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Daily Thought For Aril 11, 2021

  Divine Mercy & The Importance of Forgiveness "He who knows how to forgive prepares for himself many graces from God. As often as I look upon the cross, so often will I forgive with all my heart"  St. Faustina Diary, 390

Daily Thought For April 10, 2021

  Easter & The Joy Beginning Anew The women thought they would find a body to anoint; instead they found an empty tomb.  They went to mourn the dead; instead they heard a proclamation of life.  For this reason, the Gospel tells us, the women “were seized with trembling and amazement” (Mk 16:8); they were filled with trembling, fear and amazement.  Amazement.  A fear mingled with joy that took their hearts by surprise when they saw the great stone before the tomb rolled away and inside a young man in a white robe.  Wonder at hearing the words: “Do not be afraid!  You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified.  He has risen” (v. 6).  And a message: “He is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him” (v. 7).  May we too accept this message, the message of Easter.  Let us go to Galilee, where the Risen Lord has gone ahead of us.  Yet what does it mean “to go to Galilee”? To go to Galilee means, first, to begin anew.  For the disciples it meant going back to the place where th

Daily Thought For April 9, 2021

  Unpredictability in Prayer  “We sometimes forget that the goal of prayer is primarily to deepen our relations of love with God, and this implies a certain unpredictability in the time of prayer.  What we start out ‘looking at’ in prayer is sometimes quickly blanketed in shadow despite our efforts and quickly disappears from sight.  Likewise, the words of Scripture that initially hold our mind with some interest may abruptly collapse into fragments and fade away as if the wind had suddenly caught and scattered them.  What seems at first a failure of this sort may actually conceal an invitation to relinquish our sense of control over prayer and allow the hand of another to take over, namely, God’s hand. ...Indeed, we learn in time that what God seems most to desire are encounters with himself that will be poor and unsupported by any ability on our part.”  (Fr. Donald Haggerty, April 2021 Magnificat for 4-7-21, p. 62-63.)

Daily Thought For April 8, 2021

  Easter People We are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song! St. John Paull II

Daily Thought For August 6, 2021

  Christ At Work In Us A Christian is: a mind through which Christ thinks, a heart through which Christ loves, a voice through which Christ speaks, and a hand through which Christ helps. St. Augustine

Daily Thought For April 5, 2021

  Faith in the Resurrection Lectio Matthew 28:8–15 Meditatio “Say, ‘his disciples came by night and stole him.’  The religious authorities didn’t know what to make of Jesus’ disappearance, and wanted to squelch any rumors at the outset. So they came up with a tale about theft. People would buy it, they thought. And people did buy it. The story was still circulating when Matthew’s Gospel reached its final edit, several decades later. A deep gulf had been dredged between people who passionately believed in the resurrection of Jesus and others who emphatically did not. Our world today is both similar to that world and different from it. The gulf is present, but seldom mentioned. There is little evidence of passionate belief. Why does the somber season of Lent come so naturally, while the joyous season of Easter seems so challenging? By way of an answer, how often do we think of Easter, once the feast itself has passed? In some cultures, people used to (and may still do) greet one another

Daily Thought For April 2, 2021

  Good Friday ⏤ Jesus Lowers Himself To Raise Us Up This evening, in faith, we have accompanied Jesus as he takes the final steps of his earthly journey, the most painful steps, the steps that lead to Calvary. We have heard the cries of the crowd, the words of condemnation, the insults of the soldiers, the lamentation of the Virgin Mary and of the women. Now we are immersed in the silence of this night, in the silence of the cross, the silence of death. It is a silence pregnant with the burden of pain borne by a man rejected, oppressed, downtrodden, the burden of sin which mars his face, the burden of evil. Tonight we have re-lived, deep within our hearts, the drama of Jesus, weighed down by pain, by evil, by human sin. What remains now before our eyes? It is a crucified man, a cross raised on Golgotha, a cross which seems a sign of the final defeat of the One who brought light to those immersed in darkness, the One who spoke of the power of forgiveness and of mercy, the One who asked

Daily Thought For March 30, 2021

  Love, Sorrow, Fruitfulness One of the most important things in the spiritual life is to understand well the close relationship between love and sacrifice. It is easily understood that love is the basis of perfection, and the soul delights in confirming it. For love marvelously corresponds to something deep that the soul bears in its interior: a vital yearning that is vehement and, in a certain sense, unparalleled. And when we come in contact with what is fleeting and superficial, the emptiness of the affections of earth, we impetuously fling toward divine love. That love is so profound that it reaches to the deepest part of our soul, into regions that mundane affections never touch. It is so perfect that it satisfies forever without ever tiring. It is so enduring that it is immortal and so abiding that nothing and no one can uproot it when it has implanted itself in our heart. Frequently, however, one has an inexact concept of love.… It [the soul] does not understand that in this lif

Daily Thought For March 29, 2021

To Possess God Saint Jane’s advice to a soul suffering from spiritual trials: Remain, I beg of you, unshaken in the assurance I give you on God’s part that your faith, hope, and charity are more alive and more perfect than they have ever been. Think no more whether you possess them or possess any virtue. With a mental loving glance at your resolutions, abide in this surety. Carefully avoid any desire to be delivered from your trouble and deprivation. It is a grace that God gives you in order to perfect in you all virtues. It is a reward and not a chastisement. Have no doubt of this. God wills that you should bear this trial patiently, in absolute submission to him, without allowing your mind to seek either sight or knowledge of what is passing within you. Forbid all disputation or reflections on your temptations whatever they are, and do not ask yourself why this trial is given you. Make no effort to analyze or to subdue your sufferings, temptations, troubles, sorrows, darkness, obscur

Daily Thought For March 28, 2021

  Flood Our Souls With Grace!     For       there is one God;          there is also one mediator between God and humankind,       Christ Jesus, himself human,          who gave himself a ransom for all.… 1 Timothy 2:5–6 God became human in Christ to show us what it really means to be human, that is, to share in God’s life. The one who denies a relationship with God is like a story that is half finished, or a building that has been abandoned before construction is complete. Each person “has a capacity to let loose in him or herself the risen Christ.” When the risen Christ is let loose in us, God’s image is renewed and restored, we are once more in communion with God through the Holy Spirit, and we participate in the kingdom of God, becoming by grace what God is by nature. Saint Maximus the Confessor (580–655) wrote, “Man by the grace of God can become that which God is.”       Prayer:      Lord, flood my soul with your grace. Hermes, K. J. (2009). Minute Meditations for Lent. (C. S. Se

Daily Thought For March 26, 2021

Increase Our Faith! Lectio John 10:31–42 Meditatio “[M]any there began to believe in him.” Today’s Gospel begins to prepare us for the momentous events of Good Friday, one week from today. It describes what happened when some people picked up rocks to stone Jesus. He pointed out that he had shown them many good works from his Father and asked, “For which of these are you trying to stone me?” They answered that it was because “you, a man, are making yourself God.” Although they had seen the signs he worked, they did not believe. The people whom John describes at the end of today’s reading, instead, “began to believe in him.” What a contrast: unbelief and belief! We have received the gift of faith, through which we believe all that God has revealed. How does our faith affect our daily living? For example, we know that Jesus redeemed us. Does our belief lead us to confidently ask for forgiveness whenever we sin? Does our belief that God loves us unconditionally enkindle our trust in his p

Daily Thought For March 25, 2021

  The Annunciation Mary showed complete trust in God by agreeing to be used as an instrument in his plan of salvation. She trusted him in spite of her nothingness because she knew he who is mighty could do great things in her and through her. Once she said “yes” to him, she never doubted. She was just a young woman, but she belonged to God and nothing nor anyone could separate her from him.”  St. Teresa of Calcutta

Daily Thought For March 24, 2021

  God's Mercy Sets Us Free Pinocchio was free to tell a lie, but he was not free from the effect it had on his nose. Freedom is a fragile gift. Misusing it results in losing it and becoming a slave. Addiction confirms it. I may be free to take an addictive drug, but later I will not be free not to take it.  The truth is that God is love frees us from living in fear of him. God's mercy free us from attempting to hide our sin from him, like Adam and Eve, who clothed themselves and hid from God to avoid being seen in the nakedness of their accusing consciences. Lent is the season of running to God, not away from him.  God is omniscient and omnipresent. There is no shielding ourselves from his gaze. Avoiding him is slavery to the fear of condemnation. But there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:10). The only truth that frees us from avoiding the truth about sin is the higher truth of God's mercy. Faith in God's mercy is how we shall know that we

Daily Thought For March 23, 2021

  A Shift In Prayer A nun I know once told me she kept begging God to take her character defects away from her. After years of this prayer, God finally got back to her: I'm not going to take anything away from you, you have to give it to Me. Anne Lamott

Daily Thought For March 22, 2021

  Light A Candle I think the difference between me and some people is that I'm content to do my little bit. Sometimes people think they have to do big things in order to make change. But if each one would light a candle we'd have a tremendous light. Servant of God Thea Bowman

Daily Thought For March 20, 2021

  Nicodemus  The readings today depict Jeremiah and Jesus as rejected prophets. Controversy swirls around Jeremiah, who is shocked and shaken to discover that his opponents have been “hatching plots” against him while he has been totally unsuspecting, “like a trusting lamb led to slaughter” (11:19). In the Gospel of John, controversy swirls around Jesus, too. The crowd is divided over the question of his origins. The Temple police are taken in by his teaching. Dissent even comes from within the Pharisees’ ranks, as Nicodemus objects, “Does our law condemn a person before it first hears him and finds out what he is doing?” (Jn 7:51). The reappearance of Nicodemus, that “closet Christian” who came to Jesus under cover of night (see Jn 3:2), is an interesting development. His defense of Jesus is weak and ineffective. The sarcasm of his fellows easily dismisses him. He is not a hero, and sometimes defending one’s faith in Jesus requires nothing less than heroism. But Nicodemus’s heart is i

Daily Thought For March 19, 2021

  St. Joseph Now, one hundred and fifty years after his proclamation as Patron of the Catholic Church by Blessed Pius IX (8 December 1870), I would like to share some personal reflections on this extraordinary figure, so close to our own human experience. For, as Jesus says, “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Mt 12:34). My desire to do so increased during these months of pandemic, when we experienced, amid the crisis, how “our lives are woven together and sustained by ordinary people, people often overlooked. People who do not appear in newspaper and magazine headlines, or on the latest television show, yet in these very days are surely shaping the decisive events of our history. Doctors, nurses, storekeepers and supermarket workers, cleaning personnel, caregivers, transport workers, men and women working to provide essential services and public safety, volunteers, priests, men and women religious, and so very many others. They understood that no one is saved alone…

Daily Thought For March 18, 2021

Cheerfulness  "A cheerful glance brings joy to the heart; good news invigorates the bones." ( Proverbs 15:30) Cheerfulness prepares a glorious mind for all the noblest acts.  St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Daily Thought For March 17, 2021

  Happy St. Patrick's Day! May the strength of God pilot us, may the wisdom of God instruct us, may the hand of God protect us, may the word of God direct us. Be always ours this day and for evermore. St. Patrick

Daily Thought For March 15, 2021

  Spring Is Already Here! It is always springtime in the heart that loves God. St. John Vianney

Daily Thought for March 14, 2021

  Don't Fear The Desert Throughout history there have been many men and women who have chosen to imitate Jesus as he withdraws into the desert... To pass time in the desert means to create a little emptiness and silence around us, to rediscover the road to our heart, to remove ourselves from the noise and external distractions, to enter into contact with the deepest source of our being and our faith. Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa

Daily Thought For March 12, 2021

  Letting Ourselves Receive the Love of God “He does not say to you as to Peter: Do you love me more than these? Listen to what he tells you: ‘Let yourself be loved more than these! That is, without fearing that any obstacle will be a hindrance to it, for I am free to pour out my love on whom I wish! “Let yourself be loved more than these” is your vocation. It is in being faithful to it that you will make me happy for you will magnify the power of my love. This love can rebuild what you have destroyed.  Let yourself be loved.’” St. Elizabeth of the Trinity

Daily Thought For March 11, 2021

  We Belong To God We did not make ourselves; we cannot be supreme over ourselves. We cannot be our own masters. We are God’s property by creation, by redemption, by regeneration. He has a triple claim upon us. Is it not our happiness thus to view the matter? Is it any happiness, or any comfort, to consider that we are our own? It may be thought so by the young and prosperous. These may think it a great thing to have everything, as they suppose, their own way, to depend on no one, to have to think of nothing out of sight, to be without the irksomeness of continual acknowledgment, continual prayer, continual reference of what they do to the will of another. But as time goes on, they, as all men, will find that independence was not made for man—that it is an unnatural state—may do for a while, but will not carry us on safely to the end. No, we are creatures; and, as being such, we have two duties, to be resigned and to be thankful. Let us then view God’s providences toward us more religi

Daily Thought For March 10, 2021

  The Need For Beauty This world in which we live needs beauty in order not to sink into despair. It is beauty, like truth, which brings joy to the heart of man and is that precious fruit which resists the year and tear of time, which unites generations and makes them share things in admiration. St. Pope Paul VI

Daily Thought For March 9, 2021

  Do Not Despise Small Beginnings 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. St. Oscar Romero

Daily Thought For March 8, 2021

 The Gift of Intense Prayer In The Power of the Holy Spirit In facing the persecution it suffered for the cause of Jesus, not only was the community neither frightened nor divided but it was also deeply united in prayer, as one person, to invoke the Lord. I would say that this is the first miracle which is worked when because of their faith believers are put to the test. Their unity, rather than being jeopardized is strengthened because it is sustained by steadfast prayer. The Church must not fear the persecutions which she has been subjected to throughout her history but must always trust, like Jesus at Gethsemane, in the presence, help and power of God, invoked in prayer. Let us take a further step: what does the Christian community ask God at this moment of trial? It does not ask for the safety of life in the face of persecution, nor that the Lord get even with those who imprisoned Peter and John; it asks only that it be granted “to speak [his] word with all boldness” (Acts 4:29); i

Daily Thought For March 6, 2021

  Returning to the Father's House Lectio Luke 15:1–3, 11–32 Meditatio “While he was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion.” Luke’s parable of the prodigal son moves me every time I hear it. It is too close to home. Who among us has not known the comparison and competition that makes us look at one another as rivals rather than brothers and sisters? We fear there will not be enough (of whatever), and we’d better protect our share. Who will look out for Number I, if I do not? Our loved ones look on in sorrow, but we take our share and off we go. The younger son wants his inheritance, and he wants it now. Without question, the father grants his son’s request, gives him his portion of the estate, and lets him go. He knows his son, knows he does not yet have the maturity, the experience, or the wisdom to make all the “right” choices. How vulnerable he will be in this cold and dangerous world! The son has to make his own mistakes, perhaps ma

Daily Thought For March 4, 2021

  The Meaning of "Fear of the Lord" Blessed are those who fear the Lord, who walk in his ways. Notice that when Scripture speaks of the fear of the Lord it does not leave the phrase in isolation, as if it were a complete summary of faith. No, many things are added to it, or are presupposed by it. From these we may learn its meaning and excellence. In the book of Proverbs Solomon tells us: If you cry out for wisdom and raise your voice for understanding, if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord. We see here the difficult journey we must undertake before we can arrive at the fear of the Lord.   We must begin by crying out for wisdom. We must hand over to our intellect the duty of making every decision. We must look for wisdom and search for it. Then we must understand the fear of the Lord.   “Fear” is not to be taken in the sense that common usage gives it. Fear in this ordinary sense is the trepidation ou

Daily Thought For March 3, 2021

  The Power To Save May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ. 2 Thessalonians 3:5 Come, says the Lord, I know you are ready to throw in the towel, but it is precisely at this moment that I offer you the leap of faith. You feel me to be far away. Instead, I am right at the door knocking, promising you freedom. Freedom doesn’t mean liberation from responsibility—a type of second childhood. No. I offer you a strong freedom—freedom from yourself, if you are willing to walk forward in abandonment to my designs for your life. No life can be compared to another, because infinite are my dreams for my children. I will extract you from wherever you feel caught in. You will experience my power to save as soon as you place your life into my hands. First you must believe, then you will see. Mine are strong hands, but they are safe hands.       Prayer:      Lord, show me the way to inner freedom. Hermes, K. J. (2009). Minute Meditations for Lent. (C. S. S

Daily Thought For March 2, 2021

  Great Advice from Dr. Seuss When something bad happens you have three choices. You can either let it define you, let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you. Theodor Seuss "Ted" Geisel

Daily Thought For February 28, 2021

The Freedom of Faith Abraham must have felt trapped. He had already given up so much to follow the Lord, and God had blessed him richly. So logic would tell him that he would be blessed if he obeyed the Lord this time. But this was the hardest thing God could possibly ask of him: to kill his son with a knife and burn his corpse in ritual sacrifice. Could God really want that? But Abraham had already told God, “Here I am!” (Genesis 22:1). He had committed himself, and there was no backing out. Try to imagine that three-day journey to the place of sacrifice. The silence, the awkward answers to Isaac’s questions, the agonizing over what he was about to do. How many times did Abraham almost turn around and head back home? But somehow, Abraham trusted that God would still fulfill his promises. So when he arrived at the place, Abraham told his servants, “We will . . . come back to you” (Genesis 22:4). Even then, he trusted that both he and Isaac would return. Notice, when the angel intervene

Daily Thought For February 27, 2021

Conversion Is A Step By Step Process Lectio Matthew 5:43–48 Meditatio “So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” This morning I happened to pick up a personal notebook that I had kept about fourteen years ago. I had written in it some resolutions about ways I could grow spiritually, noting several areas for improvement. Not much has changed in fourteen years! I had to laugh at myself because I realized that despite all my plans and good intentions, I still have to work on a lot of the same areas that I was working on back then. I’m pretty much the same person. I suppose I could get discouraged at that. But it’s probably the same for most people. We do grow, change, and mature through the years. But we also have our same personality, genetic makeup, and personal background that have stamped us in certain ways. I’ll probably be writing the same resolutions for Lent until the end of my life. And that’s okay. God doesn’t expect us to be perfect in the sense of not having any

Daily Thought For February 26, 2021

  Enlightened by Faith The soul enlightened by faith judges things in a very different way than those who, having only the standard of the senses by which to measure them, ignore the inestimable treasure they contain. The one who knows that a certain person in disguise is the king, behaves toward him very differently than another who, only perceiving him to be an ordinary man, treats him accordingly. In the same way, the soul that recognizes the will of God in the smallest event as well as in those that are the most distressing, receives all things with an equal joy, pleasure, and respect. Such a soul throws open its doors to receive with honor what others fear and flee from with horror. The outward appearance may be mean and contemptible, but beneath this abject garb the heart discovers and honors the majesty of the King. The deeper the abasement of his entry in such a guise and the more secret, the greater does the heart become filled with love. I cannot describe what the heart feels

Daily Thought For February 25, 2021

  Ask And You Shall Receive Lectio Matthew 7:7–12 Meditatio “Ask and it will be given to you …” We have heard or read these words countless times—at Mass, on a retreat, reading Scripture. Their very familiarity could make them lose their impact unless we really think about them. I once met a young woman who was not very religious. We were talking about the Bible, and I was amazed when she quoted this passage and told me that she tried to live her life by these words. She confided that she had been searching for meaning in her life and one day read this saying of Jesus. It struck her, and she found in it an answer to her yearning. She realized that God was the one she had been searching for, and that she could trust in God and his promises. Jesus understands our needs, desires, and wants. How can we not be touched by Jesus’ assurance that he hears us knocking and he sees us searching? This is not the only place in Scripture where Jesus makes this promise. For example, Jesus says in the

Daily Thought For February 24, 2021

  An Ocean of Love There is an ocean of Gods love available-there is plenty for everyone. May God grant you never to doubt that victorious love-whatever the circumstances. Corrie Ten Boom

Daily Thought For February 22, 2021

 Replanting Repotting a plant is a stressful but essential step in keeping it strong and healthy. You might have a small plant that seems happy but is bursting out of its pot. So you replant it into a larger pot so that the roots have room to grow. For a week or two, however, the poor plant doesn’t look so good. It might wilt or look sickly in its new home. But after a little while, it takes off again. Roots begin spreading again. Stems shoot up. Leaves sprout and produce abundant flowers. This is similar to what happens to Simon Peter in today’s Gospel reading. Peter had grown to the point of acknowledging that Jesus was Israel’s Messiah. So Jesus could see he was ready to be replanted into a new environment. By giving him a new name and placing him in a new role, Jesus gave him the chance to grow even more. Peter was very likely shocked by this transition. It wasn’t an easy shift, but it was worth it. Just think about all that Peter was able to accomplish once his roots in Christ wer

Daily Thought For February 19, 2021

  Prayer Is Seeking A Relationship Not Answers Seek a relationship when you pray, not answers. You won't always find answers, but you will always find Jesus. Fr. Mike Schmitz

Daily Thought For February 18, 2021

  A Blessed Lent! Dear brothers and sisters, every moment of our lives is a time for believing, hoping and loving. The call to experience Lent as a journey of conversion, prayer and sharing of our goods, helps us – as communities and as individuals – to revive the faith that comes from the living Christ, the hope inspired by the breath of the Holy Spirit and the love flowing from the merciful heart of the Father. May Mary, Mother of the Saviour, ever faithful at the foot of the cross and in the heart of the Church, sustain us with her loving presence. May the blessing of the risen Lord accompany all of us on our journey towards the light of Easter. excerpt Message For Lent 2021 Pope Francis

Daily Thought For February 17, 2021 (Ash Wednesday)

  Reflection For Ash Wednesday First Reading: Jl 2:12–18 Responsorial Psalm: Ps 51:3–4, 5–6ab, 12–13, 14, 17 Second Reading: 2 Cor 5:20–6:2 Gospel: Mt 6:1–6, 16–18 In many ways today’s New Testament readings—from 2 Corinthians and from Matthew—echo the Old Testament reading from the prophet Joel. Joel’s words are set in a time of crisis, a defining moment. In that critical moment, he summons the whole people of God to gather in the liturgical assembly to pray and fast. Playing on the Hebrew word shub, which means “turn,” he tells the people to “return” to the Lord their God in the hope that God may “turn” (relent) and take pity on them. Paul proclaims this message as well. Like Joel, he too addresses people at a defining moment, “the acceptable time” (2 Cor 6:2). As Christ’s ambassador, Paul implores the Corinthians to return and be reconciled to the God who has graciously turned to them in Christ. Joel also warns the people that the public character of their gathering must not detract

Daily Thought For February 15, 2021

Humility If you want to learn something that will really help you, learn to see yourself as God sees you and not as you see yourself in the distorted mirror of your own self-importance. Thomas a Kempis

Daily Thought For February 14, 2021

  Living Right I URGE YOU TO USE WORDS WITH RESTRAINT. Misusing words is one of the easiest ways to sin—and one of the deadliest. In fact, the tongue is a fire that corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. You would be wise to follow the example of David, who wrote: Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips. Controlling your tongue is so difficult that you cannot do it without massive help.  Actually, I want to help you control not only your spoken words but also your thoughts. The contents of your thoughts have an enormous influence on your health and well-being. Many people are depressed or anxious because their thinking is so distorted and unbiblical. If this problem remains uncorrected, it can lead to a breakdown of health. However, Scripture provides correction: Pleasant words are sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. When My Spirit is controlling your thoughts and words, both your

Daily Thought For February 13, 2021

  The Grace of the Present Moment Trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. St. Teresa of Avila

Daily Thought for February 11, 2021

  A Person of Faith He desired nothing more than to serve God . . . and nothing less. As he shared his story, bit by bit, during the days of my retreat, he gave the clear impression that his life was not about him but rather a reflection of the movement and action of God in his life. He liked sharing his story, because it allowed him to share about God. He was faithful because he knew to the core of his being that God was faithful, and he clearly enjoyed helping others to the same understanding. He was a living example of both the simplicity and profundity of what it means to be a person of faith. Walter J. Ciszek, With God in America: The Spiritual Legacy of an Unlikely Jesuit

Daily Thought For February 10, 2021

  Freedom COME TO ME WHEN YOU ARE HURTING, AND I WILL SHARE YOUR PAIN. Come to Me when you are joyful, and I will share your Joy—multiplying it many times over.  I invite you to come to Me just as you are—no matter what condition you’re in. You don’t have to clean up your act first, since I already know the worst about you. When you’re hurting, you want to be with someone who understands you without condemning you. When you’re happy, you delight in being with someone who loves you enough to celebrate with you. I understand you compassionately and love you exuberantly, so bring more and more of yourself to Me.  Most people are selective about which parts of themselves they share with Me. Some hesitate to bring Me the traits they consider shameful. Others are so used to living with painful feelings—loneliness, fear, guilt—that it never occurs to them to ask for help in dealing with these things. Still others get so preoccupied with their struggles that they forget I’m even here.  There a

Daily Thought For February 9, 2021

  The Power of Prayer The devil smiles when we make plans. He laughs when we get too  busy. But he trembles when we pray-especially when we pray together. Corrie Ten Boom

Daily Thought For February 8, 2021

  Scripture & Joy The stream of holy Scripture flows not from human research but from revelation by God. It springs from the Father of lights, from whom all fatherhood in heaven and on earth takes its name. From him, through his Son Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit flows into us; and through the Holy Spirit, giving, at will, different gifts to different people, comes the gift of faith, and through faith Jesus Christ has his dwelling in our hearts. This is the knowledge of Jesus Christ which is the ultimate basis of the solidity and wisdom of the whole of holy Scripture.   From all this it follows that it is impossible for anyone to start to recognise Scripture for what it is if he does not already have faith in Christ infused into him. Christ is the lamp that illuminates the whole of Scripture: he is its gateway and its foundation. For this faith is behind all the supernatural enlightenments that we receive while we are still separated from the Lord and on our pilgrimage. It makes our

Daily Thought For February 7, 2021

  Believing In The Goodness of the Lord Lectio Mark 1:29–39 Meditatio “He approached … and helped her up.” Today’s Gospel impresses us with Jesus’ compassion. We observe that as soon as he enters the house of Simon and Andrew, people tell Jesus that Simon’s mother-in-law is sick with a fever. He approaches her, helps her up and heals her. In the evening, everyone in town comes to see Jesus. We can imagine their hope as they bring their ill or possessed family members and neighbors, pleading with Jesus to heal them. We can almost hear the compassion and goodness in his voice, see the gestures as his mercy reaches out to them. His heart is so moved with love that he cures many people suffering from various diseases and drives out many demons. The following morning, Jesus’ compassion leads him to travel to other villages, to preach in those places too. His ministry was not limited to physical healings but was extended to the spiritual. Familiar with Jesus’ teachings in the Gospels, we rec

Daily Thought For February 5, 2021

  Lead Kindly Light LEAD, Kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom     Lead Thou me on!   The night is dark, and I am far from home—     Lead Thou me on!   Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see   The distant scene—one step enough for me.   I was not ever thus, nor pray’d that Thou     Shouldst lead me on.   I loved to choose and see my path, but now     Lead Thou me on!   I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,   Pride ruled my will: remember not past years.   So long Thy power hath blest me, sure it still     Will lead me on,   O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent,     till The night is gone;   And with the morn those angel faces smile   Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile. At Sea June 16, 1833 Newman, J. H. (2010). Life’s Purpose: Wisdom from John Henry Newman (pp. 1–2). Boston, MA: Pauline Books & Media.

Daily Thought for February 4, 2021

  Content In Weakness Without self-knowledge you have no root in yourselves personally; you may endure for a time, but under affliction or persecution your faith will not last. This is why many in this age (and in every age) become infidels, heretics, schismatics, disloyal despisers of the Church. They cast off the form of truth, because it never has been to them more than a form. They endure not, because they never have tasted that the Lord is gracious; and they never have had experience of His power and love, because they have never known their own weakness and need. St. John Henry Newman

Daily Thought For February 2, 2021

  Imitating Christ Christ-as always, the model-never sat back, crossed his arms, and dismissed the annoying, the troublesome, or the unpromising. He never name-called, never judged, never treated a single person with contempt. Christ talked to everybody, he mingled with everybody, he shared his message with everybody, and he also loved everybody. So don't count the cost with anybody either. We don't waste our time with people who don't want what we have to offer. But if they do, one form of martyrdom is to give a listening ear or an understanding smile to all comers. Heather King

Daily Thought For February 1, 2021

  Staying Together When The Enemy Tries To Drive Us Apart The atomization of contemporary life has left most of us vulnerable to demoralization—and therefore, to manipulation. Christians are no different. It’s easy for believers to feel that they are all alone, even when they are gathered at worship. By their indifference to solidarity, and surrendering to social disintegration as the new normal, Christians make it easier for those in power who hate us to control us.  We desperately need to throw off the chains of solitude and find the freedom that awaits us in fellowship. The testimony of anti-communist dissidents is clear: Only in solidarity with others can we find the spiritual and communal strength to resist. The longer we remain isolated in a period of liberty, the harder it will be to find one another in a time of persecution. We must see in our brothers and sisters not a burden of obligation but the blessing of our own freedom from loneliness, suspicion, and defeat.  Discerning