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Daily Articles and Reflections from The Missionaries of the Sacred Heart

Our morning "Quiet Time"

Our morning “Quiet Time” gives us an opportunity to collect our minds and hearts for the coming day. It is a time for us to prepare to make progress in our relationships with God and others. It is a time to make plans to meet challenges which are likely to occur. It is a time merely to be at peace. Some people never slow down....

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The human heart is meant to love

The human heart is meant to love. A human being without love withers up. For us who believe in God that means love by God and of God. It also means loving relationships with other human beings. We can wound others and these relationships in at least three ways: a) outright injustice; b) injuring those we have loved and who...

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Cooperating with God one day at a time

Why is it necessary to ask God to remove our moral faults? Since he knows them and we know them, why must we ask? Is it because we have to talk God into doing something on our behalf? When God removes our moral faults he is more ready to respond than we are to ask. We need to ask because that is the only way to get ourselves...

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The core of humility

To understand humility better it is useful to consider what humility is not. It has been said that “humility is truth.” Unfortunately we can know the truth about ourselves where the knowledge has no effect at all on what we do. Knowing is not enough. Humility is to be found in choices based on true self-knowledge. Do we act in... Read More →

It is in God's hands: Sunday Reflection

When we hear the phrase: “it is in God’s hands”, it usually means that there is no hope in a situation where we have done all that we can without the desired outcome. That is not the sense of today’s readings which encourage us to recognize that all is in God’s hands always, not just when we are frustrated by our own failed...

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It is God who does the removing of our faults

Hosea had an unfaithful wife whom he for­gave. He saw in his relationship with her an example of the way God relates to us when we are unfaithful: “Thus says the Lord: 'I will allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak to her heart. She shall respond there as in the days of her youth, when she came up from the land...

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Confession allows us to share our load

Confession is good for the soul. It is especially effective when we confess to God as well as another human being. In any disclosure of self we gain in honesty and humility. Any falseness in the way we see ourselves will show up when we open our consciences to another person. Moreover confession allows us to share our load...

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The ghosts of yesterday

A thorough self-examination tries to see not only individual items of attitude and behavior but also the connections between them. For example, a long-standing resentment can be due to envy and result in chronic self-pity as well as occasional rage. The entire combination may be our principal fault. Relationships in general...

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Seeing ourselves in truth

The aims of the natural drives and the Capital Sins are: self-esteem and good reputation vs. pride; a sense of justice vs. resentful anger; a fair share with others vs. envy; possessing what we need vs. covetousness; wholesome love vs. lust; creature necessities and some comforts vs. gluttony; a balance of labor and rest vs....

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A thorough examination of our life

At some point in our spiritual journey we need to pay special attention to the undoing of attitudes and behaviors which have emerged from habits of spiritual slavery. Slaves react; free people respond. Disciples of Jesus respond out of love. All spirituality is a facing up to moral faults which war against love.

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