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Daily Lenten Reflection — Practicing Generosity

“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back. Why do you see […]

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Catholic Quote of the Day — from Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

“Lenten practices of giving up pleasures are good reminders that the purpose of life is not pleasure. The purpose of life is to attain to perfect life, all truth and undying ecstatic love—which is the definition of God. In pursuing that goal we find happiness. Pleasure is not the purpose of anything; pleasure is a by-product resulting from doing something […]

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Praying through Gritted Teeth

It was one of those days. I had had two already that week, and Lent was looming large in front of me, and my head was throbbing. Physically, I was exhausted. Mentally, I was wiped out. Spiritually, I was dry and nearly despairing. What was most frustrating to me was that there was no good reason for any of this. […]

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Daily Lenten Reflection — FAQ for making a Daily Examen

A necessary part of advancing in the spiritual life and forming a deeper relationship with God is to examine oneself, praying that God will reveal to us our soul as He sees it. This act of self-examination is referred to as an examination of conscience or an examen. We should make the examen a part of our daily prayer. When […]

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Six Keys to help you Surrender your Life to Jesus Christ

At the center of Mark’s Gospel, the Transfiguration of Christ (Mark 9:2-10) stands prominently as an encouragement along the walk from Baptism to Resurrection; a walk that must pass through the Cross. Place yourself in the position of the Apostles—they have journeyed with Jesus since he began his public ministry and I am sure that they could not have been […]

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Daily Lenten Reflection — With Love in my Heart

“This day the Lord your God commands you to do these statutes and ordinances; you shall therefore be careful to do them with all your heart and with all your soul.” (Deuteronomy 26:16). God has loved and blessed us. Each of us has been placed in this life as pilgrims on a journey. At the end of this journey, if […]

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Daily Lenten Reflection — Out of the Depths

“Out of the depths I cry to thee, O Lord! Lord, hear my voice! Let thy ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! If thou, O Lord, shouldst mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.” (Psalm 130:1-4). Lent is a time to start again; to take stock of […]

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Discovering God in Silence

A prayerful, meditative silence is the mother of truth. God cannot be found in noise and agitation. His true power and love are revealed in what is hardly perceptible, in the gentle breeze that requires stillness and quiet to detect. In silence, God listens to us. In silence, listen to Him. In silence, God speaks to our souls and the […]

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Daily Lenten Reflection — Conformed to God’s Will

“Bestow on us, we pray, O Lord, a spirit of always pondering on what is right and of hastening to carry it out…” (Collect, Thursday of the First Week of Lent). We are not accidents of nature, we are made deliberately and designed for a purpose. One of the first truths we are taught as children is that God made […]

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Extraordinary Faith from Ordinary Catholics

“In the doctrine of Christ there is no invitation to mediocrity, but a clear call to Heaven, to love and to cheerful sacrifice.” (Francis Fernandez, In Conversation with God) Feeling let down by politicians and public figures who say they are Catholic, but their words and actions are often contrary to the teachings of the Church? Do we seek good […]