Lenten Journey with the Saints: Day 14

March 19
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the
renewal of your mind . . .”
-Romans 12:2
Today’s Reflection
It’s much easier to become worldly than it is to become other-worldly. For the former, we need only to turn on the nightly news. For the latter, we need the grace of God. Pray today for the grace to reject worldly ideas and to see ourselves – and our world – as God sees it!

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Joseph of Nazareth: The Strong, Silent, Just Man

Joseph of Nazareth has been a trusted confidant, beloved father figure, and favorite saint to me over a span of many years. Researching his life, I am reassured; I have chosen my mentor well. The same sterling characteristics – faithful, compassionate, humble, hard-working, obedient, strong, protective – reveal themselves over and over again in his story. Those, and countless other positive adjectives, make up the portrait of a righteous man whose life was centered on God and family.

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Lenten Journey with the Saints: Day 13

March 18

“I know now that true charity consists in bearing all our neighbors’ defects–not being surprised at their weakness, but edified at their smallest virtues.”

-Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

 

Today’s Reflection

Are you tempted to judge the defects of your neighbor? Let us examine today how much we “bear all our neighbors’ defects. How charity are our thoughts and action toward them? Resolve today to grow in love by reaching beyond your limits of giving.

Global Study Confirms Instability of Cohabiting Relationships

A new study of more than 16,000 people from 11 countries around the world has once again found that cohabitating relationships are less stable than that of married couples.

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Covington Catholic Lawsuit Aimed at Teaching Media a Lesson

Commentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS

Lawyers who are suing major media outlets for their reckless coverage of a confrontation between a Covington Catholic High School student and a Native American activist at the 2019 March for Life say this case isn’t just about the libeling of a 16-year-old student, it’s about an out-of-control media that needs to be taught a lesson.

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Lenten Journey with the Saints: Day 12

March 17
“If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don’t like,
it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.”
-St. Augustine: Sermons (5th Century)
Today’s Reflection
Make this the day you pray, “Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief!” and bring to His healing heart all of those truths of the Gospel that you doubt or that seem too hard for you to follow.

Lenten Journey with the Saints: Day 11

March 16
“You must remember to love people and use things,
rather than to love things and use people.”
– Venerable Fulton J. Sheen
Today’s Reflection
Lent is a good time to examine the heart and determine what – or who – is occupying the most place. Is it ourselves, our loved ones, our things? How much space does God occupy in your heart?

Lenten Journey with the Saints: Day 10

March 15

“Fasting is a medicine.”

-St. John Chrysostom: Homilies (4th century)

 

Today’s Reflection

Sin injures us in many ways, especially in our ability to love like Jesus. When we deny ourselves a pleasure out of repentance for sin, this action becomes like a healing balm upon our wounded heart and enables us to become a more loving person.

Small Things Done With Great Love

Helen Keller with Anne Sullivan in 1888 (Photo courtesy of Wikicommons)

By Ellen Mongan

“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks, as if they were great and noble.” Who do you think said that? St. Therese, the little flower of Jesus? St. Teresa of Calcutta? St. Teresa of Avila? No! The correct answer is Helen Keller.

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