Reach the goal for which I created you

February 19
“For I will only your well-being, and whatever I give, I give it so that you may reach the goal for which I created you.”
-Our Lord to St. Catherine of Siena
For Reflection:
It is easy to see God’s hand in the good things of our lives, but it is often a struggle to see it in the difficult. How do these words of Our Lord to St. Catherine of Siena give me deeper insight? In what way does this help me to reexamine past events or a current situation?
      (Quote from Graceful Living)

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Like a vessel of water

February 18
“The love of talk distracts all the powers of our soul from God and fills them with earthly objects and impressions like a vessel of water which cannot be clear and settled while you are continually stirring the earthly particles
from the bottom.”
– St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
For Reflection:
The powers of the soul are will, reason, and emotion. How can the “love of talk” draw these away from God? To what extent have I seen this to be true in myself? What practical strategies can I use to purge myself of this tendency?
(Quote from Graceful Living)

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Entrust everything to her

February 17
Feast of the Seven Founders of the Order of Servites
“In the beginning Our Lady was the chief architect of this new order which was founded on the humility of its members, built up by their mutual love, and preserved by their poverty.”
-Legenda de Origine of the Order of Servants of the Blessed Virgin Mary
For Reflection:
 Is the Blessed Mother the “architect” of my hopes and dreams, my plans and my way of life? How can I entrust everything to her?
      (Quote from Graceful Living)

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Standing with arms outstretched

February 16
“One of the favorite images I like to use for describing the Christian life is of a person standing with arms outstretched. One hand, in faith and prayer, touches God; the other hand is extended in service to the neighbor. Thus a person is cruciform, touching God and touching neighbor.”
-Catherine de Hueck Doherty
For Reflection:
How does this quotation speak of spiritual motherhood? How can I be cruciform today?
      (Quote from Graceful Living)

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For the love of God

February 15
“It is amusing to see souls who, while they are at prayer, fancy they are willing to be despised and publicly insulted for the love of God, yet afterward do all they can to hide their small defects; if anyone unjustly accuses them of a fault, God deliver us from their outcries!”
-St. Teresa of Avila
For Reflection: 
This is a hard truth from St. Teresa. If I’m being honest with myself, to what extent does this describe me?
    (Quote from Graceful Living)

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Love is the key to the mystery

February 14
“Love is the key to the mystery. Love by its very nature is not selfish, but generous. It seeks not its own, but the good of others. The measure of love is not the pleasure it gives – that is the way the world judges it – but the joy and peace it can purchase for others.”
 –Ven. Fulton J. Sheen
For Reflection:
Love is not an emotion as much as it is a decision of the will. How can I show love today according to this quote?

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Love in a soul

February 13
“The good God does not need years to accomplish His work of love in a soul; one ray from His Heart can, in an instant, make His flower bloom for eternity.”
-Saint Therese of Lisieux
 Today’s Reflection:
When we trust in God and faithfully ask Him to change our hearts, He does so as swiftly as is necessary. Where can God heal and change my heart today? Do I trust Him to do so?

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The hunger for love

February 12
“The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger
for bread.”
-Saint Teresa of Calcutta
Today’s Reflection:
What a beautiful reminder it is to know that we all ache for love. And how lucky are we to have a Father who loves us so much. Today, thank God for the love He continually pours out on you, and remember to share that love with every soul you encounter.

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Mary Visits Her Children: Our Lady of Lourdes

Perhaps no other appearance of the Blessed Virgin Mary has captured people’s hearts and imaginations like those she made to Bernadette Soubirous in Lourdes, France in 1858. Our Lady appeared eighteen times that year to an impoverished, uneducated fourteen-year-old girl who lived with her family in an old jail. Since that time, more than five thousand healings are reported to have taken place in the spot where the Blessed Mother appeared; sixty-four of them the Catholic Church has proclaimed “miraculous.” Read the rest…

Scatter more love

February 11

“Today people are suffering from poverty, but also from lack of love.”

-Pope Francis

 

Today’s Reflection:

Where am I lacking in love in my life? When I say that I love something or someone, what do I really mean? Ask God to open your heart to scatter more love wherever you go, love that only He can provide.

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