Blessed are those that hunger and thirst for justice

January 16

“Blessed are those that hunger and thirst for justice,
for they shall have their fill.”

-Matthew 5:6

 

Today’s Reflection:

We must do more than agree with Church teaching on issues. We must form our conscience according to them, and we must let Church teaching move us forward with faith and confidence into the public square to proclaim the truth at every opportunity. How do your actions indicate your beliefs about the sanctity of life? How can you bring greater justice into the contemporary culture?

 

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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

By Miss.Monica.Elizabeth – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25829162

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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Amazing Grace

Johnnette addresses Women of Grace Retreat participants

by Anne Gerard

My first‑ever experience attending the Women of Grace Retreat at The Malvern Retreat House was, in a word — AMAZING! The grounds of the center are tranquil and inviting, lending itself beautifully to assist the attendees in having an enriching and fulfilling experience. Read the rest…

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July 23

“The baptized have become ‘living stones’ to be ‘built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood’ (1 Peter 2:5).  By Baptism they share in the priesthood of Christ, in his prophetic and royal mission.  They are ‘a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people that [they] may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called [them] out of darkness into his marvelous light’ (1 Peter 2:9).”
-Catechism of the Catholic Church #1268

The Grace of Healing

July 22

“In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.”
-2 Timothy 2:20-21 (RSV)

Unity

July 21
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that “the human person, created in the image and likeness of God, is a being at once corporeal and spiritual” (#362).  That is, we are comprised of a body and soul.  “In sacred Scripture the term ‘soul’ often refers to human life or the entire human person” (#363).