Heal the sick … Freely you have received; freely give.  - Mt 10:8

Reflection.  There are many subtle ways to heal a person.  A troubled heart can be soothed by a kind phone call or a caring letter.  Your efforts can lift up a downcast spirit and bring a smile.  You see, you can be a healer right now, and you do not even know it.

Prayer.  Lord, give me the prompting I need to write that letter or make that call.  I know plenty of people who could use some cheer in their lives. 

My trust is in You, O Lord.  I say, “You are my God.”  My destiny is in Your hands.  - Ps 31:15-16

Reflection.  What a pleasure it is to be able to say, in all honesty, “My trust is in You, O Lord.”  The person who can say that is relieved of the enormous burden of fear.

Prayer.  Lord, I do say it.  I do trust You.  At times I become a little unsettled, but so did John the Baptist whom You called the greatest person born of woman.  So I am not alone in this feeling.   I know You understand. 

He said to them, “Go you also and work in My vineyard, and I will give you whatever is just.” - Mt 20:4

Reflection.  Do not be afraid of exerting your self for the Lord.  A little work for the spiritual well-being of your neighbor can go a long way.  Keep in mind the wonderful heavenly retirement program when you extend yourself for others.

Prayer.  Dear Jesus, I will follow You and work in Your vineyard with trust and patience.  Just give me the will to be charitable and the grace to persevere.

Be shepherds of the flock of God that has been entrusted to your care … Do not lord it over those in charge, but be examples to the flock.  - 1 Pet 5:2-3

Reflection.  We lead by example.  Those in authority must lead by good example, and they must also pray for the wisdom to govern and teach with skill and compassion.  Christianity means putting God first, neighbor second, and self third.

Prayer.  Dear Jesus, protect and guide those in authority, and do the same for me.  May I learn to be courageous in setting a good example for my neighbor. 

I will close their wounds and give them health … and I will reveal to them the prayer of peace.  - Jer 33:6

Reflection.  For those who do not believe in Divine Providence, no argument will be sufficient to convince them to trust God.  For those who do believe, no explanation is necessary.  Believe!  Become a beautiful instrument of God’s healing love.

Prayer.  Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.  Where there is hatred, let me sow love, where there is injury, pardon, and where there is sadness, joy. 

As for me, I trust in Your kindness; my heart rejoices in Your salvation.  I will sing to the Lord because He has been good to me.  - Ps 13:6-7

Reflection.  The Lord is delighted with us when we delight in Him.  Have hope.  Life up your heart and have a new confidence.  God is your shield in times of trouble.  Why should you be afraid?

Prayer.  Jesus, my Lord and my God, make my heart like unto Yours. 

All who love Me, I also love.  And those who seek Me find Me.  - Prov 8:17

Reflection.  St. Thomas Aquinas once wrote, “The worst day in purgatory will be better than the best day we ever spent on earth.”  Isn’t that an amazing statement?  Think about it.  Those in purgatory are in the dressing room, preparing for the banquet.  We on earth are not finished with the testing period.

Prayer.  O Lord, I prayer for all my deceased loved ones.  Eternal rest grant to them and let perpetual light shine upon them.  They are better off than I, so I am not really worried, but I do hope I will join them one day in the splendor of heaven. 

All these people gave their gifts to God out of their wealth.  But {this widow} out of her poverty gave all that she had to live on.  - Lk 21:4

Reflection.  All Saints Day reminds us that living a holy life means that we must strive to be saintly.  It also reminds us of the heroes who have gone before us.  Always remember that you are a Saint in training, a good person trying to be better.

Prayer.  O Lord, help me to practice the art of love more diligently.  Give me a heart of charity for the most neglected among us.

Finally, find your strength in the Lord and in His mighty power.  - Eph 6:10

Reflection.  If you want to be strong begin by being thankful in all circumstances.  Start everyday with an overflowing heart full of thanks.  Thank God for every moment of your life.  Never complain or be bitter.  Reject every form of self-pity.

Prayer.  Jesus, when I am grateful then I am strong.  My gratitude banishes the bad feelings that weight me down.  When I feel Your gratitude to the Father pulsing through me, I am strong in Your strength.  Thank You, Lord.

Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God.  - 1 Jn 3:1

Reflection.  Imagine being the child of a great king.  That would make you a member of the royal family.  The next time you look in the mirror, try saying it out loud:  I am a princess (prince), I am chose to live in the royal palace.

Prayer.  I am smiling, Lord.  I feel a long way from the royal palace, but it certainly is nice to know that one day it will be so.  One day I will be with You in paradise. 

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