Come away with Me, by yourselves, to a deserted place and rest for a while.  - Mk 6:31

Reflection. On this feast day of St. Mark, we pause to look into the face and the eyes of Jesus.  Close the door of the soul to all the noise of the outside world, and there, alone with God, pray slowly the words Jesus taught us.

Prayer. Our Father Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name; They Kingdom come; …

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

Reflection. Think about it.  You are killing yourself with petty anxieties.  You can control your thoughts.  Trusting thoughts will bring you peace of mind.  Why are you doing this?  Jesus is asking you point blank.  Why are you afraid?

Prayer. Jesus, my Lord, I really do not know what I am doing half the time.  Give me the grace to be strong enough to put a halt to this way of life.  I deserve a better life, and with Your help, I am going to claim it.

My Father, if this cup cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your Will be done.  - Mt 26:42

Reflection. These words were given in a private revelation to Bl. Henry Suso (1327):  “Suffering converts a worldly person into a heavenly person.  Suffering makes one a stranger to the world and gives him My continual intimacy.  It decreases friends and increases grace.”

Prayer. Father, I am repelled by the cross.  Help me to say the words Jesus said the night before He died:  If possible remove this cross from me, but not my will but Yours be done.

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

Reflection. Suffering is a tremendous mystery for all of us.  Jesus taught us how to give meaning to suffering by embracing the Cross.  He accepted the Cross as His special vocation.  He did not want it, no one in his right mind would want pain, but He used it as a coin to purchase our salvation.

Prayer. Dear Jesus, comfort me, console me, and inspire me so that I may comfort and console and inspire those who need me.

For I determined not to know anything among you, except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.  - 1 Cor 2:2

Reflection. Jesus taught us that in spite of pain, we were made for joy.  It may be your lot one day to pass through the agony of a Good Friday before reaching the joy of an Easter Sunday.  But do not be afraid.  If you cling to God, He will see you safely through the storm.

Prayer. Lord, help me to understand the astounding love that You expressed on the Cross, and enable me to respond to that love with all my heart.

All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flower of the field.  The grass withers, and the flower fades, but the word of the Lord endures forever.  - 1 Pet 1:24-25

Reflection. If you want to be happy, if you want to be calm and peaceful, if you want your life to be filled with joy:  pray.  Peace, joy, and happiness are the fruits of silent prayer.

Prayer. Lord, our God, fill us with Your Spirit so that we may hear Your Good News.  Touch our hearts with Your love so that we in turn may love one another.

Which of you loves life and desires to see good days?  Keep your tongue from evil.  - Ps 34:13-14

Reflection. If you want to live in peace, make sure that you do not make enemies by poisoning the atmosphere with vicious gossip.  If you want to live joyfully, control your speech and avoid negativity.

Prayer. Help me, Lord, to control my tongue so that I may say only what is good and charitable.  Make me an instrument of Your peace.

There are three things in which I delight, and they are beautiful in the sight of the Lord and of human beings:  concord among brothers and sisters, friendship among neighbors, and husband and wife who live in perfect harmony.  - Sir 25:1

Reflection. It is characteristic that you want to know more, but you do not live up to what you already know.  If you want to make God happy, then be a good neighbor to one and all.  Practice the Golden Rule.

Prayer. Lord, send us as witnesses of the Gospel into a world of fragile peace and broken promises.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks, he distributed them to the people who were sitting there.  He did the same with the fish, distributing to them as much as they wanted.  - Jn 6:11

Reflection. The feeling of hunger is the body’s way of urging us to take nourishment.  The feeling of longing and emptiness is the soul’s way of reminding us that we hunger for God.  St. Augustine said, “Our hearts will remain restless until they rest in You, O Lord.”

Prayer. Dear Jesus, when I receive You in the Eucharist I know You nourish my soul with the gift of peace and joy.  Help me to abide in You.

A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by grief of mind the spirit is cast down.  - Prov 15:13

Reflection. A grain of sand finds its way inside the shell of an oyster.  The intruder, though microscopic, is a source of irritation and pain to the soft body of the oyster.  Unable to rid itself of the unwelcome pebble, the oyster seeks to reduce the irritation by coating it with layers of soft, iridescent mother-of-pearl material from its own shell.  Over time, the oyster transforms a painful irritation into a beautiful pearl of great value.

Prayer. Dear Lord, please help me to make spiritual pearls of joy out of the grains of sorrow in my life.

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