Friday, January 28, 2011

Celebrating Life

The Youth Rally for Life in Washington DC was an intense experience which culminated in the celebration of Mass...
The many faces from all over the country, were made visible in a sea of life and energy at the Armory (where I was privileged to attend).
It was at the climactic moment of consecration, when the multitude of people (young and young-at-heart) united with Cardinal DiNardo and the many celebrating bishops and priests, became one family in Christ, Jesus...  Amen!!!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Virtue of Hope

The virtue of hope can sustain us through life's greatest trials. By hoping in God's victory over sin and death, we can more peacefully endure personal tragedies. from Real Women, Real Saints

Have you held on to the last drop of hope
and found it most delightful in the end?
Knowing that it is by God's grace alone that I am sustained...
brings me consolation and peace in my heart...
For today...

for just this singular moment...
this is enough for me.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Seeking Faith

"If faith is so important to our salvation, I will seek it where true faith first began; seek it among those who received it from God Himself." — St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Spiritual Companions

We call upon the intercession of that ever-growing blessed communion in heaven, those spiritual companions who through their prayers continue "to do the good" from their celestial watch posts on high.
— from Real Women, Real Saints

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Remembering my mother

I remember my mother on this day... She taught me how to lead a worthy life.

In my daily living I am necessarily occupied with ordinary and secular things. But my mother showed me how to sanctify everything I do through the intentions of the heart.

In this way, my life is pleasing to God and I am able to reach him in my daily actions.

Father, in heaven, grant that my life may be a sacred service to You.
May I always bring honor to You, to my family, and draw Your blessings upon us all. Amen.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Created in His Image

We were created in the likeness of an infinite God whose grandeur surpasses all earthly categories. The more perfectly we embrace this divine image, as the saints have done, the more expansive we become.

— from Real Women, Real Saints

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Mary, Mother of God

Today we celebrate and honor Mary, Virgin and Mother.
We ask for her motherly compassion to show us the way to her son, Jesus.

She said "yes" to God's invitation to be the mother of His Son, Jesus.
She also shows us how to keep all things in our heart, and be credible witnesses for a culture of peace.

Mary has an important role to play in the Incarnation of the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. She consents to God's invitation conveyed by the angel (Luke 1:26-38).

Elizabeth proclaims: "Most blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?" (Luke 1:42-43, emphasis added). Mary's role as mother of God places her in a unique position in God's redemptive plan.
"The Blessed Virgin was eternally predestined, in conjunction with the incarnation of the divine Word, to be the Mother of God. By decree of divine Providence, she served on earth as the loving mother of the divine Redeemer, an associate of unique nobility, and the Lord's humble handmaid. She conceived, brought forth, and nourished Christ" (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, 61).
(This entry appears in the print edition of Saint of the Day.)

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