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A Daily Dose Thursday, April 30, 2009

Oh, God, for this day, just one day, let me live generously, kindly, in a state of grace and goodness that denies my many imperfections and makes me more like you.

"We can't be judgmental of someone at work and leave it behind just by leaving work. We can't stay angry at our spouse. If we look fearfully at one thing, a tinge of anxiety settles over all things. Judgment, anger, and fear are all mindsets."
Hugh Prather

Matthew 12:35-37

“A good person brings forth good out of a store of goodness, but an evil person brings forth evil out of a store of evil. I tell you, on the Day of Judgment people will render an account for every careless word they speak. By your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned."

A Daily Dose Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Everything comes from love, all is ordained for the salvation of man; God does nothing without this goal in mind.Saint Catherine of Siena (1347-1380)

Deuteronomy 30:19-20

I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live, by loving the Lord, your God, heeding His voice, and holding fast to Him.

 

A Daily Dose Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Clothed with Christ

The value of life does not depend upon the place we occupy, but upon the way we occupy that place. Saint Theresa of Lisieux

Galatians 3:25-27

But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a disciplinarian. For through faith you are all children of God in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

A Daily Dose Monday, April 27, 2009

Do Not Worry!

May the management of our time begin with a commitment to contemplative prayer.
"There are exactly twenty-four hours in each day. Managing your time isn't the real issue. Your time is fixed. What you need is to manage the activities that are consuming your time."
Norman V. Peale & Ken Blanchard

Luke 12:22-25

"He said to his disciples, "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life and what you will eat, or about your body and what you will wear. For life is more than food and the body more than clothing. Notice the ravens: they do not sow or reap; they have neither storehouse nor barn, yet God feeds them. How much more important are you than birds! Can any of you by worrying add a moment to your lifespan?"

 

A Daily Dose Sunday, April 26, 2009

The more we depend on God, the more dependable we find God is.
Cliff Richards

‘Go out into the darkness and put your hand in the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.’ MinnieLouise Haskins

Psalm 108:4, 6, 12–13

"O Lord, your constant love reaches above the heavens; your faithfulness touches the skies.Show your greatness in the sky, O God, and your glory over all the earth.
Save us by your might… Help us against the enemy; human help is worthless.
With God on our side we will win; He will defeat our enemies.

A Daily Dose Saturday, April 25, 2009

God's blessings were given us for the well being of all. Anon

Luke 17:9-10

"Is he grateful to that servant because he did what was commanded?

So should it be with you. When you have done all you have been commanded, say, 'We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.'

 

A Daily Dose Friday, April 24, 2009

Daily Living

How much of our faith in God’s gift of eternal life through His resurrection, is evident in the quality of our daily living? Do we live spiritually and serve selflessly in Christ-like ways daily? Fr Philip Heng,S.J.

John 3:11-12

Amen, amen, I say to you, we speak of what we know and we testify to what we have seen, but you people do not accept our testimony.

If I tell you about earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things?

A Daily Dose Thursday, April 23,2009

God does not show you where He is leading you; you might be frightened if you see the whole prospect at once. I can well believe that you have hope now, which you cannot give up. Whether they will be fulfilled, or not, is in His hands. He may be pleased to grant the desires of your heart. If so, thank Him for His mercy; only be sure that all will be for your highest good. VenerableJohn Henry Cardinal Newman

3 John 3-4, 11

I rejoiced greatly when some of the brothers came and testified to how truly you walk in the truth.

Nothing gives me greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does what is good is of God; whoever does what is evil has never seen God.

 

A Daily Dose Wednesday, April 22, 2009

If it has been a long time since I led another to the faith, perhaps my preaching of the Gsopel is not animated by the breath of the Holy Spirit. Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan

Romans 1:14-17

…to the wise and the ignorant, I am under obligation; that is why I am eager to preach the gospel also to you in Rome.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel. It is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: for Jew first, and then Greek.

For in it is revealed the righteousness of God from faith to faith; as it is written, "The one who is righteous by faith will live."

A Daily Dose Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Humble yourself to the guidance of God

Humbly and freely I confess with a deep sense of humility that all my labor is useless and my ability to benefit or accomplish anything in the view of the world, Christian or worldly, is daily becoming to me fainter and fainter. The Spirit which guides and controls me I have no disposition to rebel against but would meekly submit to its supreme and perfect guidance. Father Isaac Hecker

Philippians 2:9-11

Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

A Daily Dose Monday, April 20, 2009

The call to evangelize

Consider the shortness of time, the length of eternity and reflect how everything here below comes to an end and passes by. Of what use is it to lean upon that which cannot give support?

Saint Gerard Majella (1725-1755)

Ephesians 6:17

Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

A Daily Dose Sunday, April 19, 2009

Jesus does not force; he invites.

Brian Dowling

Isaiah 41:9

You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth and summoned from its far-off places, You whom I have called my servant, whom I have chosen and will not cast off

 

A Daily Dose Saturday, April 18, 2009

With God

The Apostle John reminds his readers of two truths: Jesus Christ has a unique relationship with God and Jesus Christ is eternal.

John places these two truths side -by-side in saying that before anything was made, Jesus was with God. Being divine Himself (see Colossians 1:19; 2:9) and being involved in creation Himself (see Colossians 1:16-17), Jesus existed alongside God the Father. Jeremy Cagle

John 1:1-2

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

He was in the beginning with God.

A Daily Dose Friday, April 17, 2009

Rejoice in the Lord, always!

"For Thou hast given me, O Lord, a delight in Thy doings; and in the works of Thy hands I shall rejoice" (Psalm 92:4). Father Isaac Hecker

Philippians 1:19

Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my salvation.

 

A Daily Dose Thursday, April 16, 2009

Pray much for love.

God is Love . . . no judging.
God is Love . . . no resentment.
God is Love . . . all patience.
God is Love . . . all power.
God is Love . . . all supply.
(God Calling)

1 John 4:15-19

Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God remains in him and he in God.

We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him. In this is love brought to perfection among us, that we have confidence on the day of judgment because as he is, so are we in this world.

There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment, and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love.

We love because he first loved us.

A Daily Dose Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Let us give thanks for our spouses and family members who rally around us 24/7, especially with added stress in our households.

"Many of us take the people closest to us for granted, and show far greater appreciation to strangers who have done us a favor than to those who have undoubtedly done us hundreds. "

Rabbi Joseph Telushkin

1 Corinthians
Chapter 13

If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing.

If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, (love) is not pompous, it is not inflated,

It is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth.

It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails. If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing; if tongues, they will cease; if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing.

For we know partially and we prophesy partially, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.

When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I put aside childish things.

At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known.

So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

 

A Daily Dose Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Negative Programming In Our Mind

Think of someone who generates negative emotions in you. In your mind, invite this person into your presence, feel the emotions and see how you are revealed to yourself and how human nature works in the circumstance. Anthony De Mello in his amazing work, The Way To Love, indicates that such meditation will produce revelations that will “widen your heart till there is room in it for every living creature.” He goes on to state the following three revelations:

1) Ask yourself, am I in charge of the situation or is the situation in charge of me.

2) Certain others in the same circumstance would not be negatively affected by this person. Hence, the negative feeling come not by this person but by your programming.

3) See what happens when you really understand this.

Listen to the revelations of human nature and how previously these persons had the power to create negative emotions within you. The negative emotions will turn into gentleness and compassion.

Adapted from the The Way to Love by Anthony De Mello (Author)

Romans 8:31-35

What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?

He who did not spare his own Son but handed him over for us all, how will he not also give us everything else along with him?

Who will bring a charge against God's chosen ones? It is God who acquits us.

Who will condemn? It is Christ (Jesus) who died, rather, was raised, who also is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us.

What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword?

A Daily Dose Monday, April 13, 2009

What part of Jesus' spirit ought I ask for?
Follow Jesus:
"Care more than others think necessary.
Trust more than others think wise.
Serve more than others think practical.
Expect more than others think possible."
Anonymous

Romans 12:14-18

Bless those who persecute (you), bless and do not curse them.

Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.

Have the same regard for one another; do not be haughty but associate with the lowly; do not be wise in your own estimation.

Do not repay anyone evil for evil; be concerned for what is noble in the sight of all.

If possible, on your part, live at peace with all.

 

A Daily Dose Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009

And He departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him. For He departed, and behold, He is here.

St. Augustine, Confessions

Matthew 28: 5-10

Then the angel said to the women in reply, "Do not be afraid! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, 'He has been raised from the dead, and he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him.' Behold, I have told you." Then they went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce 5 this to his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them. They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage. Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me."

A Daily Dose Holy Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Easter Message means that God can turn prostitutes like Magdalene into disciples and broken reeds like Simon Peter into rocks. Fulton Sheen

Luke 24:10-16

The women were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James; the others who accompanied them also told this to the apostles, but their story seemed like nonsense and they did not believe them. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb, bent down, and saw the burial cloths alone; then he went home amazed at what had happened.

Now that very day two of them were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus, and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred. And it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.

 

A Daily Dose Good Friday, April 10, 2009

Can you see Him?

How could an act of weakness, such as a man dying on a cross, cause this kind of response in an elite Roman soldier?

In the Jewish temple there was a place called the Holy of holies. A heavy curtain covered the entrance; separated unholy man from a holy God. When that curtain was ripped in two the separation between God and man was gone. Suddenly the centurion saw what he couldn't see before: Jesus was not an ordinary man, but God's very act of reconciliation. Can you see that?

Or do you still see just a man on a cross? Dave Whitehead

Mark 15:37-39

With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cry and saw how he died, he said, "Surely this man was the Son of God!"

A Daily Dose Holy Thursday, April 9, 2009

Go out of the pit of sin; give yourself immediately to God, who calls you, and is ready to receive you if you return to Him. Tremble! This may be for you the last call, to which, if you do not correspond, you shall be lost.

Saint Alphonsus Liguori (Holy Thursday sermon)

Luke 8:39

"Return home and recount what God has done for you."

 

A Daily Dose Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Your eyes look in the mirror and see a sinner, a failure, a promise-breaker. But by faith you look in the mirror and see a robed prodigal bearing the ring of grace on your finger and the kiss of the Father on your face.

Your eyes see your faults. Your faith sees your Savior.

Your eyes see your guilt. Your faith sees His blood.

Max Lucado, When God Whispers Your Name

Isaiah 53:4-6

Yet it was our infirmities that he bore, our sufferings that he endured, While we thought of him as stricken, as one smitten by God and afflicted.

But he was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins, Upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole, by his stripes we were healed.

We hadall gone astray like sheep, each following his own way; But the LORD laid upon him the guilt of us all

A Daily Dose Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Character is easier kept than recovered.Thomas Paine

1 Corinthians 10:12-13

Therefore, whoever thinks he is standing secure should take care not to fall.

No trial has come to you but what is human. God is faithful and will not let you be tried beyond your strength; but with the trial he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to bear it.

 

A Daily Dose Monday, April 6, 2009

Let us pray for courage, patient endurance, discernment and obedience to God’s will that we may not lose heart in the face of evil, trials and sin.

The Lord is always at our side, a mighty hero.

Titus 3:3-7

For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, deluded, slaves to various desires and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful ourselves and hating one another.

But when the kindness and generous love of God our savior appeared, not because of any righteous deeds we had done but because of his mercy, he saved us through the bath of rebirth and renewal by the holy Spirit, whom he richly poured out on us through Jesus Christ our savior, so that we might be justified by his grace and become heirs in hope of eternal life.

A Daily Dose Sunday, April 5, 2009

The Gift of Wisdom

It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it. Albert Einstein

James 1:5-6

But if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and he will be given it. But he should ask in faith, not doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed about by the wind

 

A Daily Dose Saturday, April 4, 2009

God wishes to fill our intelligence and our heart with divine light and love, and thus to deify our whole nature to make us one with what we represent – God. Father Isaac Hecker

John 8:12

Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."

A Daily Dose Friday, April 3, 2009

Instead of being so eager to reform others, let us first make a serious effort to bring about our own revival. Dom Helder Camara

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Therefore, we are not discouraged; rather, although our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this momentary light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to what is seen but to what is unseen; for what is seen is transitory, but what is unseen is eternal.

 

A Daily Dose Thursday, April 2, 2009

Today, I pray to see my workplace in a new light.
"Only by slowing down do we make time for one another. Only by stopping long enough to observe our surroundings can we bring shape and meaning to our lives."
Katrina Kenison

Colossians 3:23

Whatever you do, do from the heart, as for the Lord and not for others

A Daily Dose Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Never Alone

God does not show you where He is leading you; you might be frightened if you see the whole prospect at once. I can well believe that you have hope now, which you cannot give up. Whether they will be fulfilled, or not, is in His hands. He may be pleased to grant the desires of your heart. If so, thank Him for His mercy; only be sure that all will be for your highest good.

Venerable John Henry Cardinal Newman

Acts 27:23-24

“For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I

serve stood beside me, and he said, 'Don't be afraid, Paul, for you

will surely stand trial before Caesar! What's more, God in his

goodness has granted safety to everyone sailing with you. ' "

 

 
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