The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  - Gal 5:22-23

Reflection.  Never be discouraged simply because you’re not perfect.  When you examine your conscience look and see all the love and peace and joy and goodness that has come out of your soul over the years, and perk up.

Prayer.  Holy Spirit, I’m far from holy, but by Your grace I have tried to be kind and loving, most of the time.  Thank You for Your presence in my life.  

For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish.  - Jn 3:16

Reflection.  That’s the good news.  The bad news is that at times you may not feel like you’re being saved.  Pay no attention to your feelings.  Give yourself to God, and trust in Him.

Prayer.  Father in heaven, bring me home to You.

None of us lives for himself, and none of us dies for himself.  - Rom 14:7

Reflection.  Death comes to everyone sooner or later, and we must be ready; but in the meantime, do not fret needlessly.  When the time comes, God will be with you, and He will put your fears to rest.

Prayer.  Dear Father, comfort me in the hour of my death.  Bring me safely home and give me peace. 

 

My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.  - Ps 121:2

Reflection.  God will not let your foot slip; He will protect you from all evil, and look after your coming in and going out.  Believe this, and you will have a good frame of mind, which in turn will keep you content.

Prayer.  Dear Lord, I rest in the security of Your loving care.  

We are afflicted on all sides but not crushed, bewildered but not sunk in despair.  - 2 Cor 4:8

Reflection.  God knows your feelings.  It pleases Him when you do not let your feelings run away with you.  Be confident.  Feelings are not facts.

Prayer.  God, grant me the strength to face each day with renewed courage.  

Let your minds be filled with whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure.  - Phil 4:8

Reflection.  Whether you are now in a state of sickness, perplexity, imprisonment, or depression, you can still be content within, if you learn to control your thoughts.

Prayer.  Dear Lord, help me to cancel negative thinking and stay positive.  

Come, let us sing the jubilation to the Lord; let us cry out to the Rock of our salvation.  - Ps 95:1

Reflection.  Even when you are discouraged, remember that you owe God a debt of gratitude for all that he has done for you.  Think more about God’s love, and less about your troubles and woes.

Prayer.  Jesus, my heart overflows with joyful praise.  Help me to smile more.

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name.  - Mt 6:9

Reflection.  Jesus never taught us to say, “My Father Who art in heaven…” He called us to worship as a people, in a faith community.  Once a week, at least, remember to keep holy the Sabbath day by attending Holy Mass, if your health permits.

Prayer.  Dear Lord, give me the grace to attend Mass regularly.  

The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall lack.  He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me to tranquil streams.  - Ps 23:1-2

Reflection.  Even though you walk through the valley of darkness, do not fear any evil for the Lord is with you to comfort you.  Open yourself to the God of all consolation.

Prayer.  Jesus, You are the Good Shepherd.  Help me to remember that You are near. 

Place your hope in the Lord; be strong and courageous in your heart, and place your hope in the Lord.  - Ps 27:14

Reflection.  God has promised strength to make up for your weakness, and light to lead you in those times of darkness.  Grace from above is there for the asking.  Why do you worry so?

Prayer.  Lord, I need to be more trusting.  You are always with me, but sometimes I forget.  Increase my trust.

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