Amazing Grace

Johnnette addresses Women of Grace Retreat participants

by Anne Gerard

My first‑ever experience attending the Women of Grace Retreat at The Malvern Retreat House was, in a word — AMAZING! The grounds of the center are tranquil and inviting, lending itself beautifully to assist the attendees in having an enriching and fulfilling experience. Read the rest…

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July 23

“The baptized have become ‘living stones’ to be ‘built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood’ (1 Peter 2:5).  By Baptism they share in the priesthood of Christ, in his prophetic and royal mission.  They are ‘a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people that [they] may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called [them] out of darkness into his marvelous light’ (1 Peter 2:9).”
-Catechism of the Catholic Church #1268

The Grace of Healing

July 22

“In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.”
-2 Timothy 2:20-21 (RSV)

Unity

July 21
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that “the human person, created in the image and likeness of God, is a being at once corporeal and spiritual” (#362).  That is, we are comprised of a body and soul.  “In sacred Scripture the term ‘soul’ often refers to human life or the entire human person” (#363).

Old Nature

July 20
“For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, fornication, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, foolishness.  All these evil things come from within, and they defile a man.”
– Mark 7:21-23

The Gift of Life


July 19

“The soul of a woman must…be expansive and open to all human beings; it must be quiet, so that no small weak flame will be extinguished by stormy winds; warm, so as not to benumb fragile buds; clear, so that no vermin will settle in dark corners and recesses; self-contained, so that no invasions from without can peril the inner life; empty of itself, in order that extraneous life may have room in it; finally, mistress of itself, and also of its body, so that the entire person is readily at the disposal of every call.”
– St. Theresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)

Ripples


July 16

“Among those around you, apostolic soul, you are the stone fallen into the lake. With your word and example produce a first ripple…and it will produce another…and then another, and another…each time wider.”
– St. Josemaría Escrivá

Without Difficulty


July 15

“Everyone knows that a guide is needed in order to climb a mountain without difficulty.  The same thing happens when it is a matter of a spiritual climb…and even more so in that here one must avoid the pitfalls set by the devil, who dearly wants to bring us down.'”
The Three Ages of the Interior Life,
Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange