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Merry Christmas!

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Born 500 years ago today, St. Teresa of Avila

St. Teresa of Jesus, also known as St. Teresa of Avila, was born on March 28, 1515 to Don Alfonso Sanchez de Capeda and Dona Beatriz Davila y Ahumada in Avila, Spain.  As a child she was fascinated with saints … Continue reading

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Conversing with God in his own language

What we need most in order to make progress is to be silent before this great God with our appetite and with our tongue, for the language he best hears is silent love.   –St John of the Cross, OCD God speaks … Continue reading

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St. Cyril of Jerusalem on the long-suffering of God

Last night, as I was concluding that post, I had stumbled upon something from St. Cyril of Jerusalem in his Catechetical Lecture 2, in which he talks about sin, repentance, and Satan. Cyril drives the point home many times in this lecture about the long-suffering of God in how he deals with us. He provides many examples from Scripture. Continue reading

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Longanimity (Long-Suffering)

I’ve been reflecting of late a lot on long-suffering. It’s not really discussed and yet, it is very relevant to our own spiritual formation…

Longanimity, or long suffering, is explained in Fr. Hardon’s Modern Catholic Dictionary this way (emphasis mine in bold):

“Extraordinary patience under provocation or trial. Also called long suffering. It is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. It includes forbearance, which adds to long suffering the implication of restraint in expressing one’s feelings or in demanding punishment or one’s due. Longanimity suggests toleration, moved by love and the desire for peace, of something painful that deserves to be rejected or opposed.” Continue reading

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Another day; another blog

I’ve been blogging since 2006 in Blogger, most notably at Te Deum Laudamus. On that blog, I have discussed just about anything pertaining to Catholicism, including current events; and, even some non-Catholic topics I labeled, “Off Topic.” Sometimes, it is so easy to get drawn into everything that is going on, that the spiritual life gets left behind.

In recent years, I wanted to try WordPress, but did not want to get involved with migrating the original. At the same time, I’ve wanted to narrow my focus on discussions within Catholicism to more truly spiritual matters and having a blog just for that will help me stay on course when writing here. That is what I intend to do at Standing Before Mount Carmel. Continue reading

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