Actions speak louder than words

June 13
     Feast of St. Anthony of Padua (1231)
“Actions speak louder than words. Let your words teach and your
actions speak.”
-St. Anthony of Padua
 Today’s Reflection
 What are my words teaching, and what are my actions speaking?

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An invisible power

June 12
“An invisible power seemed to plunge me wholly into fire…but oh! what fire! what sweetness!”
-Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
Today’s Reflection
Reflect with gratitude upon the heavenly gifts, the sweetness of the Holy Spirit, and the consolations which the Lord has bestowed upon you.

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Venial sins

June 11

“Many who confess their venial sins out of custom and concern for order but without thought of amendment remain burdened with them for their whole life and thus lose many spiritual benefits and advantages.”

-St. Francis de Sales

 

Today’s Reflection

Do I exercise a “firm purpose of amendment” when I confess my venial sins? Do I truly intend to gain victory over those familiar sins with which I have grown so comfortable?


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A quality unique to woman

June 10
“A quality unique to woman is her singular sensitivity to moral values and an abhorrence of all which is low and mean; this quality protects her against the dangers of seduction and total surrender to sensuality.”
-St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)
 Today’s Reflection
Our contemporary culture has undermined this unique quality of woman. What can I personally do to aid in restoring this quality to woman?

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We are saved sinners

June 9

“Yes, we are all sinners, but let us never forget that we are saved sinners. It is obvious that we are going to stumble a million times between our birth and death. But when we look at the Gospel, we see immediately that God came, not for the perfect ones, but for sinners. That means each one of us.”

– Catherine Doherty

 

Today’s Reflection

What solace these words bring to me as I consider my latest regret, my latest transgression! Thank you, Jesus, for reminding me today of your saving act of redemption.


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Greatness and sanctity

June 8
“Greatness and sanctity consist not in what one does but in how one does it. What ultimately gives quality to our actions is the love, energy, and perfection with which we perform them.”
 -Federico Suarez
    Today’s Reflection
 One spiritual writer talks about the “terrible daily duty” as being the “stuff” out of which saints are made. Do I perform the mundane tasks of life with love, energy, and perfection?

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I found God

June 7

“By reading and reflecting I found God; but by praying I believed that God found me and that He is a living reality and that we can love Him in the same way that we can love a person.”

-Servant of God Madeleine Delbrel

 

Today’s Reflection:

In this quote, Madeleine Delbrel speaks about the difference between knowing about God and knowing God. Which applies to me? What does this indicate about my life of prayer?


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Feast of St. Norbert

June 6
Feast of St. Norbert (1080 – 1134)

“Faith was the outstanding virtue of Norbert’s life. Affable and charming, amiable to one and all, he was at ease in the company of the humble and the great alike.”

-From the life of St. Norbert

 

Today’s Reflection

This quote contains several characteristics of St. Norbert. Which do I need to acquire?

St. Norbert, pray for me.


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Teach us to crucify ourselves

June 5

“Savior, your crucifixion marked the end of your mortal life; teach us to crucify ourselves and make way for our life in the Spirit. May your resurrection, Jesus, bring true greatness to our spiritual self and may your sacraments be the mirror wherein we may know that self.”

-St. Ephrem

 

Today’s Reflection

My Lord Jesus, may this prayer of St. Ephrem resound in my heart today.

Amen.


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The Holy Spirit will come upon you

June 4
“How could this be?” Mary asked the angel. Gabriel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.”
-Luke 1:34-37
    Today’s Reflection
“How could this be?” Because our Blessed Mother, Mary, was spotless, sinless, and full of grace. What do these concepts: spotless, sinless, and full of grace, mean for my own life? How can I be more like our Mother, Mary?

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