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Daily Thought For September 27, 2020

Encouragement from an early MartyrPolycarp and the Elders with him, to the Church of God sojourning in Philippi: all mercy and peace to you, from God Almighty and Jesus Christ our Saviour.  When you welcomed those copies of the True Love and took the opportunity of setting them forward on their road, I rejoiced with you in Jesus Christ. The chains that bound them were the badges of saints, the diadems of men truly chosen by our Lord and God. I rejoiced too that your firmly rooted faith, so well-known since the earliest times, still flourishes and bears fruit for our Lord Jesus Christ. He bore the burden of our sins even as far as suffering death, and God raised him up, releasing him from the pains of the underworld; you did not see him but still you believed in him, in unspeakably glorious joy. Many desire to come into this joy, knowing that you are saved by grace, not by works, – not by your actions but by the will of God through Jesus Christ.  So gird up your loins and serve God in …

Daily Thought For September 26, 2020

 The "Stirrings" of the Holy SpiritWe who are reborn through the sacrament of baptism have the greatest joy, as we perceive within us the first stirrings of the Holy Spirit, as we begin to understand mysteries; we gain knowledge of prophecy, speech full of wisdom, security in our hope, gifts of healing, and dominion over the devils made subject to us. These gifts, like drops of liquid, permeate our inner self, and so beginning, little by little produce fruits in abundance.From a treatise on the psalms by Saint Hilary of Poitiers (from the Office of Readings)

Daily Thought For September 25, 2020

God Will Tend To EverythingJesus: Let souls who are striving for perfection particularly adore My mercy, because the abundance of graces which I grant them flows from My mercy. I desire that these souls distinguish themselves by boundless trust in My mercy. I myself will attend to the sanctification of such souls. I will provide them with everything they will need to attain sanctity. The graces of My mercy are drawn by means of one vessel only, and that is-trust. The more a soul trusts, the more it will receive. Souls that trust boundlessly are a great comfort to Me, because I pour all the treasures of My graces into them. I rejoice that they ask for much, because it is My desire to give much, very much. On the other hand, I am sad when souls ask for little, when they narrow their hearts.St. Faustina Kowalska Divine Mercy In My Soul (Diary) #1578

Daily Thought For September 23, 2020

Avoiding AnxietyDo not worry over things that generate preoccupation, derangement and anxiety. One thing only is necessary: to lift up your spirit and love God.St. Pio of Pietrelcina

Daily Thought For September 22, 2020

Encouragement When Tired & Trying To PrayYour fatigue and your distractions in adoration are no impediment to My action in the depths of your soul. I have assured you of this before. Come before Me and remain before Me even when you feel that your adoration is no more than a struggle and a failure to remain attentive in love and focused on My Eucharistic Face. Here, your feelings are of no importance. What matters in My sight is your humility and your willingness to endure distractions, fatigue, and even sleepiness while adoring Me from the heart of your heart. Know that even when you feel that your adoration has been a waste of time, in My plan it is something fruitful and it is very pleasing to Me. I do not see things as you see them nor do I measure their value as you measure it.1Monk, A Benedictine. In Sinu Jesu: When Heart Speaks to Heart--The Journal of a Priest at Prayer (pp. 151-152). Angelico Press. Kindle Edition. 

Daily Thought For September 21, 2020

Avoiding Bitterness In SufferingAfter my own spiritual journey in the writing of this book, I find hope and joy in these truths gleaned from the lives of my saints: Whereas in fairy tales all the difficulties come first, then the hero and heroine marry, and they live happily ever after with death never mentioned; in the story of the saints being drawn closer to Christ, first come many years of intense suffering with intense joy in the spiritual marriage, interior peace in the depths of the soul, and a promise of eternal bliss. All the energy I put into running away from pain, the saints put into running toward Christ. As a result, when I want to find joy in Christ, I have to retrace my steps, whereas they dwell in possession of their beloved, finding joy in him in the midst of their trials. In their union with Christ, the saints did not suffer alone. Their suffering was his, and his theirs. Everything for them was more intimate, if inescapable. I can imitate them by longing for that i…

Daily Thought For September 19, 2020

The Gift of LifeEvery human being is an incalculable force, bearing within him something of the future. To the end of time, our daily words and actions will bear fruit, either good or bad; nothing that we have once given of ourselves will perish, but our words and works, handed on from one to another, will continue to do good or harm to remote generations. This is why life is a sacred thing, and we ought not to pass through it thoughtlessly, but to appreciate its value and use it so that, when we are gone, the sum total of good in the world may be greater.Servant of God Elisabeth Leseur

Daily Thought For September 18, 2020

Great Advice!Learn to defend your convictions without hating your adversaries and love those who think differently from yourselves.Blessed Frédéric Ozanam

Daily Thought For September 17, 2020

LectioLuke 7:36–50MeditatioSimon the Pharisee bears a striking resemblance to another man in Luke’s Gospel: the Pharisee in the parable who found himself in the Temple with a tax collector. Like the unnamed Pharisee, Simon assumes he knows the other person’s relationship with God. Jesus, as usual, responds to the occasion with a parable, this time about two debtors. If the woman, because she is forgiven much, shows great love, Simon needs forgiveness for his “lesser” debt, too.Simon may not have had any big-ticket items on his debit sheet with God, but as Jesus lists his omissions, one by one, it all seems to add up to a kind of contempt—or at the very least, indifference toward Jesus. Even the fact of the lesser debt is a sign of equal, if not greater, weakness on his part: it is one thing to be incapable of repaying an enormous sum—but to need to have a paltry debt written off? Simon just doesn’t have eyes to see how much God in his mercy has forgiven him. He can’t…

Daily Thought For September 15, 2020

Mary, The Woman Who Loves
Finally, Mary is a woman who loves. How could it be otherwise? As a believer who in faith thinks with God’s thoughts and wills with God’s will, she cannot fail to be a woman who loves. We sense this in her quiet gestures, as recounted by the infancy narratives in the Gospel. We see it in the delicacy with which she recognizes the need of the spouses at Cana and makes it known to Jesus. We see it in the humility with which she recedes into the background during Jesus’ public life, knowing that the Son must establish a new family and that the Mother’s hour will come only with the Cross, which will be Jesus’ true hour (cf. Jn 2:4; 13:1). When the disciples flee, Mary will remain beneath the Cross (cf. Jn 19:25–27); later, at the hour of Pentecost, it will be they who gather around her as they wait for the Holy Spirit (cf. Acts 1:14).
42. The lives of the saints are not limited to their earthly biographies but also include their being and working in God after death…

Daily Thought For September 14, 2020

Important Words on ForgivenessHow much suffering, how many wounds, how many wars could be avoided if forgiveness and mercy were the style of our life! Even in families, even in families. How many families are disunited, who do not know how to forgive each other. How many brothers and sisters bear resentment within. It is necessary to apply merciful love to all human relationships: between spouses, between parents and children, within our communities, in the Church, and also in society and politics.Today as we were celebrating the Mass, I stopped; I was touched by a phrase in the first reading from the book of Wisdom. The phrase says, remember your end and stop hating. A beautiful phrase. But think of the end. Just think, you will be in a coffin… and will you take your hatred there? Think that in the end, you can stop hating and resenting. Let’s think of this phrase that is very touching. Remember your end and stop hating.It is not easy to forgive because although in moments of calm we…

Daily Thought For September 13, 2020

ControlENTRUST YOUR LOVED ONES TO ME. They are much safer with Me than in your clinging hands. Sometimes you confuse loving others with rescuing them. When a loved one has a problem, you often feel responsible to come up with a solution. Then you plunge headlong into problem-solving mode, as if you’re obligated to provide sound advice. I want to help you stop feeling responsible to fix people since that is My role—not yours. It is My prerogative to bring about change in people’s lives as I choose. You can be part of the process, but remember that I am the Author and Director of the drama. You need to follow My script rather than creating your own. Do not usurp My role in people’s lives, no matter how much you long to help them. When you feel compelled to rescue a loved one, take a good look at the quality of your love. Learn from Me, because I have all authority in heaven and on earth: I could rescue or control anyone at will. Yet I intentionally created people with the capacity to ch…

Daily Thought For September 11, 2020

For Good Measure(from the Magnificat of September 10, 2020)We have a tendency to become obsessed by the faults of those around us. That is understandable: it is their faults which make us suffer and this suffering in turn reminds us of them continually…. Faults are ugly. Why not look at the virtues which are beautiful?… The good intentions of others so often escape our notice. Do not judge intentions. I assure you, it has happened to me that, having ascribed a bad intention to someone, I have later had proof, neat and clear, that I was wrong, that he had something completely different in mind than what I thought. What a lesson! As much as you can, ascribe good intentions to your neighbor. (I say “as much as you can,” because at times, of course, the contrary is as plain as daylight.)…Little Thérèse wrote, “When I want to increase in myself my love of neighbor, especially when the devil tries to put before the eyes of my soul the faults of this or that sister who is less appealing to m…

Daily Thought For September 10, 2020

Up For The Challenge?LectioLuke 6:27–38Meditatio“Do good … pray for … give … love … forgive.…”When I read this section of Jesus’ teachings, I always seem to snag on the part where Jesus says, “the measure with which you measure will … be measured out to you.” It makes me shiver when I imagine the half plateful that would be placed in front of me! Jesus’ words make me reflect on how generous I am to others. He is giving us a way of life based on honesty, lending, gentility, loving concern, and selfless giving. Am I up to the challenge?I imagine that Jesus is speaking to a large group of people who want to hear what he is teaching, people who are more interested in the trials and challenges of everyday life than in the intricacies of the Law. Jesus is sharing his view of a life lived as God’s child, and it is a picture of light, goodness, reaching out, mercy—all done with the great courage that comes from believing the best about one another. Jesus is asking me to live that life. This i…

Daily Thought For September 9, 2020

Hope & Courage Go Hand In HandHOPE AND COURAGE GO HAND IN HAND. When you are waiting, waiting, waiting for longed-for answers to prayer, it takes courage to continue hoping in Me. The world, the flesh and the devil all tell you it's easier to just give up and give in to dull disappointment. In a sense this is true. To keep praying with positive expectation requires a lot of effort and perseverance; giving up is momentarily easier. However, a resigned, I-give- up attitude is always hurtful in the long run. Often, this leads to cynicism—and eventually to despair. So it's well worth the effort to keep your hopefulness alive. Courage comes from the French word for "heart." Since I live in your heart, you can call upon Me to help you live courageously—facing adversity or danger with confidence and determination. I am well aware of your circumstances, and I take pleasure in helping you cope with them. So stand firm in My strength, beloved, refusing to give in or give u…

Daily Thought For September 8, 2020

Approach God Plainly & Simply
Lord, I am here.  Tell me what you would have me do.If He gives me some task I am content and I thank Him.If he gives me nothing, I still thank HimSince I do not deserve to receive anything more than that,and then I tell God everything that is in my heart.I tell him about my pains and my joys, and then I listen.If you listen, God will also speak to you.For with the good Lord, you have to both speak and listen.God always speaks to you when you approach him plainly and simply.
Saint Catherine Labouré

Daily Thought For September 6, 2020

One Step At A TimeLet us go in simplicity where merciful Providence leads us, content to see the stone on which we should step without wanting to discover all at once and completely the windings of the road.Blessed Frédéric Ozanam

Daily Thought For September 4, 2020

Bridging The Gap & Bringing Christ To EveryoneYours must be a work of love, of kindness, you must give your time, your talents, yourselves. The poor person is a unique person of God’s fashioning with an inalienable right to respect. You must not be content with tiding the poor over the poverty crisis; You must study their condition and the injustices which brought about such poverty, with the aim of a long term improvement.Blessed Frédéric Ozanam

Daily Thought For September 3, 2020

Living Life CorrectlyOur lives are of great worth if we accept with good grace the situation Providence places us in, and go on living lovingly.Takashi Nagai

Daily Thought For September 2, 2020

Keeping Focused & On Track LectioLuke 4:38–44Meditatio“The crowds went looking for him.…”Today they’re looking for you, Jesus, to try “to prevent [you] from leaving them.” A dozen verses earlier (in Monday’s Gospel reading) the crowd was so incensed that they were going to throw you headlong off a cliff. That was Nazareth; now you’re back in Capernaum and they’re hanging on your every word. Tomorrow you’ll overwhelm Peter, who will ask you to leave him because you’re out of his league and he knows it. On Friday the Pharisees are going to start sticking you under the microscope. They love you. They hate you. They love you. They hate you.… And there you are in the midst of contradictory expectations and reactions, holding fast to the Father’s plan of revealing the good news of the Kingdom of God.Where am I in this Gospel narrative? I, too come looking for Jesus. Here I am making space to meditate on his Word given to us in the liturgy. What am I really doing here? What do I desire f…

Daily Thought For September 1, 2020

Power In WeaknessAlthough temptations are strong, a whole wave of doubts beats against my soul, and discouragement stands by, ready to act. The Lord, however, strengthens my will, against which all attempts of the enemy are shattered as if against a rock. I see how many actual graces God grants me; these support me ceaselessly. I am very weak, and I attribute everything to the grace of God.St. Faustina Kowalska

Daily Thought For August 31, 2020

A Great Question!Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?Corrie Ten Boom

Daily Thought For August 29, 2020

Beautiful Prayer of Consecration To Mary For Priests
Immaculate Mother,in this place of grace,called together by the love of your Son Jesusthe Eternal High Priest, we,sons in the Son and his priests,consecrate ourselves to your maternal Heart,in order to carry out faithfully the Father’s Will.
We are mindful that, without Jesus,we can do nothing good (cf. Jn 15:5)and that only through him, with him and in him,will we be instruments of salvationfor the world.
Bride of the Holy Spirit,obtain for us the inestimable giftof transformation in Christ.Through the same power of the Spirit thatovershadowed you,making you the Mother of the Saviour,help us to bring Christ your Sonto birth in ourselves too.May the Church be thus renewed by priests who are holy,priests transfigured by the grace of himwho makes all things new.
Mother of Mercy,it was your Son Jesus who called usto become like him: light of the world and salt of the earth(cf. Mt 5:13-14).
Help us,through your powerful intercession,never to…

Daily Thought For August 28, 2020

The Universal Call To Holiness ⏤ Being Perfected in Love of God and Love of NeighborThe classes and duties of life are many, but holiness is one—that sanctity which is cultivated by all who are moved by the Spirit of God, and who obey the voice of the Father and worship God the Father in spirit and in truth. These people follow the poor Christ, the humble and cross-bearing Christ in order to be worthy of being sharers in His glory. Every person must walk unhesitatingly according to his own personal gifts and duties in the path of living faith, which arouses hope and works through charity.Catholic Church. (2011). Dogmatic Constitution on the Church: Lumen Gentium #41. In Vatican II Documents. Vatican City: Libreria Editrice Vaticana.

Daily Thought For August 26, 2020

Avoiding the Snare of the Pharisees
LectioMatthew 23:27–32Meditatio“… on the outside you appear righteous, but inside you are filled with hypocrisy and evildoing.”Jesus sounds harsh in his rebuke of the scribes and Pharisees in this Gospel. It might sound as if he is rebuking some terrible sinners. But the people of Jesus’ day did not consider the scribes and Pharisees as sinners, as they did the tax collectors and prostitutes. The scribes were religious professionals—something like priests and religious today. And the Pharisees were laymen who were trying to live their faith fully, beyond the bare minimum—something like Catholics who go to daily Mass. Jesus’ rebuke is also addressed to us. On the outside we may look like good and holy people. Jesus isn’t saying that we shouldn’t. It’s praiseworthy to raise our children conscientiously; dress modestly; and give of our time, talent, and treasure in charitable works. But what is on the inside? What is in our hearts? Jesus comes back to t…

Daily Thought For August 25, 2020

Little Things Mean A Lot
Great occasions for serving God come seldom, but little ones surround us daily.St. Francis de Sales

Daily Thought For August 20, 2020

Knowledge In Service of LoveThere are those who seek knowledge for the sake of knowledge; that is curiosity. There are those who seek knowledge to be known by others; that is vanity. There are those who seek knowledge in order to serve; that is Love.St. Bernard of Clairvaux

Daily Thought For August 19, 2020

It No Longer I Who LiveOur wish, our object, our chief preoccupation must be to form Jesus in ourselves, to make his spirit, his devotion, his affections, his desire, and his disposition live and reign there.St. John Eudes

Daily Thought For August 18, 2020

The Classic Sin of PrideBecause you are haughty of heart, you say, “A god am I!” (Ezekiel 28:2)Located on an island off the Phoenician coast, the city of Tyre depended on trade for its very existence. But instead of dealing fairly with its neighbors, it took advantage of them. Tyre’s greed even led it to plunder Israel (Joel 4:5-6). It was this arrogant attitude that led Ezekiel to prophesy against the nation. Because of their wealth and accomplishments, the people of Tyre had become blinded to their need for God.Before we condemn Tyre ourselves, we should admit how easy it is for all of us to fall into a similar trap. For example, maybe we believe that somehow we deserve the gifts and blessings we have because we worked hard for them and fail to see that they come from the Lord. Or we might start to look down on some of the people around us because they haven’t achieved as much as we have. We may even start taking advantage of such people the way Tyre treated its neighbors. In all of…

Daily Thought For August 16, 2020

A House of Prayer For All PeoplesMy house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples. (Isaiah 56:7)All of today’s readings tell us that God’s salvation is meant for everyone. The prophet Isaiah speaks of foreigners who will join themselves to the Lord (56:6). The psalmist declares, “May the peoples praise you, O God” (Psalm 67:6). Jesus praises a Canaanite woman’s faith (Matthew 15:28). And Paul, apostle to the Gentiles, proclaims that God wants to “have mercy upon all” (Romans 11:32).For the Jewish people in today’s first reading, this must have been difficult to accept. They had just returned from exile to discover foreigners living in their holy city, Jerusalem. Their covenant told them that they were set apart as a holy people chosen by God. So how could “impure” Gentiles be living on their land? They forgot that God had chosen them by his grace, not just for their own sake, but to bring his light to every nation.This call became increasingly clear in the early Church. Init…

Daily Thought For August 7, 2020

Trust A LIFE LIVED CLOSE TO ME WILL NEVER BE DULL OR PREDICTABLE. Expect each day to contain some surprises! I know you greet that prospect with mixed emotions because of your love-hate relationship with surprises. You enjoy the adrenaline rush that accompanies new, unexpected experiences; this wakes you up and takes you beyond your ordinary routine. Yet there is also a part of you that longs for your life to be predictable. In fact, you usually try to arrange things as to minimize the possibility of being taken by surprise. I will never limit Myself to doing only what you can anticipate and understand. My ways and thoughts are too high above yours for that to be possible. To do so would be to cease being God! So, expect your life to become increasingly surprising as you grow closer to Me. Still, I want to help you become joyful about your unpredictable journey with Me. There is actually much merit in expecting surprises. This helps you view an unforeseen event not as something wrong …

Daily Thought For August 6, 2020

The Transfiguration
We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven. (2 Peter 1:18)
Think of the number of times a court case has been won because of compelling eyewitness testimony. Or think about how someone’s personal story about their faith has stirred your own faith. Clearly, eyewitnesses carry a lot of weight!
In today’s second reading, Peter offers his eyewitness testimony about the Transfiguration so that his readers could deepen their belief that Jesus Christ is Lord. It wasn’t a “cleverly devised myth,” he assures them. No, Peter was there in person and saw Jesus, a flesh-and-blood person himself, appear in “majestic glory” on Mount Tabor (2 Peter 1:16, 17).
Though Jesus isn’t with us in the same way he was with Peter, he is still revealing his glory to his people today—and you have experienced this reality. Every time you see the priest lifting up the Host at Mass, you are witnessing Jesus’ glory. Every time you hear the priest in Confession say, “I absolve you of your sins,” yo…

Daily Thought For August 4, 2020

The Beauty of Prayer
My little children, your hearts, are small, but prayer stretches them and makes them capable of loving God. Through prayer we receive a foretaste of heaven and something of paradise comes down upon us. Prayer never leaves us without sweetness. It is honey that flows into the souls and makes all things sweet. When we pray properly, sorrows disappear like snow before the sun.
St. John Vianney

Daily Thought For August 3, 2020

A Prayer For Guidance

         But I, through the abundance of your mercy,           will enter into your house.           I will bow down toward your holy sanctuary           out of fear of you.           LORD, guide me in your justice because of my foes;           make straight your way before me.
Psalm 5:8-9

Daily Thought For August 1, 2020

Friendship with the Lord
Ask those who love Him with a sincere love, and they will tell you that they find no greater or prompter relief amid the troubles of their life than in loving conversation with their Divine Friend.
St. Alphonsus Liguori

Daily Thought For July 31, 2020

For The Greater Glory of God
All the things in this world are gifts of God, created for us, to be the means by which we can come to know him better, love him more surely, and serve him more faithfully.
St. Ignatius of Loyola

Daily Thought For July 30, 2020

Put On Christ!
Now that we are reborn,…

Daily Thought For July 29, 2020

St. Martha & The Joy of Coming To Faith
When we first think of St. Martha, we probably remember the story of hardworking Martha and her “contemplative” sister, Mary, who didn’t help her in the kitchen (Luke 10:38-42). Many of us probably have felt sorry for Martha when Jesus rebuked her.
But today, on Martha’s feast day, we read a different story. We don’t see busy Martha, complaining Martha, or worried and anxious Martha. We see steady Martha, who has the confidence to go out to meet Jesus and proclaim her faith in him—even in her grief. Martha has changed.
But how did this happen? She has “come to believe” (John 11:27). And so can we.
Martha’s faith was not a one-time event but a progressive growth in understanding of who Jesus was and what it meant to trust him. In this situation with her brother’s illness and death, Martha’s faith grew gradually as she spoke with Jesus and listened to him carefully. She knew that he was the Savior sent into this world. She trusted that he could he…

Daily Thought For July 25, 2020

Great Prayer From Sacred Story Meditations
I believe God created everything in love and for love; I ask for heart-felt knowledge of God's love for me, and for gratitude for the general and particular graces of this day. 
Fr. Bill Watson, S.J. Sacred Story Institute

Daily Thought For July 24, 2020

Faith Helps Us Walk In Confidence
The moment I realized God existed, I knew that I could not do othewise than to live for Him Alone...Faith strips the mask from the world and renders meaningless such words as anxiety, danger and fear, so the believer goes through life calmly and peacefully, with profound joy--like a child, hand and hand with his mother.

Charles de Foucauld

Daily Thought For July 23, 2020

Pray For Civic Leaders
The world would have peace if only men of politics would follow the Gospels.
St. Bridget of Sweden

Daily Thought For July 22, 2020

Mary Magdalene ⎼ Witness To God's Merciful Love 
Yesterday, we celebrated the liturgical Memorial of St Mary Magdalene, a disciple of the Lord who plays a lead role in the Gospels. St Luke lists her among the women who followed Jesus after being "healed of evil spirits and infirmities", explaining that "seven demons had gone out" from her (Lk 8: 2).

Magdalene would be present beneath the Cross with the Mother of Jesus and other women. In the early morning on the first day after the Sabbath she was to be the one to discover the empty tomb, beside which she stood weeping until the Risen Jesus appeared to her (cf. Jn 20: 11).

The story of Mary of Magdala 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.

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Daily Thought For July 21, 2020

Always See Jesus In Each Person
Above all, always see Jesus in every person, and consequently treat each one not only as an equal and as a brother or sister, but also with great humility, respect and selfless generosity.
Charles de Foucauld

Daily Thought For July 19, 2020

Renewing Your Mind
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. I understand your struggles; I know that the world exerts relentless pressure on you, trying to squeeze you into its mold. This is why you need time alone with Me. When you open up to Me and invite Me to transform you, I can work freely in you and accomplish amazing things. One of My most challenging tasks is renovating your mind, and My Spirit is always at work on this project. He does not overwhelm you with HIs Power. Instead, He prompts you gently and convicts you cleanly—showing you where you need to make changes and helping you develop new attitudes. 
Many Christians are unable to discern My will because their minds are entangled in worldliness. The glitter and glamour of this world distract them from Me, so they do not sense My nearness. As you are transformed by the renewing of your mind, you progress in your ability to discern My good and perfect will. You also become increasin…

Daily Thought For July 18, 2020

Only Say The Word And I Shall Be Healed
At communion we ought to ask for the remedy of the vice to which we feel ourselves most inclined.
St. Philip Neri

Daily Thought For July 17, 2020

Great Reflection From Today's Magnificat
"I Desire Mercy"
Putting up with annoying people: This too is a work of mercy, and we don’t always recognize it as such.

Living side by side, we Christians certainly try to love one another according to Jesus’ example and commandment. But despite everyone’s good will, occasionally people with very different personalities end up living together. Thus it is comforting to know that to put up with others is a work of mercy: to endure their behavior, their awkward manner, their nagging; basically to lovingly disregard what are really minor shortcomings. Similar to feeding the hungry and visiting the sick, this is one of the works that will be asked of us at our final examination.

Servant of God Chiara Lubich

Daily Thought For July 16, 2020

St. Teresa of Calcutta's Wish For Students
To students: I pray that all those young people who have graduated, do not carry just a piece of paper with them but that they carry with them love, peace, and joy. That they become the sunshine of God's love to our people, the hope of eternal happiness, and the burning flame of love wherever they go. That they become carriers of God's love. That they be able to give what they have received. For they have received not to keep but to share. 
from Do Something Beautiful For God—The Essential Teachings of Mother Teresa p.59

Daily Thought For July 15, 2020

Encouraging Words The Day After Bastille Day
The Pope, as witness of a God who loves and saves, strives to be a sower of charity and hope. All of human society needs hope. This hope is all the more necessary in today’s world which offers few spiritual aspirations and few material certainties. My greatest concern is for young people. Some of them are struggling to find the right direction, or are suffering from a loss of connection with their families. Still others are experiencing the limits of religious communitarianism. Sometimes on the margins and often left to themselves, they are vulnerable and must come to terms on their own with a reality that often overwhelms them. It is necessary to offer them a sound educational environment and to encourage them to respect and assist others if they are to develop serenely towards the age of responsibility. The Church can offer her own specific contribution in this area. I am also concerned by the social situation in the Western world, marked …

Daily Thought For July 13, 2020

One of My Favorite Quotes From "The Lord of the Rings" 
I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo. "So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.
J.R.R. Tolkien

Daily Thought For July 12, 2020

Give Us Compassion
We should strive to keep our hearts open to the sufferings and wretchedness of other people, and pray continually that God may grant us that spirit of compassion which is truly the spirit of God.
St. Vincent de Paul

Daily Thought For July 8, 2020

Be Just And Fair
Reason is the special characteristic of humans, and yet it is a rare thing to find really reasonable people, since self-love often hinders right reason, and beguiles us without our realizing it into all manner of trifling, yet dangerous acts of injustice and untruth, which, like the little foxes in the Song of Songs, “damage our vines” (Sg 2:15). Precisely because they are trifling, people pay no attention to them, and, being numerous, they do untold harm. Let me give you some examples of what I mean.

We find fault with our neighbor very readily for small matters, while we pass over great things in ourselves. We strive to sell at an inflated price and buy with discounts. We are eager to deal out strict justice to others, but just as eager to obtain indulgence for ourselves. We expect a good interpretation to be put on all we say, but we are sensitive and critical of our neighbor’s words. We expect him to let us buy whatever we want of his, for we have the money, when it…

Daily Thought For July 7, 2020

A Children's King

  I was once visiting a rectory and the guest bedroom
    had a familiar picture of Jesus surrounded by children.
  I had seen this print so often in other places,
    yet I had never stopped to see the signature of the artist.
  That did not seem too important, I guess.
  This time, for some reason, I was struck with the traces
  of real hunger that the children revealed—all of different races—as they approached Jesus.
  There they were, a kind of juvenile version of the United Nations,
    circling in on the Lord.
  “What were all these kids doing off on their own?” I thought.
  Jesus was pictured in the center,
  more or less a center of gravity around which these little ones seem to orbit.
  Perhaps the portrait of Jesus’ strength
    is what made the children appear so much more needy;
    these were real sheep without a Shepherd.
  In a certain way, as young as these children were,
    they looked old, gray and weary from their journey,
    begging Jesus to provide comfort,