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"Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while." These words of Jesus Christ are an invitation to personal and intimate prayer. The meditations offered in this podcast are intended to help the listener enter into his own prayerful relationship with God. By reflecting on scenes from the Gospel, on other passages from Scripture, and on the insights of saints and spiritual writers, we can strengthen our faith in Jesus and our love for God. In the Gospel of John, Jesus says, "I have called you my friends." By regular meditation and dialogue with Our Lord in prayer, our life can be transformed into an ever deepening and loving friendship with God.

Come Away By Yourselves Fr. John Grieco

    • Religion & Spirituality
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"Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while." These words of Jesus Christ are an invitation to personal and intimate prayer. The meditations offered in this podcast are intended to help the listener enter into his own prayerful relationship with God. By reflecting on scenes from the Gospel, on other passages from Scripture, and on the insights of saints and spiritual writers, we can strengthen our faith in Jesus and our love for God. In the Gospel of John, Jesus says, "I have called you my friends." By regular meditation and dialogue with Our Lord in prayer, our life can be transformed into an ever deepening and loving friendship with God.

    [Rebroadcast}: "With all your heart, mind, soul and strength": Our Need for Adoration

    [Rebroadcast}: "With all your heart, mind, soul and strength": Our Need for Adoration

    The great commandment is to love God "with all of your mind, with all of your heart, with all of your soul, and with all of your strength."  Adoration is how we love God most directly as God.  This humble recognition of God's holiness, transcendence, and radical goodness is essential for our lives as Christians.  Like most things, however, we have to learn to adore God by practicing it.  We need to enter into the presence of God in our prayer, be still, and "know that he is God."

    • 30 min
    The Fruits of Self-Denial

    The Fruits of Self-Denial

    In Lent we turn our gaze towards the sufferings of Jesus.  Jesus suffers voluntarily, freely, out of love for us.  Our Lenten penances are an opportunity to do the same for him.  Self-denial is an essential aspect of moral strength and freedom.  Without it we are incapacitated to love God and others as we should.

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    • 18 min
    Having a Happily Miserable Lent

    Having a Happily Miserable Lent

    Lent is a wonderful opportunity to find our peace, joy, and comfort in God.  We do this by denying ourselves our usual sources of support, distraction, and pleasure.   To be filled by God is to run the risk of emptying ourselves out of other things.  This takes trust, courage and patience.   God always responds to this kind of personal faith, even when it is imperfect and needs to grow.   

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    • 27 min
    "I do will it, be made clean": Jesus' Cleansing Mercy

    "I do will it, be made clean": Jesus' Cleansing Mercy

    In this week's Gospel, Jesus cures a leper who tells him, "If you will, you can make me clean."  In confession, Jesus always wills to cleanse us of sin.  These last days before Lent are a great time to pray about the conversion from sin that God is asking of us.

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    • 30 min
    A Day in the Life of Jesus

    A Day in the Life of Jesus

    Today's reading from the Gospel of Mark continues directly from last Sunday's gospel reading.  Read together, they give us a picture of a day in the life of Jesus.  Jesus's day is filled with work, prayer, and service.   He approaches his tasks and situations with generosity and self-forgetfulness.  This day in his life is a good model for any day in our own lives. 

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    • 27 min
    [Rebroadcast]: The Parable of the Prodigal Son: Freedom and the Father

    [Rebroadcast]: The Parable of the Prodigal Son: Freedom and the Father

    The parable of the prodigal son is a parable of freedom and filiation.   The prodigal son and his older brother both misuse their freedom.  They mistakenly feel constrained by their relationship with their father and end up rejecting him.  The prodigal son rediscovers his sonship by reflecting on the truth of his situation.  This speaks to a close connection between true freedom and the truth itself.  The elder son acts correctly for the most part, but does so without charity, without an identification with his father's heart.  This leads him to a resentful and self-righteous fulfillment of his duties.  To avoid all of these pitfalls, we look to Jesus, who always acts freely because he always wants to please his most loving Father.

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    • 31 min

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153 Ratings

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Nourishment for the journey

I am so ver grateful for this re-alignment in my spirituality. Whenever I am beginning to get derailed either by my daily commitments, the world around me or the world inside; I am always consistently consoled and brought back to a peaceful rest when I settle in and pray these medications. Thank God for this podcast.
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Meditations on the go

It has been great to have these half hour mediations over the last couple of years. It has been a huge help with my mental prayer. I’ve re-listened to many of the episodes as I’ve found them very fruitful for continued reflection on the topic of that episode when it bringing it to my mental prayer.

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