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In the hand of God

November 30
"God formed man to be imperishable;
the image of his own nature he made them.
But by the envy of the Devil, death entered the world,
and they who are in his possession experience it.
But the souls of the just are in the hand of God,
and no torment shall touch them.
They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead;
and their passing away was thought an affliction
and their going forth from us, utter destruction.
But they are in peace.
For if before men, indeed, they be punished,
yet is their hope full of immortality;
Chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed,
because God tried them
and found them worthy of himself.
As gold in the furnace, he proved them,
and as sacrificial offerings he took them to himself.
In the time of their visitation they shall shine,
and shall dart about as sparks through stubble;
They shall judge nations and rule over peoples,
and the Lord shall be their King forever.
Those who trust in him shall understand truth,
and the faithful shall abide with him in love:
Because grace and mercy are with his holy ones,
and his care is with his elect."
-Wisdom 2:23–3:9
Today's Reflection:
One of the most hopeful passages in scripture: "But the souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them."
No matter the trials and reversals you may be currently experiencing or that may lie ahead, know that you are in the hands of God and no torment shall touch you.
  

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You will be with me in paradise

November 29
"Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise."
-Luke 23:43
Today's Reflection:
Jesus Christ has conquered death. We, His followers, hold onto the hope that through our baptism and life of faith, we too will conquer death in the end.
  

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Look at heaven

November 28
"I beseech you, my child, to look at the heaven and the earth and see everything that is in them, and recognize that God did not make them out of things that existed. Thus also mankind comes into being."
-2 Maccabees 7:28
Today's Reflection:
Look to heaven in temptation and trial and remember that God brought everything into being and keeps it so, including you.
  

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Heaven is full of the energetic

November 26
"Hell is full of the talented, but Heaven of the energetic."
-Saint Jeanne de Chantal
Today's Reflection:
What does this quote mean to you?
  

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Guided to heaven

November 22
"As sailors are guided by a star to the port, so are Christians
guided to Heaven by Mary."
-Saint Thomas Aquinas
Today's Reflection:
How comforting it is to know that we have a heavenly mother whose every desire is that we be drawn toward eternity with her son, Our Lord, Jesus.
  

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Humility is the foundation

August 1
"Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance."
-St. Augustine
Today's Reflection:
Consider St. Augustine's statement about humility. Why do you think humility is the foundation of all the other virtues? Why is the appearance of any other virtue merely pretense if humility is lacking?
  

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Color all things with hues of faith

July 31
"With Christians, a poetical view of things is a duty. We are bid to color all things with hues of faith, to see a divine meaning in every event."
-Cardinal John Henry Newman
Today's Reflection:
Do I "color all things with hues of faith?" Do I see "a divine meaning in every event?" If I were to do so, how would this encourage the virtue of humility in me? What one situation or circumstance am I presently facing that can give me this opportunity?
  

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Fast from bitterness

July 30
"Fast from bitterness - feast on forgiveness. Fast from self-concern - feast on compassion for others. Fast from personal anxiety - feast on eternal truth. Fast from anger - feast on patience. Fast from words that destroy - feast on words that build up. Fast from discontent - feast on gratitude. Fast from discouragement - feast on hope."
-Susan Tassone
Today's Reflection:
What "fast" should I engage? What are three practical ways I can employ its antidote today?
  

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Let all acknowledge St. Michael

July 29
"Let all acknowledge St. Michael as their protector, and be devout to him, for he cannot despise those who pray to him.... But he guards them through life, directs them on their way, and conducts them to their eternal home."
-St. Lawrence Justinian
Today's Reflection:
It gives me comfort when I realize that the Archangel Michael not only defends and protects souls during this life but also is our special advocate and consoler at the hour of death. He will come to do battle with our enemies on our behalf. I will invoke St Michael daily to lend his assistance at the critical hour of death.
  

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The soul sees what God intended it to be

July 28
"The soul sees what God intended it to be. And the soul sees what obstacles it erected - its selfishness, its cowardice, its shallow satisfactions, its perversions of God's graces and His gifts. All this came between God and the soul in life."
-Susan Tassone
Today's Reflection:
What will I see at the moment of my particular judgment? Will I see that I have created obstacles between my soul and God? What might they be? I pray for the grace to dismantle these obstacles in this life so I will not take them with me to eternal life.
  

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