Consider your gifts

August 19
“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,’ that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, ‘Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,’ that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the organs in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single organ, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘ have no need of you,’ nor again the head to the feet, ‘I have no need of you.’ On the contrary, the parts of the body which seem to be weaker are indispensable, and those parts of the body which we think less honorable we invest with the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so adjusted the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior part, that there may be no discord in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, then healers, helpers, administrators, speakers in various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.”
-1 Corinthians 12: 12-28
Today’s Reflection:
Consider your gifts. How are you putting them to work for the body of Christ and souls? How are you helping others to shine in their giftedness?

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Draw near to Mary

August 18
“Frequently draw near to Mary. She is like a most secluded sanctuary where you feel penetrated by the spirit of recollection as soon as you enter. For in her presence you live no longer amid the agitation of earth but
in the peace of heaven.
-Emil Neubert, SM, STD
Today’s Reflection:
Contemplate Mary in the Gospels. How does her life speak to the interior versus the exterior life?

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The Interior Life

August 17
“Good works should be nothing but an overflow from the inner life. Active works must begin and end in the interior life, and in it, find their means. The active and interior lives are completely interdependent.”
-Dom Chautard
Today’s Reflection:
When you are in a state of grace, Christ lives in you. Habitual attention to His presence breaths life into everything you do, including good works. Take time to ponder this great mystery and enter this place within where Jesus desires to meet you.

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Serve.

August 16
“If you wish to learn how to serve men for their own sake, and for the sake of Christ, draw near to our Blessed Mother.”
-Emil Neubert, SM, STD
Today’s Reflection:
Consider your motives. Is it really Christ’s interests and the interest of souls you are seeking, or your own?

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Love for purity

August 15
“…If you live in intimacy with your heavenly Mother, your love for purity will increase and temptations will become weaker and less frequent.”
-Emil Neubert, SM, STD
Today’s Reflection:
Through her intercession, our Blessed Mother will assist you in every temptation. Will you turn to her for the grace you need in times of temptation today and every day?

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State of grace

August 14
“…To be a true militant of Christ, you must be in the state of grace.”
-Emil Neubert, SM, STD
Today’s Reflection:
How can you fight for Christ if His grace is not in you? How can you bring Him to souls when you yourself are far away from Him? How can one who is supernaturally dead give life to others? Ponder these questions during your time of examen this week and if need be, begin again by going to the sacrament of reconciliation.

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As a Christian, you are another Christ.

August 13

“As a Christian, you are another Christ. As a militant, you continue the work of Christ. Imitate Christ, therefore, and let our Blessed Mother form you as she formed Christ.

-Emil Neubert, SM, STD

 

Today’s Reflection:

Like any good Christian mother, Our Blessed Mother desires to form you into “another Christ.” Her knowledge, perfection and skill surpasses all earthly mothers. How does this knowledge impact the degree to which you will entrust yourself to Jesus through Mary?

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Time is short

August 12

“Mary must be terrible to the devil and his crew, as an army ranged in battle, principally in these latter times, because the devil, knowing that he has but little time, and now less than ever, to destroy souls, will every day redouble his efforts and his combats. He will presently raise up cruel persecutions and will put terrible snares before the faithful servants and true children of Mary, whom it give him more trouble to conquer than it does to conquer others.”

-St. Louis De Montfort, True Devotion to Mary

 

Today’s Reflection:

What does this passage reveal to you about the times in which we live and your role in them?

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Queen of the Apostles

August 11

“It is not an empty flattery to bestow on Mary the title of Queen of the Apostles. Just as she assisted the Apostles, the teachers of the infant church with the support and advice of a mother, so we must affirm that at all times and in all ways she accords her assistance to all those who inherit the office of the Apostles.”

-Pope Benedict XV

 

Today’s Reflection:

Mary’s role as Queen of Apostles did not end with the coming of the Holy Ghost. In fact, it was only beginning. Just as she interceded for the Apostles and the early Church, she desires to intercede for us in our task of conquering the world for Christ, through the power of her spouse, the Holy Spirit.

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Spiritual mother

August 10

“Behold thy Mother.”

-John19:27

 

Today’s Reflection:

Our Lord Jesus confided His mother to us. She gave Him natural life. She gives us supernatural life. She sustains and nurtures supernatural life in us by the grace of light, love, and strength that she obtains on our behalf through her intercession.

As Christ’s militants, we are called to imitate Mary, as a spiritual mother to others, through our own intercession, prayers, and love. Who can you spiritually mother today?

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