Showing posts from January, 2018

Daily Thought For January 31, 2018

Advice From Our Saint From The Day  Act today in such a way that you need not blush tomorrow. St. John Bosco

Daily Thought For January 30, 2018

A Prayer To Do God’s Will           Dear Holy Spirit, my God, teach me to talk well and wisely. Let me avoid useless conversations. Help me to speak often of You. Grant that my words may never hurt people of good will. May my words always bring consolation to those in sorrow, guidance to those who are confused, light to the ignorant, hope to those who despair, comfort to those who are troubled, and good advice to those in need. Take my lips and make them Yours. Take possession of my mind and make it an instrument of Your goodness and a channel of Your truth. I hope to become a person of silence, that is, one who prefers to talk to God rather than to people. In my human conversations, may I always bring You closer to them and them closer to You. Amen.    from  My Daily Bread  page 220

Daily Thought For January 29, 2018

Praying For Others       Apply yourself attentively to pray for all rational creatures, for the mystical body of the holy church, and for those friends whom I have given you, whom you love with particular love. And be careful not to be negligent in giving them the benefit of your prayers, the example of your life, and the teaching of your words, reproving vice and encouraging virtue according to your power.    St. Catherine of Siena

Daily Thought For January 27, 2018

Keeping Our Cool           If you should temporarily lose your sense of well-being, don't be too quick to despair. With humility and patience, wait for God, who is able to give you back even more profound comfort.       There is nothing novel about this to those who are familiar with God's ways. The great saints and ancient prophets frequently experienced the alternation of up and down, joy and sorrow. One of them, while he was enjoying a mountain-top experience said: When I felt secure, I said, “I will never be shaken." O LORD, when you favored me, you made my mountain stand firm; but when you hid your face, I was dismayed.       And yet, even while he was going through this, he did not feel crushed. With renewed passion he prayed: Hear, O LORD, and be merciful to me; O LORD, be my help.       In time, his prayer was answered. This is his report: You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.       If the great saints ar

Daily Thought For January 26, 2018

The Quest For Authenticity  There are moments in every person's life when we are filled with self-disgust, when consciousness of failure tears the mask from self-assurance and self-justification, and reality stands revealed-even if only for a moment.  Occasionally such a moment produces a permanent change and the mask is not resumed.  Our natural tendency is to avoid these moments of truth.  Pride, cowardice, and above all an intuitive feeling that the only way out of a situation will be to humble oneself and submit, tempt a person to declare reality unreal and to pronounce the counterfeit genuine.   The shock may come when a great wrong, or a succession of mischances, has sapped a person's self-confidence and forced him to take a closer look at himself. Everything depends on whether he takes this seriously or passes it off as a moment of 'weakness' from which he speedily 'recovers.'  In that case his last state is worse than his first-he becomes immuni

Daily Thought For January 25, 2018

True Christianity Is From The Inside Out Christianity teaches us to work from within to the outward and not vice versa; the perfect life, whether individual or social, cannot be attained through any programme imposed externally: spiritual rebirth is essential and it proceeds from freedom and grace. Compulsion will never make good Christians or a Christian social order; there must be an effective and real change in the hearts of persons and of peoples, and the realization of this perfect life is a task of infinite difficulty and endless duration. Nicholas Berdyaev -  The Bourgeois Mind,  1934

Daily Thought For January 24, 2018

On The Memorial of My Favorite Saint — Encouraging Words Retire at various times into the solitude of your own heart, even while outwardly engaged in discussions or transactions with others, and talk to God.  St. Francis de Sales

Daily Thought For January 23, 2018

When Jesus Is In Our Boat -We Stay Afloat!             When the hurricane rages and we find ourselves faced with similar situations; when all our efforts seem to be achieving nothing, we must follow the example of the Apostles, turn to Jesus and put all our trust in him:  Save, Lord; we are perishing . Then we will feel the effectiveness of his infinite power and will be filled with confidence and serenity.        Why are you afraid, 0 men of little faith?  He says to his followers, when He sees them overcome with anxiety and convinced that they are sinking. Why are you afraid if I am with you? He is the certainty of certainties. It is enough to be with him in his boat, where He can see us, for us to overcome all the fears we have and the difficulties we may encounter, when we are overwhelmed by meagre results and worry, by trials, by a sense of being misunderstood and by temptations. A lack of trustful certainty only makes its appearance when our faith is weak.

Daily Thought For January 12, 2018

Cheerfulness        In our daily relationships with people, cheerfulness, which we show by smiling at the right moment or by being pleasant to those we encounter, opens the door for many souls who are on the point of closing themselves to any sort of dialogue or understanding. Cheerfulness encourages people and helps them in their work, and assists in overcoming the numerous reverses that life sometimes brings. A person who habitually lets himself succumb to gloominess and pessimism and does not struggle to overcome it straightaway, will be a dead weight, something of a morbid liability for others. Cheerfulness enriches other people, because it is the expression of an interior richness that is not improvised, stemming as it does from the deep conviction that we are, and recognize that we are, children of God. Many people have found God through the joy and the peace emanating from Christians they come in contact with.    from In Conversation with God by Francis Fernandez Volume

Daily Thought For January 11, 2018

Pray Constantly         Remember to take a few moments inwardly even as you are busy at your occupation. A crowd of people around will not be able to intrude upon this private act. King David was busy with many responsibilities and yet he often says in his psalms, Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand; I have set the LORD always before me; my eyes are ever on the LORD.      We will often not be too busy to turn aside to God for an instant. In fact, we can present our souls to him a thousand times a day. Sprinkle a seasoning of short prayers on your daily living. If you see something beautiful, thank God for it. If you are aware of someone’s need, ask God to help. St. Francis looked at a stream of water and prayed, “God’s grace flows just as gently and sweetly as this brook.” You can toss up many such prayers all day long. They will help you in your meditation and in your secular employment as well. Make a habit of it.    St. Francis de Sales: The Devout Life

Daily Thought For January 10, 2018

Don't Delay! Peace Is Waiting For You Today!   God does not lay a great burden on us ― a little thinking of him, a little adoration, sometimes to pray for grace, sometimes to offer him your sorrows, sometimes to thank him for the good things he does. Lift up your heart to him even at meals and when you  are in company. The least little remembrance will always be acceptable to him. You don't have to be loud. He is nearer to us than you think.       You don't have to be in church all the time in order to be with God. We can make a chapel in our heart, where we can withdraw from time to time and converse with him in meekness, humility, and love. Everyone has the capacity for such intimate conversation with God, some more, some less. He knows what we can do. Get started. Maybe he is just waiting for one strong resolution on your part. Have courage.       I don't know what is to become of me. Peace of soul descends on me even in my sleep. I can't imagine what

Daily Thought For January 9, 2018

Measure Meekness I would encourage you to nurture the two obvious aspects of meekness―humbly accepting God’s will and practicing moderation in your own needs and demands. Ask yourself these questions as a way to measure meekness in your own life:     1. Are you willing to accept where  God has placed you, to be at peace with it, and to do the best you can wherever you are?     2. Are you a person of moderation, one who doesn’t do anything to such an excess that you unduly become a cause of discomfort for others?      3. Are you willing in imitation of Christ to surrender even moderation in favor of self-denial when you face the demands of justice or of Christian charity?      As you make these two qualities your aim―especially the acceptance of God’s will―you will find yourself advancing in the spiritual life. You will experience a deepening inner composure that helps you to pray and to do the will of God. And you will gradually experience more of God’s light illuminating  the pat

Daily Thought For January 6, 2017

God Provides What We Truly Need The Lord can leave us wanting relative to certain things (sometimes judged indispensable in the eyes of the world), but He never leaves us deprived of what is essential: His presence, His peace and all that is necessary for the complete fulfillment of our lives, according to His plans for us.  Fr. Jacques Philippe , Searching for and Maintaining Peace 

Daily Thought For January 5, 2018

 Challenges For Families Of Our Time The responses given to the two pre-synodal  consultations spoke of a great variety of situations  and the new challenges that they pose. In  addition to those already mentioned, many of  the respondents pointed to the problems families  face in raising children. In many cases, parents  come home exhausted, not wanting to talk, and  many families no longer even share a common  meal. Distractions abound, including an addiction  to television. This makes it all the more difficult  for parents to hand on the faith to their  children. Other responses pointed to the effect  of severe stress on families, who often seem  more caught up with securing their future than  with enjoying the present. This is a broader cultural  problem, aggravated by fears about steady  employment, finances and the future of children. Drug use was also mentioned as one of  the scourges of our time, causing immense suffering  and even breakup for many families. The  same is

Daily Thought For January 4, 2017

Prayer From Mass For St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Lord God, you blessed Elizabeth Seton with gifts of grace as wife and mother, educator and foundress, so that she might spend her life in service to your people. Through her example and prayers may we learn to express our love for you in love for our fellow men and women. 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. Opening Collect from The Roman Missal Memorial of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Daily Thought For January 2, 2018

The Bond of Perfection Human beings only become perfect when they are overflowing with love.  St. John Climacus