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Give me a heart as big as the universe

July 8
"Oh Jesus, I love you very much. Give me a heart as big as the universe. Tell me what You wish that I do, and do with me as You will."
-St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
Today's Reflection:
St. Frances Cabrini's request of God shows that she had magnanimity. Magnanimity is a moral virtue closely related to fortitude. It means a person is noble of mind and heart; generous in forgiving; above revenge or resentment; unselfish and gracious.
It also means a person has no fear of reprisal when necessary nor any fear of honor when deserved for all comes by mercy of God. A magnanimous person is willing to take on great endeavors for the Kingdom of God.
 When have I displayed this virtue?
 Today, I will pray for more opportunities to exercise magnanimity.
  

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When Christ came

July 7
"When Christ came, he banished the devil from our hearts, in order to build in them a temple for himself. Let us, therefore, do what we can with his help, so that our evil deeds will not deface the temple."
- St. Caesarius of Arles
Today's Reflection:
What "stone" of virtue can I use today to help build a temple for Christ within myself? What one defaced "stone" can I work to remove?
  

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Keep near to the souls

July 6
"We must keep near to the souls God puts in our way, and try to understand and love them. Here we have discovered, by God's grace, the sources of peace and the means of possessing it fully."
 -Élisabeth Leseur
Today's Reflection:
Who is one soul near to me whom I can "try to understand and love"? How can I "reframe" my perspective to see this individual as an instrument of God meant to lead me to true peace and virtue?
(Hint: Perhaps a family member with whom we are called to exercise patience or a co-worker with whom we are called to exercise kindness and gentleness...)
  

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Untilled ground

July 5
"Untilled ground, however rich, will bring forth thistles and thorns; so also the mind of man."
- St. Teresa of Avila
Today's Reflection
Make a list of the various ways we can "till" the ground of our mind so that it will bring forth abundant fruit for the Kingdom of God. What resolution am I willing to make in this regard?
  

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Let us love

February 16
“Let us love, since that is what our hearts were made for.”
-Saint Therese of Lisieux
Today's Reflection:
What is the greatest obstacle to love in you? Pray for the grace to overcome and for the Holy Spirit to fill your heart to overflowing with the love of God.
  

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Love by loving

February 15
“You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working, and just so, you learn to love by loving. All those who think to learn in any other way deceive themselves.”
-Saint Francis de Sales
Today's Reflection:
Wow! If this doesn't prick your conscience, nothing will. Whom do you need to "learn to love by loving" today?
  

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When a man loves a woman

February 14
"When a man loves a woman, he has to become worthy of her. The higher her virtue, the more noble her character, the more devoted she is to truth, justice, goodness, the more a man has to aspire to be worthy of her. The history of civilization could actually be written in terms of the level of its women.”
-Venerable Fulton Sheen
Today's Reflection:
The truth and relevance of this quote is striking. What can we do to elevate the virtue of the women in our lives?
  

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The Good God

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."
-St. 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."
-St. 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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A word or a smile

February 9
"A word or a smile is often enough to put fresh life in a despondent soul."
-St. Therese of Lisieux
Today's Reflection:
What an impact I can have on another person! When I encounter others, how do I respond? Do I pretend to not see them? Or do I embrace them with the warmth of Christ's love? Ask God to help you truly see others today.
  

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