Archive for August, 2017

What does that matter to you?  You are to follow Me.  - Jn 21:22

Reflection.  Christianity is essentially an invitation.  It is an invitation to a special kind of happiness and goodness, one that is rooted in the person of Jesus Christ.  He invites us to follow Him.  We either say yes or no.

Prayer.  Dear Lord, I hear Your call, and I will follow You.  Your words are a source of wisdom and light.  Give me the courage I need to follow You all the days of my life. 

 

Everything that you do should be done in love.  - 1 Cor 16:14

Reflection.  There are many battles to be fought.  Governments are not too powerful to be reformed.  Institutions are not too big to be changed.  Positive, constructive action can overcome evil.  We firmly believe that, with the help of God, all things are possible.  But always remember action without charity is not Christianity.

Prayer.  Thank You, Jesus, for giving me the courage to remain charitable, pursing good works.  May You always be my strength and my joy.

Whoever sees Me sees the One who sent Me.  I have come into the world as light, so that no one who believes in Me will remain in darkness.  - Jn 12:45-46

Reflection.  Jesus said, “To see Me is to see the Father.”  To anchor one’s life in God, therefore, is to turn to Jesus.  He will unlock the mystery of joy for all of us.  Knowing your purpose in life is the key.

Prayer.  I have my mission … / I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. / He has not created me for naught, / I shall do good, I shall do His work.        - Cardinal Newman

 

Store up treasure for yourselves in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves cannot break in and steal.  - Mt 6:20

Reflection. Jesus taught us to find joy, not by looking for it, but by listening to His words in a spirit of humble surrender.  Enjoyment sought for its own sake is a self-centered pursuit.  The Spirit does not teach us to seek joy as an end in itself.  Joy is more a by-product of our intimacy with God.

Prayer. Dear Jesus, purify my mind that I may seek first Your Kingdom.  I am not sure what that actually means, but I will put my trust in Your intimate presence; and You will guide me.

Jesus went about … curing every kind of disease and infirmity.  And seeing the crowds, He had compassion on them.  - Mt 9:35-36

Reflection. The Lord was not only sympathetic to the needs of others but also empathetic.  When He saw people in pain, he felt compassion.  Compassion is taken from the Latin meaning, “to suffer with.”

Prayer. Lord, transform me into a healing force in this world.  Let me understand the pain of others better so that I may have true compassion for them as You do.

A great sign appeared in the heavens: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon was under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.  - Rev 12:1

Reflection. The Assumption of Mary is a wonderful feast day for the Church.  We celebrate her glory in heaven.  Jesus brought Mary home to honor her for her role in the Redemption of the human family.

Prayer. Dear Mary, teach me to say yes to my calling as you did to yours.  Pray for me now and at the hour of my death.

Better off poor, healthy, and fit than wealthy and afflicted in body.  More precious than gold is health and well-being.  - Sir 30:14-15

Reflection. They say that if you have your health you have everything.  That may be true in a sense, but there are a lot of healthy people who feel lonely, lost, and abandoned.  Maybe it is better to be wise, and spiritually fulfilled.

Prayer. Dear Jesus, I will care for my body, and I will stay as healthy as I can, but more than good health, I want Your love and Your presence in my life.  With You I have all that I need.

The publican … kept striking his breast, saying, “O God, be merciful to me, a sinner.” - Lk 18:13

Reflection. Jesus favored the publican even though others saw him as a traitor, a tax collector for the Romans.  Jesus saw that his heart was pure, and He showed him mercy.

Prayer. Lord, make my mind and heart like Your own.  Let me see beyond first appearances.  Make me an instrument of Your love.

Do not be afraid.  Just have faith.  - Lk 8:50

Reflection. Fear ruins your perspective.  There is a terrible fear of whites for the blacks and blacks for the whites, and there should not be.  People everywhere are really only asking to be treated like human beings.  Be not afraid of your neighbor.

Prayer. Lord, with the help of Your grace I will put my faith in You, I will trust You.  I need and I want the humility necessary to entrust all my cares to Your safekeeping.

Deal with others as you would like them to deal with you.  - Lk 6:31

Reflection. In the area of sexuality, as in everything else, it is important to keep in mind the Golden Rule.  Lust is a violation of this rule.  Lust is an inordinate desire for the gratification of one’s sexual appetite.  It is self-absorbed.  Eventually, others are treated like objects or, worse, like slaves.

Prayer. Jesus, You have the wisdom that gives my life balance and holiness.  Help me always to control my desires.