Archive for April, 2010

Faith then depends on hearing, and hearing on the Word of Christ. . . . “Their voice has gone forth into all the earth.” —Rom 10:17-18

Reflection. Apparently, not everyone hears the message. In 1888 Friedrich Nietzsche wrote: “God is dead. It is we who have killed him. . . . We are the assassins of God. . . . We are at war against the Christian ideal, against the doctrine that makes beatitudes and salvation the aim of life.”

Hitler idolized Nietzsche, and we know the evil that flowed from his life.

Prayer. Dear Jesus, an evil root produces evil fruit. Cleanse me of all evil, and bring me into the realm of your joy.

Fear the Lord, you holy ones; nothing is lacking for those who fear Him. —Ps 34:10

Reflection. The Lord God knows all things. He knows what you really need, not merely what you think you need.

Trust Him to take care of you in His own way. Life may hurt from time to time, but He knows what He is doing.

Prayer. Lord, I turn over my needs and my very self to You. I never seem to do it completely so I am not sure if You think I am sincere or not. But I want to be. I give myself to You warts and all, and I know that You will receive me kindly.

“Why do you look among the dead for the One Who is alive? He is not here. He has been raised.” -Lk. 24:5-6

Reflection. These words announced the greatest event in human history, the Resurrectrion of Jesus from the dead. Let us rejoice and be glad today and forever.

Prayer. Jesus, You lead us to eternal glory. Thank You for Your eternal love.

I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one shall deprive you of your joy. -Jn. 16:22

Reflection. When Lent is over, the joy increases. If you love God and want to please Him live each day joyfully. This very act of honoring God with your joy will give your life great meaning. Joy is your vocation.

Prayer. Father in heaven, You are my happiness. You are my life.

Therefore, if the Son sets you free, you then will truly be free. -Jn. 8:36

Reflection. When life is overwhelming don’t give up. Be patient. Be confident. God will come through for you. Difficulties are part of life. Carry your cross with courage.

Prayer. Lord, I need the gift of patient endurance. Thank You for Your gift of love.

Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. —Gal 6:2

Reflection. “Charity begins at home,” but it also reaches out to others. The whole family can cooperate in all kinds of love projects. It takes planning and time, but it can be done.

Perhaps something like a “family night” would be welcomed by everybody and provide some memorable experiences.

Prayer. Dear Lord, open my eyes so that I may be more sensitive, more caring and more helpful to my family members.

You love justice and hate wickedness. Therefore, God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness.—Ps 45:8

Reflection. Ludwig Feuerbach, sometimes called the father of the anti-God movement, wrote this in 1831: “The turning point in history will be the moment when man becomes aware that the only God of man is man himself. We have to replace the love of God with the love of man.”

Adolph Hitler said Feuerbach was his favorite philosopher.

Prayer. Deliver me, O Lord, from all evil. Protect me from those who abuse others. Give me the grace to remain faithful to You.

Do not be afraid. I bring you good tidings of great joy. —Lk 2:10

Reflection. As people, we are meant to have human joys: the joy of living, the joy of love and friendship, the joy of work well done.

As Christians, we have cause for further joy: like Jesus, we know that we are loved by God our Father. —Pope John Paul II

Prayer. Dearest Jesus, because of You I am no longer afraid. Well, let’s say I am much less afraid. I thank You for this untrembling center You put in my soul.

If you keep My commandments, you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and remain in His love. —Jn 15:10

Reflection.
Those who obey the Lord become free of the tyranny of self-reproach. They do not listen to that demon within which always puts them down, saying things like, “You’re too fat,” or, “You’re stupid,” or, “You’re no good.”
Make yourself more available to others and you will be freed from needless anxiety.

Prayer.
Jesus, how I love Your wisdom. I thrill at the idea that You are living in me, and I am living in You..
I am the Good Shepherd, and I know Mine and they know Me. —Jn 10:14

Reflection. The Lord is compared to a shepherd. He leads His flock and sees that His sheep have water and a good pasture on which to graze.

We have a good shepherd in our lives . . . what a joy it is to feel safe and sound.

Prayer. Dear Jesus, You are the Good Shepherd, and I am one of Your many sheep. You care for me and protect me. You come after me when I stray. Can I ever thank You enough?