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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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[Rebroadcast] Pentecost: Come Holy Spirit!
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.https://comeawaybyyourselves.com
29:21 5/19/24
In the School of Mary
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. https://comeawaybyyourselves.com 
29:31 5/18/24
Sanctified in the Truth
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. https://comeawaybyyourselves.com
25:45 5/12/24
"As I love you": The Opportunity and Challenge of Love
"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.  
29:02 5/5/24
A Master Class of Love
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.  https://comeawaybyyourselves.com
25:45 4/21/24
Rebroadcast: "Become what you receive": Easter and the Eucharist
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.  https://comeawaybyyourselves.com
27:20 4/13/24
Encountering the Risen Jesus
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?  https://comeawaybyyourselves.com
29:18 4/7/24
From Death to Life: "A new creation in Christ"
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. https://comeawaybyyourselves.com
25:46 3/30/24
The Cross and the Mass: Too Much Love
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.  https://comeawaybyyourselves.com
29:03 3/28/24
The Passion of Jesus: "By his wounds we have been healed"
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. https://comeawaybyyourselves.com
29:35 3/23/24
[Rebroadcast] St. Patrick's Day reflection
A short reflection in honor of St. Patrick. 
03:47 3/17/24
[Rebroadcast] St. Joseph: Life as a Sacred Trust
God entrusts St. Joseph with his most precious possessions, his mother and his Divine Son.  We too are entrusted with a sacred responsibility in life: to care for and love God's children.  Everything and everyone in our life--including ourselves--is a gift from God, something valued by God himself.  This calls for a great reverence and respect on our part.  We can't "do whatever we want" with ourselves or others.  Like King David, our reverence for what belongs to God gives us pause whenever we are tempted to damage it.  https://comeawaybyyourselves.com
30:16 3/16/24
"Perseverance that Nothing Can Shake"
"By your patience you will win your souls."   Endurance, perseverance, patience: life is hard at times and seems long, to be faithful to Christ and others we need to stick it out over the long haul.  https://comeawaybyyourselves.com
29:19 3/10/24
[Rebroadcast}: "With all your heart, mind, soul and strength": Our Need for Adoration
The great commandment is to love God "with all of your mind, with all of your heart, with all of your soul, and with all of your strength."  Adoration is how we love God most directly as God.  This humble recognition of God's holiness, transcendence, and radical goodness is essential for our lives as Christians.  Like most things, however, we have to learn to adore God by practicing it.  We need to enter into the presence of God in our prayer, be still, and "know that he is God."
30:51 3/3/24
The Fruits of Self-Denial
In Lent we turn our gaze towards the sufferings of Jesus.  Jesus suffers voluntarily, freely, out of love for us.  Our Lenten penances are an opportunity to do the same for him.  Self-denial is an essential aspect of moral strength and freedom.  Without it we are incapacitated to love God and others as we should. https://comeawaybyyourselves.com
18:45 2/25/24
Having a Happily Miserable Lent
Lent is a wonderful opportunity to find our peace, joy, and comfort in God.  We do this by denying ourselves our usual sources of support, distraction, and pleasure.   To be filled by God is to run the risk of emptying ourselves out of other things.  This takes trust, courage and patience.   God always responds to this kind of personal faith, even when it is imperfect and needs to grow.   https://comeawaybyyourselves.com
27:09 2/17/24
"I do will it, be made clean": Jesus' Cleansing Mercy
In this week's Gospel, Jesus cures a leper who tells him, "If you will, you can make me clean."  In confession, Jesus always wills to cleanse us of sin.  These last days before Lent are a great time to pray about the conversion from sin that God is asking of us. https://comeawaybyyourselves.com
30:58 2/10/24
A Day in the Life of Jesus
Today's reading from the Gospel of Mark continues directly from last Sunday's gospel reading.  Read together, they give us a picture of a day in the life of Jesus.  Jesus's day is filled with work, prayer, and service.   He approaches his tasks and situations with generosity and self-forgetfulness.  This day in his life is a good model for any day in our own lives.  https://comeawaybyyourselves.com
27:48 2/4/24
[Rebroadcast]: The Parable of the Prodigal Son: Freedom and the Father
The parable of the prodigal son is a parable of freedom and filiation.   The prodigal son and his older brother both misuse their freedom.  They mistakenly feel constrained by their relationship with their father and end up rejecting him.  The prodigal son rediscovers his sonship by reflecting on the truth of his situation.  This speaks to a close connection between true freedom and the truth itself.  The elder son acts correctly for the most part, but does so without charity, without an identification with his father's heart.  This leads him to a resentful and self-righteous fulfillment of his duties.  To avoid all of these pitfalls, we look to Jesus, who always acts freely because he always wants to please his most loving Father. https://comeawaybyyourselves.com
31:42 1/28/24
Class on Christian Faith: God the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth
The first in a series of classes on the Nicene Creed.   We cover the concepts of Creation and Conservation, the omnipotence of God and out capacity to know God with reason alone. https://comeawaybyyourselves.com
45:45 1/20/24
"Speak Lord, your servant is listening": Awake and Attentive in Prayer
God wakes up the young boy Samuel four times when he gives him his vocation as a prophet.   God will also wake us up from different forms of spiritual slumber when we go to him in our times of prayer.   Jesus does something similar with Andrew and John.  When they take their very first steps as disciples, he asks them "What are you seeking?"  We should reflect on how much we listen to God in our prayer, how engaged our own will and desire is in following him, and from what kinds of spiritual sleep we need to be aroused.  https://comeawaybyyourselves.com
30:00 1/13/24
The Epiphany: Searching for God
The feast of the Epiphany tells us that Christ meant for everyone.   The Magi are the very first of billions of gentiles who will come to be saved in Jesus.  The journey of the Magi speaks to us of our own need to search for God.  The star they follow and the finding of Jesus bring them great joy, as our own vocation and conversions give us the joy of meeting God in Christ. https://comeawaybyyourselves.com
29:30 1/6/24
Rebroadcast: A Mother for God
Christmas puts before us the Virgin Mary loving and caring for her Divine Son.  It's a scene that we can enter into in our prayer and in our life.  Jesus says that we too are "his mother" insofar as we do God's will.  God allows Mary and all of us to love him in the Christ child just as He has always loved us: with a mother's heart.  Christmas is a time to begin life again with a newfound trust in the goodness of God. https://comeawaybyyourselves.com
28:29 12/31/23
[Rebroadcast] Christmas: The Light of the Stable, The Light of the World
Originally published Christmas 2020How wonderful it must have been for the Shepherds from Bethlehem to enter the stable on Christmas night !  Our times of prayer this Christmas are our own chance to be close to the baby Jesus, to speak softly with Mary and Joseph, to be wrapped up in the mystery of God present in the Child.  The warm light of the fire in the stable lets us see and welcome into our lives him who is the Light of Life.  https://comeawaybyyourselves.com
30:24 12/24/23
Expecting Jesus: Light, Word, Salvation
Today we contemplate three ways of thinking about Jesus and his coming.  He is the light of the world to whom John the Baptist gives witness.  He is the eternal Word.  John's voice and ours expresses this Word in preaching and in holiness of life.  He is our salvation.  By turning away from sin and towards charity with his help, Jesus heals us and brings us deep peace and joy. https://comeawaybyyourselves.com
29:31 12/17/23
[Rebroadcast]: Valleys Filled, Mountains Lowered: God's Work in Our Souls
Advent is a penitential season, a time to reckon with our sinfulness and to convert.  Conversion requires the belief that we can radically change with God's help.  God can fill the valley of our frustration and loneliness.  He can lower the mountain of our pride and self-reliance.  For this to happen, however, we have to desire it and ask for it with confidence. https://comeawaybyyourselves.com
27:13 12/10/23
Advent: A Time of Patience and Hope
Advent is a time of patience and hope.  Both of these virtues entail waiting.  Waiting for God is sometimes very difficult, especially in trying situations.  Our faith in Jesus, who is God with us and faithful to his promises, bolsters our ability to wait for him with joyful hope.  Our faith overcomes the tribulation of the world and even makes us peaceful in the face of possible persecution.  
26:17 12/3/23
[Rebroadcast] The Feast of Christ The King
Originally published 2021Christ's kingdom is hidden, progresses slowly, and respects our freedom.  It therefore has to be sought out, given time to develop, and freely assented to.   When recognized as our King, Christ brings peace and holiness to our souls. https://comeawaybyyourselves.com
30:41 11/26/23
Living Well, Dying Well
Jesus often calls us to vigilance.  We know neither the time nor the hour of his second coming and the time of our own death is certain but unknown to us.  The best preparation for our judgment is found in discerning and doing the will of God.  https://comeawaybyyourselves.com
26:20 11/19/23
Growth in Wisdom
The parable of the ten virgins invites us to reflect on the virtue of wisdom.  Wisdom has to do with having the right goals and knowing how to achieve them.  If our goal is heaven, the means to achieve this is charity.  Growth in charity demands of us a variety of other steps depending on our personal situation and history.  To know what we want is not enough, we must also be committed to the steps required to achieve it. https://comeawaybyyourselves.com 
30:29 11/12/23

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