From my youth

October 2

“From my youthful years this prayer has held an important place in my spiritual life. The Rosary has accompanied me in moments of joy and in moments of difficulty. To it I have entrusted any number of concerns:
in it I have always found comfort.”

-Saint John Paul II

 

For Reflection:

What position does the Rosary hold in my spiritual life? Am I in a moment of joy or difficulty? Am I willing to entrust this moment to this prayer?

 

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Queen of the Holy Rosary

October 1

Queen of the Holy Rosary
Queen of the Holy Rosary! Thee as our Queen we greet,
And lay our lowly, loving prayers Like roses at thy feet.
Would that these blossoms of our souls Were far more fair and sweet.
Queen of the Joyful Mysteries! Glad news God’s envoy bore.
The Baptist’s mother thou didst tend; Angels thy Babe adore,
Whom with two doves thou ransomest;
Lost, He is found once more.

Queen of the Dolorous Mysteries!
Christ ‘mid the olives bled, Scourged at the pillar, crowned with thorns,
Beneath His Cross He sped Up the steep hill;
and there once more Thine arms embraced Him–dead!
Queen of the Glorious Mysteries! Christ from the tomb has flown,
Has mounted to the highest heaven
And sent His Spirit down
And soon He raises thee on high To wear thy heavenly crown.
Queen of the Holy Rosary!
We, too, have joys and woes.
May they, like thine, to triumph lead! May labor earn repose,
And may life’s sorrows and life’s joys In heavenly glory close.
-Cyril Robert

 

For Reflection:
As I contemplate this poem, how have I seen the mysteries of Christ’s life reflected in my own? How can this identification help me to pray the Rosary with greater recollection?

 

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Speak, Lord

September 29
“Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”
-1 Samuel 3:9
Today’s Reflection:
When you spend time with the Lord this week, do so with the acronym ACTS in mind — adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, and supplication. As you grow more comfortable in His Presence, be receptive to contemplation, a deeper experience of God’s presence, which is a pure gift from Him to us,
but which can not be forced. Most of all, listen for that still small voice that speaks to the depths of your heart.

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Somewhere in the world

September 28

“At every moment of every day, somewhere in the world, bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus.”

-Johnnette Benkovic Williams

 

Today’s Reflection:

What an awesome gift that Jesus is available to us every moment of every day, any where in the world. Take time today to express to the Lord your gratitude for this great gift.

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Lord, here I am

September 26

“After I enter the chapel I place myself in the presence of God and I say to him, ‘Lord, here I am; give me whatever you wish.'”

-St. Catherine Laboure

 

Today’s Reflection:

Are you content to receive whatever the Lord desires to give you vs. what you want?

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The Eucharist is a mode of being

September 25

“…the Eucharist is a mode of being, which passes from Jesus into each Christian, through whose testimony it is meant to spread throughout society and culture. For this to happen, each member of the faithful must assimilate, through personal and communal meditation, the values which the Eucharist expresses, the attitudes it inspires, the resolutions to which it gives rise.”

-St. John Paul II

 

Today’s Reflection:

What does the Eucharist being a “mode of being” mean to you?

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His own Most Sacred Heart

September 24
“Through the gift of the Holy Eucharist, Jesus makes available to us His own Most Sacred Heart, the very heart that was pierced with a sword upon Calvary’s hill. He gives His Heart so that our own hearts may be purified and cleansed, strengthened and made new, healed and set free.
-Johnnette Benkovic Williams
Today’s Reflection:
Do you believe in the healing power of the Eucharist? Have you experienced it? We’d love to hear your story.

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I thank You

September 23

“From the depths of my heart I thank You, dear Lord,
for Your infinite kindness in coming to me.
I thank You for nourishing my soul
with Your Sacred Body and Precious Blood.
Grant that I may spend the hours of the day gladly
working with You according to Your will.”

-Act of Thanksgiving

 

Today’s Reflection:

In what other ways are you grateful for the gift of the Eucharist?

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