Archive for May, 2011

Above all, maintain the fervor of your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.  – 1 Pet 4:8

Reflection. Jesus taught us to go out of ourselves and unite with others in bonds of caring.  Do not let your possessions hold you back.  He said, “Come and follow Me.”  The Gospel injunction of renunciation is at the heart of all Christian teaching.

Prayer. Dear Lord, You have said that much will be forgiven for those who love much.  Thank You for this teaching.  I need it.

Rejoice with those who rejoice.  Weep with those who weep.  Be of one mind toward one another.     – Rom 12:15-16

Reflection. Teilhard de Chardin spoke of suffering as the very means of return, discovery, and growth.  I think he meant that death itself, and everything that leads up to it, is a doorway to a new age.  Today many people cannot face suffering.  They retreat from it because they do not understand it.  Consequently, many become mentally sick.  It is better to face the pain as Jesus did.  Christ turned His suffering into an act of love.

Prayer. Jesus, there are many who carry a heavier cross than I.  Help me to weep with them, so that later, we may rejoice together with You in Your Kingdom.

You will keep them in perfect peace whose mind is fixed on You, because they trust You.                 – Isa 26:3

Reflection. I wrote the following when I was feeling low:

“I am not alone for God is always with me.

I am not afraid for God is protecting me.

I am forgiven everything for God is loving me.

I will bear good fruit for God is helping me.

I will persevere for God is sustaining me.

I will be saved for God is calling me.”

Prayer. Dear Jesus, You know that I love You.  I am trying day by day to rise above my petty fears, and little by little I am succeeding.  Thank You for Your grace.

Fight the good fight of the faith … Take hold of the life eternal to which you have been called.              – 1 Tim 6:12

Reflection. In the mystical revelations of Bl. Henry Suso written in 1327, God said: “Do you not know that I wish only what is best for you, more earnestly than you do yourself?”

“If you were forever bathed in the heavenly dew of spiritual sweetness … this would not oblige Me to you nor make Me your debtor as does loving suffering or resignation in hardship.”

Prayer. Lord, I praise You for Your wisdom.  Help me to love the Cross and give me the wisdom to see suffering as a hidden blessing.

Say to those with fearful hearts.  “Take courage, do not be afraid.  Behold, your God will … save you.”  – Isa 35:4

Reflection. Meister Eckhart used to advise his followers “to suffer God.”  He meant that we should bear lovingly with God, even if we do not understand Him.  We should trust Him, when He is silent, even if His silence baffles us.

Prayer. Grant me, O Lord, the bravery I need to be Your true follower.  I am so easily discouraged.  I place my trust in You for You alone are holy.

Teach [the Faith] to your children and to their children after them.  – Deut 4:9

Reflection. I believe, I profoundly believe in a better world.  It is for me much more real than this miserly fantasy that we devour and call life; it is always before my eyes.  I believe with all the powers of my conviction, and after so many struggles, so many studies, and so many proofs, it is the supreme consolation of my soul!  – Victor Hugo

Prayer. Almighty Father, give me a passion to spread the Good News.  The knowledge that You are unchanging Love fills me with consolation and joy.

A woman in labor suffers anguish because her hour has come.  But when her baby is born, she no longer recalls the suffering because of her joy that she has brought a child into the world.  – Jn 16:21

Reflection. You cannot get rid of the worries of this world or of the questionings of the intellect, but you can laugh at them.  Laugh at yourself and then think of God.  In the simple relation you have with God by prayer, it is as though you are in the center of a wheel where the noise of the revolving circumference does not matter.  – Abbot John Chapman

Prayer. Holy Spirit of joy and peace, I need Your good cheer.  So often I feel I am in the dark.  Calm my spirit.  Put a smile on my face.

When you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.  Your alms-giving must be done in secret.

Reflection. “One little deed, done against natural inclinations for God’s sake … has in it power outbalancing all the dust and chaff of mere profession.”  – Cardinal Newman

Success is measured by our capacity to love, and often our capacity to love is measured by our ability to be humble.

Prayer. Lord, You said, “Learn from Me for I am meek and humble of heart.”  Teach me how to be humble without becoming a doormat.

The Lord of hosts says, “… I will judge you, each according to his ways.”  – Ezek 18:30

Reflection. Grace builds on nature, so we must all do our share to make this a better world.  Believe that you are responsible for your thoughts and actions.  Accept the fact that you are what you are today largely because of your own choices.  As you move into the future choose wisely.

Prayer. Father in heaven, help me to know myself that I may not blame others for my shortcomings.  I want to walk humbly with You in the journey of life.  Be my guide.

You will be hated by all because of My Name, but whoever stands firm to the end will be saved.          – Mt 10:22

Reflection. Vince Lombardi, the late great football coach of the Green Bay Packers, said, “A winner never quits and a quitter never wins.”  Hang in there.  Stand firm in the strength of the Lord, even if people speak against you because of your faith.

Prayer. Jesus, You have dominion over the whole earth.  Enable me to see Your loving hand behind all events and to accept each as an opportunity to rely on Your strength.