Go Deeper!--

samplePopeJohnPaulII-1 At the close of the great Jubilee – and nearing the end of his pontificate – blessed John Paul II issued an emphatic call to the entire Church to “put out into the deep”. As he explains in this prophetic document (Novo Millennio Ineunte) the heart of responding to this call entails pursuing holiness through a committed life of prayer, nourished by the Eucharist, purified by confession, sustained by Grace and attentively ‘listening to the Word’ the fruit of which inevitably makes us more effectively proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ not only in words but with our very lives.

He notes that this “high standard of ordinary Christian living”1 requires a “genuine training in holiness” 1 and that this training in holiness “calls for a Christian life distinguished above all in the art of prayer” 2. He declares authoritatively that “it would be wrong to think that ordinary Christians can be content with a shallow prayer that is unable to fill their whole lives” 3.

The model of prayer he describes and calls us all to, is found in the “great mystical tradition of the Church of both East and West” 4. This wisdom of the ancients “shows how prayer can progress, as a genuine dialogue of love, to the point of rendering the person wholly possessed by the divine Beloved, vibrating at the Spirit’s touch, resting filially within the Father’s heart…It is a journey totally sustained by grace, which none the less demands an intense spiritual commitment and is no stranger to painful purifications (the ‘dark night’) 4.

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In our desire to encourage and equip you in this challenging but exciting journey we have prepared this segment of the website which will feature ongoingly, quotes from the spiritual Masters, the desert Fathers and Doctors of the Church. We encourage you to take them to prayer and ponder them…for years to come. The wisdom you will encounter has stood the test of time and led many, by grace to the transforming Union!

May God in His mercy raise up a veritable army of lay faithful who can testify to this same grace, if not on earth at least in heaven for all eternity!

 

The Message of Thérèse of Lisieux

We begin with an out-of-print classic which providentially came into our possession during our time in New Brunswick, entitled The Message of Thérèse of Lisieux by M. M. Philipon, O.P. For over ten years this Dominican theologian was granted the singular grace to enter the Carmelite cloister in Lisieux to confer with Thérèse’s sisters and consult and..

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On September 20th, 2013, posted in: Go Deeper! by

The Message of Thérèse of Lisieux (1)

Although the following ‘blog posts’ will be posted on this blog, they are not – strictly speaking – blog posts at all. I will not be sharing one original thought which is my own. I will however be sharing with you some rather insightful and original thoughts of others; namely the Dominican theologian M.M. Philipon..

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On October 8th, 2013, posted in: Go Deeper! by

The Message of Thérèse of Lisieux (2)

Quoted from the Introduction of The Message of Thérèse of Lisieux by M.M. Philipon – page xii, xiii “Of course it was not Thérèse of Lisieux who first discovered that God is our Father, or that holiness consists in love and requires nothing else; she did not even invent spiritual childhood. However, her creative genius, taking hold of..

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On October 11th, 2013, posted in: Go Deeper! by

The Message of Thérèse of Lisieux (3)

“Everything is simple in the life of Saint  Thérèse of the Child Jesus. She raises herself to the highest Christian perfection by the thread of ordinary events, without any remarkable action, without a miracle, without attracting attention, passing unnoticed during the twenty-four short years that that God gave her to work out her ascent to Him...

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On October 18th, 2013, posted in: Go Deeper!, Interior Life, Spiritual Journey by

The Message of Thérèse of Lisieux (4)

“During the time following her request to be admitted to the Carmel in Lisieux, but before she was granted permission to do so, Thérèse ‘gave herself up more and more to a serious, mortified life’1. ‘When I say mortified, I do not mean the penances practiced by the saints. Far from resembling those heroic souls who..

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On November 18th, 2013, posted in: Go Deeper!, Interior Life, Mortification by

The Message of Thérèse of Lisieux (5)

“The novitiate passed in spiritual dryness. This was for her the usual characteristic of her intimacy with God during almost her whole life in Carmel… Her mystical life, simple and ordinary in appearance, was more and more dominated interiorly by divine inspirations. The Holy Spirit guided her in everything. Thérèse herself has left us some valuable..

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On November 21st, 2013, posted in: Go Deeper! by