Pursuit of Perfection

Perseverance in Prayer

Fr. Jean Baptiste Saint-Jure, S.J. / November 29, 2022
Pursuit of Perfection

The Beginning of Advent: Preparing for Christmas

Msgr. Aloysius F. Coogan / November 28, 2022
Pursuit of Perfection

Familiar Friendship with Jesus

Thomas à Kempis / November 25, 2022
Pursuit of Perfection

Thanksgiving Meditation: Gratitude to Jesus Christ

The Soul Sanctified / November 24, 2022
Pursuit of Perfection

Inequality in Friendship

Fr. William Rock, FSSP / November 23, 2022
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Resting in God Above All Goods and Gifts

Above all things, and in all things, do thou, my soul, rest always in the Lord, for He is the eternal rest of the saints. Give me, O most sweet and loving Jesus, to repose in Thee above all things created; above all health and beauty, above all glory and honor, above all power and…

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We Must Pray with Confidence

“And all things whatsoever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.” -John 21:22 God has solemnly promised to hearken to a prayer said with confidence. “All things whatsoever you ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.” (Matt. 21:22). “All things whatsoever you ask when ye pray, believe that you shall receive, and they…

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Marriage as an Analogy for Marian Consecration

The idea of “consecrating” oneself to Mary, meaning to entrust one’s life and success as a disciple of Christ to Mary’s love and intercession, may seem strange to many within the Catholic Church, not to mention our large number of separated brothers and sisters. Why would God want to unite our hearts with Mary’s? Why…

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Detachment from Creatures

“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart.” -Mark 12:30 In order to attain to loving God with all our heart, we must separate it from everything which is not of God – which does not tend towards God. He chooses to be alone in the possession of our hearts, and with…

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Consuming Much Salt

In a previous article in TAN Direction, it was stated that just as there is an analogy between the natural life of man and the supernatural life of grace, there is an analogy between the development of human friendship and friendship between the soul and God.  This being the case, a study of human friendship…

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The Miracle of Fatima: October 13, 1917

70,000 GATHER FOR THE PROMISED MIRACLE By now, all Portugal was stirred by the events taking place at Fatima, suddenly the most important spot in the land. Particularly were the newspapers interested, especially in the statement that a great miracle was to take place. Many reporters and photographers were on hand to record the events,…

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Patience in Sickness

I find in the Gospel a perfect model of this virtue in the person of St. Peter’s mother-in-law. This good woman, attacked by a heavy fever, remained tranquil and peaceful, without any uneasiness herself, and without causing any to those around her. She was content to suffer her malady in patience and in meekness. O…

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What the Roman Canon Teaches Us about Predestination

The second part of the Roman Canon’s prayer Hanc igitur (“dispose our days in Thy peace; command that we be rescued from eternal damnation and numbered among the flock of Thine elect”) enshrines the truth about human salvation taught by the Fathers, Doctors, and premodern popes of the Church, and thereby excludes the universalist mentality…