Courage!

August 21
“Come near to your heavenly Mother. She will teach you the courage which makes militants for Christ.
-Emil Neubert, SM, STD
Today’s Reflection:
Consider the divinely heroic courage the Virgin Mary had to manifest throughout her life — at the birth of Christ in a stable; the flight into Egypt; during Jesus’s public ministry; at the foot of the Cross; at the tomb; after the ascension. Ask her to share a portion of her courage with you.

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Beware of Spiritualist Churches

AB writes: “I recently had a friend who has left his traditional Christianity and embraced the Spiritualist Church. I am having a hard time understanding exactly what this is. From his description of their activities it has elements of new age or even witchcraft. But he talks about Jesus as well. However they use non traditional “inspiration ” such as the gospel of Thomas. Anyway I am just a bit confused and wonder if you have any insight on this group.”

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Vanity of vanities

August 20

“How many flourishing works has vanity or jealousy rendered sterile!”

-Emil Neubert, SM, STD

 

Today’s Reflection:

Ouch! Ponder deeply this statement. Ask the Lord to reveal how vanity or jealousy may be an obstacle to the good work to which you have been called and make a firm commitment to change.

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Consider your gifts

August 19
“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,’ that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, ‘Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,’ that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the organs in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single organ, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘ have no need of you,’ nor again the head to the feet, ‘I have no need of you.’ On the contrary, the parts of the body which seem to be weaker are indispensable, and those parts of the body which we think less honorable we invest with the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so adjusted the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior part, that there may be no discord in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, then healers, helpers, administrators, speakers in various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.”
-1 Corinthians 12: 12-28
Today’s Reflection:
Consider your gifts. How are you putting them to work for the body of Christ and souls? How are you helping others to shine in their giftedness?

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Draw near to Mary

August 18
“Frequently draw near to Mary. She is like a most secluded sanctuary where you feel penetrated by the spirit of recollection as soon as you enter. For in her presence you live no longer amid the agitation of earth but
in the peace of heaven.
-Emil Neubert, SM, STD
Today’s Reflection:
Contemplate Mary in the Gospels. How does her life speak to the interior versus the exterior life?

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The Interior Life

August 17
“Good works should be nothing but an overflow from the inner life. Active works must begin and end in the interior life, and in it, find their means. The active and interior lives are completely interdependent.”
-Dom Chautard
Today’s Reflection:
When you are in a state of grace, Christ lives in you. Habitual attention to His presence breaths life into everything you do, including good works. Take time to ponder this great mystery and enter this place within where Jesus desires to meet you.

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Morning of Grace Deepens Faith, Lifts Hearts

by Denise McKane

Every Morning of Grace is another opportunity to have our Lord stretch our hearts ever larger. Our Blessed Mother and her Holy Spouse take us and form us more and more into His little handmaids. “For Such a Time as This” we give Him our “fiats.”

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Serve.

August 16
“If you wish to learn how to serve men for their own sake, and for the sake of Christ, draw near to our Blessed Mother.”
-Emil Neubert, SM, STD
Today’s Reflection:
Consider your motives. Is it really Christ’s interests and the interest of souls you are seeking, or your own?

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Fatima and the Dramatic Conversion of Portugal

People watching the sun on October 13, 1917 in Fatima, Portugal (photo courtesy of WikiCommons)

We all know the story of the miraculous apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima and her messages beseeching the world to conversion and devotion to Her Immaculate Heart. However, the little-known impact of these apparitions on the country of Portugal, as recounted by Father Emil Neubert, S.M., S.T.D. in his book, Queen of Militants, reveals a steady stream of miraculous events that led to a dramatic restoration of the faith in that country.

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