Mary Visits Her Children: Our Lady of Fatima

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Today, October 13, is the 100th Anniversary of the “Miracle of the Sun,” the final event predicted by Our Lady of Fatima to the three shepherd children.  The miracle was witnessed by over 70,000 people. Here’s the story behind the story.

Nine-year-old Lucia dos Santos looked into the angry face of her mother and wondered if this was what the Beautiful Lady meant when she said Lucia would suffer. Little Lucia had never experienced such fury from her mother, nor had her mother ever called her a liar before. Indeed, her heart was deeply saddened. Yet a warm glow filled her whenever she thought about the Lady from Heaven who had visited her and her younger cousins, Jacinta and Francisco. Read the rest…

Love the Madonna

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 May 1


“Some people are so foolish that they think they can go through life without the help of the Blessed Mother. Love the Madonna and pray the Rosary,
for her Rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today.
All graces given by God pass through the Blessed Mother.”

                                                                                                -St. Padre Pio Read the rest…

The Value of Good Works

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April 22, 2004
“A Christian should always remember that the value of his good works is not based on their number and excellence, but on the love of God which prompts him to do these things.”
                                                                        ~St. John of the Cross Read the rest…

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

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February 11
Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

“I am the Immaculate Conception”
–The Blessed Virgin to St. Bernadetter Soubirous

For Reflection: Do I understand the meaning of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception — that Mary was conceived without the blemish of original sin? I will ask the Blessed Mother today to enhance my appreciation of this great truth.

(Quote from Graceful Living)

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Destroy Bad Habits

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January 29

“The way to destroy bad habits is by watchfulness and by doing often those things that are opposites to one’s besetting sins.”

~St. John Vianney

For Reflection:
What one bad habit is the Holy Spirit giving me the grace to overcome (Hint: Which sin do I/should I confess most often?)? What virtue is the opposite of it? In what three ways can I begin to exercise that virtue to help eradicate this “besetting sin?”

(Quote from Graceful Living)

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Feast of St. Vincent, Deacon and Martyr

St. Vincent Deacon and Martryr

January 22
Feast of St. Vincent, Deacon and Martyr

“Against Christ’s army the world arrays a twofold battle line. It offers temptation to lead us astray; it strikes terror into us to break our spirit.
At both of these approaches, Christ rushes to our aid, and
the Christian is not conquered.”

–From a homily of St. Augustine on St. Vincent Read the rest…