Proclaim this message: “The Kingdom of Heaven is near.”  - Mt 10:7

Reflection.  Love, pray, go, teach — these are the words of Jesus.  He gives us a new view of reality, and we try to respond in a spirit of love.  God’s love is the Good News of the Gospel.  But there are anti-Gospel forces in the world.  The evil one sows seeds of unrest, seeds of hatred.  The Christ-bearer is aware of the enemy at all times, but goes forth without fear.

Prayer.  Lord Jesus, enable me to enjoy the simple things that are so easy to take for granted, so that I may proclaim the Gospel joyfully.

Yes, when you seek Me with all your heart, you will find Me with you, says the Lord. - Jer 29:13

Reflection.  For five minutes a day quiet your imagination, close your eyes to the things of the senses, and enter within your soul, which is the temple of the Holy Spirit.  There, speak to this Divine Spirit.

Prayer.  O Holy Spirit, soul of my soul … guide me, strengthen me, console me, tell me what to do … I promise to submit to whatever You desire of me and to accept everything You allow to happen to me.  Let me only know Your Will.  - Cardinal Mercier

Let my prayer rise like incense before You; the lifting of my hands, like the evening sacrifice. - Ps 141:2

Reflection.  Prayer is not a stratagem for occasional use, a refuge to resort to now and then.  It is rather like an established residence for the innermost self.  All things have a home; the bird has a nest, the fox has a hole, the bee has a hive.  A soul without prayer is a soul without a home …To pray is to open a door where God may enter. - Rabbi Abraham Heschel

Prayer.  Blessed are You, Lord, God of my life.  I bow before You and open my heart to You this day.

Live as children of light, for light produces all goodness and righteousness and truth. - Eph 5:8-9

Reflection.  Those who deem themselves to be Christian must be aware of the following obligation that is theirs.  They are bound by conscience to the basic, imperative duty of bearing witness to the truth in which they believe and to the grace that has transformed their soul.       - Pope John XXIII

Prayer.  O Lord, teach me to make my life ever more transparent and consistent, so that I may live ever more joyfully in Your truth.

Where two or three are gathered together in My Name, I am there in the midst of them.  - Mt 18:20

Reflection.  Dorothy Day of Catholic Worker fame once took a homeless woman into her shelter when it was exceedingly overcrowded.  Dorothy said, “It’s all right, let her in, she can sleep with me.”  She was quickly warned, “Can’t you see that woman is in the last stages of syphilis?”  Without hesitation, Dorothy replied, “That is not a woman with syphilis; for me she is Jesus Christ.”

Prayer.  Lord, make my heart brave enough to see Your face in the least among us, and strong enough to respond in a loving way.

If we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him.  - Rom 6:8

Reflection.  True disciples willingly accept their share of the Passion of Christ.  For without a common fate with the Lord, there is no common life with Him.  Think about that.

Prayer.  Lord, give me the strength to endure the sufferings that I must endure.  Let me bear my cross without complaint.  Teach me to unite my pain with Your Passion.

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts!  … All the earth is full of His glory.  - Isa 6:3

Reflection.  Take time to THINK — it is the Source of Power. / Take time to PLAY — it is the Secret of Perpetual Youth. / Take time to READ — it is the Fountain of Wisdom. / Take time to WORSHIP — it is the highway to Reverence. / Take time to be FRIENDLY — it is the Road to Happiness. / Take time to LAUGH — it is the Music of the Soul.

Prayer.  Lord, I want to laugh more.  Teach me to laugh at myself more, especially when I am clumsy, forgetful, or just plain sinful.

If you then, despite your evil nature, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him.  - Mt 7:11

Reflection.  Try to get into the spirit of faith.   Do not expect bad things to happen.  Await the Lord’s goodness like a joyful child standing before the Christmas tree, awaiting the opening of the presents.

Prayer.  I trust You, Lord, and that means I trust Your love.  I can expect the best from You.  Even in times of suffering I will not succumb to doubt. 

Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.  - Mt 25:40

Reflection.  This text is the most important one in all the Scriptures.  Once you understand it, your life will never be the same.  Jesus continues to live His passion.  He continues to fall, poor and hungry, just as He did on the way to Calvary.

Prayer.  Lord, I have been given so much.  Give me ears to hear the cry of the poor, and the will to respond generously and compassionately to You, living in them. 

By faith their weakness was turned into strength as they became mighty in battle and put foreign armies to flight.  - Heb 11:33-34

Reflection.  The Lord is waiting for your trust.  You can give Him your weakness, your problems, your weariness.  He is ready to make His power available.  You have only to ask.

Prayer.  Lord, help me to understand Your silence the way St. Paul did.  It is a silence that gives power to those who have faith. 

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