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CONFESS YOUR SINS

I am a sinner. This is the most accurate definition. It is not a figure of speech, a literary genre. I am a sinner.

REFLECTION: For today, accept that we are all sinners in need of forgiveness. Attend your church to participate in the Sacrament of Penance, if possible, or set aside some quiet reflection time today to confess your sins and ask God for forgiveness. Consider how you might atone for your sins.

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FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE

Jesus wants us free. And where is this freedom created? It is created in dialogue with God in the person's own conscience. ... he conscience is the interior place for listening to the truth, to goodness, for listening to God; it is the inner place of my relationship with him. One who speaks to my heart and helps me to discern, to understand the way I must take.

REFLECTION: For today, be careful to respect the freedom of your friends and families to choose their beliefs and practices, even if their beliefs and practices are not Christian. Their freedom of conscience is sacred because it is there that they are called to be in dialogue with the Lord Himself, who may even now be guiding them to himself.

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OPTIMISM VERSUS CHRISTIAN HOPE

Christian hope is not simply a desire, a wish, it is not optimism: for a Christian, hope is expectation, fervent expectation, impassioned by the ultimate and definitive fulfillment of a mystery, the mystery of God's love ... it is the expectation of someone who is coming: it is Christ the Lord approaching every closer to us, day by day, and who comes to bring us at last into the fullness of his communion and his peace.

REFLECTION: For today, decide to put all of your hope in Jesus Christ. This means trusting ultimately in him rather than in possessions, your own skill, or even your family or friends. And remember the Lord's promise, that even when you struggle, fail, or sin, all things work for te good of those who love God.

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Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to PRAY..It is the greatest power on earth. Take Time to LOVE and BE LOVED..It is a God-given privilege.
Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
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LEARN ABOUT STS. PETER AND PAUL

To be saints is not a privilege for the few, but a vocation for everyone.

REFLECTION

For today on the Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul, take some time today to read a passage from one of St. Paul's letters in the New Testament (to the Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, etc.), or search online for the apostles Peter and Paul, and read about their lives.



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SHORT-LIVED HAPPINESS

When we look only for success, pleasure and possessions, and we turn these into idols, we may well have moments of exhilaration, an illusory sense of satisfaction, but ultimately we become enslaved, never satisfied, always looking for more.

REFLECTION: For today, think about what in your life will last forever. A lofty career position or material possessions -- a nice home, fancy car, or expensive clothing -- may give you temporary satisfaction, but they will not bring you everlasting peace and joy. Only God can do that. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you to use material goods wisely.

Today's reflection - CHRIST LEADS US TO GOD

Christ opened the path to us. He is like a roped guide climbing a mountain who, on reaching the summit, pulls us up to him and leads us to God.

REFLECTION: For today, meditate on these words of Pope Frances. Envision yourself struggling up a steep mountain, sweating, working hard, as you follow the Lord. You may doubt your ability to make it -- and on your own you can't -- but Jesus is with your, leading you, guiding you, and protecting you at every corner and turn. When you are weak, in times of struggle, when you have doubts, ask Jesus to life you up.

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Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to PRAY..It is the greatest power on earth. Take Time to LOVE and BE LOVED..It is a God-given privilege.
Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
it is the key to heaven.
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OVERCOME RESENTMENT

Prayer unceasingly purifies the heart. Praise and supplication to God prevents the heart from becoming hardened by resentment and selfishness.

REFLECTION: For today, recognize that our resentment toward others is unhealthy for you. Commit yourself to forgiving someone who has hurt you or caused resentment to grow within you. Make a strong effort to overcome your resentment so you can lead a happier life.

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DISAGREEMENT IS USEFUL

I like it when people say to me ..."I don't see that, I disagree: that's what I think, you do as you wish." This is a real collaborator. And I have found people like this....And this is good.

REFLECTION: For today, if someone disagrees with you or offers a different opinion, stop to truly listen and consider his or her perspective. Weigh it against your own. You may still disagree, but do so more thoughtfully.

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THINK BIG

In an age when we are constantly being enticed by the vain and empty illusions of happiness, we risk settling for less and thinking small when it comes to the meaning of life! Think big instead! Open your hearts.

REFLECTION: For today, open your heart to God's plan for you! Reflect on the talents and abilities with which you've been gifted, and consider how you can use those to brighten your world and the world around you. Think big!

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SERVING OTHERS

With us what is highest must be at the service of others....And with us too, don't we have to wash each other's feet day after day? But what does this mean? That all of us must help one another.

REFLECTION: For today, do some small act of service for another person. Don't wait until you have time to accomplish a major act of service. Little things matter - a phoen call, a short visit, an e-mail or letter.

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COMMUNICATE IN MANY WAYS

The desire for digital connectivity can have the effect of isolating us from our neighbors, from those closest to us. We should not overlook the fact that those who for whatever reason lack access to social media run the risk of being left behind.

REFLECTION: For today, consider some of your friends or family members -- especially older people -- who may not have access to computers or social media and may be lonely. Make it a point to reach out to them in person, by letter, or by phone.

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Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to PRAY..It is the greatest power on earth. Take Time to LOVE and BE LOVED..It is a God-given privilege.
Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
it is the key to heaven.
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BEWARE OF TOO MUCH COMFORT

Beware of getting too comfortable! When we are comfortable, it is easy to forget other people.

REFLECTION: For today, reflect on the many earthly comforts you experience each day and remember the people in the world who do not experience such benefits. Try to imagine how difficult it would be to live without a home, warm clothes, or enough food to eat. Consider skipping a meal to help you recall what it's like to be hungry. Ask God to help you never forget those less fortunate.

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PRAY FOR REFUGEES

Our world is facing a refugee crisis ... On this continent, too, thousands of persons are led to travel north in search of a better life for themselves and for their loved ones, in search of great opportunities. Is this not what we want for our own children? We must ... view them as persons, seeing their faces and listening to their stories, trying to respond as best we can to their situation.

REFLECTION: For today, pray for those without a home and for those institutions and individuals who strive to make the world a better place for all refugees.

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TAKE CARE OF YOUR FAMILY

Take care of your family life, giving your children and dear ones not only money but most of all time, attention and love.

REFLECTION: For today, think about ways you can love your family through acts and words rather than through gifts of money and material goods. If you have children, consider devoting some special time with each child, individually, each week. Ask questions, and take the time to really listen. If you have parents, siblings, or relatives around, when is the last time your spoke with them? Take the time to visit, call or write a letter if it has been a while.

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REDISCOVER COMMUNITY PRAYER

May each family prayer, which helps to bring about mutual understanding and forgiveness.

REFLECTION: For today, make a point to pray every day -- in the morning, at dinner, or before bed. Consider setting aside the same time every week to pray with a friend, your family, or your community. Make it a ritual.

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From June 15

PRAY FOR FATHERS

The Church, our mother, is committed to supporting with all her strength the good and generous presence of fathers in families, for they are the irreplaceable guardians and mediators of faith in goodness, of faith in justice and in God's protection, like St. Joseph.

REFLECTION: For today, to honor our father, say a prayer for all fathers, for your own father, and for all the fathers you know personally. If your father is living, plan to do something special for him.

Today's reflection:

PRAY FOR THOSE IN POVERTY

May we never get used to the poverty and decay around us. A Christian must act.

REFLECTION: For today, reflect on how those who suffer the pressures of poverty may be more tempted to despair, which may lead to incidents of violence and crime. Consider ways you can help fight poverty in the world and in your community through donations or prayer.

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Since I missed the last few days as I was out of town, I am going to post two reflection today.

PRAY FOR PEACE BETWEEN NATIONS

God's world where everyone feels responsible for the other, for the good of the other, This evening, in reflection, fasting, and prayer, each of us deep down should ask ourselves: Is this really the world that I desire? Is this really the world that we all carry in our hearts? Is the world that we want really a world of harmony and peace, in ourselves in our relations with others, in families, in cities, in and between nations!

REFLECTION: For today, reflection on the kind of world you desire. Pray for the specific forms of peace between people and between nations that your heart yearns for.

Today's reflection:

TREASURE YOUR FAMILY

The family is the greatest treasure of any country. Let us all work to protect and strengthen this, the cornerstone of society.

REFLECTION: For today, arrange to spend time with members of your family. IF possible, plan to share a special meal or a fun and meaningful activity together.

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HELP FOR THE JOURNEY

This is the real journey: to walk with the Lord always, even at the moments of weakness, even in our sins.

REFLECTION: For today, recognize that your faith life is a journey and that there will be bumpy roads along the way. Trust God to help you navigate those bumps and to forgive you when you make mistakes.

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A CONSISTENT CHRISTIAN

I ask myself: Am I a Christian by fits and starts, or am I a Christian full-time? Our culture of the ephemeral, the relative, also takes its toll on the way we live our faith. God asks us to be faithful to him, Daily, in our everyday life.

REFLECTION: For today, consider aspects of your life that has been short-lived. Have you lost interest in an activity fo which you once felt passion? Did your interests change? Was something else the cause? With this self- knowledge, what steps can you take to make sure you don't lose your passion for living your faith and practicing good works?

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FOCUS ON GOD

Worshipping is stripping ourselves of our idols, even the most hidden ones, and choosing the Lord as the center, as the highway of our lives.

REFLECTION: For today, vow to avoid idolizing celebrities, sports starts, and others who may have become a major focus for you. Recognize that they are God's children too, and we are all equal in his eyes. Instead, aim to make the Lord the focus of your attention.



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FIND A NEW WAY

In life we all make many mistakes. Let us learn to recognize or errors and ask forgiveness.

REFLECTION: For today, consider the mistakes you have made --- the things that have gone wrong in your life. If you mistakes have hurt someone, ask for forgiveness. How can ou use past events and the lessons learned to create a new and better way for the future? Pray for guidance.

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FREEDOM TO DECIDE

But what does freedom mean? It is certainly not doing whatever you want, allowing yourself to be dominated by the passions, to pass from one experience to another without discernment, to follow the fashions of the day; freedom does not mean, so to speak, throwing everything that you don't like out the window. No, that is not freedom! Freedom is given to us so that we know how to make good decisions in life!....This is freedom: to have the courage to make these decisions with generosity.

REFLECTION: For today, reflect on some major decisions in your life. Did you make good decisions with generosity? Forgive yourself for past sins, ask the Lord's forgiveness, and see that knowledge to make wiser decisions in the future. Thank God for the gift of freedom, and pray for the grace to make decisions with a generous heart. .

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LEAD BY EXAMPLE

We help we lead others to Jesus with our words and out lives, with our witness. I like to recall what St. Frances of Assisi used to say to his friars: "Preach the Gospel at all times, if necessary, use words."

REFLECTION: For today, reflect on the witness you give to others by your words and your example. Where would your witness lead others? If it would not lead to Jesus, ask the Lord for forgiveness and the strength to amend your life and be the example God wants you to be -- merciful, kind, and forgiving even to those who are not kind in return. Lead others to Jesus with your witness.

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THE RIGHT PATH

What is glorified [by the world] is success at any cost, affluence, the arrogance of power and self-affirmation at the expense of others. Jesus challenges us, young friends, to take seriously his approach to life and to decide which path is right for us and leads to true joy.

REFLECTION: For today, consider the path you have chosen in life and the ways in which you follow in Jesus' footsteps. Have you focused more on success and earning power than on your relationship with God? If so, make plans now to rectify that.

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HEAL THE WOUNDED FIRST

The thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful....I see the church as a field hospital after the battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugar! You have to heal wounds. Then we can talk about everything else.

REFLECTION: For today, be a witness of God's mercy. Bring healing to a neighbor, a colleague, or a family member. Take a moment to support someone in need, listen attentively and without judgement to someone's struggles, offer reassurance to someone in doubt, or simply week with those who weep.

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RECONCILE YOURSELF

Confessions often seem like a procedure, a formality....going to confession is not like going to the dry cleaners to get a stain removed. No! It's about going to meet with our Father who pardons us, who forgives us and who rejoices.

REFLECTION: For today, ask Jesus for forgiveness as though you were face-to-face with him. Admit to your sins and resolve to do penance. If possible, participate in the Sacrament of Penance, or consider what Jesus would ask you to do to reconcile yourself in the face of your sins.

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BE PATIENT

We need to be patient if we want to understand those who are different from us. People only express themselves fully when they are not merely tolerated, but know that they are truly accepted.

REFLECTION: For today, have patience with young peole or friends or family who may be struggling to live their faith. Watch out for their safety, but give them room to make their own decisions. Provide encouragement and be a good example for them through living God's love every day.

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BE AN EXAMPLE

Pay attention, my young friends: to go against the current; this is good for the heart, but we need courage to swim against the tide....We Christians were not chosen by the Lord for little things; push onward toward the highest principles. Stake your lives on noble ideals, my dear young people!

REFLECTION: For today, aim for the loftiest goals and adhere to the highest principals in your day-to-day activities. Encourage friends to be brave and to go against the crowd when necessary, in order to live as Jesus wants.

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BECOME HOLY

If we --- all of us --- accept the grace of Jesus Christ, he changes our hearts and from sinners makes us saints. To become holy, we do not need to turn our eyes away and look somewhere else, or hae ,as it were, the face on a holy card! No, no, that is not necessary. To become saints, only one thing is necessary: to accept the grace which the Father gives us in Jesus.

REFLECTION: For today, consider searching online for information about a saint whose life has always interested you. What do you have in common with him or her? Strive today to behave in a saintly way, opening your heart and mind to all of your brothers and sisters in Christ.

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A PURE HEART

A pure heart is necessarily one which has been stripped bare, a heart that knows how to bend down and share its life with those most in need.

REFLECTION: For today, become poor with the poor. Share what you can with someone who has less, without condescension, in true spirit of kindness and kinship.

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SEE THE FACE OF YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS

You will discover that God can be "seen" also in the face of your brothers and sisters, especialy those who are most forgotten: The poor, the hungry, those who thirst, strangers, the sick, those imprisoned (cf. Mt 25:31-46) . Have you ever had this experience?

REFLECTION: For today, remember to look for God in the face of the next homeless or needy person your encounter. If possible, help him or her by paying for a meal or groceries. Whatever you do for the poor, you are doing for Jesus!

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PEEL AWAY VANITY

Vanity is like an onion. You take it, and begin to peel it.... and you peel away vanity today, a little bit tomorrow, and your whole life your're peeling away vanity in order to overcome it. And at the end you are pleased. I removed the vanity, I peeled the onion, but the odor remains with you on your hand.

REFLECTION: For today, examine your conscience for signs of vanity. Have you tried to peel it away a little at a time? It can be difficult not to desire to impress others. Aspire to be less vain and more devoted to humbly following the path God has prepared for you.

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BE NOT AFRAID

We must not be afraid of being Christian and living as Christians! We must have this courage to go and proclaim the Risen Christ for he is our peace, he made peace with his love, with his forgiveness, with his Blood and with his mercy.

REFLECTION: For today, speak openly of your faith to whoever might be receptive - and even those who aren't. Although you may not live in an area where Christians are persecuted, it can still be difficult to speak out among others who have not accepted Christ. Summon your courage.

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SPIRITUAL THIRST

Man is like a traveler who, crossing the deserts of life, thirsts for the living water: gushing and fresh, capable of quenching his deep desire for light, love, beauty and peace We all feel this desire! And Jesus gives us this living water: he is the Holy Spirit, who proceeds from the Father and whom Jesus pours out into our hearts.

REFLECTION: For today, quench your spiritual thirst by opening your heart to Jesus. Pray for inner peace and for the strength to overcome obstacles on your life's journey.

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RESPOND TO EVIL WITH GOOD

Sometimes it may seem as though God does not react to evil, as if he is silent. And et, God has spoken,he has replied, and his answer is the Cross of Christ: a word that is love, mercy, forgiveness.

REFLECTION: For today, reflect on evil in the world and how God wants us to respond to it - by taking on the cross as Jesus did. It may seem impossible in the face of evil to respond with mercy and forgiveness, but this is what God asks us to do -- to fight evil with good.

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GOD'S MERCY IS LIMITLESS

Given the premise, and this is fundamental, that the mercy of God is limitless for these who turn to him with a sincere and contrite heart, the issue for the unbeliever lies in obeying his or her conscience. There is sin, even for those who have no faith, when conscience is not followed.

REFLECTION: For today, recall a time when your conscience told you to do something you knew was right. Did you realize God was speaking to you through your conscience? Ask God not to forgive you for the many times you did not follow your conscience and to the right thing.

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TRUE CHRISTIANS

But can't we make Christianity a little more human -- they say -- without the cross, without Jesus, without renunciation? In this way we should become like Christians in a pastry shop, saying: what beautiful cakes, what beautiful sweets! Truly beautiful, but not really Christians!

REFLECTION: For today, attend Mass or spend time contemplating the Cross in front of a crucifix in your home. Take time to imagine the depth of Jesus' suffering. Do not sugarcoat it in your mind. Jesus assumed the burden of our sins and died on the Cross so that we could be saved and follow his example of love.

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Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to PRAY..It is the greatest power on earth. Take Time to LOVE and BE LOVED..It is a God-given privilege.
Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
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FACING CHALLENGES

We face so many challenges in life: poverty, distress, humiliation, the struggles for justice, persecutions, the difficulty of daily conversion, the effort to remain faithful to our call to holiness, and many others. But if we open the door to Jesus and allow him to be part of our lives, if we share our joys and sorrows with him, then we will experience the peace and joy that only God, who is infinite love, can give.

REFLECTION: For today, open the door to Jesus, and invite him to help you with your problems and struggles. Ask for guidance in making tough decisions.

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GO AGAINST THE TIDE

Go against the tide and have the daring to move precisely against the current.

REFLECTION: For today, ask, Is there a behavior or value in today's society that Jesus would not want us to adopt? How can you counteract the popularity of that behavior for your children or grandchildren? How can you encourage them to go against the tide?

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CHILDREN AND ELDERLY

Children and the elderly are the two poles of life and the most vulnerable as well, often the most forgotten.

REFLECTION: For today, do something to support the elderly and children. Make plans to spend time by phone or in person with an older person, or to help an overwhelmed mother with childcare.

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MOTHER MARY AND THE CHURCH

We Christians are not orphans... The Church is mother. Mary is mother.

REFLECTION: For today, pray for the Church, that she will continue to grow and that her members will continue to reach out to those in the world who need her care.

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Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to PRAY..It is the greatest power on earth. Take Time to LOVE and BE LOVED..It is a God-given privilege.
Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
it is the key to heaven.
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PROTECT THE CHILDREN

May Mary Most Holy, Mother of tenderness and mercy, help us to carry out, generously and thoroughly, out duty to humbly acknowledge and repair past injustices and to remain every faithful in the work of protecting those closest to the heart of Jesus.

REFLECTION: For today, consider, how can you help protect our children, those closest to the heart of Jesus. Talk with your children to ensure they know important safety advice about boundaries, trusting their instincts, and telling trusted adults about bad behavior. If you teach RCIA classes or Sunday school in your church, get training to teach children about ways to protect themselves and respond in the face of danger or indiscretion.

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WISDOM OF THE HEART

The experience of suffering can become a privileged means of transmitting grace and a source for gaining and growing in sapientia cordis [wisdom of the heart].

REFLECTION: For today, reflect on a time you have suffered --- perhaps from an injury, illness or financial crisis. How did you grow in wisdom? How can you use that wisdom to help others deal with their own crises?

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TRANSFORMING HEARTS

The Saints were not superhuman. They wsere people who loved God in their hearts, and who shared this joy with others.

REFLECTION: For today, consider the ways in which you share your Christian joy with others, and reflect on ways in which you can improve. How can these improvements help you make a difference in the world and in the hearts of others.

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THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS

God has placed in the hearts of every man and woman an irrepressible desire for happiness.

REFLECTION: For today, consider what makes you feel happy and fulfilled. Work toward achieving true happiness through faith in God and through trusting his plan for you.

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PRAY FOR THOSE WHO MAKE YOU ANGRY

Are you angry with someone? Pray for that person. That is what Christian love is.

REFLECTION: For today, pray for someone with whom you are angry or who has angered you in the past. Ask God to help you be sincere in your prayer for that person, even if it is very difficult.

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RETURN TO THE LORD

Humanity is in need of justice, of peace, of love and will have it only by returning with their whole heart to God, who is the source of it all.

REFLECTION: Today, follow the Holy Father's advice, and turn to the Lord with all your heart. To help you do that, spend ten minutes today --- and every day after --- reading the Gospel.

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MAKE TIME FOR THE SICK

Charity takes time. Time to care for the sick and time to visit them. Time to be at their side.

REFLECTION: For today, make plans to spend a day volunteering at a local health center. Call ahead to find out which volunteer activities are available. Many hospitals use volunteers to deliver and pick up food trays, help patients write e-mails or letters, or simply provide bedside visits.

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THE ONLY GOD

Worshipping the Lord means giving Him the place that he must have, worshipping the Lord means stating, believing -- not onyl by our words -- that he alone truly guides our lives; worshipping the Lord means that we are convinced before him that he is the only God, the God of our lives, the God of our history.

REFLECTION: For today, think of one concrete thing you can do -- through action instead of word -- to show that the one true God guides your life.

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A JOYFUL RELATIONSHIP

This relationship with the Lord is not intended as a duty or an imposition. It is a bond that comes from within, It is a relationship lived within the heart: it is our friendship with God, granted to us by Jesus, a friendship that changes our life and fills us with passion, with joy.

REFLECTION: For today, reflect on your relationship with God: Do you sometimes regard prayer or the liturgy as a duty rather than a privileged relationship? Strive to appreciate your time in worship and prayer as an opportunity to grow in joyful friendship with the Lord.

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Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to PRAY..It is the greatest power on earth. Take Time to LOVE and BE LOVED..It is a God-given privilege.
Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
it is the key to heaven.
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BE RESPONSIBLE FOR OTHERS

Occasionally our world forgets the special value of time spent at the bedside of the sick, since we are in such a rush; caught up as we are in a frenzy of doing, of producing, we forget about giving ourselves freely, taking care of others, being responsible for others.

REFLECTION" For today, plan to spend some time with a friend or acquaintance who is ailing. Perhaps take him or her a special meal or another small gift. Pray for the resilience of those who are full-time caregivers for a sick child, frail spouse, or elderly parent.

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MAKE PEACE THROUGH DIALOGUE

It is possible for peace to exist without dialogue. All the wars, all the strife, all the unsolved problems over which we clash are due to lack of dialogue. When there is a problem, talk; this makes peace.

REFLECTION: For today, resolve to talk out your problems with an estranged family member or a friend or coworker with whom you've had a disagreement. Try to find some common ground through dialogue to improve relations with that person

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CARE FOR THOSE WHO DEPEND ON YOU

One who does not do justice with the people who are dependent on him is not a good Christian.

REFLECTION: For today, ask, Who depends on me: Am I ding each of them justice, or can I improve and do something better?

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THE EXAMPLE OF MOTHER CHURCH

Mother Church teaches s to give food and drink to those who are hungry and thirsty, to clothe those who are naked. And how does she do this? She does it .... through the example of so many dads adn mamas, who teach their children that what we have extra is for those who lack the basic necessities.

REFLECTION: For today, reflect on how you can give to others to provide for their necessities. Know that by your actions, you are teaching others what authentic love looks like.

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OUR RISEN LORD

Let the Risen Lord enter your life, welcome him as a friend, with trust.

REFLECTION: For today, let the promise of Easter fill you with joy and guide you in everything you do. Take time to indulge in a friendly chat with Jesus, perhaps while outdoors or taking a walk.

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THE WARMTH OF HOPE

To protect creation, to protect every man and every woman, to look upon them with tenderness and love, is to open up a horizon of hope; it is to let a shaft of light break through the heavy clouds; it is to bring the warmth of hope!

REFLECTION: For today, celebrate the warmth and promise of spring! Look upon each creature and all of your brothers and sisters as God's creations to be protected and treasured.

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COMMUNICATE WITH TENDERNESS

The world of media also has to be concerned with humanity, it too is called to show tenderness. The digital world can be an environment rich in humanity; a network not of wires but of people.

REFLECTION: For today, vow to keep the humanity in social media. Respond to others with kindness, even when doing so anonymously. If you don't use social media, discuss its proper use and etiquette with the young people in your life who do.

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ANTIDOTE TO INDIVIDUALISM

Mothers are the strongest antidote to the spread of self-centered individualism. "Individual" means "What cannot be divided."" Mothers, instead, "divide" themselves, from the moment they bear a child to give him to the world and help him grow.

REFLECTION: For today, give thanks for all of the good mothers who are too busy caring for their families to focus solely on themselves. Do something special and unexpected for a mother in your life today -- our own or someone else's.

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Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to PRAY..It is the greatest power on earth. Take Time to LOVE and BE LOVED..It is a God-given privilege.
Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
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IN HONOR OF MOTHERS

Being a mother doesn't only mean bringing a child into the world, but it is also a life choice. What does a mother choose, what is the life choice of a mother? The life choice of a mother is a choice to give life. And this is great, this is beautiful.

REFLECTION: For today, as Mother's Day approaches, say a prayer for the strength of mothers everywhere, for the unborn, and for your own mother and the other mothers in your life. If your mother is living, plan to do something special for her this Mother's Day.

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PRAY FOR THE UNEMPLOYED

Work is part of God's loving plan, we are called to cultivate and care for all the goods of creation and in this way share in the work of creation!

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JESUS IS WITH US ALWAYS

Jesus is the Lord! And he is Lord from the cross, from there he reigned. That is why...be can understand us : he became like us in every way. So we have a Lord who is able to weep with us, who can be at our side through life's most difficult moments.

REFLECTION: For today, I know that Jesus is with you, even when your prayers have not been answered in the way you had hoped. Instead of asking God to fix all your problems, pray for the Strength to face them with Jesus.

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EASTER PRAYER

And so we ask the risen Jesus, who turns death into life, to change hatred into love, vengeance into forgiveness, war into peace.

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EVOLUTION AND CREATION

Evolution in nature does not conflict with the notion of Creation, because evolution presupposes the creation of beings who resolve.

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REACHING FULLNESS

When we read the account of creation in Genesis we risk imagining that God was a magician, complete with an all-powerful magic wand. But that was not so. He created beings and he let them develop according to the internal laws with which He endowed each one, that they might develop, and reach their fullness.

REFLECTION: For today, reflect on ways you have reached your potential and the ways in which you might still reach greater fullness. Consider learning something new, or revisit a talent you haven't used in a while. Take advantage of the abilities which God has gifted you to further his Kingdom in some way.

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LIVING STONES

The Church is not a fabric woven of things and interests; she is the Temple of the Holy Spirit, the Temple in which God works, the Temple in which with the gift of Baptism, each one of us is a living stone. This tells us that no one in the Church is useless ....No one is secondary. No one is the most important person in the Church, we are all equal in God's eyes.

REFLECTION: For today, attend Mass, if possible, or another community function at your church. Notice the observable differences among people in the community. Consider how all of us are equal before God, in spite of our differences, and how each one of us is a living stone in the Temple of the Holy Spirit.

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GOD'S SIGNS

We are losing our attitude of wonder, of contemplation, of listening to creation ....Why does this happen? Why do we think and live horizontally, we have drifted away from God, we no longer read his signs.

REFLECTION: For today, look for signs of God all around you. What does he want you to see? If possible, jot down a few words about each sign you see as you move through your day. Tonight, read your list, and ask what God's signs are telling you.

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CREATION IS A GIFT

Creation is not some possession that we cam lord over for own pleasure; nr, eve less, is it the property of only some people, the few: creation is a gift, it is the marvelous gift that God has given us, so that we will take care of it and harness it for the benefit of all, always with great respect and gratitude.

REFLECTION: For today, show respect for the earth by washing and reusing plastic water bottles or food containers to store items or leftover meals. Carry a reusable drink container wheen you are away fro home instead of stopping at a store to buy soft drinks and bottled water.

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PITCH IN FOR ECOLOGY

Ecology is essential for the survival of mankind; it is a moral issue which affects all of us.

REFLECTION: For today, consider additional ways you can do your part to save the environment. Perhaps you could begin carrying reusable cloth or plastic bags for your grocery purchases or install a filter on your faucet instead of buying bottled water.

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BE A GOOD STEWARD OF THE EARTH

When we speak of the "environment," what we really mean is a relationship existing between nature and the society which lives in it. Nature cannot be regarded as something separate from ourselves or as a mere setting in which we live. We are part of nature, included in it and thus in constant interaction with it.

REFLECTION: For today,celebrate Earth Day by volunteering at a river or park cleanup event, by going out of your way to recycle paper or plastic food containers, or by attending an Earth Day celebration in your community and learning more about how you can get involved.

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THE WORLD'S ORIGIN

The Big Bang theory, which is proposed today is proposed today as the origin of the world, does not contradict the intervention of a divine creator but depends on it.

REFLECTION: For today, aim to learn something new about science's view of the origin of the world, and consider how those ideas may reflect the Creator's plan.

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PRAY FOR AN END TO VIOLENCE

For this reason, I appeal forcefully to all those who sow violence and death by force of arms: in the person you today see simply as an enemy to be beaten, discover rather your brother or sister, and hold back your hand!

REFLECTION: For today, pray for an end to violence in our schools and communities.

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GIFT OF PEACE

Violence is not conquered by violence. Lord, send us the gift of peace.

REFLECTION: For today, pray for the survivors of violence in your community and around the world, that they are filled with peace and find a way with God's guidance, to forgive the perpetrators of violence.

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INCLUDE THE EXCLUDED

Moreover,when our hearts are authentically open to universal communion,this sense of fraternity excludes nothing and no one.

REFLECTION: For today, think of a way you might be able to include someone in an activity who might otherwise be left out Perhaps you can provide transportation for an elderly or disabled member of your church who might otherwise not be able to attend Mass or a special function.

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GOD'S PLAN INSCRIBED IN NATURE

Please, I would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political, and social life, and all men and women of good will: let us be "protectors" of creation, protectors of God's plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment.

REFLECTION: For today, pray for those who are in positions of power that enable them to make policy changes affecting the environment. Consider writing a letter to an elected official to encourage him or her to make policy decisions that protect God's creation.

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CONTEMPLATE BEAUTY

Is this the world in which we are living? Creation retains its beauty which fill us with awe and it remains a good work. But there is also "violence, division, disagreement, war." This occurs when man, the summit of creation, stops contemplating beauty and goodness, and withdraws into his own selfishness.

REFLECTION: For today, take time to contemplate God's beauty and goodness. Go on a hike. Take a drive in a scenic area. Step outside yourself and focus on the big picture, God's creation. Be filled with awe.

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PRAY FOR THE VICTIMS OF TERRORISM

To live by faith means to put our lives in the hands of God, especially in our most difficult moments.

REFLECTION: For today, pray for victims of violence, that they are able to persevere, in spite of their injuries, and live satisfying, fulfilling lives with a strengthened faith in our Lord.

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REMEMBERING A SERVANT OF THE PEOPLE

The Church encourages those in power to be truly at the service of the common good of their people.

REFLECTION: For today, let us remember those who have worked in the service of the common good,sometimes with the great sacrifice.

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BROTHERHOOD AND SISTERHOOD

And this is true, brotherhood is beautiful! Jesus Christ also brought to it fullness this human experience of being brothers and sisters, embracing it in Trinitarian love and thereby empowering it to go well beyond the ties of kinship and enabling it to surmount every barrier of extraneousness.

REFLECTION: For today, treat your neighbors, co-workers, and even strangers as your bothers and sisters in Christ. Treat them with the respect you would show your siblings.

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NURTURE THE EARTH

The book of Genesis tells us that God created man and woman entrusting them with the task of filling the earth and subduing it, which does not mean exploiting it but nurturing and protecting it, caring for it through their work.

REFLECTION: For today, aspire to treat our planet as our only home, God's gift of creation with which he's entrusted us. If you do not currently recycle paper and used containers, make a plan to begin doing so.

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PRAY FOR THOSE CALLED TO RELIGIOUS VOCATIONS

No vocation is born of itself or lives for itself. A vocation flows from the heart of God and blossoms in the good soil of faithful people, in the experience fraternal love.

REFLECTION: For today, pray for all those who are considering a religious calling, that God will guide them in making the right decision for themselves and that they will honor their calling with integrity and dignity.

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A PRECIOUS TREASURE

We believe in the Risen One who conquered evil and death! Let us have the courage to "come out of ourselves" to take this joy and this light to all the places of our lives! The Resurrection of Christ is our greatest certainty; he is our most precious treasure! How can we not share this treasure, this certainty, with others!

REFLECTION: For today, endeavor to be a source of hope and light to all you encounter. Share your joy in Christ with others by lending a helping hand or by simply being available to listen.

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TANGIBLE WITNESS

Let us all remember this: one cannot proclaim the gospel of Jesus without the tangible witness of one's life.

REFLECTION: For today, remember it si not enough to speak about God's Word; one must live i in his or her daily life. Strive to live God's love in everything you do today.

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CHRISTIANS AND POLITICS

A good Catholic meddles in politics, offering the best of himself, so that those who govern can govern. But what is the best that we can offer to those who govern? Prayer!

REFLECTION: For today, pray fr all of our elected officials, at the local, state, and federal levels, that they will be guided by Christ to make decisions based on what is fair and just for all.

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CHRISTIANS AND POLITICS

A good Catholic meddles in politics, offering the best of himself, so that those who govern can govern. But what is the best that we can offer to those who govern? Prayer!

REFLECTION: For today, pray fr all of our elected officials, at the local, state, and federal levels, that they will be guided by Christ to make decisions based on what is fair and just for all.

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UNDER THE LORD'S GAZE

How beautiful it is to stand before the crucifix, simply to be under the Lord's gaze, so full of love.

REFLECTION: For today, attend Mass, if possible and spend some time before or after worship to stand before the crucifix, loo up at Christ, and contemplate his love for you. If you can't attend Mass, find some quiet time for reflection, ideally in front of a crucifix in your home.

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REAL POVERTY

It has been said that the only real regret lies in not being a saint; we could also say that there is only one real kind of poverty: not living as children of God and brothers and sisters of Christ.

REFLECTION: For today thank God for your blessings, including the gift of your faith. Count among your riches your relationship with God the Father.

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PRAY FOR THE IMPRISONED

Is there room in your heart for those who haven't fulfilled the Commandments? Who have made mistakes and are in prison?....If you are not in prison it is because the Lord has helped you not to fail.

REFLECTION: For today, pray for all those who are in prison, that they may find God and have the grace to turn their lives around.

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THE VOICE OF TRUTH

How many people pay dearly for their commitment to truth! Upright people who are not afraid to go against the current! How man just men prefer to go against the current, so as to not to deny the voice of conscience, the voice of truth! And we, must not be afraid!

REFLECTION: For today, pray in thanksgiving for all who peacefully work for change and an end to injustice among peoples.

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