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When it rains, everyone tends to stare out the window. We will look for a moment, linger, and then return to what we were doing. A few minutes later, we will look out the window again. Why? What is happening that is so fascinating? Even though it may not be pleasant to be outside in the rain, watching it from a shelter is quite fascinating. But why? What we are seeing is nothing less than a great performance by God, through His creation. Think about the sound it makes when the rain starts, from quiet to a symphony of droplets...

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  Do you want to pray, but have no time to do anything beyond simply glancing at an image of Our Lord, a holy card like the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus? If you think this is insufficient, then consider: is there no merit in simply glancing with love at an Image of Our Lord? To understand more, first remember that it was not necessary for Our Lord to shed His blood to save us, for a mere sigh of love for the Father would have had such charity, such purity and merit, that by it He could have saved...

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  In recent posts and reflections, we have mentioned the idea of a "key" to prayer.  This is the idea that, when we pray, particularly when we engage in mental prayer and meditation, it is important to have a key to "unlock" the mystery of the Faith which is our focus.  For example, if we meditate on the Incarnation, which aspect is best to focus on?  We all know that God became man, but the fact that this is so familiar to us might make it "common" and thus...less fascinating. The idea that the Incarnation can lose its fascination is...

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  In the days following a season of feasting, such as Christmas, we often find ourselves in a bit of a spiritual lag – the more intense times of prayer and preparation are over, having given way to celebrations and the joyful festivities. Perhaps you are now feeling the pull to rekindle your prayer life. Or, and perhaps a bit more commonly, you are noticing, now that the external joys of the Christmas Season are passing away, that you have an emptiness in your heart, a lack of joy where you wish there were joy, a lack of peace where...

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The Retreat Box is happy to present its inaugural three-minute reflection.  The theme today is the Incarnation as the Key.   If you are blessed with time, grab a cup of coffee, sit back, listen, reflect, pray. If you are blessed with children (!), sneak away, sit down quickly, listen, stay calm, breathe, listen, relax, reflect, pray.  Perhaps you can take turns sneaking off with a cup of coffee.  God will reward you for your efforts to draw closer to Him.  He will. As you will see from the Reflection, snow is a great symbol, reminding us of the wonder...

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