“I believe we have the power to end global poverty, change the systems of injustice, drive economic opportunity, and end modern-day slavery, and that part of the reason we have not yet done so is because so many of us don’t believe that. So many of us negate our own power of influence, of impact, by thinking of ourselves as too small.”

–from Colleen Mitchell

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“He who labors as he prays lifts his heart to God with his hands.”

— St. Benedict of Nursia

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“The story of Christ’s life and ministry cannot be told without giving due space to Satan’s activity. The Gospel writers carefully distinguish between cases of mere physical ailments and cases of a demonic character (both of which Jesus cures). Jesus frequently refers to the devil in his parables and other teachings, and the devil himself tempts Jesus in the desert and returns again later to engineer Judas’ betrayal (cf. Jn 13:2). This Gospel motif teaches us an undeniable, if uncomfortable lesson: the devil is real, and he is interested in counteracting the work of grace. In one sense, accepting this fundamental truth, and keeping it always in the back of our minds, can comfort us tremendously: it helps us make sense of all the unpleasant influences at work in and around us. We are not crazy; we are not failures; we are simply engaged in a spiritual battle. If we believe in Jesus Christ, we must also believe in the devil—doomed as he is, he would love to take as many souls as he can along with him.”

— Fr. John Bartunek

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