The Word of the Lord is true, and He is faithful in everything He does.  - Ps 33:4

Reflection.  The great spiritual masters tell us that the path to both happiness and holiness is found in fidelity to the duty of the present moment.  If you take care of the little things, the big things will take care of themselves.  Be faithful to the duty of the present moment.  Do it for the Lord, and be at peace.

Prayer.  Lord, I’m such a procrastinator; teach me to be faithful to my duties as they arise.  

Having endured a slight chastisement, they will receive great blessings, because God tested them and found them worthy to be with Him.  - Wis 3:5

Reflection.  The great French artist Renoir suffered so much from arthritis that it was difficult for him to paint.  A concerned friend asked him, “Why do you continue to torture yourself?”  Renior replied, “I do it because I know that the pain passes, but the beauty remain.”  Find a noble purpose, and your life will transcend the day-to-day drudgery.

Prayer.  Help me, Lord, to be brave in my times of pain and sorrow. 

Whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones … will not go unrewarded.   - Mt 10:42

Reflection.  Kindness is its own reward, but when you are kind to others, they will be kind to you in return.  Kindness is a defense against anger, resentment, and bitterness.  A gentle spirit better serves your soul and your mental health.

Prayer.  Dear Lord, help me to attain the gift of sweetness of spirit.  

Do not judge, so that you in turn may not be judged.  - Mt 7:1

Reflection.  You’ll feel better if you are ready to give others the benefit of the doubt.  Unless you have full access to all the facts, try to withhold your judgment.  Even when the person is truly guilty, remember the words of Jesus, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Lk 23:34).

Prayer.  Dear Lord, make my heart like Yours, that I may be ready to forgive.  

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His mercy endures forever.  - Dan 3:89

Reflection.  Some people believe the first Thanksgiving Feast took place in Massachusetts with the pilgrims and Native Americans.  However, it was on October 3, 1863, that Abraham Lincoln declared the fourth Thursday of November as a day for all Americans to thank God for His bountiful blessings.  Lincoln called us “to be humble … and import the Almighty to heal the wounds of the [civil] war.”

Prayer.  Dear Lord, give me a grateful heart.  

All the believers … would sell their property and possessions and distribute the proceeds to all according to what each one needed.  - Acts 2:44-45

Reflection.  Jesus is present among us, even though we don’t always see Him.  Mother Teresa said, “He comes in distressing disguises.”  Maybe this is why Jesus said, “When I was hungry, did you give Me to eat?” (Mt 25:35)  Pope Benedict XVI said, “Respect for minorities is a clear sign of true civilization.”

Prayer.  Dear Jesus, give me the eyes to see Your face in everyone.

The Kingdom of heaven is close at hand.  … “Prepare the way of the Lord, make His paths straight.”  - Mt 3:2-3

Reflection.  Today you can pull into the driveway, and use a remote control to open a garage door, and a cell phone to announce that you are home.  However, these gadgets cannot help you predict the day or the hour you will be called home to God.

Prayer.  Lord, help me to be prepared when You call me home.  

For everything there is a season, … a time to weep, and a time to laugh.  - Eccl 3:1, 4

Reflection.  After giving a homily on joy, I often given the congregation this advice: “If you have the slightest bit of joy in your heart, please notify your face.”  St. Teresa of Avila put it another way, “God, deliver me from sullen Saints.”

Prayer.  Dear Lord, help me to realize that the time to smile is right now.  

A kindly glance gives joy to the heart, and good news refreshes the bones.  - Prov 15:30

Reflection.  Winter waits for spring, and spring waits for summer.  Everything happens in its proper time.  There is no need to force God’s timetable.  There is ” a time to tear down, and a time to build up.  A time to weep, and a time to laugh” (Eccl 3:3-4).

Prayer.  Dear God, help me to put up with my worrisome mind.  Teach me to trust You more.  

I prayed, and understanding was given to me; I pleaded and the spirit of Wisdom came to me.  - Wis 7:7

Reflection.  The most important thing that wisdom can bring us is the knowledge that God is our friend.  This friendship is the basis of all our future happiness both here and in heaven.  Start with the firm conviction that God is love.  His love for you is personal and eternal.

Prayer.  Heavenly Father, I thank You for the gift of wisdom.  

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