Archive for January, 2011

Whoever humbles himself and becomes like this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.  – Mt 18:4

Reflection. We are given freedom, but we do not always know how to use it.  Being only dimly aware of the power and the mystery of evil, we are like blind children playing near the cliff’s edge.  God’s answer to our dilemma is grace.  Grace saves us from ourselves.

Prayer. Dear Lord, I know that Your grace is sufficient for me.  Help me to forgive myself when I go astray, and not be too hard on myself.  Help me to understand that the Saints were not Saints 24 hours a day every day.

Blessed be God, Who has not rejected my prayer, nor withdrawn His mercy from me.  – Ps 66:20

Reflection. Open your mind, your heart, and your soul to God.  Open yourself to the infinity of Divine love.

Prayer. Holy Spirit, soul of my soul, I adore You; comfort me, console me.  Let me know Your Will, and give me the courage to follow it.

Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy.  – Ps 126:5

Reflection. Grace is the force within us that pulls us to safety.  As we plod along in search of holiness we are saved again and again, and we ourselves become capable of helping others along the way.  “… All those who give themselves to the struggle for the redemption of the world from greed, cruelty, injustice, selfish desire and their results — find themselves supported and reinforced by a spiritual power which enhances life, strengthens will, and purifies character”  (Evelyn Underhill).

Prayer. Dearest Lord, I know that the work of transformation in the Spirit takes time.  Teach me to be patient.

If you have faith like a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here;” and it will move.  – Mt. 17:19

Reflection. The gift of faith is the most basic gift of the Holy Spirit because it opens us to a new level of strength and joy.  It is said that where your treasure is there your heart will also be.  Even if you have only a tiny bit of faith, it will be enough to move mountains.

Prayer. Lord, I believe; help me in my unbelief.  Give me a certain, untroubled faith in Your love.

It is my wish that you be free of all anxieties.  – 1 Cor 7:32

Reflection. We must be convinced of the necessity of having a living, authentic, and active faith.  That is all the more true today, when we face so many difficulties.  It is not enough to have a vague, weak, or uncertain faith.  – Pope John XXIII

Prayer. O Lord, I often feel like the man in the Gospels who asked You to help what little faith he had.  Fill my heart with Your gift of faith; let my faith be active and living.

The Lord looks upon those who love Him; He is their shield and support.  – Sir 34:16

Reflection. I am sure of God’s hand and guidance … I am thankful to go the way by which I am being led.  My past life is full of God’s mercy.  Above all sin stands the forgiving love of the Crucified.  – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Prayer. Thank You, Lord, for protecting me in my hour of need.  How blessed I am to know that You are always with me.

If anyone teaches otherwise … he is proud, dwelling on questions and disputes of words. – 1 Tim 6:3-4

Reflection. The Humanist Creed was first codified in 1933 when American humanists, under the leadership of John Dewey, philosopher and educator, drew up the “Humanist Manifesto.”  The Manifesto was loaded with hostility against traditional religion.  It held that there is no God; that religious belief is an enemy of human progress, and that only rationality and science can save us.

Prayer. Deliver me, O Lord, from the darkness of false teaching.  Let me know the joy of loving You with all my heart.

Neither death, nor life … can separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus.                       – Rom 8:38-39

Reflection. The Love of God is constant and unchanging.  Nothing can stop God from loving because it is His nature to love.  God loves us all equally.  Like the rain falling in a forest, on various trees and flowers, God’s love falls on everyone of us in exactly the same way.

Prayer. Jesus, Your love is the Good News of the Gospel.  Help me to relax and enjoy it.

If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him for a second mile.  – Mt 5:41

Reflection. Bearing wrongs patiently goes with the challenge of love.  Getting even is not permitted.  The words of the crucified Christ echo down from His Cross:  “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing” (Lk 23:34).

Prayer. Dear Jesus, You are my defender and guardian.  You are my shield in the battle of life.  In You I put my trust.

Consider it joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith begets perseverance.  – Jas 1:2-3

Reflection. Joy is possible even in difficult circumstances.  Joy is nothing like the happiness of a fun time; rather it is more a deep inner contentment, which comes from the knowledge of God’s love.

Prayer. Jesus, my Lord and my God, what joy I feel when I know I have done something to please You.  Help me when I am not so sure of myself.  It is difficult to believe that Your love does not depend on my good behavior.  You love the sinner even before he repents.