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O Holy Spirit

May 18
Prayer to the Holy Spirit
O Holy Spirit, Soul of my soul I adore Thee.
Enlighten, guide, strengthen and console me.
Tell me what I ought to do, then command me to do it.
I promise to be submissive to all that Thou asks of me,
and to accept all that Thou permittest to happen to me,
only show me what is Thy will. Amen.
-Joseph Cardinal Mercier
Today’s Reflection:
Why is being submissive to the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit so important? In what instances did Our Blessed Mother give us her example of being submissive to the Holy Spirit? How is Our Lord calling you to surrender today?
  

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An example of that motherly love

May 17
"So also in its apostolic tasks the Church rightly looks to the one who bore Christ, Christ who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin in order that he might also be born and grow in the hearts of the faithful. In her whole life this virgin mother showed herself as an example of that motherly love that must animate all who share in the apostolic mission of the Church
for the regeneration of mankind."
-Lumen Gentium, Second Vatican Council
Today’s Reflection:
How does this quote inspire you in your understanding of spiritual motherhood and its importance for mankind?
  

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Mother in the order of grace

May 16
"In a wholly singular way she [Mary] cooperated by her obedience, faith, hope, and burning charity in the work of the Savior in restoring supernatural life to souls. For this reason she is mother to us in the order of grace."
-Vatican Council II, Lumen Gentium
Today’s Reflection:
Ponder Mary's special role as mother of the Church. How does her example inspire you to God's invitation to carry Christ in the womb of your heart as spiritual mother?
  

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Give witness

May 15
"Lastly, women in trial, who stand upright at the foot of the cross like Mary, you who so often in history have given to men the strength to battle unto the very end and to give witness to the point of martyrdom, aid them now still once more to retain courage in their great undertakings, while at the same time maintaining patience and an esteem for humble beginnings..."
-To Women, Vatican Council II Closing Speeches and Messages, Pope Paul VI
Today’s Reflection:
Do you know someone who is "at the foot of the cross?" Someone who is giving witness to the point of martyrdom? How can you be a spiritual mother to this person in their time of need? If you are at the foot of the cross yourself, who can you reach out to for support?
  

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Transforming the world

May 14
"God has filled women from every walk of life with graces for transforming
the world.”
-Dr. Ronda Chervin
Today’s Reflection:
Do you believe you have been given the grace to help transform the world?
  

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For the service of all

May 13
"And you, women living alone, realize what you can accomplish through your dedicated vocation. Society is appealing to you on all sides. Not even families can live without the help of those who have no families. Especially you, consecrated virgins, in a world where egoism and the search for pleasure would become law, be the guardians of purity, unselfishness and piety. Jesus who has given to conjugal love all its plenitudes has also exalted the renouncement of human love when this is for the sake of divine love and for the service of all..."
-To Women, Vatican Council II Closing Speeches and Messages, Pope Paul VI
Today’s Reflection:
Single women, consecrated virgins, and nuns play a special role in the Church. Reach out today and let a sacred sister know how much you care for and appreciate her and her contribution to your friendship, family and/or to the Church.
  

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Always remember

May 12
"Wives, mothers of families, the first educators of the human race in the intimacy of the family circle, pass on to your sons and your daughters the traditions of your fathers at the same time that you prepare them for an unsearchable future. Always remember that by her children a mother belongs to that future which perhaps she will not see..."
-To Women, Vatican Council II Closing Speeches and Messages, Pope Paul VI
Today’s Reflection:
Why is it so important for mothers and spiritual mothers to pass on our Catholic traditions? How does this impact the future of the Church?
  

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Total gift of self

May 11
“The words 'Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord' express the fact that from the outset [Mary] accepted and understood her own motherhood as a total gift of self, a gift of her person to the service of the saving plans of the Most High."
- Pope John Paul II, Redemptoris Mater
Today’s Reflection:
How is your gift of self, as a mother or spiritual mother, a reflection of Mary's total gift of self to the saving plans of God? What can you do today to be more generous in your gift?
  

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An unqualified yes

May 10
“God wants all women to respond with an unqualified 'YES!' to His call. Some of us may feel frightened by the idea that God expects us to change the world – even that little part of the world around us.”
- Dale O’Leary
Today’s Reflection:
What is holding you back from giving your unqualified “YES?” From changing the little part of the world around you? What is the next best thing you can do today?
  

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I love you

May 9
"I love you and pray for all of you as if you were my own, and you are.
To young kids, I'm a grandmother, to others a mother, to most of you a nun, and to all of you a friend. God loves you."
-Mother Angelica
Today’s Reflection:
Mother Angelica was spiritual mother to all. Ask God to show you today how He wants you to answer the call to spiritual motherhood today.
  

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