Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life

January 12
“Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit…and the door that gives access to the other sacraments.”
-Catechism of the Catholic Church 1213
Today’s Reflection:
In what specific ways can you lie the grace of your Baptism?
  

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Hand on the Gospel

January 11
“In the long run, is there any other way of handing on the Gospel than by transmitting to another person one’s personal experience of faith?”
-Evangelii Nuntiandi 46
Today’s Reflection:
Personal testimony remains the most effective means of evangelization. Through it we inform, instruct, and insure others with the truths of Sacred Scripture and the teachings of the Catholic Church.
What does your personal testimony say? Are you ready to share it this week?
  

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Sin makes men accomplices

January 10
“Sin makes men accomplices of one another and causes concupiscence, violence, and injustice to reign among them.”
-Catechism of the Catholic Church 1869
Today’s Reflection:
Each person who sins cooperates in bringing suffering to the world. To what extent do you give in to temptation and sin?
  

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For the time is coming

 

“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching,
but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own liking, and will turn away from listening
to the truth and wander into myths.”
-2 Timothy 4:3-4
Today’s Reflection:
In light of this passage, how should we evaluate what is presented to us from the vantage point of our Catholic Faith. Are you currently influenced negatively by things in your life that are contrary to our Faith? What are those things?
  

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Resist the Devil

 

January 8
“Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
-James 4:7
Today’s Reflection:
Anytime we are serious about our relationship with God, we can be certain that Satan will try to dissuade us in every way possible. He will taunt us, tempt us, and try us in an effort to make us give up and give in. What are your biggest distractions? How is God calling you to remain faithful to your time of prayer?
  

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Rock Stacking: Why You Shouldn’t Go There

M asks: “Have you ever heard about stacking rocks or stones? This seems to be a recent fad being seen in areas large and small. I’m just wondering how much connection the habit has to New Age beliefs. I have seen small structures being built along our walkway in our neighborhood. I wondered what would be a proper way to respond to their existence, or if I should ignore them.”

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Hear God speak in the bottom of your heart

 

January 7
“The chief exercise of prayer is to speak to God and to hear God speak in the bottom of your heart.”
-St. Francis de Sales
For Reflection
Prayer is a gateway to intimacy with our Creator and Lord. Through it, we find fellowship with Him. What effect does such an interaction have?
  

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Prayer is Essential

January 6
“Prayer is not one occupation among many, but is at the center
of our life in Christ.”
-St. John Paul II
For Reflection
Prayer is not optional; it is essential. How is God calling you to turn your prayer life into the breath of your existence?
  

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Why is COVID-19 Leading More People to Psychics Than to God?

It was only a year ago, just before COVID-19 was unleashed upon the world, when Pope Francis warned the faithful not to trust in magic and psychics for guidance – so why are so many people turning to psychics in record numbers during this frightening time when they should be turning to God instead?

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