Monday, July 31, 2017

Daily Thought For July 31, 2017

Great Prayer From Our Saint For The Day

Take, O Lord, and receive my entire liberty, my memory, my understanding and my whole will. All that I am and all that I possess You have given me. I surrender it all to You to be disposed of according to Your will. Give me only Your love and Your grace; with these I will be rich enough, and will desire nothing more.

St. Ignatius of Loyola

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Daily Thought For July 30, 2017

Faith, Hope, & Love

Faith is what gets you started. Hope is what keeps you going. Love is what brings you to the end.

Mother Angelica

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Daily Thought For July 29, 2017

Praying Constantly

You can pray while you work. Work doesn't stop prayer and prayer doesn't stop work. It requires only that small raising of the mind to him: I love you God, I trust you, I believe in you, I need you now. Small things like that. They are wonderful prayers.

St. Teresa of Calcutta

Friday, July 28, 2017

Daily Thought For July 28, 2017

Chutes & Ladders

People may spend their whole lives climbing the ladder of success only to find, once they reach the top, that the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall.

Thomas Merton

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Daily Thought For July 27, 2017

The Gift Of Trust

You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.

Thomas Merton

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Daily Thought For July 26, 2017

Little Things Make A Difference

People say, what is the sense of our small effort? They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time. A pebble cast into a pond causes ripples that spread in all directions. Each one of our thoughts, words and deeds is like that. No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much work to do.

Dorothy Day

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Daily Thought For July 25, 2017

Why Listening Is So Important


The beginning of prayer is silence. If we really want to pray we must first learn to listen, for in the silence of the heart God speaks. And to be able to see that silence, to be able to hear God we need a clean heart; for a clean heart can see God, can hear God, can listen to God; and then only from the fullness of our heart can we speak to God. But we cannot speak unless we have listened, unless we have made that connection with God in the silence of our heart.

St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Monday, July 24, 2017

Daily Thought For July 24, 2017

Pray Without Tiring

We must pray without tiring, for the salvation of mankind does not depend on material success; nor on sciences that cloud the intellect. Neither does it depend on arms and human industries, but on Jesus alone.

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin and Foundress

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Daily Thought For July 22, 2017

The Gift of Friendship

     After purchasing a house at a sheriff's auction, a Toledo, Ohio, man was understandably excited to move into his new home. When he finally did, however, he was horrified to discover the remains of the previous inhabitant, who had been dead for some time. Apparently, no one had noticed that he was missing or had gone looking for him. 
     This tragic incident is sadly reflective of our increasingly impersonal society, in which genuine human contact is harder and harder to come by. Such isolation takes its toll. Studies have shown that the fewer human connections we have at home, at work, in the community, and in religious institutions, the more likely we are to get sick, be filled with anxiety, and die prematurely. Conversely, these same studies indicate that the more human connections we have, the more likely we are to enjoy a long and healthy life. 
     We weren't made to live alone. "No man is an island," as the poet John Donne reminds us. We are made instead for relationships because we have been created in the image of God the Holy Trinity―a communion of three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit―who share one divine life of perfect, boundless love. It follows, then, that we flourish and prosper when nurtured within loving relationships. As Blessed Pope John Paul II has written: "Human beings are not made for solitude ... they grow to the extent that they enter into relationships with others. They need interpersonal relationships that are rich in inner depth, gratuitousness, and self-sacrifice." 
     Friendships are some of the most important relationships we can have. Jesus himself had many friends. During his earthly ministry, he surrounded himself with disciples and other companions-both men and women. Jesus seeks friendship with us too. 
     Our human friendships can help us to understand and accept Jesus' offer, as was learned by a woman I know well. Although both talented and beautiful, she is very different from her family, who never really understood her. This knowledge was both painful and frustrating for her, and she never really felt loved and accepted by them for who she is. She felt that they always wanted her to be somebody different, somebody else. She wondered if God thought the same way. 
     But then someone came into her life who was able to read her like a book and who knew right away what made her tick. This experience of being understood and accepted was a real turning point in her life. She began to feel lovable, empowered, confident, hopeful, and joyful. And she began to realize, maybe for the first time in her life, that Jesus really loved her. She was able to accept Jesus' acceptance of her because she had been accepted by somebody else. 
     The love of friends, then, can open our eyes to the love of God. Friends can also open our eyes to God's will, as Saint Francis of Assisi once learned. Early in life, he found himself at a crossroads. On the one hand, he thought that perhaps God was calling him to a quiet life of prayer and contemplation. On the other hand, he wondered if God wanted him to be a traveling missionary and preacher of the Gospel. To help decide, he turned to two friends-Saint Clare and Brother Sylvester-whom he asked to pray for him and get back to him. They prayed and then sent a messenger to Saint Francis. When the messenger arrived, Saint Francis asked, "What has my Lord Jesus Christ commanded that I should do?" "That thou go throughout the world to preach," came the reply. Upon hearing these words, Saint Francis jumped up and exclaimed: "Let us be going in the name of God!"
     Friends can also challenge us when we fail to live in God's will, as we all sometimes do. On our own, we can be blind to our faults and shortcomings. As Saint John Climacus observed, "God has arranged that no one can see his own faults as clearly as his neighbor does." That's why God invites friends to correct each other―so they can build each other up in love. 
     God can speak to us through other people; we can hear the voice of Christ through the voices of our friends. And should our friends challenge us, it would be wise for us to listen, because they might be acting as the very mouthpiece of the Holy Spirit. And when that happens, we should be grateful instead of defensive and humble instead of proud. Pride says, "There's nothing wrong with me!" But humility says, "I'm still a work in progress." 
     Speaking though our friends, Jesus can say: "Be open to challenge; be receptive to constructive criticism; don't resist charitable correction!" Acceptance of criticism says to God that we're open to grow. And when we're open to grow, God can fill us with his grace. 
     Different friends can be a blessing to us in different ways. Catholic author Robert Wicks proposes that we need four distinct types of people in our lives: First, we need "prophets" who ask the question: "What guides and shapes the decisions you make?" Second, we require "cheerleaders" who support us when the going gets rough. Third, "harassers" are necessary to tease us so we don't take ourselves too seriously. Fourth, we need "spiritual guides" who encourage us to find meaning in our lives.v In short, we need people who love us, support us, guide us, challenge us, and make us laugh. We need people with whom we can share our sorrows and our joys, reveal our dreams and heartaches, and express our honest feelings. We need other people in order to be fully human. 
     And to be fully human is to reflect the God in whose image we are made―a God of relationships, a God of love. Indeed, "God is friendship," observed Saint Aelred of Rievaulx. And true human friendships can help us to live in friendship with the Lord. That's why Saint Thomas Aquinas could conclude: "There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship." 

from When Faith Feels Fragile―Help for the Wary, Weak, and Wandering by R. Scott Hurd pp.119-122

Friday, July 21, 2017

Daily Thought For July 21, 2017

Dive Into The Sea of Prayer

In the face of so many wounds that hurt us and could lead to a hardness of heart, we are called to dive into the sea of prayer, which is the sea of the boundless love of God, in order to experience his tenderness.

Pope Francis

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Daily Thought For July 20, 2017

Bloom Wherever You Are Planted

You must realise now, more clearly than ever, that God is calling you to serve Him in and from the ordinary, secular and civil activities of human life. He waits for us everyday, in the laboratory, in the operating theatre, in the army barracks, in the university chair, in the factory, in the workshop, in the fields, in the home and in all the immense panorama of work.

St. Josemaria Escriva

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Daily Thought For July 19, 2017

Great Prayer from A Great Man

O Jesus, come back into our society, our family life, our souls and reign there as our peaceful Sovereign. Enlighten with the splendor of faith and the charity of Your tender heart the souls of those who work for the good of the people, for Your poor. Impart to them Your own spirit, a spirit of discipline, order and gentleness, preserving the flame of enthusiasm ever alight in their hearts... May that day come very soon, when we shall see You restored to the center of civic life, borne on the shoulders of Your joyful people.

St. John XXIII

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Daily Thought for July 18, 2017

The Joy of Discovery

Understand this well: there is something holy, something divine hidden in the most ordinary situations, and it is up to each one of you to discover it.

St. Josemaría Escrivá

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Daily Thought For July 16, 2017

The Divine Gardener


Lectio

Matthew 13:1–23

Meditatio

“A sower went out to sow.”

Have you ever planted a garden? I have … with many and varied results! Gardening has given me a great respect for the fragility of the seed and the importance of the weather, the amount of moisture, and sunlight. Then there is the timing! It takes a lot of patience and care to do anything in the garden, but gardening has wonderful rewards.

I wonder how God, the Divine Gardener, looks at me, his garden? Surely when God looks at me, he surveys the land with an expert eye. I am in good, capable hands. In fact, I can entrust myself completely to these hands. God knows me through and through. The Divine Gardener knows how much light I need, how much water and sun. My good God is completely solicitous that I should grow in a way that will be fully according to my nature. He is patient enough to walk with me through all the seasons of my life, even when some are more fallow than others. Through it all, God makes me bear divine fruits through his Son, Jesus Christ
God has given me so much and has been so considerate of me. Even when bad things happen, God walks with me and can bring good out of the situation. God never wills evil, but we live in an imperfect world where we choose the wrong way at times. We can be enticed by evil, and we even get sick and die. Yet evil does not have the last word; it cannot overpower the light. Our God sows the life and light that overcome all obstacles. He gives each one of us what we need.

In the presence of the Sower, I pause and recall the blessings that the Lord has put in my life. In a grateful response to the Divine Gardener, I will nurture another person today. I will be light. The Lord will surely send me someone who needs my help.

Oratio

Lord Jesus, you trusted so fully in your Father’s love. You placed yourself entirely into his hands. Help me trust completely that he is always with me, watering the land that is my small garden and preparing the way for a fruitful harvest. I am able to give to others because of the fruit of God’s love in my life. No matter what happens, I know that God is with me and will teach me through all that happens. I ask for light and wisdom to see with the eyes of faith today and always.

Contemplatio

“Blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear.”


Daughters of St. Paul. (2011). Ordinary Grace Weeks 1–17: Daily Gospel Reflections. (M. G. Dateno & M. L. Trouvé, Eds.) (pp. 252–253). Boston, MA: Pauline Books & Media.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Daily Thought For July 14, 2017

Shrewd As Serpents — Simple As Doves

Lectio
Matthew 10:16–23
Meditatio
“… like sheep in the midst of wolves … shrewd as serpents and simple as doves.”

Any sheep caught in the midst of wolves face grave danger. Jesus warns his apostles of the difficulties they will face in proclaiming the kingdom. But he is our Good Shepherd, so what safety instructions does he give? He uses two additional animal images. First, he says, be shrewd and careful, like a serpent. This may sound odd, since the snake is usually the bad guy in Scripture, on the side of the wolf, not the sheep. For the apostles to become like the serpent would seem to be caving to the pressures of the evil surrounding them. But the second part of the sentence clarifies it—they are to be clever like the serpent, but remain innocent of evil, like a dove.
The sheep sent on mission need to be shrewd in order to outsmart the wolves that surround them. Playing with the image a little, we can say they are sent to bring the wolves into the sheepfold. But they must be careful not to take on the ways of the wolves to such a degree that they lose their mission and identity. Their simple innocence prevents that and is part of the witness of their mission. The rest of this passage talks about the persecution that will result, but that they must not allow to sway them from their witness.
Jesus’ instructions can be hard to carry out in real life. We may tend to go to extremes and lean more toward the serpent part or the dove part of the instructions. If we’re shrewd, we live our Christian life in a way that helps our contemporaries to see the relevance of faith. But if we go too far in learning from the ways of the world around us, we can lose our identity and our mission. However, the answer is not to go too far the other way and become naive doves. In that case we might keep our faith, but nullify its influence and power by a poor witness that alienates our contemporaries.
Oratio
Jesus, you sent me to live my faith in a world that often seems antagonistic to you. Sometimes I do feel like a sheep, with no teeth and claws to protect me—not even legs that run very fast! But you are my Shepherd, so I do not fear. I know you will provide for me whatever I need to do the mission for which you sent me.
Contemplatio
The Lord is my Shepherd.


Daughters of St. Paul. (2011). Ordinary Grace Weeks 1–17: Daily Gospel Reflections. (M. G. Dateno & M. L. Trouvé, Eds.) (pp. 248–249). Boston, MA: Pauline Books & Media.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Daily Thought For July 13, 2017

Many Are Schooled Few Are Educated

One of the greatest problems of our time is that many are schooled but few are educated.

St. Thomas More

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Daily Thought For July 12, 2017

Sharing The Good News

It shouldn’t surprise us that when Jesus sent his apostles out to preach, he told them to go only to “the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matthew 10:6). Although Jesus came for all humankind, he held a deep love for Israel—his own people—because they were God’s chosen ones. He knew that every event in Israel’s history had led up to his coming, and he wanted to fulfill all God’s promises to them.

Jesus likely had another reason for restricting the apostles to their own people at first. What better way to learn the basics of evangelization than to start with their brothers and sisters in faith? They had grown up with the same rituals and traditions, so they knew where to start. It was probably a good thing that they didn’t have to deal right away with the complexities of pagan religions and philosophies. They could concentrate on the basics of getting out the gospel.

Just as the apostles had to start somewhere, so do we. And the best place to begin is at our own doorstep, within our families and communities—the people we already know. As Paul reminds us, God wants us to do good to everyone, “especially to those who belong to the family of the faith” (Galatians 6:10). The mission to those in our midst is just as important as missionary work thousands of miles away. In some ways, it’s even more important. If we don’t bring the gospel into our homes, who will? If our neighbor doesn’t discover Christ in us, where will she find him?

You may think it’s impossible to witness to people who know you—especially people who know you well. But that’s just not the case. Your family loves you, and you just need to speak lovingly to them. You may not have the most persuasive words. You may not give the most consistent witness either. But you don’t need to be perfect. You just have to show yourself as someone who cares enough to share God’s love with them. And that’s something anyone can do. So today, look for the openings the Spirit will give, and just share what’s in your heart.


“Jesus, help me to see the opportunities to share your love with those closest to me.”

Daily Reflection from The Word Among Us (www.wau.org)

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Daily Thought For July 11, 2017

He Was Moved With Pity


Lectio

Matthew 9:32–38

Meditatio

“… his heart was moved with pity for them …”

Jesus has healed a few other people of different infirmities prior to healing the mute person, also described as a “demoniac.” Immediately after Jesus heals him, the ordinary people proclaim “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.” The Pharisees, instead, claim that Jesus commands devils to leave their victims not by the power of God, but by the power of the devil.

The people in the crowd marvel over the fact that neither they nor their ancestors had ever seen anything like this. In other words, they are saying that what Jesus is doing is even greater than the marvels the Lord had done through Moses, who led the Israelites out of Egypt. But then the Pharisees say that Jesus’ power comes from the devil! What a letdown! What dejection this must have caused in the crowd. These poor people—no wonder the Lord has pity on them.


Rather, all of these miracles are a direct sign that Jesus is the Messiah—that he is the one God promised to send: “A prophet like me will the LORD, your God, raise up for you from among your own kinsmen; to him you shall listen” (Dt 18:15). Jesus himself tells John’s followers something similar when they come to ask Jesus if he is the Messiah (see Mt 11:2–6).


The truth is that we ourselves may at times attribute God’s gifts to other sources, such as luck or coincidence. We might even take away the joy of others when they bask in the marvels God has done for them. I think that Jesus’ heart “was moved with pity for them” when he saw the dejection that the crowds must have felt. He recognizes their need, my need, for a shepherd—someone who guides us to true life, God’s life. That Shepherd always takes delight in those he shepherds.


Oratio

Jesus, I believe that you healed and continue to heal because you are God—the Messiah. But I don’t always recognize that all I am blessed with comes from God. Sometimes I allow myself to believe that I am gifted and blessed for other reasons. This attitude creates a distance between you and me. Help me to allow myself to be guided by you, my Shepherd. By allowing you to shepherd me, I will be healed and will become a healing presence for others. Then I may be among the laborers privileged to have been chosen by your father to work in his harvest. Amen.

Contemplatio

Jesus, my shepherd, you have truly blessed me.


Daughters of St. Paul. (2011). Ordinary Grace Weeks 1–17: Daily Gospel Reflections. (M. G. Dateno & M. L. Trouvé, Eds.) (pp. 242–243). Boston, MA: Pauline Books & Media.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Daily Thought For July 10, 2917

God Is Generous

God is very generous and does not deny His grace to anyone. Indeed he gives more than what we ask of Him. Faithfulness to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit-that is the shortest route.

Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Daily Thought For July 9, 2017

Patient Endurance

Out of suffering comes the serious mind; out of salvation, the grateful heart; out of endurance, fortitude; out of deliverance faith. Patient endurance attends to all things.

St. Teresa of Avila

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Daily Thought For July 8, 2017

Beautiful Testimony

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor” (Lk 4:18). The great gift of baptism in the Holy Spirit anoints us to do the works of Jesus on this earth. I have seen the poorest of the poor gladly receive baptism in the Holy Spirit and enter a new dimension of living.

Luis had no hope. He lived in a shack in the barren hills of Juarez, Mexico. He was unable to work because of TB and his children were starving. Our prayer team shared the Gospel with Luis and he received Jesus into his heart and was baptized in the Holy Spirit. Luis’s wife and children all experienced baptism in the Holy Spirit. Luis was completely healed of TB, got a job and has worked faithfully for the past 20 years. 

 Sr. Linda Koontz SNJM

Friday, July 7, 2017

Daily Thought For July 7, 2017

Fat & Holy

     Society tells us we are a product of our environment, our background, and I suppose we are in a way. But I think this sometimes keeps us from holiness. St. Francis Borgia came out of one of the most rotten families in Italy: the Borgias. His great-grandfather was Pope Alexander VI, an evil man.
     Francis is a great consolation to me. First of all, he was big and fat, and I have a little weight problem. Francis Borgia was so fat they had to cut a hole in the table so he could reach his food. St. Thomas Aquinas was also rotund. He would get nervous and all he did was eat, eat, eat. And don't believe those skinny statues of St. Anthony you've seen. He was no slim Jim either. He was fat, real fat.
      I love to pick the saints apart, but I fear there'll have to be a solitary confinement in heaven, just for me. I've been telling the truth about the saints for so many years, nobody will want to talk to me when I get up there. 

from Mother Angelica's Little Book of Life Lessons, and Everyday Spirituality edited and with additional material by Raymond Arroyo p. 167

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Daily Thought For July 6, 2017

Live Today Well

I recommend to you holy simplicity. Look straight in front of you and not at those dangers you see in the distance. As you say, to you they look like armies, but they are only willow branches; and while you are looking at them you may take a false step. Let us be firmly resolved to serve God with our whole heart and life. Beyond that, let us have no care about tomorrow. Let us think only of living today well, and when tomorrow comes, it also will be today and we can think about it then. In all this we must trust and be resigned to God’s providence. We must make provision for enough manna for the day, and no more. Let us not doubt that God will provide more for us tomorrow, and the day after tomorrow, and all the day of our pilgrimage. 

Let us not waste time in willing and wishing for things, but let God arrange them. We should “cast all our care upon him, since he cares for us,’ as the apostle Peter says. And note that he says: “all our care,” that is, all our concern about what comes to us from the events of life as well as what comes to us from what we want don't want. “He will take care” of the success of these things and he wishes for us whatever is best. 


St. Francis de Sales — Golden Counsels of St. Francis de Sales pp.21-22

Daily Thought For July 5, 2017

Trust During Trials

     Joseph in the Old Testament had a tremendous amount of trust in God. He is removed from his family, gets a job with Pharaoh, then he lands in jail for years! God finally gets him out by sending Pharaoh a dream.
     Look at all the trust Jospeh had, all the waiting and not knowing. We have got to learn from this. Don't be discouraged at those times when you question, when you doubt, when you don't understand. There is a darkness in faith. There is that uncertainty, and insecurity in trusting God. Yet, He demands that we believe without seeing; we don't know why things are happening and we certainly don't know what's going to happen. But you must know that the darkness you experience and the anxiety you experience are not a lack of trust; they're part of trust. You've got to let yourself go and persevere in faith. 

Mother Angelica from Mother Angelica's Little Book of Life Lessons and Everyday Spirituality edited and with additional material by Raymond Arroyo p.142

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Daily Thought For July 4, 2017

Independence Day Prayer

Lord, we stand today as our forefathers have stood before You in times gone by,
Celebrating our history and revelling in all the great things that our country has achieved.
On this day we rejoice in the favor You have graciously given us.
We thank You for the blessings of liberty, for this generation and for the generations to come.
We thank You for our independence, peace and for all those who have bravely given their lives in the defence of freedom and justice.
We thank You that Your gracious and provident hand has given us so much.

Yet as a nation and people we have not always chosen the right way.
We ask You to forgive us for these times.
On this day we commit ourselves to wholeheartedly honoring and serving You.
With everything that we are, we lay our lives before You.
Make us a generous people,
A holy nation,
A people set aside to love You forever,
For the sake of the land of the brave and free, 
And the peoples and nations of this world.

Today, we do not presume Your grace for our country. 
Our land is in need of You, 
Our people are in need of You,
Our industry and business is in need of You.
May we look only to You
This Independence Day, dependent on You.

Please come now by Your glorious Holy Spirit,
Breathe new life into the sinews of this nation.
May justice flow like rivers,
And righteousness like a never failing stream,
Until the whole of our country is covered with Your glory,
As the waters cover the sea.

We ask all this in the wonderful name of Jesus,
Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit.
One God, now and for all eternity.
Amen.

from The Lord's Prayer Website

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Daily Thought For July 2, 2017

Walk In Confidence

Try to nourish within yourself the spirit of gentleness, of holy joy and humility, which is the most apt path toward union with God. Do not get upset about this or that but walk in the way of union with great confidence in the mercy of God, Who will lead you by the hand right to your heavenly home. In the meantime, keep well clear of arguments and avoidable disputes.

St. Francis De Sales 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Daily Thought For July 1, 2017

No Worries! Trust In God

Lectio
Matthew 6:24–34
Meditatio
“All these things the pagans seek.”

  The world of Jesus was not that different from our own. Taxes and financial pressures, inflation and recession, unemployment—all these realities mirror the insecurity and scarcity experienced by an oppressed people. Thus, Jesus’ words about putting God, not wealth, first in our lives, would have hit his hearers as hard as they hit us today.
So how do we detach ourselves from the fear that drives us to anxiously strive for security in wealth? Jesus says that the pagans worry about security: what they will wear and eat, their jobs, how to pay the rent. Jesus is not saying we shouldn’t have concern for these things, but that we shouldn’t worry about them. He wants to free us from the weariness that comes from constant straining to achieve a goal by ourselves.
Disciples of Jesus, instead, are invited to trust. Put God and his will in first place, and everything else will be provided for. Of course, this means provided for according to God’s will. That is why this invitation of Jesus requires so much trust. It is hard for us to believe that God has our true good at heart, that he will allow nothing to happen to us that will ultimately destroy us. But some things will happen that we don’t like, that cut across our idea of what is in our best interest, that bring us down a peg. When these are received with trust, we discover that God uses them to bring about a new flourishing of life within us.
This is a secret I learned slowly since my early twenties. I had a major setback in my first years of religious life when I had a stroke. Life as I knew it was gone, with no assurance that I would recover. Mine is not a unique story. In some way or other all of us are put in this place. It is the only way we can learn the truth of this Gospel passage. Then, when we have deeply come to know God’s faithful love in adversity, we can trust God with our lives and help others to do the same.
Oratio
Jesus, I hope you understand. Beneath my reluctance to trust you lies fear—fear of failure, fear of loneliness, fear of death. There is anger that you could have such control over my life, a refusal to give in to your loving embrace. So I squirm out of your arms again and again. I am sure you understand. You have a human heart. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, purify my heart and help me to face my fears, that in facing them I may learn to trust you with my life.
Contemplatio
Teach me to trust you, my Lord and Savior.

Daughters of St. Paul. (2011). Ordinary Grace Weeks 1–17: Daily Gospel Reflections. (M. G. Dateno & M. L. Trouvé, Eds.) (pp. 196–197). Boston, MA: Pauline Books & Media.