It is no longer I who live

January 25

“It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.”

-Galatians 2:20

 

Today’s Reflection:

Today we celebrate the conversion of St. Paul. His powerful experience of Jesus Christ turned him from a persecutor of Christians to one of the greatest evangelizers of Christianity. Like him, we are called to meet Christ and grow in union with Him. How can you meet Him today? In what ways can you allow Him to live more powerfully in you?

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Woman-to-Woman: Teaching Millennials the Truth About Abortion

Commentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS

Polls have found that seven out of 10 young voters support restrictions on abortion, results that are giving pro-life women the perfect opportunity to use their feminine genius to open the eyes of young women to the truth about U.S. abortion law that is too often hidden behind “reproductive rights” misinformation.

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Hear God speak

January 24
“The chief exercise of prayer is to speak to God and to hear God speak
in the bottom of your heart.”
St. Francis de Sales
Today’s Reflection:
Prayer is the gateway to friendship and intimacy with God. Do you have a regular and consistent time of prayer? Are there ways you can improve your prayer time? What one step will you take today?

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She kept all these things in her heart

January 23
“[She] kept all these things in her heart.”
-Luke 2:51
Today’s Reflection:
Prayer is the answer. Prayer is what the Blessed Virgin Mary did when she faced the contradictions of her life as Mother of the Messiah. It was in her heart that Our Lady found the grace and consolation she needed. In our barren times, how do we need to pray more, not less?
Dearest Mary, Mother of God, pray for us!

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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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Meditative Forest Bathing . . . at a Catholic Retreat?

We recently received an email from someone who asked whether a practice known as Meditative Forest Bathing is appropriate for a Catholic retreat. If it was just a matter of taking a stroll through the forest – yes – but Meditative Forest Bathing isn’t quite that simple.

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God is faithful

January 21
“No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.”
-1 Corinthians 10:13
Today’s Reflection:
Our faith, our confidence, and our hope must be placed in God. How, then, do we apply this in the face of challenges?

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I came that they may have life

January 20
“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”
-John 10:10
Today’s Reflection:
Lack of forgiveness blocks the grace of God in our lives. It brings death–spiritually, emotionally, and often, physically. Examine your life. Where do you need to forgive? Pray for the grace to do so.

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