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Saint Joseph the Worker: A Good Man’s Work is Never Done

by Theresa Cavicchio

Traveling back in time two thousand or so years, to the Holy Land, we come upon a small, unassuming Galilean village called Nazareth, “Village of the Shoot,” its name evoking the hope for a Messiah prophesied by Isaiah: “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse (Is 11:1)” (Mike Aquilina, St. Joseph and His World).

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O Lord

April 30
Feast of St. Pius V (1504 - 1572)
"O Lord, increase my sufferings and my patience."
-Dying words of St. Pius V
Today's Reflection
Do I have the courage pray this prayer? Why or why not? What virtue do I most need to acquire to do so?
  

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The world is rotten because of silence

A recent Facebook post shared this urgent prayer intention by one outspoken priest:

"The police are afraid to be police The priests are afraid to be priests The Christians are afraid to be Christians The Americans are afraid to be Americans God, grant us the gift of fortitude to stand up against our oppressors."

St. Catherine of Siena would probably agree with his sentiment. She once declared, “We’ve had enough of exhortation to be silent! Cry out with a hundred thousand tongues. I see that the world is rotten because of silence.”

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Eternal Trinity

April 29
St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380)
"Eternal Trinity, Godhead, You could give me no greater gift than the gift of Yourself. For you are a fire ever burning and never consumed, which itself consumes all the selfish love that fills my being. Yes, You are a fire that takes away coldness, illuminates the mind with its light, and causes me to know Your truth. You are beauty and wisdom itself. "
-Adapted from a prayer of St. Catherine of Siena
Today's Reflection
Today, I will take a few moments to meditate on this prayer of St. Catherine and see what the Lord speaks to me through it.
  

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The greatest saints

April 28
Feast of St. Louis de Montfort (1673-1716)
"The greatest saints, the souls richest in graces and virtues, shall be the most assiduous in praying to our Blessed Lady, and in having her always present as their perfect model for imitation and their powerful aid for help."
-St. Louis de Montfort, True Devotion to Mary
Today's Reflection
According to St. Louis de Montfort, how rich in grace and virtue might my soul be? To what extent can I increase my devotion to the Blessed Mother and her intercession?
  

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Nine Ways to Spot Non-Christian Healing Techniques

LV writes: “I’m so tired of trying to figure out if an alternative is related to the New Age or not. Are there any guidelines Christians can use to help them discern what’s okay and what isn’t from a spiritual perspective?”

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Kingdom divided

April 27
"Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand."
-Matthew 12:25
Today's Reflection
How is this passage speaking to me today regarding family relationships, business relationships, friendships, or community activities?
  

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Eat what is good

April 26
"Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Hearken diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in fatness."
-Isaiah 55:2
Today's Reflection:
Is it possible that my "consumerism" prevents me from receiving the spiritual nourishment that I need?
  

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Even to the Ends of the Earth

April 25
St. Mark, Evangelist
"The Church, which has spread everywhere, even to the ends of the earth, received the faith from the apostles and their disciples."
-St. Irenaeus, Against Heresies
Today's Reflection
Dear St. Mark, thank you for your faithfulness to the movement of the Holy Spirit. Through your obedience, I have received faith. Through your docility, I have received strength. Help me to live the gospel message, experience the gospel message, and pass the gospel message on to others. Please pray for me. Amen.
  

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