Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

June 10
Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church
“In a wholly singular way she [Mary] cooperated by her obedience, faith, hope, and burning charity in the work of the Savior in restoring supernatural life to souls. For this reason she is mother to us in the order of grace.”
-Vatican Council II, Lumen Gentium
Today’s Reflection:
Today we ponder and celebrate Mary’s special role as mother of the Church. How does her example inspire you to God’s invitation to carry Christ in the womb of your heart?

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All suffer together

January 27
“If one member suffers, all suffer together.”
-1 Corinthians 12:26
Today’s Reflection:
In the Mystical Body, we are one in Christ Jesus. Even when it is not consciously experienced, suffering — the common denominator of the human condition — unites us with an unbreakable bond. But suffering itself begs us to ask questions. Why do we suffer? Why does God permit suffering to exist? What is suffering’s purpose? Ponder them during your time of prayer today.

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In her heart

January 23

“[She] kept all these things in her heart.”

-Luke 2:51

 

Today’s Reflection:

Prayer is the answer. Prayer is what the Blessed Virgin Mary did when she faced the contradictions of her life as Mother of the Messiah. It was in her heart that Our Lady found the grace and consolation she needed. In our barren times, how do we need to pray more, not less?

Dearest Mary, Mother of God, pray for us!

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Daily Gracelines ADVENTure Day 22

December 23
Day 22: Daily Gracelines: ADVENTure with Mary
Theme: The third Sunday of Advent is all about JOY.  The third week of Advent begins on Guadete Sunday.  We are reminded of His birth and coming, and we await rejoicing!
Grace: I pray for the grace of joy as I await my Lord!  Regardless of what happens this week, I will rejoice in God.

Reflection: “Mother of mercy and of hope obtain for the men and women of the third millennium the precious gift of peace; peace in hearts and families, in communities and among peoples; peace above all for those Nations where people fight and die every day.

Obtain that every human being of every race and culture may encounter and accept Jesus, who came down to earth in the mystery of Christmas to give ‘His’ peace to us.

O Mary, Queen of Peace, give us Christ, the world’s true Peace!”
– St. John Paul II

Challenge: Where do you need more peace in your life? Ask the Child Jesus to grant you the precious gift of His peace this Christmas.

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Daily Gracelines ADVENTure Day 21

December 22
Day 21: Daily Gracelines: ADVENTure with Mary
Theme: The third Sunday of Advent is all about JOY.  The third week of Advent begins on Guadete Sunday.  We are reminded of His birth and coming, and we await rejoicing!
Grace: I pray for the grace of joy as I await my Lord!  Regardless of what happens this week, I will rejoice in God.

Reflection: “With Christ joy is constantly born anew.” – Pope Francis

Challenge: What can you do to today to prepare your heart more deeply to receive the joy of the Child Jesus on Christmas Day?

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Daily Gracelines ADVENTure Day 20

December 21
Day 20: Daily Gracelines: ADVENTure with Mary
Theme: The third Sunday of Advent is all about JOY.  The third week of Advent begins on Guadete Sunday.  We are reminded of His birth and coming, and we await rejoicing!
Grace: I pray for the grace of joy as I await my Lord!  Regardless of what happens this week, I will rejoice in God.

Reflection: “One filled with Joy preaches without preaching.” -St. Teresa of Calcutta

Challenge:  What is the underlying meaning of this quote? Do you believe that you are truly filled with joy based on your interactions and encounters with others? Do you “preach without preaching”? Today, ask our Lord to open your heart to a greater outpouring of joy, and await His lovely gift.

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Daily Gracelines ADVENTure Day 19

December 20
Day 19: Daily Gracelines: ADVENTure with Mary
Theme: The third Sunday of Advent is all about JOY.  The third week of Advent begins on Guadete Sunday.  We are reminded of His birth and coming, and we await rejoicing!
Grace: I pray for the grace of joy as I await my Lord!  Regardless of what happens this week, I will rejoice in God.

Reflection: “The soul of the one who serves God always swims in joy, always keeps holiday, and is always in the mood for singing.” – St. John of the Cross

Challenge:  Are you swimming in joy and rejoicing this week? If not, place it at the foot of the cross and give God any discouragement you are experiencing.  Surely, He will transform it!

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Daily Gracelines ADVENTure Day 18

December 19
Day 18: Daily Gracelines: ADVENTure with Mary
Theme: The third Sunday of Advent is all about JOY.  The third week of Advent begins on Guadete Sunday.  We are reminded of His birth and coming, and we await rejoicing!
Grace: I pray for the grace of joy as I await my Lord!  Regardless of what happens this week, I will rejoice in God.

Reflection: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22-23

Challenge:  What fruits are you struggling with this Advent?  How is our Lord calling you to grow deeper in these virtues? Ask Mother to storm heaven with prayers for you today!

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Daily Gracelines ADVENTure Day 17

December 18
Day 17: Daily Gracelines: ADVENTure with Mary
Theme: The third Sunday of Advent is all about JOY.  The third week of Advent begins on Guadete Sunday.  We are reminded of His birth and coming, and we await rejoicing!
Grace: I pray for the grace of joy as I await my Lord!  Regardless of what happens this week, I will rejoice in God.

Reflection: “Rejoice and be glad that so great and good a Lord, on coming into the Virgin’s womb, willed to appear despised, needy, and poor in this world, so that men who were in dire poverty and suffering great need of heavenly food might be made rich in him.” -St. Clare of Assisi
Challenge:  What poverty are you experiencing this Advent?  How is our Lord asking you to trust Him with your suffering in order to allow Him to transform your pain into something rich and beautiful?  Do you trust Him?

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Daily Gracelines ADVENTure Day 16

December 17
Day 16: Daily Gracelines: ADVENTure with Mary
Theme: The third Sunday of Advent is all about JOY.  The third week of Advent begins on Guadete Sunday.  We are reminded of His birth and coming, and we await rejoicing!
Grace: I pray for the grace of joy as I await my Lord!  Regardless of what happens this week, I will rejoice in God.

Reflection: “Joy is the true gift of Christmas, not the expensive gifts that call for time and money. We can communicate this joy simply: with a smile, a kind gesture, a little help, forgiveness. And the joy we give will certainly come back to us….Let us pray that this presence of the liberating joy of God shines forth in our lives.” -Pope Benedict XVI

Challenge:  Christmas day is a week from tomorrow!  This week, let’s prepare our hearts a little deeper to receive our Lord.  Today, how can you “communicate this joy” a tad more?  Who can you forgive?  Who has God presented to you to help or offer some kindness?  In so doing, thank Him for the opportunity to serve and love just a drop more!

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