Archive for May, 2016

I, The Lord, will hold your right hand.  Do not be afraid.  I will help you.  – Isa 41:13

Reflection.  Don’t be afraid, because you are afraid.  Fear is normal.  We can never banish fear entirely, but we can refuse to become paralyzed by fear.  Turn your fears over right away, and imagine that the Lord is holding your right hand.

Prayer.  Lord, let me feel Your touch this day.  

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

Reflection.  There is a wise saying that goes like this:  “Jest for the health of it.”  Laughter may not cure a cold, but it can lighten the burden of every single misery you’ll ever have.

Prayer.  Dear God, keep me from being needlessly dour.  Help me to be a person of Your light and joy in the world.  

The Word of God is living and active [and] sharper than any two-edged sword.  – Heb 4:12

Reflection.  The good that you do will always follow you; so will the evil.  There is a heaven, and there is a hell.  Life is consequential.  When you read the Scriptures you are in touch with a road map to heaven.

Prayer.  Dear Lord, help me to lift up my heart and have a new confidence that You will save me.  

What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?  – Lk 9:25

Reflection.  So many people struggle all through life to make more money, and if possible become a great success.  But money doesn’t buy happiness, and it surely doesn’t get you into heaven.  Better for you if you rethink your priorities.

Prayer.  Dearest Lord, teach me to measure my success according to Your Will.  

Put on the new self that is being renewed in the … image of its Creator.  – Col 3:10

Reflection.  St. Paul once said, “Now it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ Who lives in me” (Gal 2:20).  What would happen if today you pretended to be Jesus Christ?  Without telling anyone what you were doing, how would you act?  What kind of face would you show to the world?

Prayer.  Jesus, teach me how to reveal Your goodness.  

You lifted me up from the netherworld; You saved me from sinking into the pit.  – Ps 30:4

Reflection.  You don’t have to hit bottom to come to your senses.  The shock of losing control may serve as a wake-up call, but you will always have God at your side.  It’s never too late to ask for help.

Prayer.  Thank You, Father, for showing me how to pick up the pieces and carry on.  

Hold fast to instruction and never let her go; guard her carefully, for she is your life.  – Prov 4:13

Reflection.  Sometimes our parents and close friends see warning flags before we do.  You may have to lead your own life, but the insights of others can protect you from making foolish mistakes in judgment.  Try to be more objective.  Go for help.

Prayer.  Lord, when a big decision is involved, help me to listen to good advice.  

If someone says, “I love God,” but at the same time hates his brother, he is a liar.  – 1 Jn 4:20

Reflection.  Don’t be discouraged if you are not perfect.  But try to cultivate a spirit of holy dissatisfaction with your meanness.  Turn it over to the Lord and pray for purification.  He will cleanse you of all your faults.

Prayer.  Dear Jesus, be my strength and my joy.  

An offended brother is stronger than a fortress, and quarrels are more difficult to overcome than castle gates. – Prov 18:19

Reflection.  Quarreling keeps people out of your love.  It prevents love and peace from finding a resting place in your home.  A prayerful person can deal with a bickering relative because God supplies patience in difficult situations.  Repeat the name of Jesus ten times, before you express your anger.

Prayer.  Dear Lord, help me to remain calm in difficult family situations.  

Can any of you through worrying add a single moment to your span of life?  – Mt 6:27

Reflection.  In life’s dark moments, use your sense of humor to lighten the moment, and lift up your heart.  A little humor diffuses many a tense situation.

Prayer.  Help me, Lord, to keep my sense of humor alive.  May I always have a song in my heart.