Daily Meditations

Just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also may walk in newness in life.  - Rom 6:4

Reflection.  The joy of walking in the newness of life is easy for those who trust the Lord.  Whatever your weaknesses may be, turn them over to Jesus.  Let Him transform you gradually into a new creation.

Prayer.  Send Your Spirit of truth into my heart, Almighty God, so that I may remain faithful to You in my words and deeds.  I need Your help in accepting my limitations while I strive to be better. 

Now I … am convinced with regard to you that you yourselves are full of love.  - Rom 15:14

Reflection.  Reportedly the last words of one of the world’s most dedicated caregivers, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, were “I love You, Jesus.”  There was no doubt in her mind about her vocation.  She took Jesus’ admonition literally:  “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of  Mine, you did for Me” (Mt 25:40).

Prayer.  Dear Lord, thanks to You, I am full of love.  It is my vocation to be a channel of Your Divine Love wherever I go, and whatever I do. 

We proclaim Christ crucified … To those who are called … Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.  - 1 Cor 1:23-24

Reflection.  On the feast of the Holy Rosary we remember the various scenes of Christ’s life.  The Joyful Mysteries recall His Birth.  The Sorrowful Mysteries remind us of His Passion and Death.  The Glorious Mysteries proclaim the Resurrection, a wonderful source of joy for one and all.

Prayer.  Lord Jesus, today is the feast of our Lady of the Rosary.  May Your Holy Mother help me to pray the Rosary more often and with greater fervor. 

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, … will teach you all things and bring to mind everything I have said to you.  - Jn 14:26

Reflection.  Remember to call upon the Name of the Lord as soon as you feel yourself slipping into self-pity.  Think about Jesus.  Remember His words:  “Be at peace … do not be afraid … have confidence … I am with you always.”

Reflection.  Holy Spirit, soul of my soul, You are my comfort and my strength.  I thank You for loving me and holding me close. 

And as Jesus prayed, the appearance of His countenance was changed, and His raiment became white as snow.  - Lk 9:29

Reflection.  Prayer is a way of opening oneself to the splendor of Divine Life.  Pure prayer is in the will to give yourself to God — just the way you are.  The Lord receives you as you are and transforms you into something luminous.  All this takes time, so be patient.

Prayer.  Dear Jesus, help me to pray as You have prayed.  Give me the eyes of faith to know that You are with me always. 

Worship the Lord with gladness; enter His presence with songs of exultation.  - Ps 100:2

Reflection.  On the feast of St. Francis of Assisi we recall his appreciation of the joyful spirit in this passage:  “Do you want to know one of the best ways to win people over, and lead them to God?  It consists in giving them joy and making them happy.”  Seize the day, and make someone a little happier.

Prayer.  Dear Lord, St. Francis had a joyful heart, and that is probably why he is so admired throughout the world.  I offer You my heart and ask You to make it joyful.  Transform my sadness and my pain into joy. 

There is no fear in love.  Indeed perfect love casts out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.  The one who fears is not made perfect in love.  - 1 Jn 4:18

Reflection.  The human heart yearns for acceptance and love.  Love drives out fear and paves the way for a joyful life.

Prayer.  Father in heaven, bless me with wisdom enough to reject fear in all its forms as toxic and self-defeating.  Lead me into the Light of Love.

He will give His Angels charge over you, to guard you wherever you go.  - Ps 91:11

Reflection.  How do Guardian Angels help us?  St. John of the Cross had this to say about Guardian Angels:  “They nourish our souls with their delightful inspirations as well as their Divine Communications.”  They also give light to the mind.

Prayer.  Heavenly Father, You send the Angels to guide and comfort us.  Thank You for my Guardian Angel who teaches me that all the way to heaven is heaven. 

Rooted and grounded in love, may you be able … to know Christ’s love, which surpasses understanding.  - Eph 3:17-19

Reflection.  The feast of St. Therese of the Child Jesus reminds us of her simple childlike faith.  She once said, “Everything I have ever done, I have done to make God happy.”  When you love others you enjoy pleasing them.  Such was her love of God.

Prayer.  Lord, give me the grace to be a loving child in Your presence.  Teach me how to make You happy.

O Lord, You have examined me and You know me.  You know when I sit and when I stand; You perceive my thoughts from a distance.   You mark when I go out and when I lie down; all my ways are open to You.  - Ps 139:1-3

Reflection.  Talking to God helps you to feel His strength in your weakness.  Do not be ashamed of the things you have done and keep on doing.  Weakness can bring you closer to God.

Prayer.  Dear Lord, I am what I am and You know me well.  Thank You for Your love.

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