Archive for November, 2016

Give, and it will be given to you.  A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be poured into your lap.  – Lk 6:38

Reflection.  God works in mysterious ways.  What you give to others will return to you one day.  Since you have a debt of gratitude to everyone who ever helped you along the way, express your gratitude while they are still alive, and pray for those who have gone to their eternal rest.

Prayer.  Lord, help me to be more generous and more grateful.  

Entrust everything that you do to the Lord, and your plans will turn out to be successful.  – Prov 16:3

Reflection.  If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.  The Holy Spirit is living within you.  Never think of yourself as one who is entirely alone.  The Lord will be in charge of your coming and going.  He will encourage you to be more loving, and He will send a few surprises along the way to keep you docile.

Prayer.  Dear Lord, help me to listen to Your voice with joyful expectation.  

Do not lose your confidence now, since your reward will be so great.  – Heb 10:35

Reflection.  St. Paul was knocked off his horse at Damascus, and became a changed man from that moment on.  His act of surrender to the Lord transformed him into a new creation.  After his conversion, his strength came from the Lord.  So it will be for you.

Prayer.  Help me to be more confident, Lord.  You have become my strength and my joy.  

May the Lord smile upon you and be gracious to you.  May the Lord … give you His peace.  – Num 6:25-26

Reflection.  Thank the Lord for His truth.  Thank Him for your wonderful body, your mind, your heart, and your soul.  Thank Him for the stars in the sky and for planet Earth. Thank Him for your family and friends, and even thank Him for the animals and flowers.

Prayer.  Open my eyes, O Lord, to the beauty all around me.  

The Word of the Lord is true, and He is faithful in everything He does.  – Ps 33:4

Reflection.  The great spiritual masters tell us that the path to both happiness and holiness is found in fidelity to the duty of the present moment.  If you take care of the little things, the big things will take care of themselves.  Be faithful to the duty of the present moment.  Do it for the Lord, and be at peace.

Prayer.  Lord, I’m such a procrastinator; teach me to be faithful to my duties as they arise.  

Having endured a slight chastisement, they will receive great blessings, because God tested them and found them worthy to be with Him.  – Wis 3:5

Reflection.  The great French artist Renoir suffered so much from arthritis that it was difficult for him to paint.  A concerned friend asked him, “Why do you continue to torture yourself?”  Renior replied, “I do it because I know that the pain passes, but the beauty remain.”  Find a noble purpose, and your life will transcend the day-to-day drudgery.

Prayer.  Help me, Lord, to be brave in my times of pain and sorrow. 

Whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones … will not go unrewarded.   – Mt 10:42

Reflection.  Kindness is its own reward, but when you are kind to others, they will be kind to you in return.  Kindness is a defense against anger, resentment, and bitterness.  A gentle spirit better serves your soul and your mental health.

Prayer.  Dear Lord, help me to attain the gift of sweetness of spirit.  

Do not judge, so that you in turn may not be judged.  – Mt 7:1

Reflection.  You’ll feel better if you are ready to give others the benefit of the doubt.  Unless you have full access to all the facts, try to withhold your judgment.  Even when the person is truly guilty, remember the words of Jesus, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Lk 23:34).

Prayer.  Dear Lord, make my heart like Yours, that I may be ready to forgive.  

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His mercy endures forever.  – Dan 3:89

Reflection.  Some people believe the first Thanksgiving Feast took place in Massachusetts with the pilgrims and Native Americans.  However, it was on October 3, 1863, that Abraham Lincoln declared the fourth Thursday of November as a day for all Americans to thank God for His bountiful blessings.  Lincoln called us “to be humble … and import the Almighty to heal the wounds of the [civil] war.”

Prayer.  Dear Lord, give me a grateful heart.  

All the believers … would sell their property and possessions and distribute the proceeds to all according to what each one needed.  – Acts 2:44-45

Reflection.  Jesus is present among us, even though we don’t always see Him.  Mother Teresa said, “He comes in distressing disguises.”  Maybe this is why Jesus said, “When I was hungry, did you give Me to eat?” (Mt 25:35)  Pope Benedict XVI said, “Respect for minorities is a clear sign of true civilization.”

Prayer.  Dear Jesus, give me the eyes to see Your face in everyone.