The feminine genius

February 17
“The Church sees in Mary the highest expression of the ‘feminine genius.'”
-Letter to Women, Pope St. John Paul II
Today’s Reflection:
Have you given God permission to shape you into the woman He has made you to be? Ask Our Blessed Mother Mary to cultivate your “feminine genius.” Hold her hand and step into the fullness of your feminine vocation.

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Every human being

February 16
“The moral and spiritual strength of a woman is joined to her awareness that God entrusts the human being to her in a special way. Of course, God entrusts every human being to each and every other human being. But this entrusting concerns women in a special way – precisely by reason of their femininity – and this in a particular way determines their vocation.”
-Mulieris Dignatatem, no. 30
Today’s Reflection:
God entrusts life into the heart of woman. Some are called to bear physical life but all are called to bare spiritual life. In either case, God entrusts life into our maternal care, whether you are single or married. Who is God calling you to “mother” today?

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Close to Jesus’ heart

February 15
“We must also remember the great number of single persons who, because of the particular circumstances in which they have to live – often not of their choosing – are especially close to Jesus’ heart and therefore deserve the special affection and active solicitude of the Church, especially of pastors. Many remain without a human family often due to conditions of poverty. Some live their situation in the spirit of the Beatitudes, serving God and neighbor in exemplary fashion. The doors of homes, the ‘domestic churches,’ and of the great family which is the Church must be open to all of them.”
-Catechism of the Catholic Church 1658
Today’s Reflection:
 
We’re all called to vocation. For anyone who is single but feels called to marriage, joy and fulfillment can be found during the time of waiting in family, friends, work, apostolate and participation in the redemptive action of the Church. The Church as the family of God embraces our single brothers and sisters and encourages self discovery, healing and a deeper understanding of authentic love.
Are you single? How can you live the “spirit of the Beatitudes” in your journey? Are you married? What can you do to embrace a single person into your “domestic church?”

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In loving union

February 14

“God created us to live in loving union with Him for all eternity.”

 

Today’s Reflection:

What more could one ask for on the day we celebrate St. Valentine than to know that God desires spousal union with us for all eternity? If there is a longing or expectation that hasn’t been met today, rest in the knowledge that you are completely and utterly loved by God.

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Super Bowl Champion Relies on Wife’s Witchcraft

After winning his sixth Super Bowl, it’s safe to say that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady knows how to win a lot of football games. But he doesn’t rely on grueling practices and tough workouts alone. Brady says he also relies on superstitious practices gleaned from his wife’s witchcraft to get ready for big games.

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God is love

February 13
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.”
-1 John 4:7
Today’s Reflection:
God is the source of love and you can’t give what you don’t have. Allow God to love you today. Spend time in His loving gaze.

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