Archive for November, 2011

We know that God makes all things work together for good for those who love Him. - Rom 8:28

Reflection.  The Lord God knows all things.  He knows what you really need, not merely what you think you need.  Trust Him to take care of you in His own way.  It may hurt from time to time, but He knows what He is doing.

Prayer.  Lord, I turn over my needs and my very self to You.  I never seem to do it completely so I am not sure if You think I am sincere or not.  But I want to be.  I give myself to You warts and all, and hope that You will receive me kindly and take care of me and those I love. 

Through Him you are believers in God, Who raised Him up … so that your faith and hope might be in God.  - 1 Pet 1:21

Reflection.  Place your hope in God and everything else will fall in place.  All your happiness will be major and all your unhappiness will be minor.  Do not try to understand it, just believe.

Prayer.  Lord, where there is life there is hope.  I am alive, and I look to You as my supreme hope.  Thank You for filling me with faith and joy. 

I came to you in weakness, in fear, and in great trepidation. - 1 Cor 2:3

Reflection.  Oliver was brain-damaged from birth: blind, mute, and paralyzed.  He lived until a month before his 33rd birthday.  I had the honor of preaching at his funeral.  There is much that I have learned from Oliver’s meekness and poverty.  He never owned anything.  In a world where money and possessions are regarded as the only real security, Oliver’s life gave testimony to the truth that we really live by love.  He was hand-fed every spoonful of food he ever ate.

Prayer.  Lord, help me to see Your presence in the little ones of this world. 

Proclaim this message: “The Kingdom of Heaven is near.”  - Mt 10:7

Reflection.  Love, pray, go, teach — these are the words of Jesus.  He gives us a new view of reality, and we try to respond in a spirit of love.  God’s love is the Good News of the Gospel.  But there are anti-Gospel forces in the world.  The evil one sows seeds of unrest, seeds of hatred.  The Christ-bearer is aware of the enemy at all times, but goes forth without fear.

Prayer.  Lord Jesus, enable me to enjoy the simple things that are so easy to take for granted, so that I may proclaim the Gospel joyfully.

Yes, when you seek Me with all your heart, you will find Me with you, says the Lord. - Jer 29:13

Reflection.  For five minutes a day quiet your imagination, close your eyes to the things of the senses, and enter within your soul, which is the temple of the Holy Spirit.  There, speak to this Divine Spirit.

Prayer.  O Holy Spirit, soul of my soul … guide me, strengthen me, console me, tell me what to do … I promise to submit to whatever You desire of me and to accept everything You allow to happen to me.  Let me only know Your Will.  - Cardinal Mercier

Let my prayer rise like incense before You; the lifting of my hands, like the evening sacrifice. - Ps 141:2

Reflection.  Prayer is not a stratagem for occasional use, a refuge to resort to now and then.  It is rather like an established residence for the innermost self.  All things have a home; the bird has a nest, the fox has a hole, the bee has a hive.  A soul without prayer is a soul without a home …To pray is to open a door where God may enter. - Rabbi Abraham Heschel

Prayer.  Blessed are You, Lord, God of my life.  I bow before You and open my heart to You this day.

Live as children of light, for light produces all goodness and righteousness and truth. – Eph 5:8-9

Reflection.  Those who deem themselves to be Christian must be aware of the following obligation that is theirs.  They are bound by conscience to the basic, imperative duty of bearing witness to the truth in which they believe and to the grace that has transformed their soul. - Pope John XXIII

Prayer.  O Lord, teach me to make my life ever more transparent and consistent, so that I may live ever more joyfully in Your truth.

Where two or three are gathered together in My Name, I am there in the midst of them.  - Mt 18:20

Reflection.  Dorothy Day of Catholic Worker fame once took a homeless woman into her shelter when it was exceedingly overcrowded.  Dorothy said, “It’s all right, let her in, she can sleep with me.”  She was quickly warned, “Can’t you see that woman is in the last stages of syphilis?”  Without hesitation, Dorothy replied, “That is not a woman with syphilis; for me she is Jesus Christ.”

Prayer.  Lord, make my heart brave enough to see Your face in the least among us, and strong enough to respond in a loving way.

If we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him.  – Rom 6:8

Reflection.  True disciples willingly accept their share of the Passion of Christ.  For without a common fate with the Lord, there is no common life with Him.  Think about that.

Prayer.  Lord, give me the strength to endure the sufferings that I must endure.  Let me bear my cross without complaint.  Teach me to unite my pain with Your Passion.

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts!  … All the earth is full of His glory.  - Isa 6:3

Reflection.  Take time to THINK — it is the Source of Power. / Take time to PLAY — it is the Secret of Perpetual Youth. / Take time to READ — it is the Fountain of Wisdom. / Take time to WORSHIP — it is the highway to Reverence. / Take time to be FRIENDLY — it is the Road to Happiness. / Take time to LAUGH — it is the Music of the Soul.

Prayer.  Lord, I want to laugh more.  Teach me to laugh at myself more, especially when I am clumsy, forgetful, or just plain sinful.