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My prayer for you

February 8
"And so, my prayer for you is that truth will bring prayer in our homes, and from the foot of prayer will be that we believe that in the poor it is Christ. And we will really believe, we will begin to love. And we will love naturally, we will try to do something. First in our own home, next door neighbor in the country we live, in the whole world."
-St. Teresa of Calcutta
Today's Reflection:
How often we forget how important it is to love those closest to us; the ones that can frequently be the hardest to love. Ask the Lord today to shine light on the areas within your family where you need to grow in greater love. Then, go home and love them!
  

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The sweet and holy bond

February 7
Charity is the sweet and holy bond which links the soul with its Creator: it binds God with man and man with God.
-Saint Catherine of Siena
Today's Reflection:
How beautiful! What a lovely reminder that we are linked with our Beloved. Knowing this, how can we show extra gratitude today to Him for His constant presence in our lives? How can we recognize Him wherever we go?
  

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Our Lord loves you and loves you tenderly

February 6
"Our Lord loves you and loves you tenderly; and if He does not let you feel the sweetness of His love, it is to make you more humble and abject in your own eyes."
-St. Pio of Pietrelcino
Today's Reflection:
What are your reactions to God's love? Do you embrace it and accept it, regardless of whether you feel its sweetness? Or do you reject it when you do not feel its consolations? Spend some time letting God love you today, even if you do not feel it initially.
  

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Demands of the heart

February 5
"Jesus does not say 'no' to the authentic demands of the heart, but only a clear, loud 'yes' to life, to love, to freedom, to peace and to hope. With Him no goal is impossible and even a small act of generosity grows and can lead to change."
-St. John Paul the Great
Today's Reflection
What are the demands of my heart? Are they demands that desire God's will alone, or are they demands that have grown from my own desires to serve myself?
  

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Better and happier

February 4
"Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier."
-St. Teresa of Calcutta
Today's Reflection
In my daily encounter with others, do I keep in mind the impact I can have on them? Do I strive to be an instrument for Christ's love? Do people leave after an encounter with me striving to be "better and happier"?
  

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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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We become what we love

February 2
"We become what we love. Who we love shapes what we become."
-St. Clare of Assisi
Today's Reflection
It's February, the month of Valentine's Day. What a lovely quote to ponder at this beautiful time of year. When I stop and think about who I love and what I love, what comes to mind? How is God calling me to love Him more and the material things of this world less?
  

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The feminine genius

February 17
"The Church sees in Mary the highest expression of the 'feminine genius.'"
-Letter to Women, Pope St. John Paul II
Today's Reflection:
Have you given God permission to shape you into the woman He has made you to be? Ask Our Blessed Mother Mary to cultivate your "feminine genius." Hold her hand and step into the fullness of your feminine vocation.

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Every human being

February 16
"The moral and spiritual strength of a woman is joined to her awareness that God entrusts the human being to her in a special way. Of course, God entrusts every human being to each and every other human being. But this entrusting concerns women in a special way - precisely by reason of their femininity - and this in a particular way determines their vocation."
-Mulieris Dignatatem, no. 30
Today's Reflection:
God entrusts life into the heart of woman. Some are called to bear physical life but all are called to bare spiritual life. In either case, God entrusts life into our maternal care, whether you are single or married. Who is God calling you to "mother" today?

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Close to Jesus' heart

February 15
"We must also remember the great number of single persons who, because of the particular circumstances in which they have to live - often not of their choosing - are especially close to Jesus' heart and therefore deserve the special affection and active solicitude of the Church, especially of pastors. Many remain without a human family often due to conditions of poverty. Some live their situation in the spirit of the Beatitudes, serving God and neighbor in exemplary fashion. The doors of homes, the 'domestic churches,' and of the great family which is the Church must be open to all of them."
-Catechism of the Catholic Church 1658
Today's Reflection:
 
We're all called to vocation. For anyone who is single but feels called to marriage, joy and fulfillment can be found during the time of waiting in family, friends, work, apostolate and participation in the redemptive action of the Church. The Church as the family of God embraces our single brothers and sisters and encourages self discovery, healing and a deeper understanding of authentic love.
Are you single? How can you live the "spirit of the Beatitudes" in your journey? Are you married? What can you do to embrace a single person into your "domestic church?"

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