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Few souls understand

October 19
"Few souls understand what God would accomplish in them if they were to abandon themselves unreservedly to Him and if they were to allow His grace to mold them accordingly."
 -St. Ignatius of Loyola
Today's Reflection:
In what ways do I fail in abandoning myself unreservedly to God?
  

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The prayer of the righteous

October 18
 "The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective."
-James 5:16
Today's Reflection:
How can I be more righteous today?
  

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The eyes of Christ

October 17
"When we gaze into the eyes of Christ with the eyes of our heart, we begin to see things as they truly are. Under His gaze of love our prayer begins to resonate with the will of the Father."
-Dr. Anthony Lilles
Today's Reflection:
How can I gaze more deeply into the eyes of Christ?
  

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O sweet Jesus

June 30
Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
O sweet Jesus, Whose overflowing charity for men is requited by so much forgetfulness, negligence, and contempt, behold us prostrate before Thy altar eager to repair by a special act of homage the cruel indifference and injuries to which Thy loving Heart is everywhere subject.
Mindful, alas! that we ourselves have had a share in such great indignities, which we now deplore from the depths of our hearts, we humbly ask Thy pardon, and declare our readiness to atone by voluntary expiation not only for our own personal offenses, but also for the sins of those who, straying far from the path of salvation, refuse in their obstinate infidelity to follow Thee, their Shepherd and Leader, or, renouncing the vows of their baptism, have cast off the sweet yoke of Thy Law. We are now resolved to expiate each and every deplorable outrage committed against Thee; we are determined to make amends for the manifold offenses against Christian modesty in unbecoming dress and behavior, for all the foul seductions laid to ensnare the feet of the innocent, for the frequent violations of Sundays and holydays, and the shocking blasphemies uttered against Thee and Thy saints. We wish also to make amends for the insults to which Thy Vicar on earth and Thy priests are subjected, for the profanation, by conscious neglect or terrible acts of sacrilege, of the very Sacrament of Thy Divine Love; and, lastly, for all the public crimes of nations who resist the rights and teaching authority of the Church which Thou hast founded.
Would, O divine Jesus, we were able to wash away such abominations with our blood. We now offer, in reparation for these violations of Thy divine honor, the satisfaction Thou didst once make to Thy Eternal Father on the Cross, and which Thou dost continue to renew daily on our altars; we offer it in union with the acts of atonement of Thy Virgin Mother and all the saints, and of the pious faithful on earth; and we sincerely promise to make recompense, as far as we can with the help of Thy grace, for all neglect of Thy great love, and for the sins we and others have committed in the past. Henceforth we will live a life of unwavering faith, of purity of conduct, of perfect observance of the precepts of the Gospel and especially of charity. We promise to the best of our power to prevent others from offending Thee, and to bring as many as possible to follow Thee.
O loving Jesus, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mother, our model in reparation, deign to receive the voluntary offering we make of this act of expiation; and by the crowning gift of perseverance keep us faithful unto death in our duty and the allegiance we owe to Thee, so that we may all one day come to that happy home, where Thou with the Father and the Holy Ghost livest and reignest God, world without end. Amen.
Today's Reflection
Now that you have spent the month of June reflecting upon the Sacred Heart of Jesus, please prayerfully consider making this Act of Reparation.
  

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Living in the world

June 29
"As to persons living in the world, they shall find in this devotion all the aids necessary in their state of life: peace in their homes, consolation in their work, the blessing of heaven upon all their enterprises, comfort in their sorrows, a secure refuge during life and especially at the hours of death. It is plainly evident that there is no one in the world who will not receive all kinds of heavenly blessings if they have a true love of Jesus Christ manifested by a devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus."
– St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
Today's Reflection
There are so many beautiful graces attached to devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. How can you introduce this grace-filled spiritual practice to your loved ones?
  

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Fire upon the earth

June 28
"'I came to cast fire upon the earth; and would that it were already kindled.' (Luke 12:29) We have approached the fire of the love of God. Let us allow that fire to burn in our lives. Let us feed the desire to spread that divine fire throughout the world, making it known to all the people around us. They too can experience the peace of Christ and find happiness there. A Christian who lives united to Christ's heart can have no goals but these: peace in society, peace in the Church, peace in his soul, the peace of God which will reach its climax when his kingdom comes."
- St. Josemaria Escriva
Today's Reflection
Does your soul burn for souls? Is it filled with the divine fire of God's love? Pray today for a portion of the burning passion of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
  

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Carved out of His heart

June 27
"We the Christians are the true Israel which springs from Christ, for we are carved out of His heart as from a rock"
-St. Justin Martyr
Today's Reflection
Isn't it inspiring to know that even back in the time of St. Justin Martyr (c. 100 - 165) Christians were already acknowledging the Sacred Heart of Jesus?
  

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Love overcomes

June 26
"Love overcomes, Love delights, those who love the Sacred Heart rejoice!"
-St. Bernadette Sorbirous
Today's Reflection
Have you experienced the delights of the Sacred Heart of Jesus? Ponder in your heart these moments of consolation.
  

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Extraordinary remedy

June 25
"Devotion to the Most Sacred Heart is the extraordinary remedy for the extraordinary needs of our time."
-Pope Pius XI
Today's Reflection
Extraordinary times call for extraordinary grace. How do the words of Pope Piux XI inspire you to turn to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus?
  

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Do not be afraid

June 24
“Do not be afraid to present to him (Jesus) all the intentions of our suffering humanity, its fears, its miseries. May this Heart, full of love for men, give everyone hope and trust…I invite you to discover the riches that are
hidden in the Heart of Jesus.”
– Pope Francis
Today's Reflection
Pope Francis reminds us the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which is full of love for us, will embrace us in our suffering, fear, and misery. How does this console you in the present moment in which you find yourself today?
  

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