Archive for May, 2016

The Spirit Himself intercedes for us with sighs that cannot be put into words.  – Rom 8:26

Reflection.  The word “loneliness” tells us about the pain of being alone.  The word “contemplation” tells us about the glory of being alone with God.

Prayer.  Dear Lord, some emotions are too deep to express in words.  Please accept my silence as an act of love.  

When you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret.  – Mt 6:6

Reflection.  When it comes to pure prayer, the actual words you use do not matter as much as your desire to give yourself to God.  Silence is golden.

Prayer.  Dear Jesus, You abandoned Yourself to the Father.  Teach me how to do that.  

This is my consolation in my distress:  Your word gives me life.  – Ps 119:50

Reflection.  Just as a mother tends to the needs of her child, so does the Lord care for you.  Trust in His love.  It’s almost too good to be true, but the King of Kings loves you deeply.

Prayer.  Dear Father in heaven, help me to abandon myself to Your love.  In You I find my strength and joy.  

This is My Beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased.  – Mt 3:17

Reflection.  You are blessed and anointed.  By Baptism you are a member of the Mystical Body of Christ.  The same favor that Jesus receives from His Father rests on you because you are His beloved child.  Have confidence in His love.

Prayer.  Dear Lord, thank You for making my life holy.  

Our citizenship is in heaven, and from there we await our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.  – Phil 3:20

Reflection.  Faith is having one foot on the ground and the other one in heaven.  God is your invisible companion through life.  He is leading you to eternal joy.

Prayer.  Help me, Lord, to remember that I belong to You.  

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His kindness endures forever.  – Ps 107:1

Reflection.  You have been given everything: your body and soul, and life itself.  Everything you have and everything you are comes from God.  Be still and drink this truth in: God is good.

Prayer. Give me a grateful heart, dear Lord, so I may appreciate Your gifts to the fullest.  

Be not afraid … because I am with you to deliver you.  – Jer 1:8

Reflection.  The road to mediocrity is paved with good intentions.  Be a doer, not merely a hearer of the word of God.  Do not be afraid to act.  God will bless you for your efforts to please Him.

Prayer.  Holy Spirit, fill my soul with the confidence that I may please You in all I do.  

We are regarded … as unknown men, and nevertheless we are well known; as dying, and behold we live on; as scourged, but we are not put to death; as sorrowful, and yet we are always rejoicing.  – 2 Cor 6:8-10

Reflection.  We all have to bear crosses in this life.  Trying to live a responsible and meaningful life won’t be easy.  It takes courage.  Once you understand that crosses are a normal part of life, it all becomes less difficult to manage.

Prayer.  Dear Jesus, protect me from self-pity; help me to be courageous.  

You shall not bear any grudges against anyone, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself.  – Lev 19:18

Reflection.  Resentment is very understandable.  Some hurts run so deep that they are almost impossible to shrug off.  But the one who suffers the most from a spirit of revenge is you.  Why carry such a needless burden?

Prayer.  Dear Jesus, You forgave Your tormentors.  Help me to forgive mine.  

Encourage one another and strengthen one another.  – 1 Thes 5:11

Reflection.  Words of support can help heal a weary heart, and inspire perseverance in someone who is falling into despair.  Be a comfort to others, when you see the need.

Prayer.  Dear Jesus, I want to please You; help me to lift others up and not put them down.