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By way of the Rosary

October 2
"Mary took my weakness and gave me her strength; she took my fear and gave me her trust; she took my insecurity and gave me her confidence. And it all came by way of the Rosary."
- Johnnette Benkovic Williams
Today's Reflection:
Ask the Holy Spirit to shed light upon the areas of your life where you are fearful, insecure, or lacking trust. During your Rosary today, ask Our Lady to give you her strength, her trust, and her confidence.
  

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Love the Madonna

October 1
"Some people are so foolish that they think they can go through life without the help of the Blessed Mother. Love the Madonna and pray the Rosary,
 for her Rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today.
All graces given by God pass through the Blessed Mother."
-St. Padre Pio
Today's Reflection:
In light of St. Padre Pio's message, pray about making the commitment to pray the rosary daily throughout the month of May to grow closer to Our Blessed Mother and in honor of the Centenary of the Fatima messages.
How will you respond?
  

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Eucharistic People

September 30
"Let us be a Eucharistic People who are transformed by the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ and bear His presence to the world!"
-Johnnette Benkovic Williams
Today’s Reflection:
What does it mean to you to be "Eucharistic People?"
  

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Our inner life

September 17
"In our inner life it is the Eucharist above all which expresses our personal union with Jesus...The more perfectly we become assimilated to Christ in the Eucharist the more perfect will be our unity in him."
-Canon Jacques Leclercq
Today’s Reflection:
How much do you desire to be united to Jesus? How is this reflected in your time with Him at mass and adoration?
  

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Transform me

September 16
"Jesus, transform me, miserable and sinful as I am, into your own self..."
-St. Faustina Kowalska
Today’s Reflection:
Jesus desires that each of us become a temple in which He dwells continually and that we be transformed into His very image and likeness. How will you take this great gift and imbue the world with His presence?
  

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Give thanks to the Lord

September 15
"The priest says 'Let us give thanks to the Lord.' Certainly we ought to give thanks to God for having invited us, unworthy as we are, to so great a gift; for God having reconciled us to Himself when we were His enemies; for having made us His adopted sons by the Spirit."
-St. Cyril of Alexandria (350 AD)
Today’s Reflection:
What does this quote from St. Cyril tell you about the reason for giving thanks to the Lord during Holy Mass.
  

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How sweet the Eucharistic presence

September 14
"How sweet the [Eucharistic] presence of Jesus to the longing, harassed soul! It is instant peace, and balm to every wound."
-St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Today’s Reflection:
Dear Lord,
How many times have I experienced the healing balm of Your Presence, both in the Eucharist and through Your Word in Sacred Scripture! Plunge me ever deeper into the Sacred Mysteries, that they may produce abundant
fruit in my life. Amen.
  

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The grace of the Holy Spirit seeks

September 13
"The assembly should prepare itself to encounter its Lord and to become 'a people well disposed.' The preparation of hearts is the joint work of the Holy Spirit and the assembly, especially of its ministers. The grace of the Holy Spirit seeks to awaken faith, conversion of heart, and adherence to the Father's will. These dispositions are the precondition both for the reception of other graces conferred in the celebration itself and the fruits of new life which the celebration is intended to produce afterward."
-Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 1098
Today’s Reflection:
What is the role of the Holy Spirit in preparing us to encounter the Lord through the Sacred Liturgy?
  

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O fortunate witnesses

September 12
"O fortunate witnesses to whom the Blessed God, to confound my disbelief, has wished to reveal Himself in this Most Blessed Sacrament and to render Himself visible to our eyes. Come, brethren, and marvel at our God so close to us. Behold the Flesh and Blood of our most beloved Christ."
-Brasilian Monk in 700 A.D. who witnessed the miracle of Lanciano
Today’s Reflection:
"Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed." -John 20:29
Most of us will never witness something like the miracle of Lanciano, when the accidents of bread and wine were transformed into real, physical flesh and blood. But at every mass, we witness the hidden miracle of transubstantiation, when the bread and wine is transformed into the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Christ. Submit your questions and doubts to the Lord and pray for the gift of a deep and abiding faith that lacks nothing.
  

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Precious pledge

September 11
"The Blessed Sacrament is the first and supreme object of our worship.
We must preserve in the depths of our hearts a constant uninterrupted adoration of this precious pledge of Divine Love."
-St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier
Today’s Reflection:
One way to preserve constant uninterrupted adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is by making spiritual communions throughout the day, turning our hearts and minds toward the Presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. One favorite prayer for spiritual communion is as follows:
An Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus,
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.
Amen.
  

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