Archive for May, 2011

How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the Gospel of peace, of those who bring glad tidings.  - Rom 10:15

Reflection. We all have the duty to bring glad tidings to those in need.  Let us draw nearer to Jesus so we can learn to be humble messengers of joy.

Prayer. Dear Lord, I do not know about the beauty of my feet, but I do know about the joy I feel when I cheer someone on who has been downcast.  Help me to be a messenger of joy all the days of my life.

Then Jesus told them a parable about the need for them to pray always and never to lose heart.     - Lk 18:1

Reflection. Prayer is the breath of the Mystical Body.  It is conversation with God.  It is the expression of the soul’s love and its striving toward the Father.  - Pope Paul VI

Prayer. O Lord Jesus, send Your Spirit into my heart so that I may join my voice to Yours as I give glory to the Father.  Let me rest in Your Presence and be at peace.

Lord, teach us to pray, just as John [the Baptist] taught his disciples.  – Lk 11:1

Reflection. Pray in order to give yourself to God.  Begin wherever you find yourself.  Make any acts you want to make and feel you ought to make, but do not force yourself into feelings of any kind.  Just give yourself to God and if you cannot think of what to say, beg Him to have mercy on you and offer Him all your distractions.  - Abbot John Chapman

Prayer. Lord I am going to give myself to You right now.  I feel stupid at times when I pray because I do not exactly know what to say.  So I will offer You my stupidity, and trust that You will be pleased with my humble efforts.

Be all of one mind, sympathetic, filled with love for one another, and humble.  - 1 Pet 3:8

Reflection. Being of one mind with God is the goal.  You reach it by showing love to those whom He loves.  Since that includes everyone, teach yourself to be compassionate as a permanent trait of character, or at least pray for the grace.

Prayer. Dear Jesus, You call us to live on earth as Your family lives in the Kingdom of Heaven.  I sincerely want to do that; show me the way.

God … takes pleasure in seeing His servants in peace.  - Ps 35:27

Reflection. Is it not true that a good father will delight in the well-being of his children?  So it is with God.  He delights in your well-being, and expresses deep concern over your sadness.  Lift up your heart and have a new confidence.

Prayer. Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.  I place my trust in You.  In Your Will I find my peace.

Resentment kills the fool, and indignation slays the simple.  - Job 5:2

Reflection. When a person gets angry with God, God’s nature does not change.  God is Unchanging Love.  He always returns good for evil, and love for hatred.  We, on the other hand, establish our own criteria for God.  If He does not do as we expect, we walk away from Him.  Ultimately, it is we who create our own hell as we withdraw from God’s love.  The flower needs the sun.

Prayer. Let Your Light shine on me, O Lord, deliver me from my resentments.  There are times when I do not think I can ever get over these feelings, but I know You will heal me.

Indeed, in our hearts we felt that we were under a sentence of death.  This was designed to show us that we must put our trust not in ourselves but in God.  - 2 Cor 1:9

Reflection. Relief comes to those who call upon the Name of the Lord at the first sign of trouble.  First feel the pain and own it.  Then turn it over to the Lord.  You are never alone.  Sit back and be glad because of His strength.  All will be well.

Prayer. Dear Jesus, I call on You right now.  Thank You for being my Protector.

Jesus replied, “Blessed … are those who hear the Word of God and put it into practice.” - Lk 11:28

Reflection. Jesus asks us to act upon His words, and we know we can because, with God’s help, everything is possible.  The trick is getting yourself in a frame of mind where you can truly enter into His life, and take positive constructive action.  It is not enough to believe, one must also obey.  That means one must act.

Prayer. Jesus, Lord of my life, open my eyes and ears that I may drink in Your wisdom and grow in Your love.

And whenever you stand in prayer, forgive whatever grievance you have against anybody, so that you Father in heaven may forgive your wrongs too. - Mk 11:25

Reflection. Forgiveness bears good fruit, and certainly banishes resentment, the enemy of joy.  When resentment and guilt are dropped, things being to happen — both to the forgiver and to the forgiven.  It is like opening a dam and letting the water flow.  Power is released.

Prayer. Holy Spirit, soul of my soul, help me to forgive everyone who has ever hurt me.  Liberate me from my resentment and from my hurt that I may have life, and life in abundance.

Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you … For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink.        - Mt. 25:35

Reflection. Most people cannot reach out to the poor because they are afraid — of them, their neighborhoods, even their children.  When fear begins to breed division, it becomes a spiritual problem.  We are victims of our own fears when we allow them to shape our decisions and our personality.

Prayer. Lord, You alone can give me the grace to see beyond my present fears.  Help me to be compassionate to those in need so that I do not dwell so much on my own miseries.