Archive for October, 2010

Be brave and steadfast and without fear.  … It is the Son of God Who goes with you.  – Deut 31:6

Reflection. Let the plan of God unfold in your life.  Give it time to develop and stay calm under the shadow of His wings.  God actually plans your life, right down to the hour.

Prayer. Lord, let my perplexity serve You; deliver me from fear.

You will forget your wretchedness, remembering it only as floodwaters gone by.  – Job 11:16

Reflection. Let go of your hurtful memories.  Try not to think about those unhappy times.  Gradually you will forget the pain, you will forgive, and your heart will be healed.

Prayer. Father, do not let me dwell on past hurts; heal me in the depths of my soul.

Whatever you did for one of the least of these brethren of Mine, you did for Me.  – Mt 25:40

Reflection. The fat lady is Christ.  The dirty hobo is Christ.  The beautiful child is Christ.  The priest is Christ.  Treat everyone with the respect they deserve because they carry the Lord with them; sometimes in distressing disguises, sometimes not.

Prayer. Dear Jesus, give me the eyes to see You in the least of my neighbors.

In the world you will endure suffering.  But take courage!  I have overcome the world.  – Jn 16:33

Reflection. The promises of God open the doors of hope and joy for us.  Despair and doubt close them.  Stay close to Jesus, and trust Him.  Spiritual progress takes time; be patient.

Prayer. Dear Lord, teach me to hope for the best and to seek Your guidance.

Woman, you have great faith.  Let it be done for you as you wish.  – Mt 15:28

Reflection. Faith is like a tiny flame.  It needs to be guarded from outside forces.  Praying the rosary helps us to keep our minds attentive to the truths of our faith, as we focus on the mysteries of the life of Jesus and His Mother.

Prayer. Jesus, Your life is an inspiration to me.  Deepen my love for You.

Whoever listens to you listens to Me, and whoever rejects you rejects Me.  – Lk 10:16

Reflection. The Church is the Mystical Body of Christ.  To hear the Vicar of Christ is to hear Christ Himself.  Affirm the divine element, and support the human element as best you can.

Prayer. Heavenly Father, give me the humility to submit to the authority of the Church.

The harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few.  Therefore, ask the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers for His harvest.  – Lk 10:2

Reflection. Are you aware of how important this is?  Jesus said, “Do you love me? … Feed My lambs … Feed My sheep” (Jn 21:15-17)  What are you doing to answer that challenge?

Prayer. Dear Jesus, help me to love You more, by working to save others.

Jesus said, “Follow Me … No one who puts his hand to the plow and then looks back is fit for the Kingdom of God.”  – Lk 9:59, 62

Reflection. St. Francis of Assisi left his family behind.  His father wanted him to take over the family business, but he answered a higher calling.  He said, “First things first.”  He gave God the best he had.

Prayer. Dear Lord, I give You my life.  Show me how to live it well for You.

Despite all of our afflictions, I am greatly encouraged and overflowing with joy. – 2 Cor 7:4

Reflection. St. Paul encouraged us to rejoice in all circumstances.  He wrote those words while he was in prison.  If he can find joy in the midst of such misery, so can you.  Take heart and find the Spirit of Joy residing in you.

Prayer. Holy Spirit, soul of my soul, life me up beyond my woes and give me joy.

He will command His Angels about you – to guard you wherever you go.  – Ps 91:11

Reflection. This is the feast of the Guardian Angels.  The most important thing to remember today is that there are superior beings helping you.  They are invisible, but ever attentive to your needs.  You can send your Angel to help someone you love at anytime.

Prayer. Dear Jesus, keep me aware of my Guardian Angel.  I need all the help I can get.