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About Liz Estler

Editor, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction. Liz holds a Master of Arts in Ministry Degree (St. John's Seminary, Brighton, Massachusetts), Liturgy Certificate (Boston Archdiocese), and a BS degree in Biology and Spanish (Nebraska Wesleyan University - Lincoln). She has served as hospital chaplain associate, sacristan, translator and in other parish ministries. She was a regular columnist for a military newspaper in Europe and has been published in a professional journal. She once waded in the Trevi Fountain!

Lean Into The Wind

April 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Sisters, Featured, Music

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The Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles don’t have much spare time. Why is that?  It’s because their daily life includes both prayer and service to God’s people through healthcare, education, and spiritual retreats. Nevertheless, they have been kind and gracious in sharing their writing skills with us here at Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction for some time now.  We are... Read More

Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle

February 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Featured, Liz Estler, Praying Through Art

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“I will place the key of the House of David on his shoulder; when he opens, no one shall shut, when he shuts, no one shall open.”[1] The Church has celebrated this Feast of the Chair of Peter, in Rome, since the 4th century, as a sign of the unity of the Church founded upon Saint Peter, the Apostle, when Jesus said, “And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church,... Read More

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

February 2, 2014 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Prayer

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“Suddenly there will come to the temple the Lord whom you seek.”[1] Today’s feast commemorates Jesus’ presentation in the temple by Mary and Joseph, the first time He enters the temple, 40 days after His birth. “Who is this king of glory?  The Lord of hosts,”[2] a light to the nations and the glory of Israel.[3] To celebrate this event fittingly, the Church today... Read More

Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul

January 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Featured, Liturgy, Prayer & Art

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On that journey as I drew near to Damascus, about noon a great light from the sky suddenly shone around me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ I replied, ‘Who are you, sir?’ And he said to me, ‘I am Jesus the Nazorean whom you are persecuting.’* “Merciful and gracious is the Lord, slow to anger, abounding in kindness.”** “Sooner... Read More

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

January 12, 2014 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Featured, Praying Through Art

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This feast of the Baptism of the Lord is a milestone in the life of Christ and our Christian story. As an adult, Jesus lost none of that child-like trust in the Father.  He who was like us in all things but sin, having taken on himself the weight of human sin, humbled Himself to be baptized.  He did not need to do this, but, like everything else He did and does, He did it out of love for us and... Read More

Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

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“Caravans of camels shall fill you, dromedaries from Midian and Ephah; All from Sheba shall come bearing gold and frankincense, and proclaiming the praises of the Lord” (Isaiah 60:6). “A star shall come out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel” (Numbers 24:17). “Epiphany or Theophany, means the Manifestation of God; today it is realized in Jesus who manifests... Read More

Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God

January 1, 2014 by  
Filed under Prayer & Art, Solemnity

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“At the beginning, at the center of the event of the Incarnation stands Mary, the perfect handmaid, who consents to become physically and spiritually the mother of her Son as well as of his work” (The Office of Peter and the Structure of the Church, Hans Urs Von Balthasar, 2007, Ignatius Press, San Francisco).  It is no surprise, then, that our Blessed Mother, the New Eve, is so prominently... Read More

Feast of The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

December 29, 2013 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Featured, Praying Through Art, Seasonal

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“The family has an essential role in the divine plan of salvation.  Not only was it ‘willed by God in the very act of creation’ (Apostolic Exhortation Familiaris Consortio-The Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World, John Paul II, 1981), Jesus himself was part of the Holy Family, ‘where he grew and became strong [and was] filled with wisdom’ (Luke 2:40a), and... Read More

Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas)

December 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Featured, Liz Estler, Praying Through Art, Solemnity

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“Christ is born for us; come, let us adore him.” (Invitatory Antiphon for Christmas Day, Liturgy of the Hours) “Today our Savior is born; let us rejoice.  Sadness should have no place on the birthday of life… Christian, remember your dignity, and now that you share in God’s own nature, do not return by sin to your former base condition.  Bear in mind who is your head... Read More

Veni, Creator Spiritus

December 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Holy Spirit, Prayer

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Come, O Creator Spirit, visit our minds. Fill with your grace the hearts you have created. O you who are called Paraclete, gift of the Most High God, living spring, fire, love, anointing of the soul. Finger of God’s right hand, the Saviour’s promise, send forth your seven gifts, stir in us the word. Be light to the mind, burning love in the heart. Heal our wounds with the balm of your... Read More