You will be hated by all because of My Name, but whoever stands firm to the end will be saved.  - Mt 10:22

Reflection. Vince Lombardi, the late great football coach of the Green Bay Packers, said, “A winner never quits and a quitter never wins.”  Hang in there.  Stand firm in the strength of the Lord, even if people speak against you because of your faith.

Prayer. Jesus, You have dominion over the whole earth.  Enable me to see Your loving hand behind all events and to accept each as an opportunity to rely on Your strength.

Be glad in the Lord and rejoice … ; shout for joy, all you upright of heart.  - Ps 32:11

Reflection. The Lord is aware that life, with its many sorrows, is a penance.  One of the greatest sorrows is not to be a joyful, holy Saint.  We pine for paradise; this yearning for God will always be with us.

Prayer. Lord, no matter what I do, it is only through You that I do it.  Enable me to work as if all depended on me and pray as if all depended on You — and to be joyful in the process.

Delight in the Lord … and He will give you what you desire.  - Ps 37:4

Reflection. Jesus speaks to you:  “I know you want to live for My love, gladly suffering all the penance that might come to you.  But inasmuch as you do not live without sin, you are depressed and sorrowful … yet do not be too much vexed with the sin that falls to you against your will … I keep you most securely.”  - Bl. Juliana of Norwich

Prayer. Dearest Jesus, I trust in Your words of love and comfort.  There are times, however, when I am afraid.  Strengthen me that I may trust You completely, on good days and bad.

God our Savior … desires everyone to be saved and to come to full knowledge of the truth.  - 1 Tim 2:4

Reflection. Perhaps this explains why you have received the cross you must carry.  By your union with Jesus, you are sharing in the work of Redemption.  Maybe the soul of a loved one is being saved by your life.

Prayer. Lord, I am baffled by the mystery of suffering.  Help me to do all in my power to lighten my burden, but in the end help me to surrender to my destiny.  Your love for me is my greatest gift.  Thank you.

If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off.  - Mk 9:42

Reflection. Does Christ expect you to mutilate yourself?  Certainly not.  Even the strictest fundamentalist would admit that we cannot take this passage literally.  We must, however, do everything in our power to attain the Kingdom.

Prayer. Father, once again I am painfully aware that I am not capable of saving myself.  That is why I am so indebted to You, so grateful and joyful because of the knowledge of Your love.

And when I am lifted up from the earth [on the Cross], I will draw everyone to Myself.  - Jn 12:32

Reflection. In dying, Jesus thought of you.  He gave His life that you might have eternal life.  He draws all those whom you love to Himself.  Your prayers for your loved ones are being answered.  Be glad and rejoice in His love.

Prayer. Thank you, Jesus, for lifting me up above my petty concerns.

Do not be afraid … Behold, your King.  - Jn 12:15

Reflection. To contemplate is simply to enjoy God.  It is not an intellectual process.  It is not thinking about God.  You simply sense His loving Presence filling you, and you love Him in return.  Remember, your union with God depends more on His love for you, than on your love for Him.  Contemplative prayer is being in love with God.  To love God is to enjoy Him.

Prayer. Almighty Father, Holy One, Lord of Lords, I love You.  Help me to love You more and more.  Let me bathe in the splendor of Your warmth.

He said to them in reply, “Why are you so frightened, O you of little faith?”  - Mt 8:26

Reflection. God calls you by name.  He sees you and understands you as He made you.  He knows what is in you, all your peculiar feelings and thoughts, your dispositions and likings, your strength, and your weakness.  He views you in your day of rejoicing and in your day of sorrow.  He sympathizes in your hopes and your temptations … He hears your voice, the beating of your heart and your very breathing.  - Cardinal Newman

Prayer. Almighty God in heaven, You know me, I belong to You.

Jesus gave them this answer, “Amen, amen, I say to you, the Son can do nothing by Himself.  He can do only what He sees the Father doing.”  - Jn 5:19

Reflection. Be patient with God.  Wait for Him to lead you.  To pray means to ascend.  We ascend to the source of our power, the source of our joy.  He will come to show you the way with clarity.

Prayer. Lord Jesus, teach me how to pray even as You taught Your disciples.  Send Your Spirit into my heart so that I may pray with You to the Father, and follow His Will.

When you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret.  - Mt 6:6

Reflection. God does not make Himself heard in any voice that reaches your ears, but in a voice that your heart can well perceive.  He will then speak to you by such interior lights, such sweet touches in your heart, such tokens of forgiveness … in a word, such voices of love, as are well understood by those souls whom He loves and who seek for nothing but Himself alone.  - St. Alphonsus Liguori

Prayer. Lord, I am here.  I love You.  Help me to be quiet and attentive.

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