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Sr Miriam James Healdland SOLT

Week 4 Almsgiving Sr Miriam 8:27
Ash Wednesday Sr Miriam 5:44
Week 3 Personal Sin Sr Miriam
Why do Christians fast? Sr Miriam 1:58
Joined to Christ’s heart Sr Miriam 2:47
Week 5 Forgiveness Sr Miriam 8:29
Week 1 Prayer Sr Miriam 6:01
Week 4 Almsgiving Sr Miriam 8:27
Holy week Sr Miriam 9:35
Joined to Christ’s Heart Sr Miriam
Week 2 Fasting Sr Miriam 8:46
Week 5 Forgiveness Sr Miriam 8:29
Sr Miriam Hidden Wounds 26:11

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Charlie Mackesy

The boy, the mole, the fox, and
the horse 5:07
Faith and fraud Charlie Mackesy 8:55
Christianity in a Nutshell Charlie Mackesy 3:42
 Artist and former atheist 5:29
Charlie Mackesy’s lessons in kindness 6:05
Abandon the Idea of being good and just try Charlie Mackesy 16:43
Charlie Mackesy Hurlingham 2:38
Take a step closer Charlie Mackesy 1:48
Love working: Good Friday Charlie Mackesy  5:32
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The Chosen

Black and white image of Jonthan Roumie as Jesus in The Chosen
Jonathan Roumie March for Life
The Chosen: How one series captivated the world 20:26
All the times Jesus called disciples 17:19
Portraying Jesus’ disciples 2000 years after 10:17
Simon Peter had a wife 4:46
Jesus loves the little children 5:01
We are not afraid of you 5:52
The Chosen best scenes part 2  12:09
Jesus heals the leper 4:01
The Beauty of Love 2:47
Rescue Lauren Daigle 3:45
NCR interview Jonathan Roumie 9:30
Jonathan Roumie 2:35
The heart of The Chosen 7:28
Matthew the complexities of the character 4:43
The Chosen best scenes part 1 19:14
The Sons of Thunder are born 3:32
Now I’m completely different 4:04
Thomas gives up control 4:22
Jesus heals the withered hand 2:54
I have called you by name 3:39
Reckless Love 5:39
Evangelical and Catholic walk into a basilica 10:43
Jesus heals the paralytic 5:38
Jesus heals at the pool 4:25
Scene “Why haven’t you healed me?” 6:35
Come to the Table 4:05
The Chosen fan-Made music video 4:19
The Chosen fan-made music video part 2 3:02
Hillsong United Oceans – fan-made 4:29
Casting Crowns Nathaniel: Oh my soul 4:09
Casting Crowns Love moved first 2:12
Zebedee actor from the Chosen testimony 9:27
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Lent and Easter

Crucifix on brick wall in shadow

Seven Stanzas at Easter

Make no mistake: if He rose at all

it was as His body;

if the cells’ dissolution did not reverse, the molecules

reknit, the amino acids rekindle,

the Church will fall.

It was not as the flowers,

each soft Spring recurrent;

it was not as His Spirit in the mouths and fuddled

eyes of the eleven apostles;

it was as His flesh: ours.

The same hinged thumbs and toes,

the same valved heart

that – pierced – died, withered, paused, and then

regathered out of enduring Might

new strength to enclose.

Let us not mock God with metaphor,

analogy, sidestepping, transcendence;

making of the event a parable, a sign painted in the

faded credulity of earlier ages:

let us walk through the door.

The stone is rolled back, not papier-mâché,

not a stone in a story,

but the vast rock of materiality that in the slow

grinding of time will eclipse for each of us

the wide light of day.

And if we will have an angel at the tomb,

make it a real angel,

weighty with Max Planck’s quanta, vivid with hair,

opaque in the dawn light, robed in real linen

spun on a definite loom.

Let us not seek to make it less monstrous,

for our own convenience, our own sense of beauty,

lest, awakened in one unthinkable hour, we are

embarrassed by the miracle,

and crushed by remonstrance.

–John Updike

Week 2 Fasting Sr Miriam 8:46
Three things to do for Lent Fr Columba 6:25
Ash Wednesday Sr Miriam 5:44
Lent as a Time of Testing N.T. Wright 6:18
How to Break Habitual Sin Fr. Columba 6:47
Ron Rolheiser: The Cross of Christ 4:53
Ron Rolheiser: Cross of Christ Part 2 5:15
Christianity in a Nutshell Charlie Mackesy 3:42
Don’t give up anything for Lent Fr Casey 9:47
Where is Lent in the bible? Fr Mike Schmitz 7:43
Return Fr. John Burns 7:40
Bishop Barron Fleming Rutledge’s The Crucifixion 9:55
Bishop Barron on the Scandalous Cross of Jesus  9:00
Ron Rolheiser: The Passion of Christ 8:26
Love: Working Good Friday Charlie Mackesy
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Church Councils

Creeds and councils: what are they – 24:16 – Ryan Reeves
Council of Nicea – 3:43 – Matt Fyfield
Council of Constantinople – 2:52 – Matt Fyfield
Council of Trent – 12:53 – Bishop Barron
Stop blaming Vatican II – Fr Casey – 8:51
What went wrong after Vatican II – Bishop Barron – 3:17
What was Vatican II? – 5:37 – Fr Casey
What was the actual purpose of Vatican II? – Bishop Barron – 1:52


The 21 Ecumencial Councils

The Ecumenical Councils and Their Chief Doctrines

How the bible was made & Nicea – 4:05 – John Witwoa
Arian Controversy Nicaea – 11:23 – Khan Academy
Council of Chalcedon – 20:23 – Ryan Reeves
Council of Trent – 1:15:52 – John O’Malley
The validity of Vatican II – Brian Holdsworth – 10:23
The meaning of Vatican II – Bishop Barron – 10:15 
Vatican II and the power of the laity – Bishop Barron – 8:06
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The Christian of the future will be a mystic or he will not exist at all.
Karl Rahner

Be at peace with your own soul, then heaven and earth will be at peace with you. Eagerly enter into the treasure house that is within you, and so you will see the things that are in heaven; for there is but one single entry to them both. The ladder that leads to the Kingdom is hidden within your soul.
Saint Isaac the Syrian

The grace of salvation, the grace of Christian wholeness that flowers in silence, dispels this illusion of separation. For when the mind is brought to stillness, and all our strategies of acquisition have dropped, a deeper truth presents itself: we are and have always been one with God and we are all one in God (Jn 17:21)
Martin Laird

Nothing in all creation is so like God as stillness.
Meister Eckhart

The important thing is not to think much, but to love much; and so do that which best stirs you to love.
St. Teresa of Ávila

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.”
 John Donne

I pray you: seek more to embody God than to merely have knowledge of God. For knowledge can deceive us with pride, but a meek, loving awareness will not deceive. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up (I Corinthians 8:1). Knowledge leads to travail, whereas awareness leads to rest.
The Book of Privy Counselling

Whenever anything disagreeable or displeasing happens to you remember Christ crucified and be silent.
 John of the Cross

Every word, every image used for God is a distortion more than a description.
Anthony de Mello

As your meditation becomes deeper it will defend you from the perpetual assaults of the outer world. You will hear the busy hum of that world as a distant exterior melody, and know yourself to be in some sort withdrawn from it. You have set a ring of silence between you and it; and behold! within that silence you are free.
Evelyn Underhill

“Whether it’s in the stillness of silent meditation, walking a labyrinth, or centering prayer; the practice of engaging with scripture through Lectio Divina, the Ignatian tradition’s Daily Examen; or a combination of Buddhist mindfulness, Kundalini breath work and Taizé prayer, many young adults are happy (to borrow a line from Van Morrison) to sail into the mystic.”

It seems to me that I have found my Heaven on earth, since Heaven is God, and God is in my soul. The day I understood that, everything became clear to me. I would like to whisper this secret to those I love so they too might always cling to God through everything.
Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity

The man who is contented to be only himself, and therefore less a self, is in prison… Here, as in worship, in love, in moral action, and in knowing, I transcend myself; and am never more myself than when I do.
C. S. Lewis

There is nothing to be dreaded in human ills except sin—not poverty, or disease, or insult, or ill treatment, or dishonor, or death, which people call the worst of evils. To those who love spiritual wisdom, these things are only the names of disasters, names that have no substance. No, the true disaster is to offend God, to do anything that displeases him.
St. John Chrysostom

True contemplation is not a psychological trick but a theological grace. It can come to us ONLY as a gift, and not as a result of our own clever use of spiritual techniques.
Thomas Merton

The Mystically Driven Life 15:40
Alan Watts 9:29
What is Christian Mysticism?
F Kerry Walters 11:33
Introducing the Christian Mystics (stages) 16:55
The Divine Journey
The Mystical Experience-2
The Mystical Experience-4
Meister Eckhard & Christian Mysticism-2 21:23
Introducing the Christian Mystics – 28:30
What is Mysticism?
Richard Rohr 2:23
What You Don’t Know about Christian Mysticism 7:05
The Powerful Wisdom
Rupert Spira 22:41
The Divine Expressions
The Mystical Experience-1
The Mystical Experience-3
Meister Eckhard & Christian Mysticism-1 22:49
The Powerful Wisdom of the Christian Mystics – 22:41
This is Your Soul on Mysticism

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The Incarnation

The central miracle asserted by Christians is the incarnation. They say that God became man.
C. S. Lewis

The Incarnation is the ultimate reason why the service of God cannot be divorced from the service of man.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Non-Christians seem to think that the Incarnation implies some particular merit or excellence in humanity. But of course it implies just the reverse: a particular demerit and depravity. No creature that deserved Redemption would need to be redeemed. They that are whole need not the physician. Christ died for men precisely because men are not worth dying for; to make them worth it.
C. S. Lewis

The purpose and cause of the incarnation was that He might illuminate the world by His wisdom and excite it to the love of Himself.
Peter Abelard

The Self-revealing of the Word is in every dimension – above, in creation; below, in the Incarnation; in the depth, in Hades; in the breadth, throughout the world. All things have been filled with the knowledge of God.
Athanasius of Alexandria

The incarnation is “a kind of vast joke whereby the Creator of the ends of the earth comes among us in diapers Until we too have taken the idea of the God-man seriously enough to be scandalized by it, we have not taken it as seriously as it demands to be taken.
Frederick Buechner

Disguise is central to God’s way of dealing with us human beings. Not because God is playing games with us but because the God who is beyond our knowing makes himself known in the disguise of what we can know. The Christian word for this is revelation, and the ultimate revelation came by incarnation. … God is the master of disguises, in order that we might see.
Richard John Neuhaus

Man’s maker was made man that He, Ruler of the stars, might nurse at His mother’s breast; that the Bread might hunger, the Fountain thirst, the Light sleep, the Way be tired on its journey; that Truth might be accused of false witnesses, the Teacher be beaten with whips, the Foundation be suspended on wood; that Strength might grow weak; that the Healer might be wounded; that Life might die.
Saint Augustine

The Lord did not come to make a display. He came to heal and to teach suffering men. For one who wanted to make a display the thing would have been just to appear and dazzle the beholders. But for Him Who came to heal and to teach the way was not merely to dwell here, but to put Himself at the disposal of those who needed Him, and to be manifested according as they could bear it, not vitiating the value of the Divine appearing by exceeding their capacity to receive it.
Athanasius of Alexandria

Why the Incarnation 4:29
The significance of the Incarnation 5:12
The meaning of the Incarnation Aquinas 101 8:27
On the Incarnation by St Athanasius 2:57
4 Reasons for the Incarnation 7:05
Why did Jesus come? Breaking in the Habit 8:46 great
The case for Jesus Brant Pitre 36:24

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Advent increases our hope, a hope which does not disappoint. The Lord never lets us down.
Pope Francis

In the silence of a midwinter dusk, there is a sound so faint that for all you can tell it may be only the sound of the silence itself. You hold your breath to listen. You are aware of the beating of your heart. The extraordinary thing that is about to happen is matched only by the extraordinary moment just before it happens. Advent is the name of that moment.
Frederick Buechner

The Lord is coming, always coming. When you have ears to hear and eyes to see, you will recognize him at any moment of your life. Life is Advent; life is recognizing the coming of the Lord
Henri Nouwen

The celebration of Advent is possible only to those who are troubled in soul, who know themselves to be poor and imperfect, and who look forward to something greater to come.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The season of Advent means there is something on the horizon the likes of which we have never seen before … What is possible is to not see it, to miss it, to turn just as it brushes past you. And you begin to grasp what it was you missed, like Moses in the cleft of the rock, watching God’s [back] fade in the distance. So stay. Sit. Linger. Tarry. Ponder. Wait. Behold. Wonder. There will be time enough for running. For rushing. For worrying. For pushing. For now, stay. Wait. Something is on the horizon.
Jan L. Richardson

Advent: the time to listen for footsteps – you can’t hear footsteps when you’re running yourself.
Bill McKibben

A prison cell, in which one waits, hopes…and is completely dependent on the fact that the door of freedom has to be opened from the outside, is not a bad picture of Advent.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

I don’t think we’ll understand Advent correctly until we see it as a preparation for a revolution.
Robert Barron

For outlandish creatures like us, on our way to a heart, a brain, and courage, Bethlehem is not the end of our journey but only the beginning – not home but the place through which we must pass if ever we are to reach home at last.
Frederick Buechner

Advent in 2 minutes Busted Halo 2:08
True meaning of Advent Fr Mike Schmitz 8:26
Advent: Dreaming big Bishop Barron 8:37
Remember Joseph on Advent reflect – Fr Jim Martin – 5:37
The Spiritual Life and Advent Season – Brant Pitre – 4:57
Advent is coming. Are you ready? Breaking in the Habit 5:08
Bishop Barron Spirituality of Advent 5:39
Bishop Barron Advent Revolution 11:00
Fast, Pray, Decorate – Fr Columba – 9:09

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Desert Spirituality

Do not give your heart to that which does not satisfy your heart.
― Abba Poemen

Abba Zeno said, ‘If a man wants God to hear his prayer quickly, then before he prays for anything else, even his own soul, when he stands and stretches out his hands towards God, he must pray with all his heart for his enemies. Through this action God will hear everything that he asks.’

“As he was dying, Abba Benjamin taught his sons this: Do this, and you’ll be saved: Rejoice always, pray constantly, and in all circumstances give thanks.”

Abba Sisoes said: Seek God and not where God lives.

Without great vigilance a man does not advance in even a single virtue — Abba Ammonas

Monastic Tradition Basil Pennington 35:02
Early Christian Desert Communities Cynthia Bourgeault 8:47
Wisdom of the Desert
Desert Wisdom: Sayings from the Desert Fathers
Three Stories from Desert Monks 7:23
St Anthony the Great 9:09
Church Fathers Bishop Barron
The Way of the Heart: The Spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers
Sayings of the Desert Fathers, Benedicta Ward

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Richard Rohr

 “Religions should be understood as only the fingers that point to the moon, not the moon itself.” 

“Jesus is never upset at sinners; he is only upset with people who do not think they are sinners.”

“Most of us were taught that God would love us if and when we change. In fact, God loves you so that you can change. What empowers change, what makes you desirous of change is the experience of love. It is that inherent experience of love that becomes the engine of change.”

“God is always bigger than the boxes we build for God, so we should not waste too much time protecting the boxes.” 

“Religion is one of the safest places to hide from God.”

“It’s important to note that Jesus and Christ are two different faith affirmations. Hardly any Christians have been taught that – they think “Christ” is Jesus’s last name.”

“All great spirituality is about what we do with our pain. If we do not transform our pain, we will transmit it to those around us.”

“The most common one-liner in the Bible is, “Do not be afraid.” Someone counted, and it occurs 365 times.”

“The people who know God well—mystics, hermits, prayerful people, those who risk everything to find God—always meet a lover, not a dictator.” 

“The cross is the standing statement of what we do to one another and to ourselves. The resurrection is the standing statement of what God does to us in return.”

“To the degree, you have experienced intimacy with God, you won’t be afraid of death because you’re experiencing the first tastes and promises of heaven in this world.” 

“Life is not a matter of creating a special name for ourselves, but of uncovering the name we have always had.”

“God comes to us disguised as our life.”

Rohr: God is relationship itself, 3:39
The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystic See
Franciscan Mysticism, 28:40
Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life