Abandon yourself unreservedly

August 7
“Few souls understand what God would accomplish in them if they were to abandon themselves unreservedly to Him and if they were to allow His grace to mould them accordingly.”
~St. Ignatius Loyola
For Reflection:
Abandonment to God leads to conformity to His will. What do I need to abandon to Him at this point in my life – is it a situation; a grudge; a loved one; an unalterable predicament; an illness, sadness, contradiction, or suffering? What do I think God would accomplish in me if I were to abandon my situation to Him?

 

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Whatever God wills

August 6
“Therefore with mind entire, faith firm, courage undaunted, love thorough, let us be ready for whatever God wills.”
~Bede the Venerable
For Reflection:
Bede the Venerable lists four virtues needed to ready us for the permissive will of God. What are they? What do they mean? How can I begin to strengthen them in my soul today?

 

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Accept with humility

August 5

“Let us remember these great truths: (1) There is
nothing, however small or apparently indifferent, which has not been ordained or permitted by God – even to the fall of a leaf.

(2) God is sufficiently wise, good, powerful and merciful to turn those events which are apparently the most calamitous to the good and the advantage of those who know how to adore and accept with humility all that his divine and adorable will permits.”

~Jean-Pierre De Caussade, S.J.

 

For Reflection:

 

If I want to experience the good and the advantage hidden in the midst of my life’s calamities and sufferings, what must I know how to do? Why do I think this is so? What practical steps can I employ to move in this direction?

 

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God is wise

August 4

“Let us remember these great truths: (1) There is
nothing, however small or apparently indifferent, which has not been ordained or permitted by God – even to the fall of a leaf.

(2) God is sufficiently wise, good, powerful and merciful to turn those events which are apparently the most calamitous to the good and the advantage of those who know how to adore and accept with humility all that his divine and adorable will permits.”

~Jean-Pierre De Caussade, S.J.

 

For Reflection:

Meditating on the second truth that Jean-Pierre De Caussade offers, do I truly believe that God is wise, good, powerful and merciful? Do I truly believe that God can and will turn the calamity and suffering of my life to my good and advantage? Have I witnessed this in the past?

 

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Even to the fall of a leaf

August 3

“Let us remember these great truths: (1) There is
nothing, however small or apparently indifferent, which has not been ordained or permitted by God – even to the fall of a leaf.

(2) God is sufficiently wise, good, powerful and merciful to turn those events which are apparently the most calamitous to the good and the advantage of those who know how to adore and accept with humility all that his divine and adorable will permits.”

~Jean-Pierre De Caussade, S.J.

 

For Reflection:

The next three days will provide me with time to contemplate and consider the rich insight of this quote. For today, what do I think is the difference between God’s “ordained” will and His “permissive” will. What instances of each have I seen in my life?

 

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The measure of all things

August 2
“The will of God is the measure of all things.”
 ~St. Ambrose of Milan
For Reflection:
Is God’s will the yardstick of my decisions, choices, and behavior? Why or why not? To what extent does fear of God’s will enter in? (See tomorrow’s Grace Lines for some insight that may help.)

 

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The sole end

August 1
“The accomplishment of the divine will is the sole end for which we are
in the world.”
-St. John Eudes
For Reflection:
What does the phrase “God’s will” mean to me? How does this definition shape my understanding of this quote by St. John Eudes? What do I think is the relationship between living in God’s will and true joy?

 

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Passion of Christ

July 31
“Jesus prayed, preached and gave us the example of how we should live.
But is that all He did to save the world? No, He saved it primarily
by His Passion and Death.”
-Emil Neubert, SM, STD
Today’s Reflection:
Are you ready to help conquer the world for Christ? Then be prepared to suffer in union with Him. Like Christ and our Blessed Mother, all true apostles have understood the redemptive value of suffering.

 

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You are a witness

July 30
“As a Christian, you are a witness of Christ; therefore give testimony to Him!”
-Emil Neubert, SM, STD
Today’s Reflection:
No one can argue with your own testimony because it’s yours. In the Women of Grace Foundational Study we teach participants the short formula, “I was… Jesus did…I am.” Think about your life of conversion and compose your testimony so that you can share the reason for your hope, the next time the opportunity presents itself.

 

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The apostolic prayer par excellence

July 29
“Among all the prayers to the Blessed Virgin, there is one that can be called the apostolic prayer par excellence, namely, the Rosary.
-Emil Neubert, SM, STD
Today’s Reflection:
Our Lady of Fatima asked that we pray the rosary daily but often life gets in the way. Will you recommit to praying the rosary every day for the salvation of souls?

 

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