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Love your neighbor

January 28

"The first is, 'Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.' The second is this, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."

-Mark 12:28-31

 

Today's Reflection:

The passage reveals an important truth to us about the virtue of charity: true love of neighbor flows from true love of God. Jesus tells the scribe that the first commandment is to love God with the entirety of our being. Then we are to love our neighbor as ourselves. The love of God is a prerequisite for love of neighbor and for every charitable action.

Practicing the corporal works of mercy is a practical way to grow in the virtue of charity. Seek at least one way that you can do so this week.

(1) Feed the hungry. (2) Give drink to the thirsty. (3) Clothe the naked. (4) Shelter the homeless. (5) Visit those in prison. (6) Comfort the sick. (7) Bury the dead.

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Chief Architect

February 17

February 17

Feast of the Seven Founders of the Order of Servites

In the beginning our Lady was the chief architect of this new order which was founded on the humility of its members, built up by their mutual love, and preserved by their poverty.

--Legenda de Origine of the Order of Servants of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Cruciform

February 16

February 16

"One of the favorite images I like to use for describing the Christian life is of a person standing with arms outstretched.  One hand, in faith and prayer, touches God; the other hand is extended in service to the neighbor.  Thus a person is cruciform, touching God and touching neighbor." 

                                                            --Catherine de Hueck Doherty

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