - Penitence & Humility

Posted by livingchrist on October 15, 2014 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

SOUL FOOD Talk # 19 – Penitence and Humility

1. The Greek word penthos means” to mourn.” The Old Testament used the Greek word penthos 120 times to indicate the grief experienced by those who mourn in private or public settings. But to the earliest Church fathers, this penthos meant “sorrow at the prospect of losing eternal salvation on the part of ourselves or of others.” From penthos comes our modern usage of penit...

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SOUL FOOD Talk 18 - The Sacred Heart of Jesus

Posted by livingchrist on September 24, 2014 at 1:35 AM Comments comments (0)

SOUL FOOD Talk #18 – The Sacred Heart of Jesus

 

A SHORT HISTORY

1. Most of us are well acquainted with devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. We probably remember especially something of the visions of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690), a Visitation nun; she had a personal revelation through a series of visions of Christ as she prayed before the Blessed Sacrament. She wrote, "He disclosed to me the marvels of his Love and the inexplicable secrets of his S...

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SOUL FOOD Talk 17 - DIVINA LECTIO, Divine Reading

Posted by livingchrist on September 24, 2014 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (0)

SOUL FOOD Talk #17 - Divine Reading (Lectio Divina) & Prayer

 

1. Prayer, the lifeblood of anyone who follows Christ, is such an intimate, personal, unique Christian/Catholic experience for each of us. What works for one may feel totally alien to someone else. Yet through the last 2000 years, several basic practices have developed which truly work for many people, practices which have led ordinary people to become saints abiding in deep, daily union with the Blessed Trini...

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SOUL FOOD Talk 15 -- USING POETRY IN PRAYER

Posted by livingchrist on August 19, 2014 at 1:55 AM Comments comments (0)

SOUL FOOD Talk #15 - Using Poetry in Prayer

 

1. Being a poet, years ago when I began experiencing contemplation, I made an observation. Entering into a somewhat inspired state, given an insight from reading or from an experience, I often felt deeply impelled to write it down, or to try to do so. Yet, especially when the insight was a spiritual one, if I resisted the urge to write, but instead turned to God in prayer, especially in quiet of heart, and followed the inspiration...

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SOUL FOOD Talk #14 - A PLAN TO PRAISE HIS GLORY

Posted by livingchrist on July 23, 2014 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (0)

 

SOUL FOOD Talk # 14 – A PLAN TO PRAISE HIS GLORY

1. I read recently in Under the Gaze of the Father [Conchita’s retreat in 1935] this paragraph which touched me deeply: “The love of Jesus is very pure. His Heart contains all of us, yet He loves but [only] His Father. He walked the earth doing good, pouring out graces, giving life with generous abundance, setting the earth on fire with fire from ...

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SOUL FOOD Talk 13 - ACCEPTANCE

Posted by livingchrist on July 9, 2014 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

SOUL FOOD Talk #13 - ACCEPTANCE

 

1. When I entered the convent over 40 years ago, I was required to bring two books with me: Sacred Scripture and The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis. I soon became enamoured of the Bible, but though I used the Imitation for a couple of years, I soon put it down as too archaic. I could not identify with much of the book.

 

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SOUL FOOD Talk 12: IMMOLATION & DIVINIZATION

Posted by livingchrist on June 19, 2014 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

[June 24, 2014]

SOUL FOOD Talk 12 - IMMOLATION & DIVINIZATION

1. By now we all know of Venerable Conchita (Conception Cabrera de Armida) of Mexico, the wife, mother, grandmother who brought to us the Spirituality of the Cross with over 55,000 pages of exceptional mystical theology, a woman whose depth and dimension rivals that of St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Catherine of Siena. Her cause for canonization is in Rome, and I personally ...

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SOUL FOOD Talk 10: Supplement: Biblical Justice

Posted by livingchrist on June 11, 2014 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

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SOUL FOOD Talk 9 - THE HOLY SPIRIT & HIS SEVEN GIFTS

Posted by livingchrist on March 25, 2014 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)


1.    Revelations by Christ on the Second Pentecost nd Era of the Holy Spirit made to Concepcion Cabrera de Armida, affectionately known as Conchita.   Born December 1862 in Mexico.  At 21 yeqars, she married and had nine children.  Manuel, one of her sons, became ...

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TALKS ON CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER

Posted by livingchrist on February 24, 2014 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Click on this website to locate numerous podcasts on prayer, especially contemplative prayer,

by Dr. Anthony Lilles based on the prayer life of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, a young Carmelite saint. 

A wonderful site: 

http://www....

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ST. PADRE PIO

Posted by livingchrist on February 3, 2014 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)

If you love Padre Pio, you will love this website--http://caccioppoli.com/Padre%20Pio%20time%20line,%20words,%20facts.pdf

Story of his life, many of his experiences from infancy, his words. Be sure to get to chapter 2 and beyond.   A wonder!

SOUL FOOD Talk 4: TERRITORY OF SOULS

Posted by livingchrist on February 3, 2014 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (0)

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ST. ANTONY OF THE DESERT - FIRST MONK & FATHER OF THE CHURCH

Posted by livingchrist on January 13, 2014 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

The feast day of St. Antony is on January 17.  This tremendous saint of God lived from 251-356 AD and established the first hermitages and monasteries in the first centuries of Christianity.  St. Anthanasius, one of his companions, a beloved follower, later became a bishop and wrote Antony's biography.  The section on discerning spirits, the wiles of the demons,  and how to deal with the evil spirits, is wonderful.  Enjoy this great teaching...

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SOUL FOOD Talk 8: Mortification

Posted by livingchrist on December 6, 2013 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (1)

SOUL FOOD Talk 8: TRAINING BROTHER ASS – MORTIFICATION

1. Mortification refers to the Christian ideal of dying to self through deliberate restraint of our unruly passions and appetites. It refers to our struggle against evil inclinations. It distinguishes between external mortification for example, fasting, controlling one's tongue and internal...

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SOUL FOOD TALKS

Posted by livingchrist on November 14, 2013 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

A couple of months ago I began a new ministry at St. Paul the Apostle Church, presenting true SOUL FOOD, an indepth presentation and sharing with clear orthodox sources.  Though I can't include all the explanations and commentary which were included in these talks, I thought I might present the basis for each one.  The Holy Spirit has truly been active in all of the sessions.  All of the participants feel that they are truly growing their spiritual lives.  M...

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