Woman Strangled for Giving Birth to Girl Instead of Boy

The past week has seen two examples of the horrifying atrocities committed against Afghan women with news that a 22 year-old Afghan woman was strangled by her husband for giving birth to a girl instead of a boy, and Afghan immigrants in Canada were convicted of murdering three teens and a former wife because they had become too westernized.

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Love Our Lady

“God sends to us the one who personifies his love: Mary, the spouse of the Spirit – a spirit of maternal love – immaculate, all beautiful, spotless, even though she is our sister, a true daughter of the human race.”                           St. Maximilian Kolbe

For Reflection: 

Consider this quote in light of yesterday’s quote. What does it say to you? How do you think Mary personifies God’s love through the Holy Spirit? How have you experienced an increase in Mary’s maternal love through your meditations of the GraceLines this month? Have you experienced an increase of God’s love? In what ways?

Court Rules in Favor of Expelled Christian Student

The case of a graduate student who was expelled from Eastern Michigan University for refusing to condone same-sex relationships has been permitted to move forward after the US. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that she presented sufficient evidence that she was discriminated against because of her religious beliefs.

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True Daughter of the Human Race

“God sends to us the one who personifies his love: Mary, the spouse of the Spirit – a spirit of maternal love – immaculate, all beautiful, spotless, even though she is our sister, a true daughter of the human race.”                           St. Maximilian Kolbe

For Reflection: 

Consider this quote in light of yesterday’s quote. What does it say to you? How do you think Mary personifies God’s love through the Holy Spirit? How have you experienced an increase in Mary’s maternal love through your meditations of the GraceLines this month? Have you experienced an increase of God’s love? In what ways?

Totally Suffused with the Divine

“It is said that the Holy Spirit dwells in the souls of the just. If this is so, then he must dwell in the most perfect manner possible in the soul of the Immaculata. Our Most Holy Mother is totally suffused with the divine.”

                                                                        St. Maximilian Kolbe

For Reflection: 

Why do you think that the Holy Spirit would dwell in the most perfect manner in the soul of the Immaculata? What do you think the Saint means when he says Mary is “totally suffused with the Divine?” What new depth of understanding does this bring to your perspective about Our Lady?