Life on earth is a warfare

May 12
“Recognize it or not, our life on earth is a warfare (see CCC, 409), and every day and age from the beginning of time tells the story of dour combat with diabolic forces, a war between good and evil. This battle originated in the heavens before the dawn of humanity but was not confined there. It spilled onto the earth, placing all generations of humanity in a perpetual
state of general quarters.”
 – Johnnette S. Benkovic and Thomas K. Sullivan
Today’s Reflection
How do I struggle with good and evil in my life? In what ways can I combat evil by prayer of the Rosary, fasting, and almsgiving?

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Docility of heart

May 11
“What do you want of me?”
– Lucia dos Santos to Our Lady of Fatima
Today’s Reflection
Ponder Lucia’s question to Our Lady of Fatima? How is her docility of heart something we can emulate in our own lives?

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Peace is a gift

May 10
“Peace is a gift of God, not the work of politicians.”
– Father Petrus Pavlicek
Today’s Reflection
How can we be more receptive to the peace that only God can give?

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Idleness

May 9
“It is not permissible for anyone to remain idle.”
-Christifidelis Laici, 3
Today’s Reflection
How can you become more engaged in the life of the Church and your Christian faith?

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The final confrontation

May 8
“We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of the American society, or wide circles of the Christian community, realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-church, between the Gospel and the anti-gospel. This confrontation lies within the plans of Divine Providence; it is a trial which the whole Church must take up.”

– Karol Wojtyla (St. John Paul II)

 

Today’s Reflection

Why are so many blind to the spiritual battle that is being waged around us? How can we help the scales to be removed?

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Say the Rosary Every Day

May 7

“Say the Rosary, to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war.”

– Our Lady of Fatima to the children at Fatima

 

Today’s Reflection

Our Lady of Fatima asked us to pray the rosary for peace in the world. Why is her message more relevant today than ever before? How does this enliven your commitment to praying the Rosary every day?

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Pray your Rosary

May 6

“A priest without a Rosary is like a knight without a sword. With this heavenly weapon, a priest can defeat falsehood, conquer evil, and win innumerable souls for Jesus Christ!”

– Fr. Donald Calloway

 

Today’s Reflection

Pray your Rosary today for the priesthood. Ask Our Lady to increase their fervor this powerful heavenly weapon.

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Be saints!

May 5
“Today we have the greatest need of saints, for whom we must
assiduously implore God.”
—1985 Extraordinary Synod of Bishops
Today’s Reflection
Are you committed to becoming a saint? Pray and implore God for the grace to become a saint and bring your loved ones with you.

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By way of the Rosary

May 4

“Mary took my weakness and gave me her strength; she took my fear and gave me her trust; she took my insecurity and gave me her confidence.
And it all came by way of the Rosary.”

– Johnnette Benkovic Williams

 

Today’s Reflection

Ask the Holy Spirit to shed light upon the areas of your life where you are fearful, insecure, or lacking trust. During your Rosary today, ask Our Lady to give you her strength, her trust, and her confidence.

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The tongue is a fire

May 3
Feast of Sts. Philip and James, Apostles

How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is an unrighteous world among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the cycle of nature.

-James 3:5-6

 

Today’s Reflection

Have I started “fires” of gossip among my friends and family by failing to control my tongue? I will resolve to consider my words more deeply, for my sake and others’.

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