Holy Hearts

Every February, the health and fitness industry celebrates American Heart Month to remind us to examine the physical health of our hearts. This year, our Lenten season begins on Valentine’s Day. As we prepare for Easter and reflect upon God’s great love for us, it is important to also check the spiritual health of our hearts.

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Turning Good Works into Great Works

The new year provides us with an opportunity to reflect on our past and envision how we would like to shape our future. When we rely only upon ourselves for improvement, we overlook the one thing that guides us to true contentment and success. That, of course, is turning toward God to elevate our good works into great works.

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Prepare

The season of Advent gives us an opportunity to prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of Christ at the end of time, on the anniversary of his birth, and every day in between. “The Lord is coming, always coming,” notes the Reverend Henri Nouwen. “When you have ears to hear and eyes to see, you will recognize him at any moment of your life. Life is Advent; life is recognizing the coming of the Lord.”

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Treasure

An anonymous author observes: “Money will buy a bed but not sleep, books but not brains, food but not an appetite, finery but not beauty, a house but not a home, medicine but not health, luxuries but not culture, amusement but not happiness, and a crucifix but not a Savior.” Our greatest treasure is found not in our material wealth, but in the richness of our faith in God. While our financial treasure should be used to support our spiritual treasure, the contribution we offer to God is a small token compared with the great blessings He bestows upon us.

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Time

We can’t stop it, we can’t store it, we can’t touch it, and we can’t change it. Time is one of our most precious gifts from God. This month, we explore the stewardship of time. In gratitude for all of time that God freely gives to us, for each of our earthly lives, and for the promise of eternal salvation, we dedicate a portion of our time to God through prayer, sacred studies, and execution of His good works.

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Eucharistic Miracles

Although a miracle truly occurs every time the Eucharist is celebrated, the term “Eucharistic miracle” typically refers to an extraordinary private revelation, approved by the authority of the Church for devotion, where an unexplainable phenomenon involving the Eucharist is attributed to divine power.

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Adoration

Eucharistic Adoration is the practice of reverent devotion to and worship of the Blessed Sacrament, which is the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ. It is there, says Pope Saint John Paul II, that “we meet the merciful love of God that passes through the Heart of Jesus Christ.”

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