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Fr. Timothy Gallagher, Dr. Anthony Lilles, Deacon James Keating, Archbishop George Lucas, Msgr. John Esseeff and so many other Catholic Spiritual leaders and teachers/catechists offer the best teachings in the rich Catholic Spiritual/Discernment tradition. From lives of the saints to the basics of Catholic Social teaching, from the Sacred Liturgy to prayer in everyday moments of our lives, we walk to together as we fulfill our call to "be saints in the making". By the renewal of our minds, we form ourselves so that we "may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect." (Rom 12:2)

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Fr. Timothy Gallagher, Dr. Anthony Lilles, Deacon James Keating, Archbishop George Lucas, Msgr. John Esseeff and so many other Catholic Spiritual leaders and teachers/catechists offer the best teachings in the rich Catholic Spiritual/Discernment tradition. From lives of the saints to the basics of Catholic Social teaching, from the Sacred Liturgy to prayer in everyday moments of our lives, we walk to together as we fulfill our call to "be saints in the making". By the renewal of our minds, we form ourselves so that we "may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect." (Rom 12:2)

    Novena to the Holy Spirit Day 5

    Novena to the Holy Spirit Day 5

    Begin be reciting the following prayer…

    O Holy Spirit, Divine Consoler!

    I adore you as my True God.

    I offer You my whole heart,

    and I render You heartfelt thanks for all the benefits You have bestowed upon the world.

    You are the author of all supernatural gifts

    and enriched the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God,

    with all favors,

    I ask you to visit me by Your grace and Your love,

    and grant me the favor

    I so earnestly seek…

    State your request here…

    O Holy Spirit,

    spirit of truth, come into our hearts:

    DAY FIVE

    Come, O Spirit of sanctity,

    from the glory of heaven

    and send forth the radiance of Your light.

    Father of all the poor,

    light and peace of all hearts,

    come with Your countless gifts.

    Consoler in desolation;

    refreshment full of loveliness,

    come dear friend of my soul.

    In weariness send repose;

    breath gently cool refreshing breeze;

    console the desolate who weep alone.

    Light of Beatitude,

    make our hearts ready;

    come enter our souls.

    Without Your grace,

    man stands alone;

    he cannot be good or sure.

    Cleanse what is soiled;

    heal what is wounded;

    moisten what is arid.

    Bend the stubborn will;

    warm the cold heart;

    guide the wandering footstep.

    O Holy Spirit,

    we beg You to give us grace through Your sevenfold power

    and grant me the favor I so earnestly seek in this novena…

    State your request here…

    Give us merit for the present,

    and one day beatitude when we have finished our earthly journey.

    Come, O Holy Spirit,

    fill the hearts of Your faithful,

    and kindle in them the fire of Your love.

    Amen.

    • 2 min
    Ep 12 – A Sister of St. Thérèse: Servant of God, Léonie Martin – Bearer of Hope w/Fr. Timothy Gallagher – Discerning Hearts Podcast

    Ep 12 – A Sister of St. Thérèse: Servant of God, Léonie Martin – Bearer of Hope w/Fr. Timothy Gallagher – Discerning Hearts Podcast

    n this episode, we jump ahead 15 years to 1915. Léonie is now a cloistered religious Sister Françoise-Thérèse of the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary in Caen.  She is doing her best to live the "little way" as described by her younger sister

    • 37 min
    Novena to the Holy Spirit Day 4

    Novena to the Holy Spirit Day 4

    Novena to the Holy Spirit

    Begin be reciting the following prayer…

    O Holy Spirit, Divine Consoler!

    I adore you as my True God.

    I offer You my whole heart,

    and I render You heartfelt thanks for all the benefits

    You have bestowed upon the world.

    You are the author of all supernatural gifts and enriched the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, with all favors,

    I ask you to visit me by Your grace and Your love,

    and grant me the favor I so earnestly seek…

    State your request here…

    O Holy Spirit,

    spirit of truth, come into our hearts:

    DAY FOUR

    O God,

    Who today by the light of the Holy Spirit did instruct the hearts of the faithful,

    give us, by the light of the same Holy Spirit,

    a love for what is right and just and a constant enjoyment of His comforts.

    Pray Holy Spirit, that I may strive to learn more of my faith;

    that I may ever be conscious that reason in all its human magnificence is capable of grasping but a glimpse of the reality that is God.

    Pray that I may accept as the motto of my life:

    “All for the greater glory of God”

    and grant me the favor I so earnestly seek in this novena…

    State your request here…

    Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful,

    and kindle in them the fire of Your love. Amen.

    • 1 min
    “We also must love one another”– Building a Kingdom of Love with Msgr. John Esseff podcast

    “We also must love one another”– Building a Kingdom of Love with Msgr. John Esseff podcast

    Msgr. Esseff asks the question, “Can you forgive ?”  He challenges us to take a good look at our prayer lives and to prepare for the coming of Jesus in your life today.

    1 Jn 4:11-16

    Beloved, if God so loved us,

    we also must love one another.

    No one has ever seen God.

    Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us,

    and his love is brought to perfection in us.

    This is how we know that we remain in him and he in us,

    that he has given us of his Spirit.

    Moreover, we have seen and testify

    that the Father sent his Son as savior of the world.

    Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God,

    God remains in him and he in God.

    We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us.

    God is love, and whoever remains in love

    remains in God and God in him.

    Gospel

    Jn 17:11b-19

    Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed saying:

    “Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me,

    so that they may be one just as we are one.

    When I was with them I protected them in your name that you gave me,

    and I guarded them, and none of them was lost

    except the son of destruction,

    in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled.

    But now I am coming to you.

    I speak this in the world

    so that they may share my joy completely.

    I gave them your word, and the world hated them,

    because they do not belong to the world

    any more than I belong to the world.

    I do not ask that you take them out of the world

    but that you keep them from the evil one.

    They do not belong to the world

    any more than I belong to the world.

    Consecrate them in the truth. Your word is truth.

    As you sent me into the world,

    so I sent them into the world.

    And I consecrate myself for them,

    so that they also may be consecrated in truth.”

     

    Msgr. John A. Esseff is a Roman Catholic priest in the Diocese of Scranton.  He was ordained on May 30th, 1953, by the late Bishop William J. Hafey, D.D. at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Scranton, PA.  Msgr. Esseff served as a retreat director and confessor to Blessed Mother Teresa.    He continues to offer direction and retreats for the sisters of the missionaries of charity around the world.  Msgr. Esseff encountered St.  Padre Pio,  who would become a spiritual father to him.  He has lived in areas around the world, serving in the Pontifical missions, a Catholic organization established by St. Pope John Paul II to bring the Good News to the world especially to the poor. He continues to serve as a retreat leader and director to bishops, priests and sisters and seminarians and other religious leaders around the world.   

    • 28 min
    Novena to the Holy Spirit Day 3

    Novena to the Holy Spirit Day 3

    Novena to the Holy Spirit

    O Holy Spirit, Divine Consoler!

    I adore you as my True God.

    I offer You my whole heart,

    and I render You heartfelt thanks for all the benefits You have bestowed upon the world.

    You are the author of all supernatural gifts

    and enriched the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God,

    with all favors,

    I ask you to visit me by Your grace and Your love,

    and grant me the favor

    I so earnestly seek…

    State your request here…

    O Holy Spirit,

    spirit of truth, come into our hearts:

    DAY THREE

    Heavenly Father,

    You have called me to be a member

    of the mystical body of Your Son, Jesus Christ,

    and to be a temple of the Holy Spirit.

    I ask You to give me these gifts of the Holy Spirit:

    wisdom, that I may understand the follies of this world;

    understanding, that I may grasp more fully

    the meaning of my existence

    and the purpose of all things in the world;

    counsel, that I may always choose the proper way;

    fortitude, that I may remain faithful to You

    under the pressure of temptation.;

    piety, that I may revere You in all I do, think or say;

    fear of the Lord, that should the motive of love fail me,

    I may quickly be awakened to the eternal consequences of my deeds.

    Visit me by Your grace

    and Your love

    and grant me the favor I so earnestly seek in this novena…

    State your request here…

     

    Come, O Holy Spirit,

    fill the hearts of Your faithful,

    and kindle in them the fire of Your love.

    Amen.

    • 2 min
    Episode 3 – Real Philosophy for Real People – Fr. Joseph Fessio S.J., Vivian Dudro, and Joseph Pearce FBC Podcast

    Episode 3 – Real Philosophy for Real People – Fr. Joseph Fessio S.J., Vivian Dudro, and Joseph Pearce FBC Podcast

    What’s real and what’s not? And is life worth living at all? Nihilism, naturalism, existentialism, and more as we unpack chapters 3 and 4 of Robert McTeigue’s Real Philosophy for Real People.

    This discussion is part of the FORMED Book Club—an online community led by Fr. Joseph Fessio, Joseph Pearce, and Vivian Dudro that reads and discusses a different book each month.





    You can find the book here

    A great philosopher once observed, “Philosophers let theories get in the way of what they and everybody else know.” A lot of ink has been spilt in order to obscure what we really can’t not know about reality, humanity and morality.

    In the midst of a culture permeated by philosophies that seek to redefine the universally available meaning of what it is to be human, Fr. Robert McTeigue says it is more important than ever to be equipped with reliable philosophical tools that help us to see clearly the implications of our stated moral claims; that enable us to detect moral and logical error; and that keep us grounded in the love of truth.

    You will find such tools in these pages that explore what it means to be human with metaphysical, anthropological, and ethical dimensions.

    But this book does more than offer tools for seeing and understanding. It is a refutation of philosophies which prize love of theory over love of truth; a rebuke of any metaphysics that cannot account for itself; a refutation of anthropologies which are unworthy of the human person; and a refutation of ethical systems which reduce the great dignity and destiny of the human person.

    Most importantly, this book is a prescription for an alternative: it is a real philosophy for real people, wherein the best of classical philosophy finds its fulfillment, expressed in a contemporary idiom that is accessible to the layman and plausible to the scholar. It offers a catalog of errors with their refutations, and a map for living a truly human life. It is a portable error-detector, while providing a basis for knowing and presenting the truth.



     

    • 37 min

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