Archive for January, 2010

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Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God. -1 Jn. 4:7

Reflection. Prayer is one way to grow closer not only to God but also to those nearest to you. Prayer makes life more bearable, and yes, even more glorious. Learn how to rest in His love, as you give yourself to God. Be still and know that God loves you.

Prayer. Dear God, bring me closer to Your heart of hearts.

If I have…. all the faith to move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.  - Cor. 13:2

Reflection. The will says yes or no. Finding a way to work through problems in a marriage can be difficult. Sometimes it is downright infuriating. But once you say yes to love, your life will become easier. It takes a vow to keep a person on the right path. Don’t give up because of bad feelings. True love is in the will.

Prayer. Dear Lord, give me the strength to forgive, and to have a sense of humor as I plug along.

Sing to the Lord a new song. His praise in the assembly of the saints. -Ps. 149:1

Reflection. Did you ever stop to think that happiness is a choice? We can actually make up our mind to live joyfully. In fact, the greatest honor you can give to Almighty God, greater than all your mortifications, is to live joyfully because of the knowledge of His love. God wants you to enjoy your precious life. So cheer up!

Prayer. Heavenly Father, give me the grace to choose happiness.

Hope will not be doomed to disappointment, because the love of God has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit. -Rom. 5:5

Reflection. Did you know that children do better in school when their parents encourage them to have a hopeful, positive attitude? Parents have the power to give their children a gift more valuable than anything money can buy, namely the gift of hope and encouragement. A pat on the back goes a long way.

Prayer. Heavenly Father, give me the grace to choose happiness.

In my anguish I cried out to the Lord and He heard my voice. - Ps. 18:7

Reflection. Scripture tells us that love is patient. It is so true. The service of love often takes the form of waiting, which can feel like a slow death at times. The earth waits for rain, the bud waits for warmth, and the soul waits for a union with God. Healing is yours for the asking.

Prayer. Dear Jesus, help me to carry my cross with courage.

Back in 1977, I learned that a Catholic, multi-media organization called The Christophers, was searching for a new director. I had been an admirer of their founder, Father James Keller, ever since I was a teenager.

Communications was the mission of this New York City based media organization. They were basically two companies under one umbrella: a radio/television production company, and a publishing house, which produced spiritual books and pamphlets.

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God is faithful, and will not allow you to be tried beyond your strength. -1 Cor:10-13

Reflection. Did you know that babies teach us a lot about perseverance? For instance, babies can’t read books about how to walk. They just keep standing up, and falling down, over and over, until finally they take their fist steps, and everyone rejoices with them. Perseverance pays. Hang in there.

Prayer. Help me, Lord, to be more faithful to Your holy Will.

The fear of failure dominates the thinking of many people. People tend to become perfectionists in order to avoid failing. This nervous condition can lead to self-sabotage in a thousand ways. But isn’t it true nobody can be perfect? We all have to live with our imperfections, and still love ourselves in the process.

I knew a forty-year old woman who quit college years earlier because she was afraid of failing her first set of exams. Instead of trusting herself to pass the exam, she just didn’t show up. In fact she dropped out of school entirely. This type of fear caused her problems throughout her entire life. She didn’t know how to cope, and didn’t have faith enough to trust her fears to the Lord.

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