Archive for October, 2010

Invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind … Then indeed will you be blessed.                     - Lk 14:13-14

Reflection. What you do for the least among us, you do for the Lord.  Believe that, and your life will change for the better.  In addition, your eternal happiness will be secured.

Prayer. O Divine Physician, help me to see with the eyes of faith.  Let me be Your hands and feet in the world.

My brethren, whom I love and for whom I long, my joy and my crown: stand firm in the Lord.          - Phil 4:1

Reflection. St. Therese once said, “Everything I have ever done, I have done to make God happy.”  It is possible to make God happy simply by responding joyfully to His love.

Prayer. Father, I would love to please You more; teach me how to do that.

My house shall be a house of prayer.  - Lk 19:46

Reflection. We pray best when we enter into God’s silence.  In church we enter the presence of God.  The only language God speaks is silence.  “Be still and acknowledge that I am God” (Ps 46:11)

Prayer. Dear Jesus, teach me to be respectful in church and to pray to You always and everywhere.

I do not understand my own actions.  For I do not do what I want; rather, I do what I hate.                - Rom 7:15

Reflection. St. Paul used to say, “When I am weak then I am strong” (2 Cor 12:10).  He said this because he knew he couldn’t depend on his strength alone, he had to rely on the strength of God.

Prayer. Holy Spirit, You are my strength and my joy.  I put my trust in You.

Be on your guard lest your hearts be weighed down by carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of this life.  – Lk 21:34

Reflection. You are a precious creation of the Lord.  Follow the blueprint of your maker, and do not give in to your base desires.  You must control your thoughts and desires if you are to find joy.

Prayer. Lord, help me to control my unholy yearnings, even if it hurts.

The Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed … it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.  - Lk 13:18

Reflection. God’s love and presence is growing everywhere.  Only hatred can keep it from expanding.  Hatred is a form of self-sabotage.  Those who hate choose hell over heaven.

Prayer. Dear Lord, cleanse me of every trace of hatred in my soul.

Faith by itself is dead if it does not have works.  - Jas 2:17

Reflection. Love involves service, and service requires action.  The phrase “faith alone saves” is simply a false teaching.  We must accept Jesus as Lord, and obey Him.  Go and love one another.

Prayer. Dear Lord, help me to be a doer of Your word and not a hearer only.

I have come to spread fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already blazing!  - Lk 12:49

Reflection. After the crucifixion the Apostles were frightened and dejected.  They gathered in the Upper Room and prayed to the Holy Spirit for strength.  All of them were transformed.

Prayer. Holy Spirit, light a fire of zeal and courage in my heart; I want to be a Saint.

Be on your guard against all kinds of greed.  Life does not depend upon an abundance of one’s possessions. – Lk 12:15

Reflection. Greedy people never have enough.  Their acquisitive spirit obliterates their peace and joy.  However, those who are generous retain their joy, and they please the Lord in the process.

Prayer.  Jesus, give me the will to keep my greed in check.

Fill me with Your kindness that I may always shout for joy and gladness.  - Ps 90:14

Reflection. God’s kindness is the basis of human joy.  Believe in God’s love, and dedicate yourself to living your life joyfully because of His presence.

Prayer. Heavenly Father, I draw strength from Your love, and rejoice in it.