A Saint Immediately

I was recently struck by a teaching of the foundress of the Focolare movement, Servant of God, Chiara Lubich. This teaching proposes three types of Christians – all sinners. The first kind repents after a fall but does not begin again. The second kind repents after a fall and begins again but without focus on eternal destiny.  The third kind begins again and races for the finish line with a gaze fixed on heaven. It’s the third kind that becomes a saint.

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On Receiving the Charisms of The Holy Spirit

The charisms of the Holy Spirit are essential for the building up of the heavenly Kingdom and still remain painfully ignored in the life of the Church. I find it helpful to return to the body as an organism, analogous to the the mystical body of the faithful on earth to see why. One often hears the dialectic, that the most important thing are the fruits of the Holy Spirit, and the Seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, as an

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The Battle for Sanctity

It has been my experience that as I journey in faith on my pilgrimage to God, my own sense of sin and complete “otherness” to
God only grow also. The seeming impossibility of ever arriving at the goal of heavenly transfiguration is a constant specter which can either haunt me like a ghost and cause discouragement or it can become a source of increased spiritual poverty and a deepening of a primeval inner crying out to God.

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Ukraine and War in The Heavenly Realms

One of the most painful things to witness in regard to the war in Ukraine is the support Vladimir Putin is receiving from the Orthodox hierarchy for the annexation of Ukraine. That and the context of the
“religious mission” surrounding it. This gets closer to the root of what’s happening which is a spiritual war in the heavenly realms, manifested in physical carnage and destruction.

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This Calamitous Lent

With war raging in Europe this has become a peculiarly unique Lent, but one in which, nonetheless, there are special graces
 available if one can accept them. Death has become more real in these times for many and offers,  a new way to look at life, or maybe and truer way – revisited in times of conflict.

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On The Acquisition Of The Holy Spirit

In regard to becoming possessed by the Holy Spirit, which in the words of St John Paul II, is the goal of the Christian life, there is no better writing on this then the treasure of the Orthodox Church from St Seraphim of Sarov.

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The Ascent of The Holy Mountain

High on the summit of the mountain of the Lord, above the clouds of darkness and confusion, lies a tiny spring of crystal clear water, the waters of truth goodness and purity – a stream of pure and unblemished though and consciousness. As it descends towards the valley of sin and brokenness it becomes more and more polluted by the evil

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Five Stones to Slay Goliath

Presently I am praying together with two friends to launch a new prayer initiative in the local parish. Each of us has received some
beautiful words of prophecy from the Lord on how to make this something after His own heart.

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The Two Divine Mercy Searchlights

This morning in my prayer time I asked the Holy Spirit to teach me something new, and I was surprised at what came to me both in the prophetic sense in regard to the illumination of conscience, but also in the beauty in which it reveals the Mercy of God and the call to always remain strong in hope.

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To hope when you have failed God

Before we sin the Lord is always the gentle accuser – don’t harm yourself or damage your relationship with me – calling us to draw closer and take refuge where He will shoulder the yoke with us. The demon on the other hand is the appeaser.

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