Lenten Journey with the Saints: Day 26

March 31

“There are ways of being crucified that do not involve rough wood or heavy nails, but a love beyond our capacity to love, which means a love that has been given to us by God…”

-Catherine Doherty

 

Today’s Reflection

Who is God calling you to love beyond your capacity this Lent? Go love them today.

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Lenten Journey with the Saints: Day 25

March 30
“It is better not to fast and be thereby humbled, than to fast and to be
self-satisfied therewith.”
-Pascal: Pensees (17th century)
Today’s Reflection
We must always be on the lookout for wrong intentions. They can creep into everything we do, even spiritual exercises. Take a moment today to renew your intentions for this Lent and remember to do so from time to time throughout this holy season.

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Lenten Journey with the Saints: Day 24

March 29
“Oh how happy I am to see myself imperfect and to be in need of God’s mercy.”
-Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
Today’s Reflection
Love of God and love of neighbor are God’s greatest commandments to us but even the saints struggled on their journey toward perfection. What can you do to love God or your neighbor more perfectly today? How can you extend mercy to yourself for your failures?

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Lenten Journey with the Saints: Day 23

March 28
“Apart from the cross, there is no other ladder
by which we may get to heaven.”
-St. Rose of Lima
Today’s Reflection
What crosses are you carrying? Give it to the Lord and thank Him because He has you on the path to heaven.

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Media Ignore Killing of Christians in Nigeria

While the mainstream media devoted extensive coverage to the senseless slaughter of 50 Muslim worshipers in two New Zealand mosques earlier this month, they uttered barely a word about the 120 Christians who were slaughtered in Nigeria by Muslim extremists during the same time.

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The Latest Gimmick: Contraceptive Jewelry for Women

Commentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS

Yes, you read that title right. Researchers are testing a new concept of synthetic hormone delivery for women by affixing special backings on jewelry such as earring, wristwatches, rings or necklaces which they say will “improve user compliance” with drug regimens.

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The Facts About Energy-based Massage

We have numerous questions from both patients and health care providers about the use of energy massage techniques such as Therapeutic Touch, Healing Touch, Hands of Light, Reiki, etc. in hospitals and hospice care. Are these practices New Age; if so, why are they so prevalent in health care facilities?

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Parents! Don’t Let UNPLANNED “R” Rating Deter Your Teens

A coalition of actors, media and faith leaders have published an open letter to the faith community in America urging parents not to let the R rating which was given to the pro-life movie, Unplanned, deter them from taking their teens to the theater to see this movie.

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Lenten Journey with the Saints: Day 22

March 27

“You don’t know how to pray? Put yourself in the presence of God,
and as soon as you have said, ‘Lord, I don’t know how to pray!’
you can be sure you’ve already begun.”

-Saint Josemaría Escrivá

 

Today’s Reflection

Lent is a great time to pick up the practice of Eucharistic adoration, where we can put ourselves in the Real Presence of Jesus. He desires us to spend time with Him. He expressed His disappointment when the disciples could not stay awake with Him and His words ring true for us, “So, could you not stay awake with me one hour?”

Will you spend an hour with Jesus this week as part of your Lenten offering?

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