Bl. Marguerite Bays: Heroic Spiritual Mother Among 17 Women to be Canonized

Pope Francis has announced the advancement of the sainthood causes of 17 women, including that of Blessed Marguerite Bays, a humble laywoman who devoted her life to serving peasant farmers in spite of great physical suffering.

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Blessed are those that hunger and thirst for justice

January 16

“Blessed are those that hunger and thirst for justice,
for they shall have their fill.”

-Matthew 5:6

 

Today’s Reflection:

We must do more than agree with Church teaching on issues. We must form our conscience according to them, and we must let Church teaching move us forward with faith and confidence into the public square to proclaim the truth at every opportunity. How do your actions indicate your beliefs about the sanctity of life? How can you bring greater justice into the contemporary culture?

 

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Woman-to-Woman: Teaching Millennials the Truth About Abortion

Commentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS

A new poll, which found that seven out of 10 young voters support restrictions on abortion, is giving pro-life women the perfect opportunity to use their feminine genius to open the eyes of young women to the truth about U.S. abortion law that is too often hidden behind “reproductive rights” misinformation.

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When everything is hopeless

January 15

“As long as matters are really hopeful, hope is a mere flattery or platitude; it is only when everything is hopeless that hope begins to be a strength at all. Like all the Christian virtues, it is as unreasonable as it is indispensable.”
-G.K. Chesterton

 

Today’s Reflection:

There is no hope without uncertainty. Perilous times, difficult circumstances, tenuous situations, and heartrending trials form the crucible in which hope is tested, refined, purified, and proven. Ponder this fact? How does it speak to you in your current circumstances?

 

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Psychic Faith Healer Falls from Grace

An internationally famous faith healer who relies on his psychic powers to channel 30 “doctor entities” while “healing” the rich and famous has fallen into disgrace after hundreds of female patients accused him of sexual assault and a judge orders him to stand trial on allegations of rape and sexual abuse.

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We have to uphold the right of all men to live

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January 14

“We have to uphold the right of all men to live, to own what is necessary to lead a dignified existence, to work and to rest, to choose a particular state in life, to form a home, to bring children into the world within marriage and to be allowed to educate them, to pass peacefully through times of sickness and old age, to have access to culture, to join with other citizens to achieve legitimate ends, and, above all, to enjoy the right to know and love God in perfect liberty.”

-St. Josemaria Escriva

Today’s Reflection:

How are you actively participating in activities that speak for the poor, the weak, the disenfranchised, and the forgotten? During this week when we uphold the dignity of all human life, especially the unborn,
how can you do more?

 

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9 Days for Life Novena Starts Today!

Intense and focused prayer is desperately needed as our nation approaches one of the saddest days in its history – the passage of Roe v. Wade on January 22, 1973 – a law that has led to the slaughter of more than 60 million Americans.

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Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life

January 13

“Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit…and the door that gives access to the other sacraments.”
-Catechism of the Catholic Church 1213

 

Today’s Reflection:

In what specific ways can you live the grace of your Baptism?

 

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New saints are needed

January 12

“We need heralds of the Gospel who are experts in humanity, who know the depths of the heart of many today, who share in his hopes and joys, his worries and his sadness, and at the same time are contemplatives, in love with God. For this, new saints are needed.”
-St. John Paul II

Today’s Reflection:
God has given us life at this time to be the “new saints” and the “new evangelizers” who will proclaim His love to the world.

How is God calling you to fulfill this very mission in your own life?

 

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