Archive for October, 2017

Woman, you have great faith.  Let it be done for you as you wish.  - Mt 15:28

Reflection.  There are times when we must pass through a dark valley.  We feel as though God has abandoned us.  Do not believe it.  He is right there wondering if we trust Him enough to be brave.  It pleases Him immensely when we whistle in the dark.

Prayer.  Thank You, Jesus.  Increase my confidence in You.  Help me to understand that my peace will be found in Your will and that the crosses of my life are opportunities for growth.  Protect me from my fears. 

Will not God grant justice to His elect who cry out to Him day and night?  Will He delay in answering their pleas?  I tell you, He will grant them justice quickly.

Reflection.  If you feel lonely, turn to Jesus more and more.  Ignore your bad feelings.  Laugh at them.  But be prepared to take some positive action.  Get involved.  Become a volunteer.  Loneliness is an illusion for those who believe.

Prayer.  Thank You, Lord, for this word.  In all circumstances, I give thanks to You, my Lord and God, for Your protection and care.  Keep me ever at Your side. 

All of God’s creatures differ … yet none of them has He made in vain.  For each is good.  Can one ever see enough of their splendor?  - Sir 42:25

Reflection.  A real Christian is color blind when it comes to race.  Pope John Paul II said, “Love responds generously to the needs of the poor, and it is marked by compassion for those in sorrow.”

Prayer.  O Lord the Saints reached out in a truly heroic manner to those who were of a different race and religion.  May my love be just as fruitful and just as color blind.

There is one God, and there is one Mediator between God and man, Christ Jesus, Himself a Man, Who gave Himself as a ransom for all.  - 1 Tim 2:5

Reflection.  Here is what St. Augustine wrote about how to find joy in God:  “I sought for a way of gaining strength sufficient to have joy in You [God] but I did not find it, until I embraced the Mediator between God and man, the Man Jesus Christ, Who is over all things, God blessed forever.”

Prayer.  Dear Jesus, I believe that You are indeed the Way, the answer to all my needs.  I put my trust in You and I love You with all my heart. 

Receive the Word, which has been planted in you and can save you.  - Jas 1:21

Reflection.  The Word of God is wisdom.  The gift of wisdom is often called the most beneficial gift of the Holy Spirit because it opens us to a wonderful new level of holiness and happiness.  It is said that where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  That is true because your treasure is where you give most of your attention.

Prayer.  Come, Holy Spirit, fill me with Your knowledge and wisdom that I may serve You joyfully and loyally all the days of my life. 

Death is swallowed up in victory.  O death, where is your victory?  O death, where is your sting?   - 1 Cor 15:54-55

Reflection.  In a world that denies death and does everything to hide it, it is urgently necessary to recall the inevitability of an event that is part of the history of every person.  - Pope John Paul II

Prayer.  Lord, help me to meditate upon my own death.  Let me do so not in a morbid fascination, but rather in recognition that in death I come home to You.

If you forgive others for the wrongs they have done, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. - Mt 6:14

Reflection.  Think about being forgiven for the greatest wrong you have ever done.  Doesn’t that feel great?  It is in your power to give this gift to someone else.  Forgiveness is a precious gift.  Why not give it?  So what if it is not appreciated.  You will be the bigger person.  You will be doing the Lord’s Will.

Prayer.  Lord God, I have sinned.  I know Your Mercy is simply another name for Your Love.  Thank You for washing away my sins.

Jesus said, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My words, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him.  - Jn 14:23

Reflection.  It must be stressed over and over again that the Lord actually comes into you.  He permeates, pervades, and penetrates every cell in your body.  You do not have to feel it emotionally — you simply have to know it as a matter of faith.  The Kingdom of God is within.

Prayer.  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Indwelling Trinity, I am Yours today and always. 

Do not judge, and you will not be judged.  Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.  Forgive, and you will be forgiven.  - Lk 6:37

Reflection.  The spirit of forgiveness is a key element in our pursuit of happiness.  Forgive others to improve your own emotional health, as well as to please the Lord.  To live well it is necessary to strive for a forgiving heart.

Prayer.  Lord, I forgive; help me in my unforgiveness.  The memories are painful, but I turn them all over to You.

 

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.  - Rom 12:21

Reflection.  Clara Barton, founder of the American nursing profession, never held a grudge.  Once a friend reminded her of something cruel that had been done to her but she seemed not to remember it.  “Don’t you remember the wrong that was done to you?” the friend asked.  “No,” Clara answered, “I distinctly remember forgetting that.”

Prayer.  Dear Lord, help me to let go of past hurts.  I will turn them all over to You.  Take care of the justice issue for me; meanwhile let me experience the joy of forgetting.