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St. Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr

April 11
St. Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr (1030-1097)
“The blood of martyrs is the seed of Christians.”
 -A maxim of Tertullian
Today's Reflection:
What one mortification can I perform today for the sake of the Church that I may be more in union with the martyrs?
  

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God is all and the rest nothing

April 10
“The great truth that God is all, and the rest nothing, becomes the life of the soul, and upon it one can lean securely amid the incomprehensible mysteries of this world.”
 -Traditionally attributed to Bl. Marie-Therese De Soubiran
Today's Reflection:
What current “incomprehensible mystery” draws me to lean on the truth that “God is all and the rest nothing”? What consolation does this give me?
  

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Love has a hem to her garment

April 9
“Love has a hem to her garment
That reaches the very dust.
It sweeps the stains
From the streets and lanes,
And because it can, it must.”
-Anonymous poem,
beloved by St. Teresa of Calcutta, describing St. Fabiola
Today's Reflection:
How dusty has my hem gotten in service of others?
  

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Sensations and feelings of the soul

April 8
“Of all the movements, sensations and feelings of the soul, love is the only one in which the creature can respond to the Creator and make some sort of similar return however unequal though it be.”
 -From a sermon of St. Bernard
Today's Reflection:
What realities about love are implicit in this statement by St. Bernard?
  

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Feast of St. John Baptist De La Salle

April 7
Feast of St. John Baptist De La Salle (1651 – 1719)
“Adapt yourself with gracious and charitable compliance to all your neighbor’s weaknesses. In particular, make a rule to hide your feelings in many inconsequential matters.”
-St. John Baptiste De La Salle
For Reflection:
WOW! How is God speaking to me – right this moment – through this quote? What is my response?
  

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Infinitely good, wise, and kind

April 6
“However severe God’s guidance may seem to us at times, it’s always the guidance of a Father who is infinitely good, wise, and kind.”
-Traditionally attributed to St. Julie Billiart
Today's Reflection:
Recall a time when you experienced the truth of this quote. How did God’s guidance seem to be severe but prove to be good, wise, and kind? Make a mental note to remember this the next time a trial comes your way.
  

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This Heaven Within You

April 5
Feast of St. Vincent Ferrer (1350 – 1419)
“You must open the interior eyes of your soul on this light, on this heaven within you, a vast horizon stretching far beyond the realm of human activity.”
-From a letter of St. Vincent Ferrer
For Reflection:
How “open” are my spiritual eyes to the heaven within me? What adjustments can I make, both interior and exterior, to perceive more clearly the life of God within me?
  

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Finding Joy in God

April 21

April 21

Feast of St. Anselm, Bishop and Doctor (1033 – 1109)

“O God, let me know you and love you so that I may find my joy in you; and if I cannot do so fully in this life, let me at least make some progress every day, until at last that knowledge, love and joy come to me in all their plentitude.”

                                                                            --St. Anselm

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Overcoming Temptation

April 20

April 20

 “Ceasing to struggle because of our defects when there is opposition to a serious mistake can lead us to that form of pride called pusillanimity, lack of courage and strength to bear misfortune or undertake large enterprises.”

                                              --Francis Fernandez, In Conversation with God, Vol. 2

 For Reflection:

Am I being tempted in this way today? Regarding what? How can I overcome this temptation?

(Quote from Graceful Living)

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