Daily Reflections

Gratia Vobis Ministries, Inc.

Why We Fast

By Fr. Christian Amah / July 2, 2022 /

We fast to enable a good atmosphere of prayer. Of course, we are talking about spiritual fasting. Some people fast for physical health reasons. Whatever be the reason, fasting as giving up a certain satisfaction for a higher good has great benefits. It is almost impossible to have a healthy…

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Photo Illustration Against Greed

Mercy and Generosity Against Greed 

By Fr. Maurice Emelu / July 1, 2022 /

Greed or mercy and generosity? Some people believe that being greedy leads to more success. However, when we look at the bigger picture, mercy and generosity are essential for a healthy society. They create a balance between giving and taking, preventing people from becoming too greedy or too selfish. True…

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Cure from Paralysis

By John and Kathy Schultz / June 30, 2022 /

Of all the types of illness we may dread, the fear of paralysis likely ranks high on the list for us. The total inability to act for oneself creates profound needs. Unable to relieve the smallest and most basic of physical needs, the paralytic is dependent upon others. At a…

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Return From Darkness

By Deborah van Kroonenburg / June 29, 2022 /

King Herod’s men attack us, taking James first, and straight away Herod has him beheaded like John the Baptist. Immediately after that he has me arrested; flung into prison. No one can approach me in that dark prison. And there are so many soldiers assigned to me. Why are they…

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Why Are You Terrified?

By Sister Veronica Schueler, F.S.E. / June 28, 2022 /

The Word Pronounced Today’s readings deal with two kinds of fear. The first is the fear that the prophet asserts the people of Israel should have because of their transgressions against the law of God. After all that their God has done for them, the people have not returned to…

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Caring Like the Master

By Fr. John Opara / June 27, 2022 /

Parenting has been rated as one of the most demanding jobs ever. The fact that children ask many questions, are full of anxiety, fears, and in need of guidance at all times, makes parenting a 24-hour-a-day job. Seven days a week. 365 days a year. However, for most parents, it…

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Freedom: Follow the Lord

By Arlene Braganza / June 26, 2022 /

It’s interesting how the first and second readings today both use the word “yoke”. In the first reading from the Book of Kings, Elisha is plowing with twelve yokes of oxen. Obviously, he comes from a well-to-do family. Elijah went over to him and threw his cloak over Elisha. That…

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Celebrating the Heart of a Mother in a Troubled World

By Fr. Luke Ijezie / June 25, 2022 /

Today the Church celebrates the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which usually occurs on the Saturday of the second week after Pentecost. The celebration, which is marked as a memorial, centers on the maternal heart of Mary, Mother of Christ, and her compassionate love for the world which is portrayed in…

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By Nicole Buchholz / June 24, 2022 /

It is difficult to limit myself to a few paragraphs when it comes to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. As a Catholic, as a Christian, He is my Savior and Lord. As a woman wholly consecrated to Him, He is my Spouse and my greatest love, the most ardent desire…

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Live and Let to Live: The Joy of Having a Baby (The Nativity of John the Baptist)

By Fr. Cyriacus Uzochukwu / June 23, 2022 /

‘For it was you who created my being, knit me together in my mother’s womb. I thank you Lord for the wonder of my being, for the wonders of all your creation’ (Ps 139: 13-14). My dear friends, there is great joy today as we mark the solemnity of the…

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