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The Season of Lent: Venturing Ever Deeper with Saint Francis

by Theresa Cavicchio

The liturgical season of Lent is upon us, with its many familiar symbolic associations: ashes, the Cross, penance, prayer, fasting, almsgiving. These and others are our annual companions as we travel the traditional 40-day journey that leads to Calvary and beyond.

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Virgin Most Powerful

May 30

“God has fashioned and shaped only one enmity, and that an irreconcilable one, which will endure and even increase, until the end. It is that between the Virgin Mary and the Devil, between the children and servants of the Blessed Virgin and the children and accomplices of Satan; so that the most terrible of the enemies of Satan created by God is Mary, his Blessed Mother.”

-St. Louis de Montfort

 

Today’s Reflection:

How fortunate we are to have Mary as our Blessed Mother for always. How can I increase my love and respect for my Blessed Mother?

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The secret of the Rosary

May 29

“After the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, there is nothing in the Church I love as much as the Rosary.”

-Our Lady to Blessed Alan de la Roche

 

Today’s Reflection:

What do I love about praying the Rosary? How has it transformed my life this year thus far?

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Faith, humility, confidence, and perseverance

May 28

“Recite your Rosary with faith, with humility, with confidence, and with perseverance.”

-St. Bernardine of Siena

 

Today’s Reflection:

When I pray the Rosary, do I recite it with faith, humility, confidence, and perseverance? If not, how can I do so?

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A spiritual sword

May 26
“As soon as I received the sword, it turned into a Rosary.”
 – Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Nigeria,
 as reported by Susan Brinkmann
Today’s Reflection
In what ways has the Rosary been a source of strength and armor for my life?

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My Immaculate Heart will triumph

May 25
“In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.”
– Our Lady of Fatima to the children at Fatima
Today’s Reflection
How does Our Lady’s promise to the children at Fatima make you feel about the times in which we live? How will you continue in your relationship with Mary throughout your life?

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Storehouse of blessings

May 24
“The Holy Rosary is the storehouse of countless blessings.“
-Our Lady to Blessed Alan de la Roche
Today’s Reflection
What blessings have unfolded in my life due to my adherence to the Rosary?

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Mary, our great intercessor

May 23
“Mary is our great intercessor with the Lord, and interceding with her through the Rosary can be an especially uplifting and fruitful way to pray for
those we love.”
–Vinny Flynn
Today’s Reflection
Whom am I called to pray for today?

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