Lenten Journey with the Saints: Day 19

March 24
“Lent is like a long ‘retreat’ during which we can turn back into ourselves and listen to the voice of God, in order to defeat the temptations of the Evil One. It is a period of spiritual ‘combat’ which we must experience alongside Jesus, not with pride and presumption, but using the arms of faith: prayer, listening to the word of God and penance. In this way we will be able to celebrate Easter in truth, ready to renew the promises of our Baptism.” — Pope Benedict XVI
Today’s Reflection
How are you battling against temptation this Lent? What are your spiritual “arms?” How are you doing on your Lenten commitments. Today is the perfect day to assess, recommit and begin again.

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Lenten Journey with the Saints: Day 18

March 23

“God never tires of forgiving us;
we are the ones who tire of seeking His mercy.”

-Pope Francis

 

Today’s Reflection

Do you hold onto unforgiveness toward yourself or others? Ponder this quote from Pope Francis. If there is an area for which you are lacking forgiveness, submit it to God’s ocean of mercy and forgiveness.

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Lenten Journey with the Saints: Day 17

March 22
“When we accept our disappointment at our failures, God immediately
returns to us.”
-St. Therese of Lisieux
Today’s Reflection
Lent is the time to be rid of that stubborn pride which does not wish to accept the fact that we might not be as perfect as we imagined. What imperfection are you ready to accept today?

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Why the Equality Act is Bad News for Women

Commentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS

Women beware! The party that claims to be all about women’s rights has introduced a bill known as “The Equality Act” which will make “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” protected classes under federal rights law. While it might sound good on paper, enforcement of this law will actually rob women and many other Americans of the liberties they hold dear.

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Is My Teen Involved in Witchcraft?

We have been receiving a lot of mail lately from concerned parents who have found unusual objects in their teens’ bedrooms and worry that their children might have been lured into one of the hottest trends among teens today – witchcraft. What signs should a parent look for in order to determine if their child is dabbling in the dark arts?

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School Hosts LGBT Fair Without Parents’ Knowledge

Commentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS

Angry parents descended upon a Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) board meeting last week to express their outrage that an LGBT Fair complete with people in drag giving middle-schoolers make-up lessons, was hosted without their consent.

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Lenten Journey with the Saints: Day 16

March 21
“The meek are those who know how to suffer their neighbor and themselves.”
-St. John of the Cross
Sayings of Light and Love, (16th Century)
Today’s Reflection
Meekness is not weakness! This is the virtue that gives us strength to remain steadfast and self-possessed even in adversity which often comes in the form of our own – or our neighbor’s – annoying habits. Ask God for the grace to accept our own faults and those of others with meekness and charity.

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Lenten Journey with the Saints: Day 15

March 20

“The law detects, but grace alone conquers sin.”

-St. Augustine: Of Continence (5th Century)

 

Today’s Reflection

Did you ask God for the grace to conquer your bad habits this Lent, or are you trying to do it all yourself? By relying on yourself, you block the grace God wants to give you. Replace your self-reliance with humility and allow yourself to receive God’s help.

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Lenten Journey with the Saints: Day 14

March 19
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the
renewal of your mind . . .”
-Romans 12:2
Today’s Reflection
It’s much easier to become worldly than it is to become other-worldly. For the former, we need only to turn on the nightly news. For the latter, we need the grace of God. Pray today for the grace to reject worldly ideas and to see ourselves – and our world – as God sees it!

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