By way of the Rosary

May 4

“Mary took my weakness and gave me her strength; she took my fear and gave me her trust; she took my insecurity and gave me her confidence.
And it all came by way of the Rosary.”

– Johnnette Benkovic Williams

 

Today’s Reflection

Ask the Holy Spirit to shed light upon the areas of your life where you are fearful, insecure, or lacking trust. During your Rosary today, ask Our Lady to give you her strength, her trust, and her confidence.

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The tongue is a fire

May 3
Feast of Sts. Philip and James, Apostles

How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is an unrighteous world among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the cycle of nature.

-James 3:5-6

 

Today’s Reflection

Have I started “fires” of gossip among my friends and family by failing to control my tongue? I will resolve to consider my words more deeply, for my sake and others’.

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Feast of St. Athanasius

May 2
Feast of St. Athanasius (296 – 373)

He who confesses his sins freely receives pardon from the priest
by virtue of the grace of Christ.”

-St. Athanasius

 

Today’s Reflection

What most holds me back from confessing my sins “freely” to the priest who hears my confession in the person of Jesus? Am I willing to bring this defect to the sacrament for healing?

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Feast of St. Joseph the Worker

May 1
Feast of St. Joseph the Worker

St. Joseph is the best protector to help you in your life, to penetrate the spirit of the Gospel. Indeed, from the Heart of the God-Man, Savior of the world, this spirit is infused in you and in all men, but it is certain that there was no worker’s spirit so perfectly and deeply penetrated as the putative father of Jesus, who lived with him in the closest intimacy and community of family and work. So, if you want to be close to Christ, I repeat to you “Ite ad Ioseph”: Go to Joseph!

-From an address of Pope Pius XII to Italian Workers

 

Today’s Reflection

How are my labor and my leisure fruitful for my salvation and that of others? What can I do in each to make them more so? How can St. Joseph’s example and intercession aid me to do so?

 

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Feast of St. Pius V

April 30
Feast of St. Pius V (1504 – 1572)

“O Lord, increase my sufferings and my patience.”

-Dying words of St. Pius V

 

Today’s Reflection

Do I have the courage pray this prayer? Why or why not? What virtue do I most need to acquire to do so?

 

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Feast of St. Catherine of Siena

April 29

St. Catherine of Siena (1347 – 1380)

“Eternal Trinity, Godhead, You could give me no greater gift than the gift of Yourself. For You are a fire ever burning and never consumed, which itself consumes all the selfish love that fills my being. Yes, You are a fire that takes away coldness, illuminates the mind with its light, and causes me to know Your truth. You are beauty and wisdom itself.”

-Adapted from a prayer of St. Catherine of Siena

 

Today’s Reflection

Today, I will take a few moments to meditate on this prayer of St. Catherine and see what the Lord speaks to me through it.

 

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Every kingdom divided

April 27
“Every kingdom divided against itself cannot last and every city or house divided against itself cannot stand.”

-Matthew 12:25

 

Today’s Reflection

How is this passage speaking to me today regarding family relationships, business relationships, friendships or community activities?

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Listen carefully

April 26
“Why spend money on what cannot nourish and your wages on what fails to satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and you will have good things to eat.”
-Isaiah 55:2
Today’s Reflection
Is it possible that my “consumerism” prevents me from receiving the spiritual nourishment that I need?

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Feast of St. Mark

April 25
Feast of St. Mark, Evangelist
“The Church, which has spread everywhere, even to the ends of the earth, received the faith from the apostles and their disciples.”
-St. Irenaeus
Today’s Reflection
Dear St. Mark, Thank you for your faithfulness to the movement of the Holy Spirit. Through your obedience, I have received faith. Through your docility, I have received strength. Help me to live the Gospel message, experience the Gospel message, and pass the Gospel message on to others. Please pray for me. Amen.

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Feast of St. Fidelis

April 24

Feast of St. Fidelis, Priest and Martyr

“In addition to this charity, he was faithful in truth as well as in name. His zeal for defending the Catholic faith was unsurpassed and he preached it tirelessly.”

-From a eulogy for St. Fidelis

 

 

Today’s Reflection

We need more of St. Fidelis in our midst today. Given the circumstances of my life, how can I respond to this need?

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