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A gallant soldier

October 21
"Each time that my enemy would provoke me to combat, I behave
as a gallant soldier."
- St. Thérèse of Lisieux
Today's Reflection:
What does it mean to be a gallant soldier? How can you more closely model St. Thérèse's example when your enemy provokes you?
  

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O my Divine Bridegroom

September 22
"I beg you, O my Divine Bridegroom, to be the Restorer of my soul...
Tomorrow, with the help of your grace, I will begin a new life in which each moment will be an act of love and renunciation."
-St. Therese of Lisieux
Today’s Reflection:
In what ways would you like to begin a new life tomorrow?
  

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O Heart of Jesus

June 5
"I need a heart burning with tenderness
Who will be my support forever,
Who loves everything within me, even my weakness...
And who never leaves me day or night.
I could find no creature
Who could always love me and never die.
I must have a God who takes on my nature
And becomes my brother and is able to suffer!
You heard me, only Friend whom I love.
To ravish my heart, you became man.
You shed your blood, what a supreme mystery!
And you still love for me on the Altar.
If I cannot see the brilliance of your Face
Or hear your sweet voice,
O my God, I can live by your Grace,
I can rest on your Sacred Heart!
O Heart of Jesus, treasure of tenderness,
You Yourself are my happiness, my only hope.
You who knew how to charm my tender youth,
Stay near me till the last night.
Lord, to you alone I've given my life,
And all my desires are well known to you.
It's in your ever-infinite goodness
That I want to lose myself, O Heart of Jesus!"
– Excerpts from the poem "To the Sacred Heart of Jesus"
St. Thérèse of Lisieux (1873-1897)
Today’s Reflection
Don't St. Thérèse's words cause your heart to burn with love for Jesus and His Sacred Heart? Take time to slowly ponder this quote today and allow your soul to be inflamed with tenderness for your dearest friend, Jesus.
  

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When we really love

April 12
"When we really love, we rejoice in the happiness of the loved one and make every sacrifice to procure it for him."
-St. Therese of Lisieux, Story of a Soul
Today's Reflection:
According to this quote, how much do I really love?
  

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Let us love

February 16
“Let us love, since that is what our hearts were made for.”
-Saint Therese of Lisieux
Today's Reflection:
What is the greatest obstacle to love in you? Pray for the grace to overcome and for the Holy Spirit to fill your heart to overflowing with the love of God.
  

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The Good God

February 13
"The good God does not need years to accomplish His work of love in a soul; one ray from His Heart can, in an instant, make His flower bloom for eternity."
-St. Therese of Lisieux
 Today's Reflection:
When we trust in God and faithfully ask Him to change our hearts, He does so as swiftly as is necessary. Where can God heal and change my heart today? Do I trust Him to do so?
  

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True love begins

February 3
"True love begins when nothing is looked for in return."
-St. Therese of Lisieux
Today's Reflection
In prayer today, ask God to show you where He is calling you to love more selflessly. How can you be more like Mary in loving others?
  

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True charity

January 22
"True charity consists in putting up with one's neighbor's faults, never being surprised by his weakness, and being inspired by the least of his virtues."
-St. Therese of Lisieux
Today's Reflection:
Can we love our neighbor as we love ourselves even when he is irksome, irritable, annoying, or just plain grumpy? How do we show the true face of God's love despite the battle raging within us.
  

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Small Things Done With Great Love

Helen Keller with Anne Sullivan in 1888 (Photo courtesy of Wikicommons)

By Ellen Mongan

“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks, as if they were great and noble.” Who do you think said that? St. Therese, the little flower of Jesus? St. Teresa of Calcutta? St. Teresa of Avila? No! The correct answer is Helen Keller.

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Let Go of Grudges This Holiday Season

We’ve all done it from time to time – had a spat with someone and refused to let go – but when these “spats” go on for years, and are based in much more than a simple misunderstanding, how do we let go and bring our families back together again?

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