“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Philippians 3:10-11

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TODAY’S WORD…

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All I want is to know Christ

and to experience the power of His resurrection,

to share in His sufferings

and become like Him in His death,

in the hope that I myself will be raised from death to life.

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– Philippians 3:10-11 (GNT)

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REFLECTION…

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Illness, when it is borne for the love of God,

is a means of sanctification, of apostolate;

it is an excellent way of sharing in Christ’s redeeming Cross.

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Physical suffering, which so frequently accompanies man’s life on earth,

can be a means that God uses to purify our faults and imperfections,

to exercise and strengthen our virtues.

It can be a unique opportunity to unite ourselves to the sufferings of Christ,

who, although He was innocent, bore within Himself the punishment merited by our sins.

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If sickness comes, we must learn to be good patients.

We must accept the illness.

We have to ask God for help to bear our illness gracefully, whatever it is,

trying not to complain,

obeying the doctor.

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Particularly in times of illness

we have to be close to Christ,

from whom we will receive bountiful purifying grace.

The more painful the illness, the more love we need,

and nothing compares to God’s great love and compassion.

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With Christ, sickness and illness attain their full meaning.

Grant, Lord,

that we Your faithful may become partakers in Your Passion

through our sufferings in this life,

so that the fruits of Your Salvation

may be made manifest in us. Amen

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QUOTE…

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“We need to suffer patiently not only the burden of being ill,

but of being ill with the particular illness that God wants for us,

among the people that He wants us to be with,

and with the discomforts that He permits us to experience.

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I say the same of all other tribulations.”

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– St. Francis de Sales

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise renews my life

and it fills me with great peace.

Thank You, Lord, for Your steadfast love.

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Note: The main source of today’s REFLECTION is the seven-volume work

“In Conversation with God” by Padre Francisco Fernández Carvajal.

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