Archive for March, 2013

Be of good cheer.  – Jn 16:33

Reflection. No matter who you are, or what your circumstance in life, it is possible to be brave and cheerful.  “God has created me to do Him some definite service; He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another…”  “Therefore I will trust Him.  If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him; in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him; if I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him.”  – Cardinal Newman

Prayer. Dear Lord, I am at Your service with a smile.  Help me to act bravely in spite of my fears.

Come to Me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will refresh you.  – Mt 11:28

Reflection. It is in the now of time that we discover God.  Listening in silence leads to happiness because it leads toward God.  The degree to which we focus on yesterday or tomorrow is the degree to which we miss the holiness of the present moment.

Prayer. Dear Lord, You are the soul of my soul.  Teach me to come to You immediately when I am in distress.  Help me to see that You, living in me, will be my refreshment and light.

Give joy to the soul of Your servant, for to You I lift up my soul.  – Ps 86:4

Reflection. St. Joseph was a man of peace and joy.  He was also a grateful man.  How important it is for us to be grateful in all circumstances.  The variety of gifts we all possess in common gives balance to the Church; therefore, we can rejoice in the gifts God gives to others.

Prayer. Father of us all, let my soul rejoice in Your love.  Give me the grace to imitate the virtue of good St. Joseph.  Help me to be humble and strong.

All who take refuge in You will be happy and forever shout for joy. – Ps 5:12

Reflection. Even secular writers agree that joy is a sign of great wisdom.  Here are a few examples:

The plainest sign of wisdom is a continual cheerfulness. – Michel de Montaigne, 1580

A light heart lives long.  – William Shakespeare, 1595

Cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind.  – Joseph Addison, 1712

Prayer. Holy Spirit, I take refuge in You.  Now fill me with Your heavenly peace and joy.

May you continue to seek perfection and be completely accepting of the Will of God.  – Col 4:12

Reflection. When St. Patrick was asked to return to Ireland, the land where he was once in prison, he recoiled at the idea.  Nevertheless, he mustered the courage to obey, and became the greatest missionary in Irish history.

Prayer. Father, there comes a time when obeying Your Will is the only thing to do if we want interior peace.  Let me know Your Will in my life so that I may learn to follow Your plan and not my own.

Other seeds fell on rich soil and produced an abundant crop … Listen, anyone who has ears to hear. – Mt. 13:8

Reflection. The seeds of the parable represent the Word of God.  When the Word of God falls on good soil it grows and produces a rich harvest.  You become the good soil when you listen.  Practice the art of spiritual listening.  Read slowly and absorb the wisdom.

Prayer. Holy Spirit, I do listen to Your Word.  Give me the deeper wisdom that comes from loving You.  Help me to produce abundant good fruit.

Love one another with mutual affection, anticipating one another with honor.  – Rom 12:10

Reflection. We ought to be as cheerful as we can, if only because to be happy ourselves is a most effectual contribution to the happiness of others.  – John Lubbok, 1890

Love and joy and cheer are inseparable companions.

Prayer. Jesus, my Lord and my God, let Your love live in me that I may beam with the happiness that only You can give.

Fill us with Your love that all our days we may sing for joy.  – Ps 90:14

Reflection. The greatest honor you can give to Almighty God, greater than all your sacrifices and mortifications, is to live gladly, joyfully because of the knowledge of His love. – Bl. Juliana of Norwich

To be filled with God is to be filled with God’s infinite joy.  His love is His joy.

Prayer. Heavenly Father, I am beginning to realize the fact that to come closer to You is to come closer to Joy itself.  You are the fullness of happiness.  You pine for nothing.  Thank You for drawing me closer to You, my strength and my joy.

You must treat the proselyte who resides with you like the native born among you. – Lev 19:34

Reflection. Sometimes we have to make a little effort to accept foreigners.  Jesus was accused of walking with sinners.  He taught us not to look down our noses at those less fortunate than we.  Love even when you do not feel like loving.

Prayer. Dear Lord, help me to love as You love, without discrimination.

May we rejoice in your victory and in the Name of our God raise banners; may the Lord fulfill all your petitions.  – Ps 20:6

Reflection. Avoid the “wagon-train” mentality where small groups close in on themselves to fight against the outside world.  They often become their own worst enemies.  Pray for atheists, agnostics, and secular humanists.  They are human beings whom God loves and wants to save.  God became man to save the lost sheep.

Prayer. Father, give me spiritual vision, open my eyes to see and love all those whom You love, even the ones who reject You outright.