Immaculate Heart!

In a letter to then Pope John Paul II dated May 12, 1982, Sister Lucia shared the following insight about the Third Secret of Fatima:
“The third part of the secret refers to Our Lady’s words: ‘If not [Russia] will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated’ (13-VII-1917).

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I will put enmity between you and the woman

“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers. They will strike at your head, while you strike at their heel.”
-Genesis 3:15
Today’s Reflection:
Who was the woman who had enmity with the ancient serpent? What does this mean to you?

 

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Be of good cheer

 June 30

“Be of good cheer, only work, only strive cheerfully; for nothing is lost. Every prayer of yours, every psalm you sing is recorded. Every alms, every fast is recorded.”

-St. Cyril of Jerusalem

 

Today’s Reflection:

Praise be to God! He has heard every prayer I have prayed, every song I have sung, every alm I have given, every fast I have observed! This gladdens my heart and brings good cheer to all that I do!

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Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles

June 29

Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles

“Both apostles share the same feast day, for these two were one; and even though they suffered on different days, they were as one. Peter went first,
and Paul followed. And so we celebrate this day made holy for us
by the apostle’s blood.”

-St. Augustine

Today’s Reflection:

“God our Father, today you give us the joy of celebrating the feast of the apostles Peter and Paul. Through them your Church received the faith. Keep us true to their teaching. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.” -From Morning Prayer


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Where there is order

June 28

Feast of St. Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr (130 – 200)

“Where there is order, there is also harmony, where there is harmony, there is also correct timing; where there is correct timing, there is also advantage.”

-St. Irenaeus

 

Today’s Reflection:

According to this quote, what is the relationship between order and correct advantage? How does this apply to the practical situations of everyday life and my spiritual life as well?


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Mother of God

June 27

Feast of St. Cyril of Alexandria , Bishop (D. 444)

“That anyone could doubt the right of the holy Virgin to be called the Mother of God fills me with astonishment. Surely she must be the Mother of God if our Lord Jesus Christ is God, and she gave birth to him! Our Lord’s disciples may not have used those exact words, but they delivered to us the belief those words enshrine, and this has also been taught us by the holy fathers.”

– St. Cyril of Alexandria

 

Today’s Reflection:

Consider the logic of St. Cyril of Alexandria regarding Mary’s title of Mother of God. How does this increase my ability to communicate this truth to those who may object to this title?


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God’s will

June 26
“God’s will — peacefully do at each moment what at the moment ought to be done.”
-Traditionally attributed to St. Katherine Drexel
Today’s Reflection:
What ought to be done at this moment of my life?

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Magic, Murder, and the Pennsylvania Dutch Pow Wow

(Nicholas Tonelli, Wikicommons, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en)

CA writes: “I recently heard about a practice called Pow Wowing by the Pennsylvania Dutch. I am sure it is a bad idea. Would you post about this practice? There was a true murder story I saw on Prime Video called “Hex Hollow”. Someone was killed because they were thought to have put a hex on someone. The practice was called PowWow. I never heard of such a thing. Of course, they interviewed someone who claimed it was just a bunch of prayers, but I know it isn’t.”

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Only in heaven

June 25
“How often have I thought that I may owe all the graces I’ve received to the prayers of a person who begged them from God for me, and whom
I shall know only in heaven.”
– St. Therese of Lisieux
  Today’s Reflection
Whom am I secretly praying for today?

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