Archive for March, 2011

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.

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.

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

Reflection. 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.

Prayer. 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.

Husbands, love your wives just as Christ loved the Church.  – Eph 5:25

Reflection. Ultimately success in communicating love is a matter of openness to God’s Spirit.  Those who love best learn how to make God’s strength and joy their own.  Take care of first things first.  Believing in God’s love is the greatest stimulant to human love.

Prayer. Holy Spirit, You are the Lover within Who teaches us the art of loving.  Teach me how to be sensitive and kind.

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

Reflection. 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

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

Let the little children come to Me … For it is to such as these that the Kingdom of God belongs.          - Mk 10:14

Reflection. Early on, Mother Teresa of Calcutta told her sisters that Jesus comes into this world in many distressing disguises.  For instance, whenever they met persons with the smell of death on them, they were to treat such persons as they would Jesus Christ.  The sisters listened because they truly had the childlike spirit, and they reaped a rich spiritual harvest.

Prayer. Dear Lord, help me to see You living in all Your children wherever they may be.  I want to have the faith of a little child that I may serve You well in this life and the next.

I came not to condemn the world but to save it.  – Jn 12:47

Reflection. We are all saved by the Blood of Christ.  He died for everyone, including the least among us.  We in turn must learn to die a little for others day by day.  There are 86,400 seconds in a day.  How many seconds do you devote to yourself?  How many are devoted to helping your neighbor?

Prayer. Jesus, I accept Your challenge and Your saving love.  I will try to share the gifts and the joy You have given me, especially with those less fortunate than me.

Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  - 2 Pet 3:18

Reflection. Those who fall into the trap of believing that institutions are too big to change forget the lessons of history.  Institutions are changed all the time by reform movements from within.  You can change the world if you put your mind to it.  Join in common cause with others who share your passion.  Be a reformer as Jesus was.

Prayer. Jesus, You are my rock and my strength.  Help me to gain deeper insight into the truth that I can do all things through You Who strengthen me.

If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you?  Even sinners do as much.     - Lk 6:33

Reflection. Nearly all great human achievements begin with the inspiration and hard work of one dedicated person.  When individuals are responsible, society prospers; when they lose their sense of responsibility, society decays.

Prayer. Help me, Lord, to be a living instrument of Your love.  Show me the way.