You shall call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will hear you.  - Jer 29:12

Reflection.  Even when you do not know what to say in prayer the Holy Spirit will come and help you, as St. Paul states in his Letter to the Romans (8:26).  Therefore, ask the Lord to banish fear from your heart.

Prayer.  Thank You, Most Holy Spirit.  You know my needs before I even ask.  All I can do is thank You again and again. 

A cheerful glance brings joy to the heart.  - Prov 15:30

Reflection.  Have you ever had a person smile at you across a room?  Doesn’t it bring a smile to your face?  It brings joy to your heart as well.  Thank God for the seasons of your life.  Repay Him with your best deeds, thoughts, feelings and prayers.  And be convinced that He is smiling at you from His throne in heaven.

Prayer.  Holy Spirit of joy, I swim in the ocean of Your love.

Love the Lord, you faithful ones.  The Lord looks after those who are loyal.  - Ps 31:24

Reflection.  Loyalty is the quality of fidelity and constancy.  To be loyal is to be faithful.  Pray for the grace of final perseverance, so that you will be loyal to the Lord until the very end.

Prayer.  Jesus, my Lord and my God, help me to be Your faithful friend all the days of my life.

I shall no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know what his master is doing.  I have called you friends.  - Jn 15:15

Reflection.  A friend is dearer to us than a million dollars.  St. John Chrysostom said, “It should be better for us that the sun were extinguished than that we should be without friends.”

Prayer.  Dear Lord, I am privileged to have You as my Friend.  Thank You for this precious gift.  Help me to have true friends to share my joy with, and to encourage me along the way.

Hope does not disappoint, because the charity of God is poured forth in our hearts by the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us.  - Rom 5:5

Reflection.  The charity or love of God flows like a fountain.  It pours out living waters to you all day long.  Mentally, keep a small pitcher close by and draw from it throughout the day.  It will refresh you, and all you meet.

Prayer.  Come, Holy Spirit, fill the heart of this faithful one, and inspire in  me the fire of Divine Love.  Let the love flow through me to all the living.

Our citizenship is in heaven, and from there we await our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.  He will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be conformed to His glorified body by the power that also enables Him to make all things subject to Himself.  - Phil 3:20-21

Reflection.  St Paul pleads with us to remain courageous.  We are not yet Saints, but we are Saints in training.  Why not be brave?  Goodness is its own reward.

Prayer.  Lord Jesus, with You at my side, I can do all things.  You are my strength and my joy.

If you are reviled for the Name of Christ, consider yourself blessed, for upon you rests the Spirit of glory and of God.  - 1 Pet 4:14

Reflection.  To have the Spirit of God resting on you is the greatest compliment you can receive.  If it comes from someone who intends to punish you in some way for your beliefs, so be it.  It is still a compliment.

Prayer.  Father, help me to understand this mystery.  Teach me how to accept my pain with courage, even as I seek healing and relief.  I offer all my sufferings and humiliations in a spirit of reparation, and with the help of Your grace.  I promise obedience and love.

Whoever does not love Me does not keep My words.  - Jn 14:24

Reflection.  Jesus came to bring joy, but this joy is the consequence of obedience to His advice and His commands.  He asks us most emphatically to love one another because when we do, life will flow beautifully.  When we do not, the suffering begins.

Prayer.  Give me the grace, O Lord, to follow You with a childlike spirit.  I want to do Your Will.  Give me the courage to carry out my good intentions. 

What I say to you in the dark, proclaim in the daylight, and what you hear whispered, shout from the housetops.  - Mt 10:27

Reflection.  Jesus committed to His followers the main task of preaching the Gospel.  How?  In three ways — by our prayers, our words, and our actions.  In prayer we receive power; in our words and actions, we give it away.  It is like breathing in and breathing out.

Prayer.  Lord, fill my mind with knowledge and my heart with love, and then help me to give it all away.

Evildoers simply cannot understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand it completely. - Prov 28:5

Reflection.  Excesses often mar high-sounding goals.  In his encyclical Rich in Mercy, Pope John Paul II alluded to this problem:  “It is obvious in fact that in the name of an alleged justice (for example, historical or class justice) the neighbor is sometimes destroyed, killed, deprived of liberty, or stripped of fundamental human rights.”  This history of atheistic Marxism is filled with such abuses.

Prayer.  Dear God, make me wise so that I may see what is right and just, and make me childlike that I may put others before myself. 

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