What Every Catholic Should Know About Soon-to-be-Saint Élisabeth of the Trinity

03/13/2016 Comments (1)

Last Friday, March 4, Pope Francis issued a decree approving the healing of Miss Marie-Paul Stevens as a miracle.  Both local officials and Pope Francis recognized that a religion teacher afflicted with Sjögren's Syndrome while on a pilgrimage to Blessed Élisabeth's convent in Flavignerot, just outside of Dijon, was healed in 2002. Over the summer of 2011, the Archdiocese of Dijon opened the process for the canonization of Blessed Élisabeth of the Trinity, the Carmelite Mystic of Dijon, France (1880-1906). A formal announcement of her canonization date is expected in the next few weeks.

At her beatification in 1984, Saint John Paul II identified her as a strong influence on his spiritual...READ MORE

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The Catholic Faith is About Freedom Because Freedom is About the Truth

Under the shadow of the cross of Jesus Christ, believers know that the land of the free and the home of the brave can be rediscovered in our time.

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Giuseppe Craffonara, Bildnis Christi. Öl auf Leinwand, 64 x 50 cm (Trient, Museo Provinciale d'Arte)

Is faith in the Risen Lord a shield against a growing political and cultural absolutism in America today?

If yes, it may explain why a growing number of Catholics refuse to retreat from the public square even as they seem to lose struggles for the sacredness of marriage and life. Christians and other people of prayer engage the marketplace of ideas with even greater vigor. In the meantime, young people are responding to the call to service and lives of prayer with greater courage and enthusiasm than ever. Even as our churches in America and worldwide are burned down and unbridled hatred is unleashed brutally on our brothers and sisters in the Lord, we have good reason to fall to our knees...READ MORE

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The Poor in Spirit - The Witnesses to A New Advent

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What is the secret of joy in these days of Advent? Even before apostolic action, the Holy Father’s latest teaching invites us to a deeper contemplation — a prayerful gaze that sees the poor from God’s perspective.

Pope Francis wants a Church that is “poor and for the poor.”  He believes the poor have much to teach us, that we need to be evangelized by them, and that they should be in the heart of the Church’s pilgrim way.

“We are called to find Christ in them, to lend our voice to their causes, but also to be their friends, to listen to them, to speak for them and to embrace the mysterious wisdom which God wishes to share with us through them,” writes the Holy Father.

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Francis’ Mystical Light

10/03/2013 Comments (4)

Recently, a theologian and spiritual director shared an important insight into the spirituality of Pope Francis. Father Raymond Gawronski, like the Pope, is a member of the Society of Jesus. The interview in America magazine had just come out, and I was curious about his take on the Pope’s assertion that St. Ignatius was a mystic.

To Father Gawronski, this assertion finds justification in the very first paragraph of the saint’s Spiritual Exercises, which, paraphrased, could read: “Spiritual exercises indicate every method of examination of conscience, meditation, contemplation, vocal or mental prayer ... any means of preparing and disposing our soul to seek and find God’s will.”

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About Anthony Lilles

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Anthony Lilles, a founding faculty member of St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, Co., now serves in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as Academic Dean for Saint John’s Seminary in Camarillo, CA and as academic advisor for Juan Diego House in Gardena, CA. He was instrumental in founding the Avila Institute of Spiritual Formation and provides podcasts for DiscerningHearts.com. His forthcoming publications include Fire from Above, a treatise on contemplative prayer by Sophia Institute Press and 30 Days with Saint Therese of Lisieux, by Emmaus Press, co-authored with Daniel Burke. Lilles is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville. He completed his graduate and post-graduate studies in Rome at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas, and his dissertation researched Blessed Elisabeth of the Trinity. Read more from Anthony here.