Hold fast to instruction and never let her go; guard her carefully, for she is your life.  - Prov 4:13

Reflection.  Sometimes our parents and close friends see warning flags before we do.  You may have to lead your own life, but the insights of others can protect you from making foolish mistakes in judgment.  Try to be more objective.  Go for help.

Prayer.  Lord, when a big decision is involved, help me to listen to good advice.  

If someone says, “I love God,” but at the same time hates his brother, he is a liar.  - 1 Jn 4:20

Reflection.  Don’t be discouraged if you are not perfect.  But try to cultivate a spirit of holy dissatisfaction with your meanness.  Turn it over to the Lord and pray for purification.  He will cleanse you of all your faults.

Prayer.  Dear Jesus, be my strength and my joy.  

An offended brother is stronger than a fortress, and quarrels are more difficult to overcome than castle gates. - Prov 18:19

Reflection.  Quarreling keeps people out of your love.  It prevents love and peace from finding a resting place in your home.  A prayerful person can deal with a bickering relative because God supplies patience in difficult situations.  Repeat the name of Jesus ten times, before you express your anger.

Prayer.  Dear Lord, help me to remain calm in difficult family situations.  

Can any of you through worrying add a single moment to your span of life?  - Mt 6:27

Reflection.  In life’s dark moments, use your sense of humor to lighten the moment, and lift up your heart.  A little humor diffuses many a tense situation.

Prayer.  Help me, Lord, to keep my sense of humor alive.  May I always have a song in my heart.  

The Spirit Himself intercedes for us with sighs that cannot be put into words.  - Rom 8:26

Reflection.  The word “loneliness” tells us about the pain of being alone.  The word “contemplation” tells us about the glory of being alone with God.

Prayer.  Dear Lord, some emotions are too deep to express in words.  Please accept my silence as an act of love.  

When you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret.  - Mt 6:6

Reflection.  When it comes to pure prayer, the actual words you use do not matter as much as your desire to give yourself to God.  Silence is golden.

Prayer.  Dear Jesus, You abandoned Yourself to the Father.  Teach me how to do that.  

This is my consolation in my distress:  Your word gives me life.  - Ps 119:50

Reflection.  Just as a mother tends to the needs of her child, so does the Lord care for you.  Trust in His love.  It’s almost too good to be true, but the King of Kings loves you deeply.

Prayer.  Dear Father in heaven, help me to abandon myself to Your love.  In You I find my strength and joy.  

This is My Beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased.  - Mt 3:17

Reflection.  You are blessed and anointed.  By Baptism you are a member of the Mystical Body of Christ.  The same favor that Jesus receives from His Father rests on you because you are His beloved child.  Have confidence in His love.

Prayer.  Dear Lord, thank You for making my life holy.  

Our citizenship is in heaven, and from there we await our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.  - Phil 3:20

Reflection.  Faith is having one foot on the ground and the other one in heaven.  God is your invisible companion through life.  He is leading you to eternal joy.

Prayer.  Help me, Lord, to remember that I belong to You.  

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His kindness endures forever.  - Ps 107:1

Reflection.  You have been given everything: your body and soul, and life itself.  Everything you have and everything you are comes from God.  Be still and drink this truth in: God is good.

Prayer. Give me a grateful heart, dear Lord, so I may appreciate Your gifts to the fullest.  

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