Endure the fire

February 23   
Feast of St. Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr (D. 155)
“Leave me as I am. The one who gives me strength to endure the fire will also give me strength to stay quite still on the pyre, even without the precaution of your nails.”
-St. Polycarp at his martyrdom
For Reflection:
How is God giving me the strength of endurance today?
      (Quote from Graceful Living)

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You are Peter

February 22

Chair of St. Peter

“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it.”

-Matthew 16:18

 

For Reflection:

How have I seen the truth of this statement in light of the history of the Church? How does this speak to the fact that the Catholic Church is the
Church Jesus founded?

      (Quote from Graceful Living)

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Saint Jacinta Marto-100th Anniversary Celebration

by Thea Parsons
We are celebrating the life of Saint Jacinta Marto, a young Saint with more humility and heroic virtue than many of us reading this email! Without question, she accepted the call of God through Our Blessed Mother to suffer…to suffer for the conversion of sinners! To pray for those who have no one to pray for them, the lowly. How blessed are we by this young Saint?! By her courage?! May she intercede on our behalf, that we may exercise the same obedience she did with her brother and cousin, that we may be as courageous and steadfast in our, ‘yes,’ when we are called, and in our prayer, and suffering!

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Look forward to the joy

February 21

 Feast of St. Peter Damien, Bishop and Doctor (1007 – 1072)
“In serenity, look forward to the joy that follows sadness. Hope leads you to that joy and love enkindles your zeal.”
-St. Peter Damien
For Reflection:
The letter to the Hebrews tells us that “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (11:1). How does this help me live out the advice of St. Peter Damien?
      (Quote from Graceful Living)

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Time for Lent? There’s an App for That!

Eastern meditation apps might be all the rage, but when it comes to helping Catholics get the most of out of Lent, sitting in an empty void is not the way to go. If you really want an authentic Lenten experience, America’s number one Catholic prayer app, Hallow, has just what you’re looking for.

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You will not be overcome

February 20
“He did not say: You will not be troubled; you will not be tempted; you will not be distressed. But He said: You will not be overcome.”
-St. Julian of Norwich
For Reflection:
 Dear Lord, So often I feel all but swallowed up by the events of every day life–not to mention those difficult moments of struggle, confusion, and doubt. It is Your grace and Your grace alone that gets me through these moments. Help me to remember that in the midst of every circumstance, You are there. In the midst of every reversal, You are there. In my deepest pain, in my worst distress, in my greatest temptation, You are there. Help me to hold on to this truth, and in You I will overcome. Amen.
      (Quote from Graceful Living)

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Why is Discerning God’s Will So Hard?

Even though all of us were created by God to do Him some definite service in this world, the reason why some of us find it so difficult to discern what that service is supposed to be is because we have a tendency to over-complicate the discernment process. Maybe this Lenten season is the time to get rid of that bad habit.

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Reach the goal for which I created you

February 19
“For I will only your well-being, and whatever I give, I give it so that you may reach the goal for which I created you.”
-Our Lord to St. Catherine of Siena
For Reflection:
It is easy to see God’s hand in the good things of our lives, but it is often a struggle to see it in the difficult. How do these words of Our Lord to St. Catherine of Siena give me deeper insight? In what way does this help me to reexamine past events or a current situation?
      (Quote from Graceful Living)

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