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The Marian Devotion of St. Teresa of Avila

The Marian Devotion of St. Teresa of Avila

May 23, 2016

How did St. Teresa of Avila express her Marian devotion and how might we imitate her? Although St. Teresa did not write a major work on the Blessed Virgin Mary, there is no doubt the importance she played in St. Teresa’s life, from her youth up through her founding many monasteries. One may ask, what place did the rosary have in her prayer life? What was the importance of the Virgin Mary in St. Teresa’s prayer? Did she have some mystical encounters involving the Blessed Mother? And, for today, how might we grow in our devotion to our Heavenly Mother?


 Scripture: Lk 1:35


“The Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila, Vol. 1, 2, and 3,” Translated by Kieran Kavanaugh, OCD and Otilio Rodriguez, OCD; ICS Publications.

 “Sermon in a Sentence: a Treasury of Quotations on the Spiritual Life, Vol. 4, St. Teresa of Avila,” Selected and Arranged by John P. McClermon; Ignatius Press


“Saint Teresa of Jesus and the Virgin Mary” found at www.ocd.pcn.nt/mad_en1.htm

MAY 17 2016: Mary as Our Principal Intercessor to Receive the Outpouring of the Holy Spirit
Docility to the Holy Spirit.

Docility to the Holy Spirit.

May 9, 2016

In this second of a two part series on the Holy Spirit, Mark and Frances speak about the work of the Holy Spirit in our individual souls. After providing a brief list of the names given to the Holy Spirit, the conversation moves to a deeper exploration of role of the Holy Spirit in the work of our sanctification. As the Church teaches this all a work of Grace, so Mark and Frances take the time to describe the two elements of Grace and how they each play a unique role in our sanctification. After describing the more Theological aspects of the working of Grace, they go on to provide a detailed explanation of the more practical aspects of Grace and how individual souls might go about securing Grace for themselves. The single greatest source of Grace of course are the Sacraments of the Church, but not all receive the Sacraments to the same degree, or with the same degree of preparation, and therefore not everyone receives the same amount of Grace, even though they may attend the same Mass. The conversation also explore the important role of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and the Trinity. Here Mark and Frances investigate how we each soul might best prepare ourselves to cooperate with this work of the Trinity, this is most especially done through prayer.

Preparing to Receive the Holy Spirit at Pentecost

Preparing to Receive the Holy Spirit at Pentecost

May 2, 2016

By studying the book of Acts, one may learn a great deal about the Holy Spirit. Of great importance to each person is the way to prepare to receive the Holy Spirit. The earlier verses from Acts give us lots of indicators on how the Apostles prepared and thus set the example for how we may prepare. This conversation covers a list of 9 simple steps to get ready for Pentecost.


Scripture Passages: Jn 14:26, Acts 1:8, Lk 12:12; Jn 14:16-17; Jn 16:13, Mt 4:5, Mt 5:35, Ps. 46:10, Is 40:31, Acts 1:6, Acts 1:13-14, Lk 11:9-10, 13; Lk 10:21, Acts 10:44-46, Jn 4:23-24, 1 Cor 10:31.


“The Sanctifier: The Classic Work on the Holy Spirit” (also known as “True Devotion to the Holy Spirit”) by Archbishop Luis Martinez, Translated by Sister M. Aquinas; St. Paul Editions.

“Holy Spirit Make Your Home in Me: Biblical Meditations on Receiving the Gift of the Spirit” by George T. Montague, S.M.; The Word Among Us Press.

“Hearts Aflame: the Holy Spirit at the Heart of Christian Life Today” by Alan Schreck; Servant Publications.

“Paraclete: the Spirit of Truth in the Church” by Fr. Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R.; Servant Publications.

“Thoughts of Blessed Mary of Jesus Crucified” by Rev. D. Buzy, S.C.J.; Carmel of Bethlehem.

“Divine Intimacy” by Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D.; Tan Books.

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