Thursday, November 30, 2017

Daily Thought For November 30, 2017

St. John Chrysostom on Friendship

Such is friendship, that through it we love places and seasons; for as bright bodies emit rays to a distance, and flowers drop their sweet leaves on the ground around them, so friends impart favor even to the places where they dwell. With friends even poverty is pleasant. Words cannot express the joy which a friend imparts; they only can know who have experienced. A friend is dearer than the light of heaven, for it would be better for us that the sun were exhausted than that we should be without friends.

St. John Chrysostom

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Daily Thought For November 28, 2017

Small Beginnings Are Great

We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This enables us to do something, and to do it very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord's grace to enter and do the rest.

Blessed Oscar Romero

Monday, November 27, 2017

Daily Thought For November 27, 2017

An Important Reminder

The story of Mary of Magdalene reminds us all of a fundamental truth...A disciple of Christ is one who, in the experience of human weakness, has had the humility to ask for his help, has been healed by him and has set out following closely after him, becoming a witness of the power of his merciful love that is stronger than sin and death.

Pope Benedict XVI

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Daily Thought For November 26, 2017

Go Make A Difference!

Speak tenderly; let there be kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile, in the warmth of your greeting. Always have a cheerful smile. Don't only give your care, but give your heart as well.

St. Teresa of Calcutta

Friday, November 24, 2017

Daily Thought For November 24, 2017

The Power Of Prayer Gives Way To Hope

Prayer can truly change your life. For it turns your attention away from yourself and directs your mind and your heart toward the Lord. If we look only at ourselves, with our own limitations and sins, we quickly give way to sadness and discouragement. But if we keep our eyes fixed on the Lord, then our hearts are filled with hope, our minds are washed n the light of truth, and we come to know the fullness of the Gospel with all is promise and life.

St. John Paul II

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Daily Thought For November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Father all-powerful, Your gifts of love are countless and Your goodness infinite. On Thanksgiving Day we come before You with gratitude for Your kindness: open our hearts to concern for our fellow men and women, so that we may share Your gifts in loving service. 
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Daily Thought For November 22, 2017

24 Hour Prayer

There are some people who, in order not to pray use as an excuse the fact that life is so hectic that it prevents us from praying. This cannot be. Prayer does not demand that we interrupt our work, but that we continue working as if it were a prayer. It is not necessary to always be in meditation, nor to consciously experience the sensation that we are talking to God, no matter how nice that would be. What matters is being with Him, living in Him, in His will. To love with a pure heart, to love everybody, especially to live the poor, is a twenty-four hour prayer.

St. Teresa of Calcutta

Monday, November 20, 2017

Daily Thought For November 20, 2017

Pray And Don't Lose Heart

If God seems slow in responding, it is because He is preparing a better gift. He will not deny us. God withholds what you are not yet ready for. He wants you to have a lively desire for His greatest gifts. All of which is to say, pray always and do not lose heart.

St. Augustine


Friday, November 17, 2017

Daily Thought For November 17, 2017

Tending Your Own Garden

Don't sow your desires in someone else's garden; just cultivate your own as best you can; don't long to be other than what you are, but desire to be thoroughly what you are. Direct your thoughts to being very good at that and to bearing the crosses, little or great, that you will find there. Believe me, this is the most important and least understood point to the spiritual life. We all love according to what is our taste; few people like what is according to their duty or to God's liking. What is the use of building castles in Spain when we have to live in France?

St. Francis de Sales

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Daily Thought For November 16, 2017

In Praise Of The Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit, the life that gives life: You are the cause of all movement. You are the breath of all creatures. You are the salve that purifies our souls. You are the ointment that heals our wounds. You are the fire that warms our hearts. You are the light that guides our feet. Let all the world praise you.

St. Hildegard of Bingen

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Daily Thought For November 15, 2017

Are You A Canal Or A Reservoir?

If then you are wise, you will show yourself rather as a reservoir than as a canal. For a canal spreads abroad water as it receives it, but a reservoir waits until it is filled before overflowing, and thus communicates, without loss to itself, its superabundant water. In the Church at the present day, we have many canals, few reservoirs.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Daily Thought For November 14, 2017

A Grave Warning From A Great Philosopher

Unless we regain the art of silence and insight, the ability for nonactivity, unless we substitute true leisure for our hectic amusements, we will destroy our culture and ourselves.

Josef Pieper

Monday, November 13, 2017

Daily Thought For November 13, 2017

The Power of Prayer

They who pray with faith have fervour and fervour is the fire of prayer. This mysterious fire has the power of consuming all our faults and imperfections, and of giving to our actions, vitality, beauty and merit.

St. Francis Xavier Cabrini (Memorial is Today)

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Daily Thought For November 12, 2017

Press Forward & Fear Nothing

If we wish to serve God and love our neighbor well, we must manifest our joy in the service we render to Him and them. Let us open wide our hearts. It is joy which invites us. Press forward and fear nothing.

St. Katharine Drexel

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Daily Thought For November 11, 2017

Tune Our Hearts To Brave Music

God of our life, there are days when the burdens we carry chafe our shoulders and weigh us down; when the road seems dreary and endless, the skies gray and threatening; when our lives have no music in them, and our hearts are lonely, and our souls have lost their courage. Flood the path with light, run our eyes to where the skies are full of promise; tune our hearts to brave music; give us the sense of comradeship with heroes and saints of every age; and so quicken our spirits that we may be able to encourage the souls of all who journey with us on the road of life, to your honor and glory.

St. Augustine

Friday, November 10, 2017

Daily Thought For November 10, 2017

Evidence The Holy Spirit Is Lacking

"Where joylessness reigns, where humor dies, the spirit of Jesus Christ is assuredly absent."

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Daily Thought For November 9, 2017

An Important Truth

Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received - only what you have given: a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage.

St. Francis of Assisi

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Daily Thought For November 8, 2017

The Relief Of Suffering

Love is the first ingredient in the relief of suffering.

St. Pio of Pietrelcina

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Daily Thought For November 7, 2017

Power In Weakness

The Church therefore has one inescapable task: To lift up Christ. When she seeks to lift herself up she becomes weak, but when she acknowledges her own weakness and proclaims her Lord, she is strong.

Cardinal Avery Dulles, SJ

Monday, November 6, 2017

Daily Thought For November 6, 2017

Great Prayer From A Great Saint

Lord, help me to live this day, quietly, easily. To lean upon Thy great strength, trustfully, restfully. To wait for the unfolding of Thy will, patiently, serenely. To meet others, peacefully, joyously. To face tomorrow, confidently, courageously.

St. Francis of Assisi

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Daily Thought For November 5, 2017

Why Peter Got Out Of The Boat

It is not those who commit the least faults who are the most holy, but those who have the greatest courage, the greatest generosity, the greatest love, who make the boldest efforts to overcome themselves, and are not immediately apprehensive about tripping.

St. Francis de Sales

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Daily Thought For November 4, 2017

Love Is The Answer

Lectio

Luke 14:1, 7–11

Meditatio

“On a sabbath Jesus went to dine at the home of the one of the leading Pharisees.…”

Jesus, why do you eat at the house of a Pharisee? What are you thinking? You have denounced the hypocrisy of the Pharisees and reproached the scribes and lawyers. They have been setting traps for you, hoping to get rid of you. They are clearly set against you. Why do you go to the house of a Pharisee to share the intimacy of a meal? I can’t fathom it. How do you act there? Did you plan what to say? Did you think of some great remarks that would outwit your host? Did you come up with backhanded complements or sarcastic remarks that would beat them at their own game? Why did you walk into the hornet’s nest? They are observing you. How can you eat under that scrutiny?

I can’t understand, Jesus, because I wouldn’t have been able to do it. There are some people I don’t like—family members who don’t talk to me, colleagues I don’t get along with, difficult neighbors. I couldn’t just sit down to eat with them. I would feel such anger in my heart. My mind would be racing with things I would like to say to them. I would be rehearsing how to tell them off or defend myself. I would be stilted, uneasy, and maybe even unpleasant. I try to steer clear of anyone who upsets me. Some days just thinking of them gets my blood boiling. How do you do it? It seems so natural: you go to dine at the home of one of the Pharisees.

I understand: Love is the answer. Even though they seek your life and make your life difficult, you love them. You have nothing to hide. You seek their well-being. You promote the possibility of their growth. You give them every chance possible to hear, to listen, to trust, to obey. Your word convicts me, Lord.

Oratio

Jesus, this moment is decisive for the rest of my life. Today I begin to love my enemies, to love those I disagree with or who disagree with me. I start to love those who offend me or whom I don’t like. I will begin today to love the colleagues I don’t get along with and those who refuse to talk to me. I love those who report me and make my life miserable. And one day may I have the grace and the joy of sitting down with each of these persons at the eternal feast laid out in heaven for your children. Amen.

Contemplatio

Today I gaze on the mystery of the way you loved.


Daughters of St. Paul. (2011). Ordinary Grace Weeks 18–34: Daily Gospel Reflections. (M. G. Dateno & M. L. TrouvĂ©, Eds.) (pp. 238–239). Boston, MA: Pauline Books & Media.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Daily Thought For November 3, 2017

The Encounter That Changes Everything!

Christianity is not a new philosophy or new morality. We are Christians only if we encounter Christ... Only in this personal relationship with Christ, only in this encounter with the Risen One do we really become Christians... Therefore, let us pray to the Lord to enlighten us, so that, in our world, he will grant us the encounter with his presence, and thus give us a lively faith, an open heart, and great charity for all, capable of renewing the world.

Pope Benedict XVI

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Daily Thought For November 2, 2017

The Chief Purpose Of Life

The chief purpose of life, for any of us, is to increase according to our capacity our knowledge of God by all means we have, and to be moved by it to praise and thanks.

J.R.R Tolkien

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Daily Thought For November 1, 2017

St. Thomas On How To Alleviate Sorrow

Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine.

St. Thomas Aquinas