The sole end

August 1
“The accomplishment of the divine will is the sole end for which we are
in the world.”
-St. John Eudes
For Reflection:
What does the phrase “God’s will” mean to me? How does this definition shape my understanding of this quote by St. John Eudes? What do I think is the relationship between living in God’s will and true joy?

 

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Passion of Christ

July 31
“Jesus prayed, preached and gave us the example of how we should live.
But is that all He did to save the world? No, He saved it primarily
by His Passion and Death.”
-Emil Neubert, SM, STD
Today’s Reflection:
Are you ready to help conquer the world for Christ? Then be prepared to suffer in union with Him. Like Christ and our Blessed Mother, all true apostles have understood the redemptive value of suffering.

 

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Nine-Year-Old Girl Proves New Age Energy Fields Don’t Exist

Emily Rosa at age 11, the year she published the study in JAMA (photo courtesy of her mother, Linda Rosa RN and Wikicommons)

New Age energy workers insist that the cause of all of mankind’s ills are related to imbalances in an alleged universal life force energy known as chi, qi, prana, vital force, etc. Thanks to the sophistication of modern science, it was easy to prove that this energy doesn’t exist, so easy, in fact, that a nine-year-old girl thoroughly debunked the claims of these “energy workers” in a fourth-grade science fair project!

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You are a witness

July 30
“As a Christian, you are a witness of Christ; therefore give testimony to Him!”
-Emil Neubert, SM, STD
Today’s Reflection:
No one can argue with your own testimony because it’s yours. In the Women of Grace Foundational Study we teach participants the short formula, “I was… Jesus did…I am.” Think about your life of conversion and compose your testimony so that you can share the reason for your hope, the next time the opportunity presents itself.

 

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Driven to Distraction? There’s a Saint for You!

Now as they went on their way, [Jesus] entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.’ But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her’” (Lk 10:38-42, NRSV).

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The apostolic prayer par excellence

July 29
“Among all the prayers to the Blessed Virgin, there is one that can be called the apostolic prayer par excellence, namely, the Rosary.
-Emil Neubert, SM, STD
Today’s Reflection:
Our Lady of Fatima asked that we pray the rosary daily but often life gets in the way. Will you recommit to praying the rosary every day for the salvation of souls?

 

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No matter how difficult

“There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot solve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.” – Servant of God, Lucia de Santos, Fatima Visionary

Betrayed. Deserted. Discarded. Dropped. Dumped. Empty. Forgotten. Forsaken. Left. Neglected. Rejected. Shunned. Sidelined. Alone. Cast aside. Outcast. These are just a few of the synonyms listed next to the word “abandoned” in a Thesaurus. Can you relate to any of them?

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What Does Your Aura Say About You?

New Age practitioners swear by them and claim you can tell just about anything about a person by reading it. Others believe you can use it to diagnose illness and change the way a person thinks. What is this remarkable tool?

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Pray! Pray!

July 28

“Pray! Pray! Undertake nothing without prayer!”
-Emil Neubert, SM, STD
Today’s Reflection:
Many a marvelous work for the Lord has crumbled because it was not sustained by prayer. It is the most effective and easiest form of apostolate. Do you pray as if your work, especially your work as a member of the Church Militant, depended on it?

 

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House Blessing

Short Deliverance Prayer

for blessing your home with Blessed Salt

“Dear Lord Jesus, in the power of your Name, which is the Name above all other names, and by Your Word that you have given every believer ‘authority over evil spirits,’ I bind and reject all evil from me and from my home. I seal myself, and all who are here, in your most holy and precious blood that you shed on the cross for us and ask that we be made invisible to the enemy. Please pour forth the power of your Holy Spirit upon me and my home, and loose your holy angels to encamp around us to protect us.”
(Sprinkle the blessed salt in every area of your home, praising God as you do so)
Scripture references:
Philippians 2:9; Luke 10:17-20; Hebrews 13:20; Matthew 18:18; Luke 11:13; Psalm 91:11
–From the Women’s Christian Fellowship Retreat 2009