The self-deception, Part 4

The self-knowledge that comes from the Holy Spirit brings consolation, for it leads us to the Cross of Christ, which is the throne of grace where we attain forgiveness and mercy.

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Fr. Sladek’s text on self-deception, which we read in these last three days, showed us how important it is to guard against spiritual blindness and to avoid any pretence in our imitation of Christ. Jesus warns us of this blindness by speaking of the log that we carry in our eye without realizing it (cf. Mt 7,5).

How can a self-deception arise and how can it be overcome? Read More

The self-deception, Part 3

The separation between the ‘head’ and the ‘heart’ is the particular temptation of intellectuals.

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On this day, we will conclude the text of self-deception and spiritual blindness that we had been reading for the last few days. Afterwards, it will be necessary to mention some conclusions and recommendations about the causes that favor self-deception and how we can wake up from it. This is what we will focus on in tomorrow’s reflection. Read More

The self-deception, Part 2

We must not be afraid to recognize ourselves as we are. What should concern us is, that we may still live in some form of blindness.

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As of yesterday, we are reflecting on an important spiritual theme, which should help us to wake up entirely to the truth, so that our following of Christ may be free of illusions and our witness may thus be more effective in the world. It is about “self-deception”…

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The self-deception, Part 1

To recognize oneself in the light of God

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During the next few days, we will treat a very important subject, which could be of great benefit to our way of following Christ: self-deception. We will take as a basis a text written by Father Paulus Sladek OSA. This will be useful in many ways, but first of all it will help us to know ourselves better, which is essential for an authentic spiritual life. On the other hand, the text will also give us guidelines for a more accurate discernment of spirits, so that we can help people who are living in self-deception, be it total or partial. Read More

The dignity of the Holy Mass

Solemnity of Corpus Christi

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Jn 6,51-58

I am the living bread which has come down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever; and the bread that I shall give is my flesh, for the life of the world.’ Then the Jews started arguing among themselves, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ Jesus replied to them: In all truth I tell you, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my blood has eternal life, and I shall raise that person up on the last day. Read More

Retreat of Pentecost, Part 7

O most blessed Light divine, Let Your radiance in us shine, And our inmost being fill

Vigil lamps hanging in the innermost chamber of the Aedicule, in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem

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“O most blessed Light divine, Let Your radiance in us shine, And our inmost being fill.”

Here the Holy Spirit is addressed especially as a precious gift of the faithful.

It is an important distinction between people who do not yet know and live the true faith and the faithful. The first are lured and called by the Holy Spirit, and he wants to convince them of the truth of the gospel. Read More

Retreat of Pentecost, Part 6

Comfort in suffering and death

The suffering should be consciously brought into contact with God so that it can be transformed and become a “bright suffering”.

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The name Comforter for the Holy Spirit becomes very meaningful, because it is precisely in times of such tribulation through suffering that the Holy Spirit is present. There is a time of weeping and mourning (cf. Eccl 3,4). This is part of our life and if this were to be completely absent in some people, then we think that they have no heart. Jesus himself wept because of the death of Lazarus (cf. Jn 11,35), he especially wept for Jerusalem because the hour of his gracious coming was not recognized (cf. Lk 19,41), Rachel weeps for her children who were killed (cf. Jer 31,15), etc. Read More

Retreat of Pentecost, Part 5

In trouble you are calm! In the heat moderation

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Outer restlessness

We easily allow ourselves to be absorbed by the dynamics of the works in the world and by their transmission. Also the multitude of encounters and contacts, together with today’s almost unlimited communication possibilities, easily create an almost fundamental restlessness around us. Sacred silence is found less and less often, even the churches are becoming more and more places of restlessness instead of valuable places of silence. Read More

Retreat of Pentecost, Part 4

Come, light of the heart

 

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The Holy Spirit is the light which also pervades the darkness of our heart. It is from the heart that our evil things come (cf. Mt 15,19). It must be purified by the divine light. Thus, when we live in the state of grace, the Holy Spirit sinks into us. We then perceive his presence as a clear light that unites us more deeply with God. Where now this light shines, it encounters the darkness of our heart and attracts us to open the darkness to the light. Read More

Retreat of Pentecost, Part 3

If the Holy Spirit wants to exercise his spiritual fatherhood, then his adequate counterpart is a filial openness of the soul – just as Our Lady Mary had

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Come, Father of the poor

We are not very familiar with the term “Father” when referring to the Holy Spirit. But this becomes clear when we think of the word “beget”, which is connected with fatherhood. The Holy Spirit witnesses and begets. When we think about the term Father of the poor, a word from the Beatitude comes to mind!

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to them (Mt 5,3)” Read More