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About thereserita

Happy Catholic seeking to share that happiness with others.

If You Want Peace in This Life by Fr. Bruno Lanteri

Father Bruno Lanteri was the founder of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, the order that Fr. Timothy Gallagher, O.M.V. belongs to. One of the charisms of this order is fostering conversion to God through the Spiritual Exercises of St. … Continue reading

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The Courage To Rejoice by Pope Benedict

“The loss of joy does not make the world better—and, conversely, refusing joy for the sake of suffering does not help those who suffer. The contrary is true. The world needs people who discover the good, who rejoice in it … Continue reading

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St. John of the Cross and the Night of the Senses

by Fr. Iain Matthew O.C.D. “The trouble is our culture has a mesmeric fascination in keeping moving–there is no where so urgent as an airport. Our fascination is moving, and growing fear of having to stop. It takes courage to … Continue reading

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How Can Crucifixion Be a Triumph?

I have a wonderful Catholic friend who refuses to pray the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary. She says it is too depressing, so she just skips them. Turning away from the pain of others is tempting. Who doesn’t have enough pain … Continue reading

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Your Fragrant Breathing Stills Me

Since today (September 12) is the Feast of the Holy Name of Mary and since one of today’s readings is Blessed Mother’s Magnificat, I was reminded of The Living Flame of Love which has been called the “Magnificat of St. … Continue reading

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The Restlessness of Love

On August 28, 2013, Pope Francis spoke with  Augustinian priests on the occasion of the opening of their General Chapter meeting in Rome. Here is the end of his homily which speaks eloquently of the restlessness that every follower of … Continue reading

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Foolish Virgins by St. John of the Cross

“Many want to be favorites of their confessors and thus they are consumed by a thousand envies and disquietudes. Embarrassment forbids them from relating their sins clearly, lest their reputation diminish in their confessor’s eyes. They confess their sins in … Continue reading

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