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“O Lord, do not remove your protecting hand from Philip today or he will betray Thee.” Such was the way St. Philip Neri would begin his day. Saint Philip Neri knew that, in himself, he had no power to be faithful to the Lord, but had only an inclination to abandon Him. So, what did the Saint do? He gave himself to the Lord without reserve, in order to secure his salvation. Do we do this? When we feel a need within ourselves for something beyond our current worldly comforts, something beyond our current satisfaction with life, something beyond anything...

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“O Lord, do not remove your protecting hand from Philip today or he will betray Thee.” Such was the way St. Philip Neri would begin his day. Saint Philip Neri knew that, in himself, he had no power to be faithful to the Lord, but had only an inclination to abandon Him. So, what did the Saint do? He gave himself to the Lord without reserve, in order to secure his salvation. Do we do this? When we feel a need within ourselves for something beyond our current worldly comforts, something beyond our current satisfaction with life, something beyond anything...

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Once you have the hour or day set aside, pray that the Lord protect that time from distractions.  Tell Him your intention for that time, and then make your schedule revolve around it.  Be ready for Our Lord to allow some sort of interference – leave it in His hands.  As holy Job said, “If we accept good things from the Lord, should we not accept evil?” Typically, with those whom Our Lord is trying to coddle, whose feet are wet and whose steps are weak, there is more protection, so that they take the initial step.  For those who...

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