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The prayer of the righteous

October 18
 "The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective."
-James 5:16
Today's Reflection:
How can I be more righteous today?
  

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The dragon was angry

October 12
"Then the dragon was angry with the woman, and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and bear testimony to Jesus."
- Revelation 12:17
Today's Reflection:
Who are "the woman's offspring" and what does this indicate about the need for vigilance?
  

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Speak Lord

September 29
"Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening."
-1 Samuel 3:9
Today’s Reflection:
When you spend time with the Lord this week, do so with the acronym ACTS in mind -- adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, and supplication. As you grow more comfortable in His Presence, be receptive to contemplation, a deeper experience of God's presence, which is a pure gift from Him to us,
but which can not be forced. Most of all, listen for that still small voice that speaks to the depths of your heart.
  

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With unveiled face

September 19
"And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being changed into his likeness from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit."
-2 Corinthians 3:18
Today’s Reflection:
When we come with openness of heart to pray before the Presence of our Lord, we grow more and more into His likeness. How is this evident in your life?
  

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One hour with me

September 18
"Can you not spend one hour with me?"
-Matthew 26:40
Today’s Reflection:
Jesus desires for us to spend time alone with Him. Sometimes our time of prayer or adoration feels dry. What are some ways that you can ignite your desire to be in His presence?
  

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O fortunate witnesses

September 12
"O fortunate witnesses to whom the Blessed God, to confound my disbelief, has wished to reveal Himself in this Most Blessed Sacrament and to render Himself visible to our eyes. Come, brethren, and marvel at our God so close to us. Behold the Flesh and Blood of our most beloved Christ."
-Brasilian Monk in 700 A.D. who witnessed the miracle of Lanciano
Today’s Reflection:
"Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed." -John 20:29
Most of us will never witness something like the miracle of Lanciano, when the accidents of bread and wine were transformed into real, physical flesh and blood. But at every mass, we witness the hidden miracle of transubstantiation, when the bread and wine is transformed into the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Christ. Submit your questions and doubts to the Lord and pray for the gift of a deep and abiding faith that lacks nothing.
  

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The way, the truth, and the life

September 10
"Our sensible appetites, inclined to sensuality and to sloth, need to be vivified by contact with the virginal body of Christ, who endured most frightful sufferings for love of us. We, who are always inclined to pride, to lack of consideration, to forgetfulness of the greatest truths, to spiritual folly, need to be illumined by contact with the sovereignty luminous intellect of the Savior, who is 'the way, the truth, and the life.'"
-Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, The Three Ages of the Interior Life
Today’s Reflection:
What do we do if our faith in the Eucharist isn't very alive? Make one resolution today that you will carry through this week to increase your love and devotion.
  

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O Heart

September 9
"O Heart, fountain of sweetness!
Give me to drink, unworthy as I am,
of the wine of Thy comfort.
In Thy divine charity raise up the ruins of my spirit,
and out of Thy superabundance of charity,
atone for all the beggary and neediness of my soul."
-Prayer of St. Gertrude the Great (adapted)
Today’s Reflection:
Be receptive to all that God wants to do in and through you by the grace of the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.
  

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God opened my heart

September 8
"...Fourteen years later, God opened my heart to consider the claims of the Catholic Church. The Church taught that Jesus meant what He said to the Jews in John, Chapter 6: 'Unless you eat the flesh of the son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed' (John 6:53-55). I finally realized that if the Eucharist is Christ, there is no where else on earth to be but the Church our Savior established and for which He gave His life, and through which He gives us His very self -- Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity -- as our Food."
-Rosalind Moss, Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God, O.S.B.
Today’s Reflection:
Rosalind Moss was a Jewish convert to Christianity. Now she is Mother Miriam. How does her account enhance your appreciation of the Holy Eucharist?
  

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