Standing with arms outstretched

February 16
“One of the favorite images I like to use for describing the Christian life is of a person standing with arms outstretched. One hand, in faith and prayer, touches God; the other hand is extended in service to the neighbor. Thus a person is cruciform, touching God and touching neighbor.”
-Catherine de Hueck Doherty
For Reflection:
How does this quotation speak of spiritual motherhood? How can I be cruciform today?
      (Quote from Graceful Living)

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For the love of God

February 15
“It is amusing to see souls who, while they are at prayer, fancy they are willing to be despised and publicly insulted for the love of God, yet afterward do all they can to hide their small defects; if anyone unjustly accuses them of a fault, God deliver us from their outcries!”
-St. Teresa of Avila
For Reflection: 
This is a hard truth from St. Teresa. If I’m being honest with myself, to what extent does this describe me?
    (Quote from Graceful Living)

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Did Justice Ginsburg Just Kill the Equal Rights Amendment?

Commentary by Susan Brinkmann

In the same week that the U.S. House took steps to revive the ill-conceived Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) which could be used to add a constitutional right to taxpayer funded abortion, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg threw a wet blanket on the prospects of passage by saying she believes the process, which started in 1972, needs to start over.

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Love is the key to the mystery

February 14
“Love is the key to the mystery. Love by its very nature is not selfish, but generous. It seeks not its own, but the good of others. The measure of love is not the pleasure it gives – that is the way the world judges it – but the joy and peace it can purchase for others.”
 –Ven. Fulton J. Sheen
For Reflection:
Love is not an emotion as much as it is a decision of the will. How can I show love today according to this quote?

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Love in a soul

February 13
“The good God does not need years to accomplish His work of love in a soul; one ray from His Heart can, in an instant, make His flower bloom for eternity.”
-Saint Therese of Lisieux
 Today’s Reflection:
When we trust in God and faithfully ask Him to change our hearts, He does so as swiftly as is necessary. Where can God heal and change my heart today? Do I trust Him to do so?

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The hunger for love

February 12
“The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger
for bread.”
-Saint Teresa of Calcutta
Today’s Reflection:
What a beautiful reminder it is to know that we all ache for love. And how lucky are we to have a Father who loves us so much. Today, thank God for the love He continually pours out on you, and remember to share that love with every soul you encounter.

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Mary Visits Her Children: Our Lady of Lourdes

Perhaps no other appearance of the Blessed Virgin Mary has captured people’s hearts and imaginations like those she made to Bernadette Soubirous in Lourdes, France in 1858. Our Lady appeared eighteen times that year to an impoverished, uneducated fourteen-year-old girl who lived with her family in an old jail. Since that time, more than five thousand healings are reported to have taken place in the spot where the Blessed Mother appeared; sixty-four of them the Catholic Church has proclaimed “miraculous.” Read the rest…

Use of “Natural” Remedies Results in Child’s Death

                                                      Najee (GoFundMe)

The tragic story of a four-year-old boy who died of the flu after being treated with essential oils rather than Tamiflu is just another example of the dangers of relying on the misinformation about “natural” cures so prevalent on the Internet.

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Scatter more love

February 11

“Today people are suffering from poverty, but also from lack of love.”

-Pope Francis

 

Today’s Reflection:

Where am I lacking in love in my life? When I say that I love something or someone, what do I really mean? Ask God to open your heart to scatter more love wherever you go, love that only He can provide.

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