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Why frequent, repeated reception of the Eucharist?

We go to Mass and we beg Christ for this and for that, which is sort of insulting. Here he is giving himself to us completely and perfectly. And humbly. Who are we that we should receive such a gift?! … Continue reading

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White martyrdom: bearing with others

We are all recipients of an infinite mercy we didn’t deserve and can’t pay back. We can only pay it forward by extending a fraction of the mercy we have received to a fellow undeserving human being. Constantly. And thus … Continue reading

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Feel honored, even if it seems odd

If God sends you trials and burdens in which you have no choice but to bear them patiently with love or else break faith with God, be flattered. God thinks highly of you. He has privileged you with the opportunity … Continue reading

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Seven great Merton paragraphs

There is a paradox that lies in the heart of human existence. It must be apprehended before any lasting happiness is possible in the soul of man. The paradox is this: man’s nature, by itself, can do little or nothing … Continue reading

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The cross in every minute — don’t miss a single minute, especially when something goes against your inclinations

Every cross is an opportunity to grow in disinterested love and thus enter more fully into the inner life of the Trinity. Those moments do not always last as long as they first appear they will. Sometimes they are over … Continue reading

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The Fire that brings its own energy

If the Holy Spirit is the Living Flame of Love, we tend to fear being consumed in the fire. But unlike other fires which consume to produce energy, this fire has its own infinite and unlimited energy. As it inflames … Continue reading

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The limit and the cause of joy

Desiring freedom and, hence, joy, is not the cause of joy. Your joy is not possible without your desiring it, yet it is not the cause. The cause is God’s generous love. “Knock and it shall be opened to you.” … Continue reading

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