When everything is hopeless

January 15

“As long as matters are really hopeful, hope is a mere flattery or platitude; it is only when everything is hopeless that hope begins to be a strength at all. Like all the Christian virtues, it is as unreasonable as it is indispensable.”
-G.K. Chesterton

 

Today’s Reflection:

There is no hope without uncertainty. Perilous times, difficult circumstances, tenuous situations, and heartrending trials form the crucible in which hope is tested, refined, purified, and proven. Ponder this fact? How does it speak to you in your current circumstances?

 

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We have to uphold the right of all men to live

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January 14

“We have to uphold the right of all men to live, to own what is necessary to lead a dignified existence, to work and to rest, to choose a particular state in life, to form a home, to bring children into the world within marriage and to be allowed to educate them, to pass peacefully through times of sickness and old age, to have access to culture, to join with other citizens to achieve legitimate ends, and, above all, to enjoy the right to know and love God in perfect liberty.”

-St. Josemaria Escriva

Today’s Reflection:

How are you actively participating in activities that speak for the poor, the weak, the disenfranchised, and the forgotten? During this week when we uphold the dignity of all human life, especially the unborn,
how can you do more?

 

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Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life

January 13

“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 live the grace of your Baptism?

 

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New saints are needed

January 12

“We need heralds of the Gospel who are experts in humanity, who know the depths of the heart of many today, who share in his hopes and joys, his worries and his sadness, and at the same time are contemplatives, in love with God. For this, new saints are needed.”
-St. John Paul II

Today’s Reflection:
God has given us life at this time to be the “new saints” and the “new evangelizers” who will proclaim His love to the world.

How is God calling you to fulfill this very mission in your own life?

 

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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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Then the eyes of them both were opened

January 5

“Then the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons.”
– Gen. 3:7

Today’s Reflection:

What effect did the sin of disobedience have on Adam and Eve? What ripple effect did that have on the whole of mankind? How does disobedience impact you in your day to day walk with God? What remedies can you employ today to grow in humility and obedience to God’s will?

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Daily Gracelines ADVENTure Day 30

December 31
Day 30: Daily Gracelines:
Today is the final day of our ADVENTure with Mary
 
Theme: The third Sunday of Advent is all about JOY.  The third week of Advent begins on Guadete Sunday.  We are reminded of His birth and coming, and we await rejoicing!
Grace: I pray for the grace of joy as I await my Lord!  Regardless of what happens this week, I will rejoice in God.

Reflection: “May the Virgin Mary, whom today we venerate with the title of Mother of God, help us to contemplate the face of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. May she sustain us and accompany us in this New Year: and may she obtain for us and for the whole world the gift of peace. Amen!”

Challenge: Where is God leading you in 2019? Spend time with the Lord this week asking Jesus and Mary to send you the grace of wisdom through the power of the Holy Spirit.

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St. John Paul II — “Christmas is the Feast Day of Man”

When I came back to the Faith in 1981, one Scripture passage became the rudder of my spiritual life. It is Ephesians 1: 3-4. Through the years, this passage has spoken to me in many ways and has sustained me through many trials.

Verse 4 , however, is particularly relevant for this time of the year, and was echoed by St. John Paul II in a Christmas reflection. It states this, “God chose us in him before the world began to be holy and blameless in his sight, to be full of love.” Those first five words tell us something about ourselves that is amazing and astounding — each one of us was distinctively and individually chosen by God to have life. Read the rest…

Daily Gracelines ADVENTure Day 24

December 25
Day 24: Daily Gracelines: ADVENTure with Mary
Theme: The third Sunday of Advent is all about JOY.  The third week of Advent begins on Guadete Sunday.  We are reminded of His birth and coming, and we await rejoicing!
Grace: I pray for the grace of joy as I await my Lord!  Regardless of what happens this week, I will rejoice in God.

Reflection:
O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of our dear Saviour’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appear’d and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

Fall on your knees! O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born;
O night divine, O night, O night Divine.

Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here come the wise men from the Orient land.
The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friend.

He knows our need, to our weaknesses no stranger,
Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King, Before Him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother;
And in His name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name.

Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever,
His power and glory evermore proclaim.
His power and glory evermore proclaim.
– O Holy Night by John Sullivan

Challenge: Ponder the holy moment of Christ’s birth when the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. What does it mean to you this year? How will you carry Jesus Christ anew in your heart throughout 2019?

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