Come Away By Yourselves

Come Away By Yourselves

"Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while." These words of Jesus Christ are an invitation to personal and intimate prayer. The meditations offered in this podcast are intended to help the listener enter into his own prayerful relationship with God. By reflecting on scenes from the Gospel, on other passages from Scripture, and on the insights of saints and spiritual writers, we can strengthen our faith in Jesus and our love for God. In the Gospel of John, Jesus says, "I have called you my friends." By regular meditation and dialogue with Our Lord in prayer, our life can be transformed into an ever deepening and loving friendship with God.

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July 20, 2024 30 mins

Jesus takes his apostles to a lonely place to rest with them.  He offers us the same opportunity in our prayer life and when we practice trust in his constant care for us. We need to distinguish healthy rest from rest that can short-circuit our attempts to refresh ourselves. 

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Prophecy wasn't Amos' original plan for life.  God chose him to be a prophet.  St. Paul speaks of God choosing small and weak people to do great things for him.  God also chooses us for great things: holiness and mission.  Our persona, our role in life, should be more and more determined by God's vision and less by our own or by others'. 

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July 6, 2024 27 mins

Prophetic figures are usually violently resisted.  This happened to Christ on the Cross.  Sometimes they are simply overlooked or ignored.   This happened to Christ in Nazareth, with those who knew him well.   Unless we are careful, our own familiarity with Christ could weaken his impact in our life.  We should pray about ways to have new and powerful encounters with Jesus. 

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On the Feast of St. Josemaria, we reflect on one of his most important teachings: the sanctification of work.  After their conversion, the early Christians were encouraged to continue living the same life which God had already given them.  St. Josemaria encourages us to do the same.  Work is a blessing from God and key to a happy, fulfilled life.  Working well is a condition for offering our work to God, thus making it holy and san...

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In the middle of a violent storm, the apostles find Jesus asleep in the boat.  This divine sleep of the Son of God teaches us important lessons: the need for rest, the importance of trust in God during difficulties, and the great care that God our Father exercises over us.  Only by trusting in God's power and fatherly protection in and through times of trial will we experience our own resurrection to new life.  Only by trustin...

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To love God as God we need to think about Him.  Adoration is not just feelings of awe and veneration, but a deep knowledge of the awesome transcendence of God.  This knowledge empowers our ability to love God more profoundly.  

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June 15, 2024 29 mins

Jesus fulfills his promise to "remain with us always" with his presence in the Eucharist.  To believe in his real presence is a game changer in our prayer life and in life in general.  Jesus is alive in the Eucharist so that he can be fully alive in us. 

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Jesus' Sacred Heart reveals the depth of his love for us.  Opened on the Cross, streams of blood and water poured out from Jesus' Heart.  Our own love for God hinges on our having a heart full of compassion, concern, and a practical spirit of service towards others.  As disciples of Jesus, we should be known for our love and care for each other and for all people.  Only by growing in charity will we truly imitate Jesus, o...

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For the Feast of Corpus Christi we meditate on the Eucharistic hymn "Adoro te devote."  Hidden in the Blessed Sacrament, Our Lord Jesus is truly present: body, blood, soul, and divinity.  This marvel of our faith reveals God's humble and radical love for us.  Our response should be one of ever greater adoration, wonder, faith, hope and love.

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May 25, 2024 26 mins

The Mystery of the Blessed Trinity is a great secret shared with us by God.  He tells us about his inner life so we can know him well in order to love him truly.  This intimacy is a sign of God's love for us and also of his great trust in us.  To know the Trinity is to know that God is love.  This removes all false fear of God from our hearts, filling our souls with wonder, confidence and loving adoration. 

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The Holy Spirit is a powerful agent of spiritual renewal and transformation.  The virtue of docility and the gift of counsel are needed to tap into the motions of the Spirit which always accompany and surround us.  The Sanctifier will sculpt the image of Christ in us provided that we are humble and willing to follow his lead.

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May 18, 2024 29 mins

Mary is every Christian's model.   In the first place, her example teaches us about love.  Mary's love is expressed in a radical love for God's will.  This love is made possible by her remarkable humility and emboldened by her great trust.  Imitating her means growing in these virtues, which free us from ourselves and open us to a greater love of God.

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May 12, 2024 25 mins

Jesus prays that we may be "sanctified in the truth."  The objective truth of our faith is a necessary part of its saving power.  Truth is ultimately personal.  Jesus himself is "The way and the truth and the life."  Access to this truth demands trust in God's word.  Sin, and the devil, are always suggesting the opposite: that God and his word should not be trusted.

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"Love one another as I love you."  Jesus has a great confidence in our capacity to love others.  The vocation to charity is a tremendous opportunity to make our lives fruitful.  In loving others we show them the love Christ and the Father have for them and for us.  To do this consistently takes work.  Learning to love like Jesus involves purification, overcoming sin, and a lifetime of practice.  


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April 20, 2024 25 mins

Mary Magdalene's encounter with the Risen Christ is truly a master class in love.   She teaches us lessons of desire, sorrow, responsibility and union with God.  Ultimately, to love is to convert, to make the center of our existence God and others shifting it away from ourselves.  

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The Holy Mass makes present Jesus' Resurrection as well as his sacrifice on the Cross.  The Body of Christ, as a resurrected body, is a gift that is given to others.  To receive our Lord is to become like him and moves us to imitate his goodness. 

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April 6, 2024 29 mins

Putting ourselves into the scenes of the Resurrection, we can have our own personal encounters with the Risen Lord.  Where can we find him? What is he saying to us? How does he want to help us?  

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Jesus's death is a great mystery of our faith.  It leads to his resurrection and to our eternal life.  In accepting death, Jesus enters into the nothingness of sin and evil to conquer it from within.  Through his death, he is reborn into resurrected, eternal life.  In our Christian life, he invites us into the same dynamic journey. 

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March 28, 2024 29 mins

Jesus's sacrifice on the cross is already accepted and offered by him at the Last Supper.  "This is my body, given for you."  Both the Mass and the Cross reveal to us an incredible love.  A love that we are called to imitate and a love that can make us secure no matter what happens to us in this life.  

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As we enter Holy Week, we contemplate the suffering of Jesus in his passion.  This suffering reveals to us both the gravity of sin and the unfathomable love of God for us in Jesus Christ.  To contemplate our Lord in his passion can and should be a spur to personal conversion. 

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