All will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.  - Jn 13:35

Reflection. We need more doers, fewer talkers; more to say it can be done, fewer who give up trying, more to inspire others with confidence, fewer who throw cold water on anyone taking a positive initiative.  - James Keller, founder of the Christophers

Prayer. Father, make me sparkle with optimism.  Teach me how to be a positive, constructive force in this world.

Let the little children come to Me … For it is to such as these that the Kingdom of God belongs.   - Mk 10:14

Reflection. Early on, Mother Teresa of Calcutta told her sisters that Jesus comes into this world in many distressing disguises.  For instance, whenever they met persons with the smell of death on them, they were to treat such persons as they would Jesus Christ.  The sisters listened because they truly had the childlike spirit, and they reaped a rich spiritual harvest.

Prayer. Dear Lord, help me to see You living in all Your children wherever they may be.  I want to have the faith of a little child that I may serve You well in this life and the next.

I came not to condemn the world but to save it.  - Jn 12:47

Reflection. We are all saved by the Blood of Christ.  He died for everyone, including the least among us.  We in turn must learn to die a little for others day by day.  There are 86,400 seconds in a day.  How many seconds do you devote to yourself?  How many are devoted to helping your neighbor?

Prayer. Jesus, I accept Your challenge and Your saving love.  I will try to share the gifts and the joy You have given me, especially with those less fortunate than me.

Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  - 2 Pet 3:18

Reflection. Those who fall into the trap of believing that institutions are too big to change forget the lessons of history.  Institutions are changed all the time by reform movements from within.  You can change the world if you put your mind to it.  Join in common cause with others who share your passion.  Be a reformer as Jesus was.

Prayer. Jesus, You are my rock and my strength.  Help me to gain deeper insight into the truth that I can do all things through You Who strengthen me.

If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you?  Even sinners do as much.     - Lk 6:33

Reflection. Nearly all great human achievements begin with the inspiration and hard work of one dedicated person.  When individuals are responsible, society prospers; when they lose their sense of responsibility, society decays.

Prayer. Help me, Lord, to be a living instrument of Your love.  Show me the way.

Be of good cheer.  - Jn 16:33

Reflection. No matter who you are, or what your circumstance in life, it is possible to be brave and cheerful.  “God has created me to do Him some definite service; He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another…”  “Therefore I will trust Him.  If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him; in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him; if I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him.”  - Cardinal Newman

Prayer. Dear Lord, I am at Your service with a smile.  Help me to act bravely in spite of my fears.

Come to Me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will refresh you.  - Mt 11:28

Reflection. It is in the now of time that we discover God.  Listening in silence leads to happiness because it leads toward God.  The degree to which we focus on yesterday or tomorrow is the degree to which we miss the holiness of the present moment.

Prayer. Dear Lord, You are the soul of my soul.  Teach me to come to You immediately when I am in distress.  Help me to see that You, living in me, will be my refreshment and light.

Give joy to the soul of Your servant, for to You I lift up my soul.  - Ps 86:4

Reflection. St. Joseph was a man of peace and joy.  He was also a grateful man.  How important it is for us to be grateful in all circumstances.  The variety of gifts we all possess in common gives balance to the Church; therefore, we can rejoice in the gifts God gives to others.

Prayer. Father of us all, let my soul rejoice in Your love.  Give me the grace to imitate the virtue of good St. Joseph.  Help me to be humble and strong.

All who take refuge in You will be happy and forever shout for joy. - Ps 5:12

Reflection. Even secular writers agree that joy is a sign of great wisdom.  Here are a few examples:

The plainest sign of wisdom is a continual cheerfulness. - Michel de Montaigne, 1580

A light heart lives long.  - William Shakespeare, 1595

Cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind.  - Joseph Addison, 1712

Prayer. Holy Spirit, I take refuge in You.  Now fill me with Your heavenly peace and joy.

May you continue to seek perfection and be completely accepting of the Will of God.  - Col 4:12

Reflection. When St. Patrick was asked to return to Ireland, the land where he was once in prison, he recoiled at the idea.  Nevertheless, he mustered the courage to obey, and became the greatest missionary in Irish history.

Prayer. Father, there comes a time when obeying Your Will is the only thing to do if we want interior peace.  Let me know Your Will in my life so that I may learn to follow Your plan and not my own.

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