Daily Meditations

As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you.  Remain in My love.  - Jn 15:9

Reflection.  To love others well, you have to love yourself.  Love of self is not self-centered.  Rather it is a love that reflects the mystery of God’s unchanging love for you.  Don’t put yourself down, and don’t abuse your body with excessive eating and drinking.

Prayer.  Help me, Lord, to love myself in the proper way. 

An intelligent man remains silent … a trustworthy man keeps things hidden.  - Prov 11:12, 13

Reflection.  One way to endear yourself to others is to be willing to listen when they need to talk.  You will perform a valuable service by virtually doing nothing except remaining quiet, and showing concern.  This will take enormous willpower in many cases, but you will be appreciated more than you know.

Prayer.  Help me to understand, Lord, that my silence is often the greatest gift I can give. 

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will have their fill.  - Mt 5:6

Reflection.  Abraham Lincoln kept our nation together with words of wisdom like these:  “If the union of these States, and the liberties of these people be lost, it is but little to any one man … but a great deal to millions of others, and to their posterity.”  Now we can thank God we stood the course, but then the Civil War seemed so wasteful.

Prayer.  Grant me, Lord, the wisdom to know Your Will. 

Serve as an example to the believers in your speech and conduct.  - 1 Tim 4:12

Reflection.  Don’t store up resentments; they will eventually burst out in words and shouts that will inflict pain and wound feelings.  Forgive quickly.  At least pray for the grace to let go, and let God be God.  Control your speech, and you will be pleasing to the Lord.

Prayer.  Dear God, I can’t do this without a minor miracle.  Please help me.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.  - Mt 5:9

Reflection.  This is important, especially in family matters.  Set your sights on family unity, and don’t let petty bickering erode your joy.  Resentment and impatience can eat away at a person’s happiness and destroy family life.  Be a peacemaker, even if you are ridiculed for it.

Prayer.  Father Almighty, deliver us from evil, and liberate me from my pet peeves.

Therefore, we love because He first loved us.  - 1 Jn 4:19

Reflection.  “Don’t be disturbed because of your imperfections, and always rise up bravely from a fall.  Every day make a new beginning” (St. Francis De Sales).  Be your own best friend, because no one can do that for you.

Prayer.  Lord, help me to be a little kinder to myself.  I need to lighten up a little.

Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.  - Gal 6:2

Reflection.  It pays dividends to promptly reach out to help someone in need.  You can solidify old friendships, and make new ones by acts of unexpected kindness.  Think of others, and follow the Golden Rule.  It will win  you many blessings.

Prayer.  Father, help me to do unto others that which I would want done unto me.

You have taken away my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.  - Ps 30:12b

Reflection.  The Lord is preparing you for the banquet of joy.  Everything He does is designed to bring you safely home to heaven.  Sometimes he sends a shocking wake-up call; but most times he sends a gentle kiss.  Either way it is a gift that can bring you joy.

Prayer.  Lord, help me to rejoice in all circumstances. 

A cheerful heart is excellent medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.  - Prov 17:22

Reflection.  Judy Garland sang the above song so beautifully.  If you are grieving, you can decide to be miserable for three months, three years, or thirty years.  Which is best for you?  Focus on the gift of life as best you can, and not the loss of life.  It is possible to decide to be happy, even in the most terrible circumstances.

Prayer.  Dear Lord, thank You for all that I have been given.  Again I ask, teach me to count my blessings. 

Everlasting delights are at Your right hand.  - Ps 16:11b

Reflection.  A grateful heart brings joy to the soul.  Be grateful this day.  Don’t dwell on your losses.  Focus on the gift of life, and begin again.  Be grateful if you have known the meaning of true love.  Be grateful even if you haven’t.

Prayer.  Dear Lord, thank You for all that I have been given.  Teach me to count the blessings. 

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