To each of us, the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.  - 1 Cor 12:7

Reflection.  Every individual contributes something unique to make this a more wonderful world.  Every gift and talent counts, like the flowers in a garden.  God delights in your unique contribution to advance the common good.

Prayer.  Help me, Lord, to value and celebrate my gifts.  

The violence of the wicked will sweep them away because they refuse to do what is right.  - Prov 21:7

Reflection.  Whatever their ideological convictions, Muslim extremists have turned against the will of Allah.  They call evil good, and good evil.  In the end they will perish.

Prayer.  Lord, help me not to be afraid of demonic power.  May the good Muslims prevail over the extremists.  

All wisdom derives from the Lord and remains with Him forever.  - Sir 1:1

Reflection.  On this the Feast of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven, we celebrate her final victory over the valley of tears.  We honor her because by her life she taught us this one great truth, “Do whatever He tells you.”

Prayer.  Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.  

Do not forget to offer hospitality to strangers, for by doing this some have entertained Angels without knowing it.  - Heb 13:2

Reflection.  Over 100 million Americans are the descendants of 17 million immigrants who were processed through Ellis Island in New York harbor.  All of these strangers came to our shores with high hopes of making a better life.  We are the descendants of immigrants.

Prayer.  Dear Jesus, give me the eyes of faith to see You in every stranger.  

Pride goes before disaster, and a haughty spirit goes before a fall.  - Prov 16:18

Reflection.  Pride is an inordinate love of self.  A proud person puts other people down, whereas a self-confident person is humble as he proudly raises them up.  In using your talents for others, you show your kindness and love.

Prayer.  Father, You are the giver of all gifts.  I bow humbly before You and pray for the grace to serve You well.  

Our own conscience is clear, and our desire is to act honorably in everything we do.  - Heb 13:18

Reflection.  If something hits you the wrong way, express your opinion.  Don’t be afraid to say, “This is wrong and I won’t stand for it.”  People will never forget your courage.

Prayer.  Holy Spirit, give me the courage I need to be a faithful witness to the truth.  

Deal with others as you would like them to deal with you.  - Mt 7:12

Reflection.  Give someone a compliment, offer some practical help to a neighbor, or give a small child a coin and a smile.  Do it as a sign of your loving heart.

Prayer.  Help me, Lord, to make small gestures of love.  

Wait quietly for the Lord and be patient until He comes.  Do not fret over the man who prospers.  - Ps 37:7

Reflection.  Envy will condemn you to perpetual sadness.  Why be envious?  Try not to think about those who are better off than you.  Leave the justice issue to God, and be happy.

Prayer.  Lord, don’t let me give in to envy.  Help me to have a cheerful heart.  

Whoever can be trusted in small matters can also be trusted in great ones.  - Lk 16:10

Reflection.  Remember the song “Little Things Mean a Lot?”  It is true.  If everybody did the few simple things they know they ought to do, the big problems would take care of themselves.

Prayer.  God Almighty, You gave me gifts and talents; help me to use them well.  

God created man in His own image, in the divine image He created him; male and female He created them.  - Gen 1:27

Reflection.  Grass is grass; or is it that simple?  Bamboo belongs to the grass family, but in China it is used as scaffolding in the building of skyscrapers.  Grass isn’t always as weak as you think.  What outstanding quality has God given you?

Prayer.  Lord, let me know my strengths so that I may use them in serving You.  

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