Archive for March, 2010

Blessed are the pure of heart, for they will see God. —Mt 5:8

Reflection. Purity is the virtue that is most ridiculed. It is associated with impotence, narrowness of spirit and fear of life, while in fact it is the liberating power that opens the doors of true freedom, peace, and joy.
True purity of heart is found in unselfish love.

Prayer. Heavenly Father, make my heart like unto Yours. Give me the grace to see the world as Jesus saw it.

Your hands made me and shaped me; give me wisdom to learn Your commands. —Ps 119:73

Reflection. The Saints provide us with wonderful examples of heroic love. We experience the Lord’s life flowing through them.

It makes one realize how God has fashioned each of us. We too are called to be instruments of His love.

Prayer. Dear Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is sadness let me bring joy, and where there is hatred let me bring love.

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” —Mt 22:37-40

Christian ascetism, when properly lived, renders a person more open to a life of loving service.
The more you get outside of yourself, the freer you become to be happy.

Heavenly Father, teach me how to love. Teach me to render others more cheerful by my cheerfulness. Since service focuses on the good of the neighbor, empower me to forget myself as I strive to do good.
For this I came into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice. —Jn 18:37

Reflection. Each person’s mission is a mission of love.
Begin in the place where you are, with the people closest to you. Make your homes centers of compassion and forgive endlessly. Let no one ever come to you without coming away better and happier.
—Mother Teresa

Prayer. Dear Jesus, I know that charity begins at home. Let me begin there. Teach me how to bring a little more happiness to those closest to me. From there, I will branch out to everyone I meet.

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

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

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

Seek no revenge and bear no grudge against your fellow countrymen.—Lev 19:18

Reflection. A spirit of forgiveness is the first step toward joy.

“Prophetic religion through the ages has stressed the need for forgiveness and tolerance . . . psychology now supplements this insight by teaching us that we can achieve inner health only through forgiveness—the forgiveness not only of others but also of ourselves.” —Joshua Liebman

Prayer. Dear Lord, I have forgiven others their faults, but I have a hard time forgiving myself for my own. Give me the spirit of forgiveness, for myself as well as others.

May all who seek You rejoice in You and be jubilant. May those who love Your salvation cry out forever, “The Lord be magnified.”—Ps 40:17

Reflection. The word “joy” conjures up images of celebration, full-bodied laughter, or feelings of enchantment. But there is another dimension. Joy is essentially a share in God’s inmost Being.

God is perfectly whole, needing nothing for completion. He possesses in Himself the fullness of Being and Life. Joy is God’s life.

Prayer. Heavenly Father, thank You for Your promise of eternal joy. Please allow me the privilege of living joyfully right now.

It is not the healthy who need a physician, but rather those who are sick. Go and learn what this text means: “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” I have come to call not the righteous but sinners. —Mt 9:12-13

Reflection. This is the Good News of the Gospel. Jesus explicitly says that God will judge us on the degree of mercy we exhibit toward others, not on the number of times we offer ritual sacrifices.

Also, He says that His first concern is to save sinners.

Prayer. Dear Lord, I thank You for this revelation. I am a sinner in what I have done, and in what I have left undone. This assurance of Your mercy brings joy to my soul.