The fruit of the Spirit

July 21
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law.”
-Galatians 5:22
Today’s Reflection:
How do the fruit of the Holy Spirit, outlined in the Scripture passage, help me
to be a “consoling angel”?

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Mary is never servile but free

July 20

“One should always remember that such virtues as surrender, humility, obedience, and the ability to serve and sacrifice presuppose a high degree of spiritual activity, enabling one to ignore one’s own selfish demands. Mary is never servile but free and responsible.”

-Jutta Burggraf

 

Today’s Reflection:

What is the difference between a servile action and a free and responsible one? Which marks my service to others?

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Speak life!

July 19

“For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good man out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil man out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment men will render account for every careless word they utter;…”

-Matthew 12:34-36

 

Today’s Reflection:

Are my words life-giving or life-threatening? How does this affect my mission of spiritual motherhood?

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Watching the Hollywood Medium for Kicks

BC writes: “My friend and I get a real kick out of Tyler Henry, the Hollywood Medium, and love watching his show. We’re both Catholic and know what he’s doing is against Scripture, but we only watch it for entertainment. Is it okay to do this as long as we don’t endorse this kind of work?”

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Love one another

July 18

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

-John 13:34

 

Today’s Reflection:

Is there a family member or community member who currently is difficult to love? How can I bring love into this situation? Which feminine quality does it require?

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Planned Parenthood Fires New President

After just eight months on the job, Planned Parenthood president Leana Wen, MD, has been ousted from the job which insiders say was due to the organization wanting “a more aggressive political leader” to confront the swelling pro-life sentiment in the country.

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A loving heart

July 17

“Not all women have fruits of their own womb, but all women are called upon to be mothers: that is, self-giving, self-sacrificing in the silence
of their loving heart.”

-Alice Von Hildebrand, Ph.D.

 

Today’s Reflection:

In what ways can I nurture life in others? Am I willing to make the sacrifice?

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Beware of New Age Uses of Chelation Therapy

LS writes: “I was tested for heavy metals and have high lead. I went to an introspective/medical doctor. He was to do IV chelation therapy with a medicine to bind the heavy metals and to discreet them through the bowels and kidneys. He said it would help my immune system since I have a low immune system from cancer and chemo I had and many other issues. But I don’t know if it is okay to do through the Catholic Church teachings and I went on WebMD and it said it is acceptable but it can also take out many minerals that your body needs like calcium and magnesium etc.”

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