Archive for April, 2011

All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flower of the field.  The grass withers, and the flower fades, but the word of the Lord endures forever.  - 1 Pet 1:24-25

Reflection. If you want to be happy, if you want to be calm and peaceful, if you want your life to be filled with joy:  pray.  Peace, joy, and happiness are the fruits of silent prayer.

Prayer. Lord, our God, fill us with Your Spirit so that we may hear Your Good News.  Touch our hearts with Your love so that we in turn may love one another.

Which of you loves life and desires to see good days?  Keep your tongue from evil.  - Ps 34:13-14

Reflection. If you want to live in peace, make sure that you do not make enemies by poisoning the atmosphere with vicious gossip.  If you want to live joyfully, control your speech and avoid negativity.

Prayer. Help me, Lord, to control my tongue so that I may say only what is good and charitable.  Make me an instrument of Your peace.

There are three things in which I delight, and they are beautiful in the sight of the Lord and of human beings:  concord among brothers and sisters, friendship among neighbors, and husband and wife who live in perfect harmony.  - Sir 25:1

Reflection. It is characteristic that you want to know more, but you do not live up to what you already know.  If you want to make God happy, then be a good neighbor to one and all.  Practice the Golden Rule.

Prayer. Lord, send us as witnesses of the Gospel into a world of fragile peace and broken promises.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks, he distributed them to the people who were sitting there.  He did the same with the fish, distributing to them as much as they wanted.  - Jn 6:11

Reflection. The feeling of hunger is the body’s way of urging us to take nourishment.  The feeling of longing and emptiness is the soul’s way of reminding us that we hunger for God.  St. Augustine said, “Our hearts will remain restless until they rest in You, O Lord.”

Prayer. Dear Jesus, when I receive You in the Eucharist I know You nourish my soul with the gift of peace and joy.  Help me to abide in You.

A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by grief of mind the spirit is cast down.  – Prov 15:13

Reflection. A grain of sand finds its way inside the shell of an oyster.  The intruder, though microscopic, is a source of irritation and pain to the soft body of the oyster.  Unable to rid itself of the unwelcome pebble, the oyster seeks to reduce the irritation by coating it with layers of soft, iridescent mother-of-pearl material from its own shell.  Over time, the oyster transforms a painful irritation into a beautiful pearl of great value.

Prayer. Dear Lord, please help me to make spiritual pearls of joy out of the grains of sorrow in my life.

Do not be concerned about your life and what you will have to eat or drink, or about your body and what you will wear.  Surely life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing.  - Mt 6:25

Reflection. Joy is the sign of the Holy Spirit’s presence because a joyful person obeys the Lord.  Putting aside needless worry is possible.  Otherwise Jesus would not have told you to stop worrying.

Prayer. Dear Lord, I hear Your counsel; now all I need to do is make the decision to will it into reality.  I will not worry about petty things.  I will entrust them to You and let You worry about them for me.

What shall I render to the Lord for all He has given me?  I will take the chalice of salvation and call upon the Name of the Lord.

Reflection. Why not give the Lord a loving heart?  St. Peter, quoting the Book of Proverbs, says, “Love covers a multitude of sins” (1 Pet 4:8).  Love conquers all.  Sinful persons reject God’s love and say:  “I’ll do it my way!”  But if they repent and turn their lives around, they win His favor.

Prayer. Lord, at Mass each day I unite spiritually with Jesus as He offers Himself to the Father.

Though the mountains may depart and the hills may waver, My kindness shall not depart from you.  - Isa 54:10

Reflection. God is unchanging love.  His kindness endures forever.  Everything in existence belongs to Him.  Begin now to love Him with your whole heart.  Believe in His eternal kindness.

Prayer. Heavenly Father, I am certain that You give Yourself to me wholeheartedly.  In return, I want to give myself to You heart and soul.

Owe no person anything except to love one another; for whoever loves his neighbor has fulfilled the Law.  - Rom 13:8

Reflection. Jesus said, “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you” (Jn 15:12).  He said this on the night before He died.  That people should love one another was not new.  The command was contained in the Hebrew bible, but Jesus extended it to include one’s enemies.

Prayer. Dear Lord, in my heart of hearts I pray for the grace to love as You loved.

God created human beings in His image, in the image of God He created them, male and female He created them.  - Gen 1:27

Reflection. Atheistic humanism was bound to end in bankruptcy — if man takes himself as a God, he can for a time cherish the illusion that he freed himself, but it is a fleeting exultation.  In reality, he has merely abased God, and it is not long before he abases himself.

Prayer. Father of Life and Love, deliver me from the father of lies, and from the spirit of atheism, that I may prosper in the joy of loving You.