Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Our Lady of Lourdes

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…

O Holy Spirit

ST.ELIZBETH.ANN.SETON

“Our God is God. All is as He pleases. I am the happiest creature in the thought that not the least thing can happen but by His will or permission; and all for the best.”
                                                                        – St. Elizabeth Seton Read the rest…