The gaze of God never stops at our past…

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7TH, 2023
“Brothers, sisters, let us remember this: the gaze of God never stops at our past, full of errors, but looks with infinite confidence at what we can become. And if at times we feel we are people who are “small of stature”, not up to the challenges of life and far less of the Gospel, mired in problems and sins, Jesus always looks at us with love. As with Zacchaeus, he comes towards us, he calls us by name and, if we welcome him, he comes to our home. Then we might ask ourselves: how do we look at ourselves? Do we feel inadequate, and resign ourselves, or precisely there, when we feel down, do we seek the encounter with Jesus? And then: what gaze do we have towards those who have erred, and who struggle to get up again from the dust of their mistakes? Is it a gaze from above, that judges, disdains, that excludes? Let us remember that it is legitimate to look down on someone only to help them get up again: nothing more. Only then is it legitimate to look down from above. But we Christians must have the gaze of Christ, who embraces from below, who seeks those who are lost, with compassion. This is, and must be, the gaze of the Church, always, the gaze of Christ, not the condemning gaze.
Let us pray to Mary, whose humility the Lord looked upon, and ask her for the gift of a new outlook on ourselves and on others.”
Pope Francis

May Our Lady, persevering in prayer, fortify our perserverance…

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2023
“To persevere is to remain constant in goodness, especially when the reality around us urges us to do otherwise. Let us reflect on a few examples: I know that prayer is important, but, like everyone, I too always have a lot to do, and so I put it off: “No, I am busy now, I can’t, I’ll do it later”. Or, I see many crafty people who take advantage of situations, who dodge the rules, and so I too stop observing them and persevering in justice and legality: “But if these scoundrels do it, so will I!”. Beware of this! And again: I carry out service in the Church, for the community, for the poor, but I see that many people in their free time think only of enjoying themselves, and so I feel like giving up and do what they do. Because I do not see results, or I get bored, or it does not make me happy.
Persevering, instead, is remaining in goodness. Let us ask ourselves: what is my perseverance like? Am I constant, or do I live faith, justice and charity according to the moment: I pray if I feel like it; I am fair, willing and helpful if it suits me; whereas if I am dissatisfied, if no one thanks me, do I stop? In short, do my prayer and service depend on circumstances or on a heart that is steadfast in the Lord? If we persevere — Jesus reminds us — we have nothing to fear, even in the sad and ugly events of life, even in the evil we see around us, because we remain grounded in the good. Dostoevsky wrote: “Have no fear of men’s sin. Love a man even in his sin, for that is the semblance of Divine Love and is the highest love on earth” (The Brothers Karamazov, Part 2, Book 4, Chapter 3). Perseverance is the reflection in the world of God’s love, because God’s love is faithful, it is persevering, it never changes.
May Our Lady, servant of the Lord, persevering in prayer (cf. Acts 1:12), fortify our perseverance.”
Pope Francis

Are you engaged with the activities that encourage growth through change and circumstances?

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The Knight of Pentacles isn’t the kind of warrior you’d expect from a knight. He is meticulous, sensible, and dependable. This knight, who is never in a rush, takes his time. He walks so slowly that at times you wonder whether he’s moving at all.
He’s constantly busy, and he’s frequently engaged in a variety of activities outside of his daily work. He takes his job seriously and considers the big picture, which includes the things he has to accomplish to grow into the person he wants to be. He has trouble coping with sudden changes on occasion. He despises being caught off guard in any circumstance.
The characteristics of patience, honor, and reliability are symbolized by the Knight of Pentacles, and his presence in your spread may suggest that you, too, share these qualities. This individual enjoys regularity and efficiency and is a diligent worker. Another conventional interpretation is that he symbolizes a young man who will soon join your life as a trustworthy carrier of good news.
The Knight of Pentacles card places us in the midst of rolling, lush hills; the card’s purples and greens are both intriguing and lovely. Front and center, the knight rides a dark black horse with a crimson saddle and reigns. The horse is incredibly still – every other knight in every other suite is moving about, but the Knight of Pentacles and his horse are completely still. The knight is dressed in his best metal armor, with crimson accents on his clothes. He holds a pentacle in one hand, not moving it or presenting it, but holding it out so he may study it

This knight is a hardworking young man but he tends to let his job drive him to ruin. He is often assigned work that is sluggish and unsatisfactory, yet he is determined to complete every tedious task that comes his way. His dedication is commendable, but he tends to get too preoccupied with little things.
He’ll be the one finishing up one of his tedious projects, only to put it off until he figures out what font to use for his paper… which will take him an hour or two. He’s a realist, but he can be a genuine downer when it comes to your aspirations and goals – he’ll be the first to scoff at them. He’s worked hard to get where he is, but now that he’s there, he’s unlikely to want to leave – he won’t be searching for adventure any time soon.
If You Exist, It Means The Universe Thinks You Deserve To
This card offers both advice and caution: seek refinement in the good areas he symbolizes, but stay away from his bad elements at all costs. While you should praise his hard effort, be wary of his propensity for frequently overworking, for little or no pay. Get thrilled rather than obsessed as obsession is a drive that may hurt you in the long run, while enthusiasm will always benefit you. Finally, be grounded but don’t be afraid to attempt a new experience or two.
When you encounter the Knight of Pentacles in your readings, ask yourself these questions. What part of the knight’s energy is beneficial, and what part is harmful? What aspects of the knight do you recognize in yourself? Are you a cautious and cautious person? Are you a dedicated and hardworking individual? What actions might you take to create a positive change in your life?
What Knight of Pentacles Means for You Today
The Knight of Pentacles has appeared today to encourage you to know your worth and, at least for right now, let life come to you. There are times to take big action and there are times to wait for the universe to deliver what you need. The Knight of Pentacles is an indication that now is a good time to sit still and stay where you are at. Don’t chase after a specific outcome right now, things are happening behind the scenes and the universe is arranging things in your favor. Trust in divine timing.

If you forgive the sins of anyone, they are forgiven them…

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2023
” Jesus says to his disciples: “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them” (v. 23). Yet before giving the apostles the power to forgive, he forgives them, not with words but with an act, the first act of the Risen Lord. The Gospel tells us that, “he showed them his hands and his side” (v. 20). Jesus showed them his
wounds. He showed them his wounds, because forgiveness is born from wounds. It is born when our wounds do not leave scars of hatred, but become the means by which we make room for others and accept their weaknesses. Our weakness becomes an opportunity, and forgiveness becomes the path to peace. This does not mean that we turn around and act as if nothing is changed; instead, we open our hearts in love to others. That is what Jesus does: faced with the sadness and shame of those who had denied him and fled, he shows his wounds and opens up the wellspring of mercy. He does not multiply words, but opens wide his wounded heart, in order to tell us that he is always wounded with love for us.
Together, we believe that Jesus always gives us the possibility of being forgiven and starting over, but also the strength to forgive ourselves, others and history! That is what Christ wants. He wants to anoint us with his forgiveness, to give us peace and the courage to forgive others in turn, the courage to grant others a great amnesty of the heart. What great good it does us to cleanse our hearts of anger and remorse, of every trace of resentment and hostility! Dear brothers and sisters, may today be a time of grace for you to accept and experience Jesus’ forgiveness! May it be the right time for those of you who bear heavy burdens in your heart and long for them to be lifted so that you can breathe freely once again.”
Pope Francis
 

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Do not waste the gift that we are; Do not waste the gifts that we have; Do not throw people away…

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 TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2023
“I would like to propose to you three challenges against the waste mentality, the throw-away mentality.
The first challenge: not to waste the gift that we are. Each one of us is a good, independent of the gifts we have. Every woman, every man, is rich not only in talents, but in dignity. He or she is loved by God, is valuable, is precious. Jesus reminds us that we are blessed not for what we have, but for who we are. And

when a person lets go and throws him or herself away, he or she wastes themselves. Let us struggle, with God’s help, against the temptations of believing ourselves inadequate, wrong, and to feel sorry for ourselves.
Then, the second challenge: not to waste the gifts we have. It is a fact that about one-third of total food production goes to waste in the world each year, while so many die of hunger! Nature’s resources cannot be used like this. Goods should be taken care of and shared in such a way that no one lack what is necessary. Rather than waste what we have, let us disseminate an ecology of justice and charity, of sharing!
Lastly, the third challenge: not to throw people away. The throw-away culture says, “I use you in as much as I need you. When I am not interested in you anymore, or you are in my way, I throw you out”. It is especially the weakest who are treated this way – unborn children, the elderly, the needy and the disadvantaged. But people are never to be thrown out, the disadvantaged cannot be thrown away! Every person is a sacred gift, each person is a unique gift, no matter what their age or condition. Let us always respect and promote life! Let’s not throw life away!”
Pope Francis

A Time to Talk
by Robert Frost

When a friend calls to me from the road

And slows his horse to a meaning walk,

I don’t stand still and look around

On all the hills I haven’t hoed,

And shout from where I am,

‘What is it?’No, not as there is a time to talk.

I thrust my hoe in the mellow ground,

Blade-end up and five feet tall,

And plod: I go up to the stone wall

For a friendly visit.


“A Time to Talk” by Robert Frost from The Poetry of Robert Frost. © Henry Holt & Company, 1979. Reprinted with permission. 

If you are docile to the Spirit, he will help you unmask misunderstandings…

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 29, 2023
“Spiritual accompaniment, if it is docile to the Holy Spirit, helps to unmask misunderstandings, even grave ones, in our consideration of ourselves and our relationship with the Lord. The Gospel presents various examples of clarifying and liberating conversations with Jesus. Think, for example, of those with the Samaritan woman, which we read and read, and there is always this wisdom and tenderness of Jesus; think of the one with Zacchaeus, think of the sinful woman, think of Nicodemus, and the disciples of Emmaus: the Lord’s way of approaching. The people who had a true encounter with Jesus were not afraid to open their hearts, to present their own vulnerability, their own inadequacy, their own fragility. In this way, their self-sharing becomes an experience of salvation, of forgiveness freely received.
The voice of the Lord can always be recognized; it has a unique style it is a voice that pacifies, encourages and reassures in difficulties. The Gospel reminds us of this continually: “Do not be afraid” (Lk 1:30), how beautiful is the Angel’s word to Mary! “Do not be afraid”, “Do not be afraid”, it is the style of the Lord, “Do not be afraid”. “Do not be afraid!” the Lord repeats to us today too, “Do not be afraid”: if we trust in his word, we will play the game of life well, and we will be able to help others. As the Psalm says, his Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (cf. 119, 105).”
Pope Francis

Two of Pentacles

The picture depicts a man standing by the water, skillfully juggling two pentacles, which symbolizes the juggling of many life circumstances. It’s all about making decisions and setting priorities. You may feel as though you lack the courage to select one option over another. You may choose to concentrate on one item while ignoring another for a while, keeping both alive. This, however, prevents either from thriving.
The Two is entwined in the forces of change and balance, as they always are. The Two of Pentacles may signify something good or bad, but it is a strong indication that the status quo will be upset. There will be difficulties in your future but the ultimate result will be mainly determined by how you react to these challenges. This card’s suit indicates that the ideal result may be achieved via prioritizing, time management, multitasking, and careful preparation.
A juggler is shown on the Two of Pentacles, frantically attempting to keep his two coins in motion. The man is dressed in a red circus-style costume, with a big red hat on his head (which more than likely makes it even harder to juggle). The man’s expression conveys his concern that he will drop one at any minute. So, what happens next? A turbulent ocean can be seen in the distance, with two ships trapped in the ups and downs of the waves.
Not everyone has seen a juggler’s performance. Juggling is a great sight to see, and even more so to participate in. To catch whatever you’re tossing while you juggle, your muscles must respond almost automatically. You develop such confidence in your body that you can catch a ball or a pin with only a look in its direction and toss it up again with ease. It’s almost as if your body is operating independently, pursuing a purpose you’re not fully aware of.

This is the card of maintaining equilibrium. Jugglers must maintain their money in the air at all times, never fumbling. What happens if he doesn’t comply? Who is to say? It’s all he knows that it’s necessary for his survival. Perhaps some great monarch is paying his salary so that he can juggle effectively, or perhaps he is just practicing and needs to keep juggling for his own mental well-being. Whatever the cause, the two of pentacles wants you to maintain balance in some aspect of your life, never putting one item ahead of the other.
Balance is the Key!
The Two of Pentacles may also be indicating that you should go with the flow. A juggler can’t question his motions since his muscles will freeze and the coins will fall if he does. All he needs to do now is go in the direction he’s been directed. Even if the coin travels in an unexpected direction, he must still leap to grab it! Be flexible and move with the flow in your life.
Finally, this card may indicate that you’ve been feeling like you’ve been bending over backward for people lately. You feel like you’re juggling all of your responsibilities, attempting to prevent them from collapsing because you’re overwhelmed by how much you have to complete. The only way to lighten your burden is to drop one or two of the coins you’re juggling – in other words, give up one or two of the duties you’re now juggling. You’ll find it easier when you have fewer things to manage.
Here are some questions to consider while studying the Ace of Pentacles. What is the state of your life’s flow? Do you feel overburdened by your to-do list? Isn’t everything going as planned? How hard do you find it to go with the flow? Or are you attempting to get availability and flexibility that you do not already possess? How do you get the same level of balance as the juggler?
What Two of Pentacles Means for You Today
The Two of Pentacles has appeared today to recommend that you would do well to save your money. If you are thinking of making and big purchases that you are uncertain about, it might be best to wait until you feel certain you are making the right choice. It can signify that there is a new option coming to you that has not yet had time to arrive. The two boats in the background of the card are heading toward each other but there are still turbulent waters between them. Wait until they come together so you can switch directions without having to brave the unruly waters.

Christ brought enlightenment…

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 2023
“Jesus says He came to bring “sight to the blind”. It is striking that throughout the Bible, before Christ, the healing of a blind man never appears, never. It was indeed a promised sign that would come with the Messiah. But here it is not just about physical sight, but a light that makes one see life in a new way. There is a “coming into the light,” a rebirth that happens only with Jesus. If we think about it, that is how Christian life began for us: with Baptism, which in ancient times was called precisely “enlightenment.” And what light does Jesus give us? He brings us the light of sonship: He is the beloved Son of the Father, living forever; with Him we too are children of God loved forever, despite our mistakes and faults. So life is no longer a blind advance toward nothingness, no; it is not a matter of fate or luck, no. It is not something that depends on chance or the stars, no, or even on health or finances, no.
Life depends on love, on the love of the Father, Who cares for us, His beloved children. How wonderful to share this light with others! Has it occurred to you that the life of each of us – my life, your life, our life – is an act of love? And an invitation to love? This is wonderful! But so many times we forget this, in the face of difficulties, in the face of bad news, even in the face of – and this is bad – worldliness, the worldly way of life.”
Pope
Francis

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Page of Wands

The Page of Wands is like a rambunctious kid. He has a strong desire to go outdoors and play, and he is always getting himself into trouble and odd circumstances, as well as daydreaming about where he could go next. He never comes home for dinner on time, and he never tells anybody where he’s going. On the other hand, he’s so endearing and idealistic that it’s easy to overlook his flaws. He is easygoing, enjoys being the center of attention, and is a trailblazer in a variety of fields.
This card may also represent communication from afar concerning a trip, a relocation, a new job, or anything philosophical or spiritual. It’s also linked to a time of acclimating to a new environment, as well as fresh disclosures and inventions. This card represents someone full of enthusiasm and can get things going. They may, however, be bullies or throw tantrums when they don’t get their way.
The Page is an indication that you will get excellent news from or concerning a young person. If the card is describing you, it means you have limitless energy, a strong sense of loyalty, and love learning. It may also be a sign of fresh beginnings, such as a new project you’ll be starting shortly or some kind of discovery.
Fear Is The Mind Killer
We’re standing in a desert in the Page of Wands card, with just three tiny hills to break up the monotony. The page himself is before us, a young boy dressed in bright orange, red, and yellow. His cloak and sweater are both yellow, and he wears a white cap with a big red feather on his head. Even his feet have a flaming appearance, with the pieces of cloth hanging from them like little flames. He has a large wand/staff in front of him, and he seems to be gazing at it in amazement, studying it, and contemplating what he should do with it.
This little boy’s most obvious characteristic is his enthusiasm. Every minute of the day, he finds something to do, and he is very passionate about each of them. He’s also the child who comes up with innovative answers to issues; he won’t think about it for long, however, and will just stick to his plan once he’s devised it. The Page would participate in every activity he could get his hands on, and he would walk into each one with his head held high.
The Page of Wands may be asking you to make the same choices as this little kid would. The Wands suit is all about taking action. Consider if you’ve been spending too much time preparing or thinking about things. Maybe the Page is telling you it’s time to dive right in! Given his degree of enthusiasm, the Page may be advising you to find that same amount of excitement in your own life.
Here are some questions to consider while deciding what the Page of Wands card means to you. Is there anybody you know who likes the Page of Wands? What lesson might this person be attempting to teach you? Do you need any of Page’s characteristics? Are you sure of yourself? Inspired? Excited? What good things will come your way if you adopt these characteristics?
What Page of Wands Means for You Today
The Page of Wands has appeared today to encourage your to stay strong in the face of insecurities. When you get that shaky feeling in your body that tells you to be afraid, allow it to move through you without trying to push it away. The energy of the page is that of a courageous person who has not yet fully matured. He may be convinced that he is free from fear but when faced with certain situations he may become paralyzed. Stay with the feelings in your body and the light of your awareness will allow them to integrate in a healthy manner.

Make room for the word…

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2023
“Here is Jesus’ invitation: God has come close to you; recognize his presence, make room for his Word, and you will change your outlook on life.  I can also put it like this: place your life under the Word of God.  This is the path the Church shows us.  All of us, even the pastors of the Church, are under the authority of the Word of God.  Not under our own tastes, tendencies and preferences, but under the one Word of God that moulds us, converts us and calls us to be united in the one Church of Christ. 
So, brothers and sisters, we can ask ourselves: Where does my life find direction, from where does it draw its orientation?  From the many “words” I hear, from ideologies, or from the Word of God that guides and purifies me?  What are the aspects in me that require change and conversion?.”
Pope Francis
 

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The two swords represent the idea that you have two options from which to choose. Both seem to be excellent options or at least two methods to get the same goals. There is, however, a limit to how many options you may choose from.
This card is all about making a choice. Swords are about thoughts and the sort of energy needed for impassioned decision-making isn’t available while you’re thinking about two things at once. This can also sometimes indicate that you are holding two ideas or beliefs that are incompatible with one another.
The Two of Swords, like crossed swords, symbolizes conflict settlement. An equal distribution of force amid opposition. It’s a deadlock. It may mean that you are in a position to arbitrate a dispute, or it could signal that you are stuck in a conundrum with no obvious solution. You have options, and resolving this situation will most likely offer you peace of mind.
Have you heard the phrase “an unstoppable force against an immovable obstacle” before? The Unstoppable Force Contradiction is the term given to this paradox. It simply poses the question to which there is no known answer: What happens if an item that cannot be stopped collides with an object that cannot be moved? They don’t shatter since they’re both believed to be indestructible. The solution to this puzzle may never be discovered, but the Two of Swords is a compelling illustration of an immovable object.

On the Two of Swords, we see a vast ocean with a distant island, with the moon hovering over the whole landscape. A young woman in a blindfold stands in front of us, dressed simply in white and wielding two swords crossed in front of her. She is motionless, quiet, and immobile, sitting on a stone bench. This is not a person you want to approach, much less touch.
Break on Through!
This card indicates that you or someone near to you is walled off to new ideas and information. They aren’t open to life if they aren’t open to change. Yes, change may be hazardous, but life is perilous by its very essence. If this card relates to your own personal emotions about a subject, remember that life is too wonderful not to allow in. A closed mind may see herself in the shoes of the woman in this card, oblivious to the dangers, beauty, and life around her. She becomes blind in order to maintain those swords held high and never falter.
Another interpretation of this card is that it represents avoidance. The lady covers her eyes with the blindfold not because she doesn’t want to see what’s coming, but because she knows what’s out there… and she doesn’t want to see it. Avoiding an issue may be a good approach to solve it, but it’s more often than not a method to protect ourselves. Examine your own life to determine whether you are deliberately or subconsciously avoiding something.
When you see the Two of Swords in your readings, ask yourself these questions. In what areas of my life am I stuck? Is it possible that I’m obstructing these regions on purpose? Subconsciously? Is there anybody I refuse to see or speak within my life? Why? Is this obstacle beneficial or harmful?
What Two of Swords Means for You Today
The Two of Swords has appeared to warn that you could be blocking yourself in unknown ways. You could have two opposing ideas in your mind at the same time which can create cognitive dissonance and cause you stress. If you pulled this card while asking a question like “Should I do this?”, this card is a strong ‘No’. The positive side of this card is that running up against a blockage like this gives you the opportunity to find out what incompatible ideas you may be holding onto, clearing the way for a better flow of energy.

Move… to lift up those whose hearts are weary…

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2023
“The Word of God is for everyone.  The Gospel presents us with Jesus always on the move, on his way to others.  On no occasion in his public life does he give us the idea that he is a stationary teacher, a professor seated on a chair; on the contrary, we see him as an itinerant, we see him as a pilgrim, travelling through towns and villages, encountering faces and their stories. His feet are those of the messenger announcing the good news of God’s love (cf. Is 52:7-8).  In Galilee of the Gentiles, on the sea route, beyond the Jordan, where Jesus preaches, there was – the text notes – a people plunged into darkness: foreigners, pagans, women and men from various regions and cultures (cf. Mt 4:15-16).  Now they too can see the light.  And so, Jesus enlarges the boundaries.
The Word of God, which heals and raises up, is not only destined for the righteous of Israel, but for all; he wants to reach those far away, he wants to heal the sick, he wants to save sinners, he wants to gather the lost sheep and lift up those whose hearts are weary and oppressed. In short, Jesus ‘reaches out’ to tell us that God’s mercy is for everyone.  Let us not forget this: God’s mercy is for everyone, for each one of us.  Each person can say, “God’s mercy is for me”.”
Pope Francis

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