Go home and love your family

February 8
“Charity is the sweet and holy bond which links the soul with its Creator: it binds God with man and man with God.”
-Saint Catherine of Siena
Today’s Reflection:
How beautiful! What a lovely reminder that we are linked with our Beloved. Knowing this, how can we show extra gratitude today to Him for His constant presence in our lives? How can we recognize Him wherever we go?

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The holy bond of charity

February 7
“Charity is the sweet and holy bond which links the soul with its Creator: it binds God with man and man with God.”
-Saint Catherine of Siena
Today’s Reflection:
How beautiful! What a lovely reminder that we are linked with our Beloved. Knowing this, how can we show extra gratitude today to Him for His constant presence in our lives? How can we recognize Him wherever we go?

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Our Lord loves you

February 6

“Our Lord loves you and loves you tenderly; and if He does not let you feel the sweetness of His love, it is to make you more humble and abject in
your own eyes.”

-St. Pio of Pietrelcino

 

Today’s Reflection

What are your reactions to God’s love? Do you embrace it and accept it, regardless of whether you feel its sweetness? Or do you reject it when you do not feel its consolations? Spend some time letting God love you today, even if you do not feel it initially.

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Demands of the heart

February 5

“Jesus does not say ‘no’ to the authentic demands of the heart, but only a clear, loud ‘yes’ to life, to love, to freedom, to peace and to hope. With Him no goal is impossible and even a small act of generosity grows and can lead to change.”

-St. John Paul the Great

 

Today’s Reflection

What are the demands of my heart? Are they demands that desire God’s will alone, or are they demands that have grown from my own desires to serve myself?

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Better and happier

February 4

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.”

-St. Teresa of Calcutta

 

 

Today’s Reflection

In my daily encounter with others, do I keep in mind the impact I can have on them? Do I strive to be an instrument for Christ’s love? Do people leave after an encounter with me striving to be “better and happier”?

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A civilization of love

February 20

“Women will increasingly play a part in the solution of the serious problems of the future: leisure time, the quality of life, migration, social services, euthanasia, drugs, health care, the ecology, etc. In all these areas a greater presence of women in society will prove most valuable, for it will help to manifest the contradictions present when society is organized solely according to the criteria of efficiency and productivity, and it will force systems to be redesigned in a way which favours the pro-cesses of humanization which mark the ‘civilization of love.'”

-St.John Paul II, Letter to Women

Today’s Reflection:

In Letter to Women, we are invited to be part of the solution for the serious problems of the future. Take time today to ponder your part in building a civilization of love. What is that special gift that you bring to the world?

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Thank you, women who work!

February 19

“Thank you, women who work! You are present and active in every area of life-social, economic, cultural, artistic and political. In this way you make an indispensable contribution to the growth of a culture which unites reason and feeling, to a model of life ever open to the sense of ‘mystery’, to the establishment of economic and political structures ever more worthy of humanity.”

-St.John Paul II, Letter to Women

Today’s Reflection:

Contrary to popular belief, the Catholic Church appreciates women who work. In this quote from “Letter to Women,” St. John Paul II highlights the importance of bringing the “feminine genius” into every aspect of life. How can you bring your feminine genius into the spheres of influence in which God has placed you?

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The nation needs what we are

February 18

“The nation..doesn’t simply need what we have. It needs what we are.”

-St. Edith Stein

 

Today’s Reflection:

There are many ways in which the “feminine genius” is under attack in our day and time. From radical feminism, to gender confusion, to the aggressive attack on human life in the womb. How does St. Edith Stein’s quote above inspire you to bring your feminine genius and your unique gifts to our nation, and to the world?

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The feminine genius

February 17
“The Church sees in Mary the highest expression of the ‘feminine genius.'”
-Letter to Women, Pope St. John Paul II
Today’s Reflection:
Have you given God permission to shape you into the woman He has made you to be? Ask Our Blessed Mother Mary to cultivate your “feminine genius.” Hold her hand and step into the fullness of your feminine vocation.

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Every human being

February 16
“The moral and spiritual strength of a woman is joined to her awareness that God entrusts the human being to her in a special way. Of course, God entrusts every human being to each and every other human being. But this entrusting concerns women in a special way – precisely by reason of their femininity – and this in a particular way determines their vocation.”
-Mulieris Dignatatem, no. 30
Today’s Reflection:
God entrusts life into the heart of woman. Some are called to bear physical life but all are called to bare spiritual life. In either case, God entrusts life into our maternal care, whether you are single or married. Who is God calling you to “mother” today?

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