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I Am Love, by Keith JohnsonAnyone who loves God in the depths of his heart has already been loved by God. In fact, the measure of a man’s love for God depends upon how deeply aware he is of God’s love for him. When this awareness is keen it makes whoever possesses it long to be enlightened by the divine light, and this longing is so intense that it seems to penetrate his very bones. He loses all consciousness of himself and is entirely transformed by the love of God.

-From the treatise On Spiritual Perfection by Diadochus of Photice

Just a little nugget of wisdom from today’s Office of Readings.

March for Life 2015

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Life is beautiful!  How beautiful, too, to see the thousands and thousands of dedicated pro-life advocates who have traveled to our nation’s capitol, on this forty-second anniversary of Roe v. Wade, to be a voice for the dignity of every unborn child.  Please pray for everyone who works to end abortion.  Pray for the conversion of hearts who don’t recognize the dignity of life.  Pray for the healing of mothers, fathers and siblings wounded by abortion.

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Go to ewtn’s live player to watch live coverage of the March for Life 2015.

Prayer to the Holy Spirit, the Advocate

O Holy Spirit of God, You were promised to us by the Lord Jesus as an Advocate, as one who pleads our cause and speaks up for us in the heights of Continue reading

Journeying to the Christ Child

tumblr_my2cl61mTI1ssmm02o1_1280“Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising” (Is 60:1-3).

Today I planned on sharing what Pope Francis had to say today about the Epiphany, and the I realized that he hasn’t said anything about it because in Rome it’s celebrated on the traditional date of January 6th, the twelfth day after Christmas.  So this forced me to come up with some semi-original thoughts, something which, I’m sorry to admit, I was trying to Continue reading

Fifty Years of Faithfulness

photo 1I’m thanking God in a very special way today for my mom and dad:  Today is their Golden Wedding Anniversary!  Jules and Margaret Damiani were married on this day, December 26, 1964. I am truly grateful for their faithfulness to God and to each other.  They are a blessing to me, my siblings, and to so many others.

Thank you mom and dad for your “yes” fifty years ago and everyday since then – love you! Please join me in praying for them, and for all married couples, today.

May our dear Lord grant you much joy, and continue to deepen your love for each other May He bless you and your family, and lead you both to Heaven.

St. Stephen, pray for them.

God is in love with our smallness

457f48651fa02f2038f24e32db4b11ccMerry Christmas, everyone! With grateful hearts, we are praying to Our Infant Savior for each of you on this joyful day.  Thank you for reading our blog, listening to our radio show, supporting us through our Nonnavita Soap, and, most especially, thank you for praying for us.  May the joy and wonder of the Nativity, which filled the hearts of Our Lady and St. Joseph, fill your hearts, too.

Here is Pope Francis’ homily from Midnight Mass:

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined” (Is 9:1).  “An angel of the Lord appeared to [the shepherds] and the glory of the Lord shone around them” (Lk  2:9). This is how the liturgy of this holy Christmas night presents to us the birth of the Continue reading

O Emmanuel (Dec 23)

The O Antiphon for Dec 23 sung by the Cantarte Regensburg.

O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster, exspectatio gentium, et Salvator earum: veni ad salvandum nos Domine Deus noster.

O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the Expected of the Nations and their Saviour, come to save us, O Lord our God.

 

A meditation on the antiphon by Fr. Roger Landry

O Emmanuel: “O Emmanuel, king and lawgiver, desire of the nations, Savior of all people, come and set us free, Lord our God.” Isaiah had prophesied, “The Lord himself will give Continue reading

O Rex Gentium (Dec 22)

The O Antiphon for Dec 22 sung by the Cantarte Regensburg.

O Rex Gentium, et desideratus earum, lapisque angularis, qui facis utraque unum: veni, et salva hominem, quem de limo formasti.

O King of the Gentiles and the Desired of them, Thou Cornerstone that dost make both one, come and deliver man, whom Thou didst form out of the dust of the earth.

A meditation on the antiphon by Fr. Roger Landry

O Rex Gentium: “O King of all the nations, the only joy of every human heart; O Keystone of the mighty arch of man, come and save the creature you fashioned from the dust.” Isaiah Continue reading