The soul of woman

July 31
“The soul of woman must be expansive and open to all human beings, it must be quiet so that no small weak flame will be extinguished by stormy winds; warm so as not to benumb fragile buds … empty of itself, in order that extraneous life may have room in it; finally, mistress of itself and also of its body, so that the entire person is readily at the disposal of every call.
-St. Edith Stein
Today’s Reflection:
Will I say “yes” to my call to be a spiritual mother?

Shine like brilliant chandeliers

July 30
“Good example is the most efficacious apostolate; you must be lighted lanterns and shine like brilliant chandeliers among men. By your good example and your words, animate others to know and love God.”
-St. Mary Joseph Rossello
Today’s Reflection:
In what ways am I a “light” for others?

Great souls

July 28
“Far from being like to those great souls who from their childhood practice all sorts of macerations, I made my mortification consist solely in the breaking of my will, restraining a hasty word, rendering little services to those around me without making anything of it, and a thousand other things of this kind.”
-Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
Today’s Reflection:
How do I practice generosity of spirit through mortification? How can this aid my mission as spiritual mother?

Where your treasure is

July 27
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust[c]consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is,
there will your heart be also.”
-Matthew 6:19-21
Today’s Reflection:
How can attachment to things of the world conflict with my mission of
spiritual motherhood?

Heart aglow with love

July 26
“Pay the greatest attention to this: that your heart be ever glowing with love. Boiling water does not attract flies, lukewarm water does. In the same way the devil with all his impure thoughts shuns and keeps his distance from the soul aglow with love for God…”
-Blessed Baptista Varano
Today’s Reflection:
Do I find myself to be lukewarm at times? How can a spiritual companion, spiritual friend or faithful community help me?

Have mercy on me, O God

July 25
“Have mercy on me, O God, according to thy steadfast love;
  according to thy abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
  and cleanse me from my sin…”
-Psalm 51:1
Today’s Reflection:
How have I experienced God’s mercy in my life?

Abandon sin

July 24

“The devil only tempts those souls that wish to abandon sin and those that are in a state of grace. The others belong to him; he has no need to tempt them.”

-St. John Vianney


Today’s Reflection:

Ask the Lord to reveal to you your predominant fault. Are you willing to wage a holy war against it?

The truth will make you free!

July 23

“If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

-John 8:31-31


Today’s Reflection:

One way to discover the truth about ourselves is by conducting a daily examination of conscience. To do so requires some discipline and effort. Is your spiritual life worth it?


July 22
“Our souls should be like a transparent crystal through which God can be perceived…”
-St. Teresa of Calcutta
Today’s Reflection:
Sometimes our soul is covered with “dirt and dust” that dulls our shine.
How can I properly form my conscience so that my soul is conformed
to the will of God and He can be more clearly perceived.

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