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God does not lose battles

April 16
"Faith: avoid defeatism and sterile lamenting about the religious situation of your countries, and get on with the job with effort and move ... many people. Hope: God does not lose battles."
-St. Josemaria Escriva, paraphrase reported in In Conversation with God, Volume 2, by Francis Fernandez
Today's Reflection
According to St. Josemaria, how can I exhibit faith and hope about the religious situation of my country?
  

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St. Bernadette and the healing waters

This Friday we celebrate the Feast of St. Bernadette Soubirous. She was the humble, peasant girl, on whom was bestowed one of the greatest of earthly blessings...to be visited and spoken to by Our Blessed Mother, Mary. It is a remarkable story that sadly, even many Catholics, are not familiar with.

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Rest for those who work

April 15
"Our Lady is rest for those who work, consolation for those who weep, medicine for the sick, a harbor for those assailed by tempests, pardon for sinners, sweet relief for the sad, succor for those who implore."
-St. John Damascene, Homily on Our Lady's Dormition
Today's Reflection
Who is the Blessed Mother to me today? How am I experiencing
her maternal love?
  

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Strong pillar of prayer

April 14
"How often I have failed in my duty to God, because I was not leaning on the strong pillar of prayer."
-St. Teresa of Avila, her Life (paraphrase)
Today's Reflection
Is this my lament, too? What resolution am I willing to make?
  

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Ayurvedic Medicine: Risks Outweigh the Benefits

Anonymous: “My brother-in-law has offered to pay all expenses for me to see an Ayurvedic Practitioner that he sees for treatment in New Jersey. I have seen one before here in my state. My viewpoint is that despite how ill I am, it would be putting my faith into Eastern Medicine, instead of in Jesus Christ, for my healing. Am I correct in my view? Would you explain further, and why it would be unwise to seek healing from this type of Practitioner?"

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Queen of Peace

April 13
"Mary, Queen of Peace, is close to the women of our day because of her motherhood, her example of openness to others' needs,
and her witness of suffering."
-From an address of Pope St. John Paul II, "Women: Teachers of Peace
Today's Reflection:
How can I seek the example, wisdom and intercession of the Blessed Mother today to make me a "teacher of peace"?
  

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When we really love

April 12
"When we really love, we rejoice in the happiness of the loved one and make every sacrifice to procure it for him."
-St. Therese of Lisieux, Story of a Soul
Today's Reflection:
According to this quote, how much do I really love?
  

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St. Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr

April 11
St. Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr (1030-1097)
“The blood of martyrs is the seed of Christians.”
 -A maxim of Tertullian
Today's Reflection:
What one mortification can I perform today for the sake of the Church that I may be more in union with the martyrs?
  

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God is all and the rest nothing

April 10
“The great truth that God is all, and the rest nothing, becomes the life of the soul, and upon it one can lean securely amid the incomprehensible mysteries of this world.”
 -Traditionally attributed to Bl. Marie-Therese De Soubiran
Today's Reflection:
What current “incomprehensible mystery” draws me to lean on the truth that “God is all and the rest nothing”? What consolation does this give me?
  

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