Give thanks to the Lord on the harp; offer praise to Him on the ten-stringed lyre.  - Ps 33:2

Reflection.  You praise the Lord day and night when you remain gratefully aware of His endless love for you.  The heart sings its praises in the silence of a smile.

Prayer.  You, Lord, are awesome; what more can I say?  Thank You for caring for me.  

Flood waters cannot quench love, nor can torrents drown it.  - Song 8:7

Reflection.  Those who truly love one another are ready to give up their lives for their beloved.  Romantic love is often self-serving, but true love puts the beloved first.

Prayer.  Jesus, You showed Your love for us on the Cross.  Give me a loving heart like Yours.  

The righteous are as confident as young lions.  - Prov 28:1

Reflection.  Lions are felines, and they like to nap all day.  The males let the females do all the hunting, and then push everyone aside, demanding to eat first.  If you really want to be righteous, you’d be better off imitating poodles.  They bark fearlessly at elephants.

Prayer.  Jesus, give me the courage to challenge the powerful when they are wrong.  

To each of us, the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.  - 1 Cor 12:7

Reflection.  Every individual contributes something unique to make this a more wonderful world.  Every gift and talent counts, like the flowers in a garden.  God delights in your unique contribution to advance the common good.

Prayer.  Help me, Lord, to value and celebrate my gifts.  

The violence of the wicked will sweep them away because they refuse to do what is right.  - Prov 21:7

Reflection.  Whatever their ideological convictions, Muslim extremists have turned against the will of Allah.  They call evil good, and good evil.  In the end they will perish.

Prayer.  Lord, help me not to be afraid of demonic power.  May the good Muslims prevail over the extremists.  

All wisdom derives from the Lord and remains with Him forever.  - Sir 1:1

Reflection.  On this the Feast of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven, we celebrate her final victory over the valley of tears.  We honor her because by her life she taught us this one great truth, “Do whatever He tells you.”

Prayer.  Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.  

Do not forget to offer hospitality to strangers, for by doing this some have entertained Angels without knowing it.  - Heb 13:2

Reflection.  Over 100 million Americans are the descendants of 17 million immigrants who were processed through Ellis Island in New York harbor.  All of these strangers came to our shores with high hopes of making a better life.  We are the descendants of immigrants.

Prayer.  Dear Jesus, give me the eyes of faith to see You in every stranger.  

Pride goes before disaster, and a haughty spirit goes before a fall.  - Prov 16:18

Reflection.  Pride is an inordinate love of self.  A proud person puts other people down, whereas a self-confident person is humble as he proudly raises them up.  In using your talents for others, you show your kindness and love.

Prayer.  Father, You are the giver of all gifts.  I bow humbly before You and pray for the grace to serve You well.  

Our own conscience is clear, and our desire is to act honorably in everything we do.  - Heb 13:18

Reflection.  If something hits you the wrong way, express your opinion.  Don’t be afraid to say, “This is wrong and I won’t stand for it.”  People will never forget your courage.

Prayer.  Holy Spirit, give me the courage I need to be a faithful witness to the truth.  

Deal with others as you would like them to deal with you.  - Mt 7:12

Reflection.  Give someone a compliment, offer some practical help to a neighbor, or give a small child a coin and a smile.  Do it as a sign of your loving heart.

Prayer.  Help me, Lord, to make small gestures of love.  

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