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In this podcast, Msgr. Fred Dolan underscores the perennial importance of persevering in our ascetical or interior struggle for "going higher and higher, doing whatever it takes to aim high, and to reach Heaven." We know that the Christian life is not compatible with self-satisfied mediocrity, love of comfort, and lukewarmness. We need great moral strength to reach Heaven and that means a daily perseverance towards sanctity. Therefore, as Msgr. Dolan explains, "to go higher and to get there requires a 'struggle' or 'warfare'... against the enemies of our sanctity, which include pride, laziness, love of comfort, sensuality, and a whole host of others." With practical advice and anecdotes from the life of St. Josemaria, Msgr. Dolan encourages us to fight our daily interior battles through which the discipline of a plan of work, good use of time, and small sacrifices will keep us exercising control over our appetites and keep us from falling into dissipation and lukewarmness.As you end this time of prayer, looking ahead into the new season and keeping your eyes on Heaven, what struggles do you want to conquer with a positive, cheerful, constant, and energetic spirit?View TranscriptVisit Show PageSupport the show
In this podcast, Fr. Javier del Castillo explores the meaning that our human suffering can assume when we offer it out of love to God. He explains that “the Lord has not come to get rid of suffering–we continue to suffer all the time–but he has come to give it meaning with his Cross; he has come to give it the meaning of love.”As we unite ourselves to the Cross of Christ, our hearts expand to a deeper outpouring of love among those around us. If we embrace our Cross in this way, we too will "find Mary on the way, just as Jesus did," and she will comfort and sustain us with her maternal care (Holy Rosary, no. 9).As you pray with this meditation today, think of ways you can begin to see the Cross, whether it is one or several in your life, as a source of joy instead of sorrow. And, ask yourself: how can I better unite myself to Jesus and Mary by means of the Cross?View TranscriptVisit Show PageSupport the show
In this podcast, Msgr. Fred Dolan invites us to remember how closely the Good Shepherd walks with us in our daily lives. He knows everything about us and is there at every moment, ever ready to guide, inspire, and support us as we aim to live out the particular vocation He has lovingly entrusted to us.God takes a risk with you. As St. John Henry Newman explains, “[God] has committed some work to [you] that he has not committed to another. [You] have [your] mission. He has not created [you] for nothing.” Ultimately, we are free to say ‘no’ to the mission God gives us. Yet only in fulfilling that mission wholeheartedly will we become truly happy and truly free.As you pray and reflect on this meditation, ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom and light to see how you can put your gifts and talents at the service of God. Remember that our human limitations and weaknesses need not deter us from responding generously to God’s will.This podcast is part of our Day of Recollection resources for the month of September, available for free online at www.stjosemaria.org.View TranscriptVisit Show PageSupport the show
In this podcast, Msgr. Fred Dolan shares a reflection on the standard of holiness which St. Josemaria characterizes by the following three points: holy intransigence, holy coercion, and holy shamelessness. He explains that we must form our heart and mind according to the gospel message so that we will have a firm foundation when confronted with opposition.We are encouraged to look to the example of the saints who were steadfast in seeking the truth despite facing opposing viewpoints. Inspired by their witness, we too can seek to attain the plane of sanctity through the ordinary moments of everyday life and be a reflection of Christ in the world today.In this podcast Msgr. Dolan shares excerpts from the Letter from the Prelate of Opus Dei dated February 14, 2017. This letter can be read in full online at opusdei.org.View TranscriptVisit Show PageSupport the show
In this podcast, Fr. Peter Armenio sheds light on the mystery of redemption and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  In the life of every saint—and here he draws upon personal encounters with John Paul II, Mother Teresa, and Alvaro del Portillo—there is an intimate connection with Christ and His Eucharistic sacrifice.  “My professional work,” says Fr. Peter, “even if I make my bed out of love, could have an infinite value when I allow it to be absorbed by Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross.”As you meditate with this podcast today, think of any concrete efforts you can make this week to join yourself more intimately with the Eucharistic sacrifice.  When you are at Mass, remember that your work and sufferings can have an infinite value when you unite them to Our Lord.  Allow yourself to say, along with St. Paul, “it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me” (Galatians 2:20).“Keep struggling, so that the Holy Sacrifice of the Altar really becomes the center and root of your interior life, and so your whole day will turn into an act of worship — an extension of the Mass you have attended and a preparation for the next. Your whole day will then be an act of worship that overflows in aspirations, visits to the Blessed Sacrament and the offering up of your professional work and your family life…” (The Forge, no. 69).View TranscriptVisit Show PageSupport the show
In this podcast, Fr. Peter Armenio reflects on the importance of detachment in our spiritual lives, in order that we may be better able to make a generous gift of ourselves to Our Lord and to others.  He reminds us that while the comforts of this world can be good in themselves, they are ultimately fleeting.  Drawing upon the Parable of the Rich Young Man, Fr. Peter urges us to give all that we have so that we obtain Jesus.  In the words of St. Josemaria: “Bearing in mind what I have just said I want you to be completely convinced that, if we really want to follow Our Lord closely and be of real service to God and the whole of mankind, then we must be thoroughly detached from ourselves, our intellectual talents, our health, our good name, our noble ambitions, our triumphs and successes” (Friends of God, no. 144). As you pray and reflect upon this message, what attachments can you begin to “hack away” at today that will make the joy of Christ shine through your life more clearly? View TranscriptVisit Show PageSupport the show
As the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on August 15, Msgr. Fred Dolan shares a reflection on the life of faith modeled by Our Lady and how we too can be filled with a trust and joy that is unable to be shaken by difficulties.Looking to her example, Msgr. Dolan explains that our life of faith can also prosper through contemplative prayer, docility to the Holy Spirit, and trust in the will of God as we seek to share the light of Christ in the world today.In honor of this great feast of the Assumption, how will you continue to learn from Mary and ponder important things in your heart and to think deeply about the will of God in your life?View TranscriptVisit Show PageSupport the show
In this podcast, Fr. Javier del Castillo reflects on the spirit of detachment and the freedom from material goods as we seek to live more fully in the presence of God.As St. Josemaria explains: "The ordinary Christian has to reconcile two aspects in his life that may at first seem contradictory. There is on the one hand, true poverty, which is obvious and tangible and made up of definite things. This poverty should be an expression of faith in God and a sign that the heart is not satisfied with created things and aspires to the Creator; that it wants to be filled with love of God so as to be able to give this same love to everyone. On the other hand an ordinary Christian is and wants to be one more among his fellow men, sharing their way of life, their joys and happiness; working with them, loving the world and all the good things that exist in it; using all created things to solve the problems of human life and to establish a spiritual and material environment which will foster personal and social development" (Conversations, no. 111). This podcast is part of our Day of Recollection resources for the month of August, available for free online at www.stjosemaria.org.View TranscriptVisit Show PageSupport the show
As we conclude our mini-series on St. Josemaria’s homily, Passionately Loving the World, Fr. Peter Armenio shares a reflection on the inestimable value of ordinary life and how it serves as a medium through which we encounter the presence of God. Drawing upon the hidden years of Christ’s life, Fr. Peter highlights the importance of being formed by the witness of our family and being nurtured by prayer so that we can lead a heroic life of faith, generosity, and service.Fr. Peter explains: “Don’t underestimate [your] individual calling. We are all called to be saints because sanctity does not depend on exactly what [we’re] doing, but how much love [we] invest in what [we’re] doing.”As you pray and reflect today, what steps forward can you take in your prayer life to strengthen your resolve to invite Christ into the ordinary moments of each day?View TranscriptVisit Show PageSupport the show
Do you love your life and the world with passion?In this podcast, Fr. Donncha Ó hAodha continues our mini-series on St. Josemaria’s homily Passionately Loving the World with a reflection on our call to profoundly love and serve the Lord in and through our ordinary circumstances, especially our work. Fr. Donncha shares that, although worldliness can receive a negative connotation, we are called to give witness to the love of Christ in our daily actions as God became incarnate so that we can see and experience the world through his eyes.St. Josemaria explains: “A man who knows that the world – and not just the church – is the place where he finds Christ, loves that world. He endeavors to become properly trained, intellectually and professionally. He makes up his own mind, in full freedom, about the problems of the environment in which he moves, and he takes his own decisions in consequence” (In Love with the Church, no. 54).View TranscriptVisit Show PageSupport the show
Continuing our mini-series, “Passionately Loving the World”:  In this podcast, Fr. Eric Nicolai shares a reflection on the dangers of keeping our faith solely within the confines of our personal life rather than allowing it to permeate every aspect of our life–from the church, to the office, and among friends. Fr. Eric encourages us to cultivate authentic friendships through which we can carry out the work of evangelization, seeking to bring the light of Christ into every corner of our world.St. Josemaria explains: “We cannot lead a double life. We cannot be like schizophrenics, if we want to be Christians. There is only one life, made of flesh and spirit. And it is that life which has to become, in both body and soul, holy and filled with God: we discover the invisible God in the most visible and material things. There is no other way, my daughters and sons: either we learn to find Our Lord in ordinary, everyday life, or we shall never find him” (Conversations, no. 114).As you pause and reflect today, in what area of your life do you need to more intentionally share and reflect the light of Christ?View TranscriptVisit Show PageSupport the show
In a homily given by St. Josemaria Escriva in the 1960’s, he called everyone gathered there to imitate Jesus’ love for humanity. But what does this call invite us to do today?As we begin a new four-part series on Passionately Loving the World, Fr. Peter Armenio enlightens us in this meditation by explaining that the call to passionately love the world invites us to leave our comfort zone, find new compassion for others, and to be present for those who do not know that they hunger for Christ, his consolation, and his peace. In turn, our efforts of imitating Christ will ultimately give our lives meaning and we will have found true love.View TranscriptVisit Show PageSupport the show
Have you ever found yourself overwhelmed by the simple question, can I truly become a saint? In this week’s podcast, Fr. Peter Armenio shares practical tips to seek guidance in our spiritual life when access to a spiritual director may be limited or unavailable. Although it may sound impossible to us, the path to sainthood challenges us to persevere in our daily life as we seek to imitate the life of Christ and discover God’s will. Inspired by the lives of the saints who have gone before us, we too can explore our unique path to sanctity as we attune our heart to the guiding voice of the Holy Spirit.This podcast is part of our Day of Recollection resources for the month of July, available for free online at www.stjosemaria.org.View TranscriptVisit Show PageSupport the show
As we celebrate the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul on June 29, Fr. Peter Armenio shares a reflection on the heroic lives of these two great saints who accepted Christ’s invitation to repentance and fearlessly proclaimed the Kingdom of God. Their lives model for us a pathway of discipleship and illustrate the boundless love of God made known through the power of forgiveness.On this feast day, we pray for an increased trust in the Lord and the strength to fearlessly proclaim the faith in our daily life. As St. Josemaria reminds us: “Depend on Jesus for everything. You have nothing, are worth nothing, are capable of nothing. He will act, if you abandon yourself to him” (The Way, no. 731).View TranscriptVisit Show PageSupport the show
As the Church concludes the year “Amoris Laetitia Family” on June 26, Msgr. Fred Dolan shares a reflection that challenges us to “launch out into the deep” and discover the Lord’s vision of the human family. Focusing on the relationship between parents and children, Msgr. Dolan suggests four essential values that should be instilled in each child raised in a Christian family: prayer, identity in Christ, service, and vocational awareness. St. Josemaria explains: “[The family] is a home full of light and cheerfulness. The unity between the parents is transmitted to their children, to the whole family, and to everyone who is involved in their life. In this way, every truly Christian family reproduces in some way the mystery of the Church, chosen by God and sent to be the guide of the world” (Christ is Passing By, no. 30).View TranscriptVisit Show PageSupport the show
In this week’s podcast, Fr. Leo Agustina shares a reflection on the treasure of Christ, present in the Eucharist, and how we can become a living tabernacle in the world today. Fr. Leo draws our attention to the moments prior to the Ascension as Christ shares with his disciples the Great Commission: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, … teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age” (Mt 28:19-20).This powerful message is an invitation from Christ to participate in his salvific work, drawing all men and women toward Heaven. Christ humbles himself to become bread so that he may dwell fully within us, as a living tabernacle, and gives us the opportunity to participate more fully in his mission to share the gift of faith with future generations to come.As you pause and reflect today, how will you continue to mold your life of faith and prayer to draw closer to our Eucharistic Lord?View TranscriptVisit Show PageSupport the show
In this podcast, Fr. Donncha Ó hAodha shares a reflection on the Holy Trinity and how we are called to respond to God’s invitation of self-giving and love. He explains that “God, who is all perfect and self-sufficient, has no need of us. But, because he is love, he reaches out and draws us into his divine life, into the Trinity.” Our life, therefore, is transformed through the grace received in baptism which propels us forward to lead a life of love as we seek to be a reflection of Christ in the world today. St. Josemaria explains: “We do not exist in order to pursue just any happiness. We have been called to penetrate the intimacy of God’s own life, to know and love God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit and to love also–in that same love of the one God in three divine Persons–the angels and all people” (Christ is Passing By, no. 133).As you pause and reflect on the mystery of the Holy Trinity, how will you respond to God’s invitation to participate in this relationship of divine Love?View TranscriptVisit Show PageSupport the show
“Make friends with the Holy Spirit. Don’t speak to him; listen.”Drawing upon this simple direction given to St. Josemaria in regard to his devotion to the Holy Spirit, Msgr. Dolan prompts us in this week’s podcast to deepen our personal friendship with the Holy Spirit and encourages us to strengthen our conviction that the Holy Spirit is as active and as powerful as ever. We, therefore, must cultivate the virtue of docility to follow His lead and practice the virtue of hope as we seek to fulfill the will of God on Earth.As we prepare our hearts this week for the Solemnity of Pentecost, in what specific way do you want the Holy Spirit to manifest himself more powerfully in your life?View TranscriptVisit Show PageSupport the show
Are you attune to the work the Holy Spirit is doing in your life? Is it hard to tune in sometimes?In this podcast, Fr. Eric Nicolai shares a reflection on the Risen Christ and his time with the disciples between the Ascension and Pentecost. During these days together, the disciples were learning everything they needed to know for their profound mission on Earth. Christ was entrusting them to “go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15).Following in the disciples’ footsteps, we too are called to proclaim the Gospel message in the world today. Fr. Eric encourages us to turn to the Lord in prayer and seek the grace of the Holy Spirit so that we can be filled with apostolic zeal to spread the light of Christ among those we encounter each day.As we listen to this reflection and pray, let’s take up the challenge to make one resolution this week through which we can give witness to the presence of Christ among those around us.View TranscriptVisit Show PageSupport the show
In this podcast, Fr. Peter Armenio shares a reflection on embracing Mary as our spiritual Mother. He illustrates the idea that Mary is a great miracle worker through whom we can identify with our Lord and conquer the struggle to become holy by drawing inspiration from the Marian devotions of St. Josemaria Escriva, St. John Paul II, and Bl. Alvaro del Portillo.As St. Josemaria Escriva explains: “I would recommend that, if you haven’t already done so, you find out for yourself by personal experience the meaning of Mary’s maternal love. It is not enough just to know she is our Mother and to think and to talk about her as such. She loves you as if you were her only child in this world.” (Friends of God, no. 293).View TranscriptVisit Show PageSupport the show
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Rade

Great!

Oct 30th
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Jack Mukumbya

This meditation is titled Part 8 (presumably of the 10 part series In the Footsteps of Mary). However it is only the second one in this series available on podcast..the first being no. 284, published on 13th May 2019. Where are the others? Please correct me if I'm mistaken.

Jul 19th
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Camille Diola

Love this podcast. Helps keep me at peace on my commute home.

Jan 18th
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