Finding Joy in God

April 21

April 21

Feast of St. Anselm, Bishop and Doctor (1033 – 1109)

“O God, let me know you and love you so that I may find my joy in you; and if I cannot do so fully in this life, let me at least make some progress every day, until at last that knowledge, love and joy come to me in all their plentitude.”

                                                                            –St. Anselm Read the rest…

Overcoming Temptation

April 20

April 20

 “Ceasing to struggle because of our defects when there is opposition to a serious mistake can lead us to that form of pride called pusillanimity, lack of courage and strength to bear misfortune or undertake large enterprises.”

                                              –Francis Fernandez, In Conversation with God, Vol. 2

 For Reflection:

Am I being tempted in this way today? Regarding what? How can I overcome this temptation?

(Quote from Graceful Living)

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Speaking without Wounding

April 18

April 18

“If you know how to speak without wounding, although you may have to correct or reprimand, hearts will not close themselves to you. The seed will fall on truly fertile ground and the harvest will be plentiful.”

             –Father Salvatore Canals, Jesus as Friend Read the rest…

Powers of the Soul

February 27

February 27

The love of talk distracts all the powers of our soul from God and fills them with earthly objects and impressions like a vessel of water which cannot be clear and settled while you are continually stirring the earthly particles from the bottom.

                                                                      — St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Read the rest…

Providing a Patron

February 24

February 24

Very well, I will be a saint. I will provide a patron for those who bear my name.

                                                                        –Blessed Dina Belanger

 For Reflection:

At age eight, Dina Belanger said this in response to a teacher who told her the Church had no St. Dina. Am I willing to “provide a patron” for those who bear my name? What positive step can I take today to make that happen?

  (Quote from Graceful Living)

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Strength

February 23

February 23

Feast of St. Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr  (D. 155)

Leave me as I am. The one who gives me strength to endure the fire will also give me strength to stay quite still on the pyre, even without the precaution of your nails.

                                                            –St. Polycarp at his martyrdom Read the rest…