You have received the Spirit of adoption, enabling us to cry out, “Abba! Father!”  - Rom 8:15

Reflection.  Remember that you and Jesus have the same Father.  That makes you a special person, an adopted child of God.  Imagine God personally loving you, as any good father would love his only child.

Prayer.  Father, I rarely feel Your presence, but I know You are there.  Bless and comfort me.  


If you sow generously, you will reap generously as well.  - 2 Cor 9:6

Reflection.  Love begets more love.  It is like the seed that falls on good ground, and grows to produce a rich harvest.  The more love you plant, the greater the harvest.  Don’t be stingy with your love; you have so much to give, and so much to gain.

Prayer.  Lord, help me to bear rich and abundant good fruit.  

They surrounded me on every side; in the Name of the Lord I overcame them.  - Ps 118:11

Reflection.  Foster a calm attitude of mind, even before the trouble begins.  You can do this by leaning on the Holy Spirit Who is living within you.  Whenever a panic attack seems imminent, take ten deep breaths, and repeat the words “Thank You, Lord, for keeping me calm.”

Prayer.  Help me, Jesus, to draw my strength from You.

May the God of perseverance and encouragement grant that you may live in harmony with one another.  - Rom 15:5

Reflection.  It isn’t easy to do, but you’ll be amazed at how seeing God in everyone will change your life.  People will start reacting to you in a more pleasant way.  St. Paul asked the Corinthians to greet each other with reverence.  This is good advice, since we are all part of the Body of Christ.

Prayer.  Lord, help me to believe that You are truly present in every person I meet.  

Jesus said, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, Your Will be done.”  - Mt 26:42

Reflection.  By accepting the hand the Father dealt Him, Jesus found His purpose.  He took on a burden He didn’t especially want to embrace.  He was very human.  Nevertheless, He gave up His life that we might live, and used all that pain to purchase our redemption.

Prayer.  Dear Lord, when life becomes unbearable, remind me of Your spirit of surrender.  

The God of all consolation … consoles us in all our afflictions and thereby enables us to console others in their tribulations.  - 2 Cor 1:3-4

Reflection.  Self-pity is the cancer of the soul.  You are called to be a healer, not a complainer.  Be like Jesus.  Think of others.  This is the month of our Savior’s birth.  Start pondering your mission in life.  Call upon the Lord to make you a healer.  Begin by canceling any thoughts you have about being a victim.  Snap out of it.

Prayer.  Holy Spirit, soul of my soul, brace me up when I drift into self-pity.  

Give, and it will be given to you.  A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be poured into your lap.  - Lk 6:38

Reflection.  God works in mysterious ways.  What you give to others will return to you one day.  Since you have a debt of gratitude to everyone who ever helped you along the way, express your gratitude while they are still alive, and pray for those who have gone to their eternal rest.

Prayer.  Lord, help me to be more generous and more grateful.  

Entrust everything that you do to the Lord, and your plans will turn out to be successful.  - Prov 16:3

Reflection.  If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.  The Holy Spirit is living within you.  Never think of yourself as one who is entirely alone.  The Lord will be in charge of your coming and going.  He will encourage you to be more loving, and He will send a few surprises along the way to keep you docile.

Prayer.  Dear Lord, help me to listen to Your voice with joyful expectation.  

Do not lose your confidence now, since your reward will be so great.  - Heb 10:35

Reflection.  St. Paul was knocked off his horse at Damascus, and became a changed man from that moment on.  His act of surrender to the Lord transformed him into a new creation.  After his conversion, his strength came from the Lord.  So it will be for you.

Prayer.  Help me to be more confident, Lord.  You have become my strength and my joy.  

May the Lord smile upon you and be gracious to you.  May the Lord … give you His peace.  - Num 6:25-26

Reflection.  Thank the Lord for His truth.  Thank Him for your wonderful body, your mind, your heart, and your soul.  Thank Him for the stars in the sky and for planet Earth. Thank Him for your family and friends, and even thank Him for the animals and flowers.

Prayer.  Open my eyes, O Lord, to the beauty all around me.  

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