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A Daily DoseFriday, April 30, 2010

Do not eat of the fruit on the tree in the garden.

Put your son on the altar.

Take the people to the desert.

Go into the sea and it will part.

Face the giant.

Drop your nets on the other side.

Follow me.

I don’t know that any of us have the knowledge or the insight to know who or when or why God will choose who He chooses. We just have to be ready.

Isaiah 6:8

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?"

"Here I am," I said; "send me!"

A Daily Dose Friday, April 30, 2010

Do not eat of the fruit on the tree in the garden.

Put your son on the altar.

Take the people to the desert.

Go into the sea and it will part.

Face the giant.

Drop your nets on the other side.

Follow me.

I don’t know that any of us have the knowledge or the insight to know who or when or why God will choose who He chooses. We just have to be ready.

Isaiah 6:8

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?"

"Here I am," I said; "send me!"

 

A Daily Dose Thursday, April 29, 2010

For just one day, may I be free from my own personal imperfections.

In The Company of Prayer

1 Corinthians 15:10

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace towards me has not been in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them—though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.

 

A Daily Dose Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Today, I pray to see my workplace—and my homeplace—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

Ecclesiastes 4:5-6

"The fool folds his arms and consumes his own flesh"—

Better is one handful with tranquility than two with toil and a chase after wind!

 

A Daily Dose Tuesday, April 27, 2010

It is surprising what we can do when we have to, and how little most of us do when we don't have to. Walter Linn


James 2:20-26

Do you want proof, you ignoramus, that faith without works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered his son Isaac upon the altar?

You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by the works. Thus the scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness," and he was called "the friend of God."

See how a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. And in the same way, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she welcomed the messengers and sent them out by a different route?

For just as a body without a spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

 

A Daily Dose Monday, April 26, 2010

Just as at sea those who are carried away from the direction of the harbor bring themselves back on course by a clear sign, so Scripture may guide those adrift on the sea of life back into the harbor of the divine will.Saint Gregory of Nyssa

Colossians 1:13-14

He delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

 

A Daily Dose Sunday, April 25, 2010

We serve God better by carrying a sick person from one room to another, than by submitting ourselves to excessive penances.

Saint Pedro de San José de Betancourt

1 John 1:7-9

But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, then we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin.

If we say, "We are without sin," we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

If we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing.

 

A Daily Dose Saturday, April 24, 2010

I ask you to remember all those whom the Lord continues to call by name, just as he once called the Apostles on the shores of the Sea of Galilee to become "fishers of men", that is, his closest collaborators in the proclamation of the Gospel and the service of the Kingdom of God in our time. Pope Benedict XVI

Philippians 1:3-6

I give thanks to my God at every remembrance of you, praying always with joy in my every prayer for all of you, because of your partnership for the gospel from the first day until now.

I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.

 

A Daily Dose Friday, April 23, 2010

Lord, I've grown tired of all the bitterness from recent disappointments; heal me. Company of Prayer

Ezekiel 36:26
"I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh."

A Daily Dose Thursday, April 22, 2010

“God speaks to every individual through what happens to them moment to moment… The events of each moment are stamped with the will of God… We find all that is necessary in the present moment.”

Jean-Pierre Caussade

2 Corinthians 1:9

Indeed, we had accepted within ourselves the sentence of death, that we might trust not in ourselves but in God who raises the dead.

 

A Daily Dose Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The source of man's love for God can only be found in the fact that God loved him first. Saint Augustine of Hippo

John 6:35

Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.

 

A Daily Dose Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The deeper a tree sinks its roots into the soil, the greater are its chances of growing and producing fruit.Blessed Marie-Ann Blondin

Jeremiah 17:7-8

Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose hope is the LORD.

He is like a tree planted beside the waters that stretches out its roots to the stream: it fears not the heat when it comes, its leaves stay green; in the year of drought it shows no distress, but still bears fruit.

 

A Daily Dose Monday, April 19, 2010

Desperate times call for desperate measures, Lord; may I turn toward you in these times.

"We don't make a conscious decision to turn towards the dark path of deceit. We don't wake up one day and decide that being a person of good character is overrated. We don't suddenly develop a penchant for dwelling in a pit. No, departure from integrity is more subtle and insidious than that, like taking a wrong turn and ending up lost--in a bad neighborhood. "
Kristin Armstrong

Proverbs 14:12-14

Sometimes a way seems right to a man, but the end of it leads to death! Even in laughter the heart may be sad, and the end of joy may be sorrow.

The scoundrel suffers the consequences of his ways, and the good man reaps the fruit of his paths.

 

A Daily Dose Sunday, April 18, 2010

"Satan does not care how many people read about prayer if only he can keep them from praying.”Paul E. Billheimer

Ephesians 6:11-15

Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens.

Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground. So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace.

 

A Daily Dose Saturday, April 17, 2010

What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like. Saint Augustine of Hippo

Philippians 1:9-11

And this is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge and every kind of perception, to discern what is of value, so that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.

 

A Daily Dose Friday, April 16, 2010

O God, You are my God, and I will ever praise You.

On this road to righteous, sometimes the climb can be so steep, I may falter in my steps, but never beyond Your reach. Rich Mullins

Psalm 86:10-12

For you are great and do wondrous deeds; and you alone are God.

Teach me, LORD, your way that I may walk in your truth, single-hearted and revering your name.

I will praise you with all my heart, glorify your name forever, Lord my God.

A Daily Dose Thursday, April 15, 2010

God, like Caesar, demands from you the impression of his own image. Just as you repay his coinage to Caesar, so return your soul to God, shining and stamped with the light of his countenance. Saint Augustine

Matthew 22:21

"Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's."

 

A Daily Dose Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Success is not forever and failure isn't fatal. Ken Blanchard

Acts 14:22

They strengthened the spirits of the disciples and exhorted them to persevere in the faith, saying, "It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the kingdom of God."

 

A Daily Dose Tuesday, April 13, 2010

"You know well enough that Our Lord does not look so much at the greatness of our actions, nor even at their difficulty, but at the love at which we do them." St. Therese Of Lisieux

1 Peter 1:22-25

Since you have purified yourselves by obedience to the truth for sincere mutual love, love one another intensely from a (pure) heart. You have been born anew, not from perishable but from imperishable seed, through the living and abiding word of God, for: "All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flower of the field; the grass withers, and the flower wilts; but the word of the Lord remains forever."

This is the word that has been proclaimed to you.

 

A Daily Dose Monday, April 12, 2010

"I've been a Catholic all my life, and there's one thing I've never understood. Why didn't the Corinthians write back?" Former LA Dodgers Manager Tommy Lasorda

2 Corinthians 9:6-9

Consider this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that in all things, always having all you need, you may have an abundance for every good work. As it is written: "He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever."

A Daily Dose Sunday, April 11, 2010

Those who sincerely say ‘Jesus, I trust in You’ will find comfort in all their anxieties and fears.Venerable Pope John Paul II

Mark 1:16-20

As he passed by the Sea of Galilee , he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea; they were fishermen. Jesus said to them, "Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men." Then they abandoned their nets and followed him. He walked along a little farther and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They too were in a boat mending their nets. Then he called them. So they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him.

 

A Daily Dose Saturday, April 10, 20101

We shall not be purified by looking at our miseries, but by gazing on Him who is all purity and holiness. Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity

Job 38:1-7

Then the LORD addressed Job out of the storm and said:

Who is this that obscures divine plans with words of ignorance? Gird up your loins now, like a man; I will question you, and you tell me the answers! Where were you when I founded the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.

Who determined its size; do you know? Who stretched out the measuring line for it? Into what were its pedestals sunk, and who laid the cornerstone, while the morning stars sang in chorus and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

 

A Daily Dose Friday, April 9, 2010

Our business is to love what God would have us do. He wills our vocation as it is: Let us love that and not trifle away our time in hankering after other people’s vocations. St Francis de Sales

James 4: 14-15

…you have no idea what your life will be like tomorrow. You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears. Instead you should say, "If the Lord wills it, we shall live to do this or that.

 

A Daily Dose Thursday, April 8, 2010

Our obedience to God’s Will must be total, without reserve, and constant.

Blessed Domingo Iturrate Zubero

Psalm 37:23-24

Those whose steps are guided by the LORD; whose way God approves, may stumble, but they will never fall, for the LORD holds their hand.

A Daily Dose Wednesday, April 7, 2010

As iron is fashioned by fire and on the anvil, so in the fire of suffering and under the weight of trials, our souls receive that form which our Lord desires them to have. St. Madeline Sophie Barat

Romans 8:2-5

For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has freed you from the law of sin and death.

For what the law, weakened by the flesh, was powerless to do, this God has done: by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for the sake of sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, so that the righteous decree of the law might be fulfilled in us, who live not according to the flesh but according to the spirit.

For those who live according to the flesh are concerned with the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the spirit with the things of the spirit.

 

A Daily Dose Tuesday, April 6, 2010

We must learn this invitation of Christ: 'Those who wish to come after me must renounce themselves.' Let them renounce themselves, renounce their comforts, renounce their personal opinions, and follow only the mind of Christ, which can lead us to death but will surely also lead us to resurrection.Archbishop Oscar Romero

Acts 2:38-41

"Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the holy Spirit. For the promise is made to you and to your children and to all those far off, whomever the Lord our God will call." He testified with many other arguments, and was exhorting them, "Save yourselves from this corrupt generation."

Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand persons were added that day.

A Daily Dose Monday, April 5, 2010

We shall steer safely through every storm, so long as our heart is right, our intention fervent, our courage steadfast, and our trust fixed firmly on God. Saint Francis de Sales

Psalm 6:2–4

I am worn out, O Lord; have pity on me!
Give me strength; I am completely exhausted and my whole being is deeply troubled.
How long, O Lord, will you wait to help me? Come and save me, Lord; in your mercy rescue me from death.

 

A Daily Dose Easter Sunday, April 4, 2010

Unreserved Abandonment to God

“Few souls understand what God would accomplish in them if they were to abandon themselves unreservedly to Him and if they were to allow His grace to mold them accordingly.” St. Ignatius of Loyola

Mark 8:34-35

He summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them, "Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.

For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it.

 

A Daily Dose Holy Saturday, April 3, 2010

THE CROSS

The cross is the hope of Christians
the cross is the resurrection of the dead
the cross is the way of the lost
the cross is the savior of the lost
the cross is the staff of the lame
the cross is the guide of the blind
the cross is the strength of the weak
the cross is the doctor of the sick
the cross is the aim of the priests
the cross is the hope of the hopeless
the cross is the freedom of the slaves
the cross is the power of the kings
the cross is the water of the seeds
the cross is the consolation of the bondsmen
the cross is the source of those who seek water
the cross is the cloth of the naked.
We thank you, Father, for the cross.

John 19:38-42

After this, Joseph of Arimathea, secretly a disciple of Jesus for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate if he could remove the body of Jesus. And Pilate permitted it. So he came and took his body. Nicodemus, the one who had first come to him at night, also came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes weighing about one hundred pounds.

They took the body of Jesus and bound it with burial cloths along with the spices, according to the Jewish burial custom. Now in the place where he had been crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had yet been buried. So they laid Jesus there because of the Jewish preparation day; for the tomb was close by.

 

A Daily Dose Good Friday, April 2, 2010

If Good Friday is a day full of sadness, it is at the same time the best day on which to reawaken our faith, to strengthen our hope and the courage to carry our cross with humility and trust, abandoning ourselves to God in the certainty of His support and His victory. Pope Benedict XVI

James 1:2-5

Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. And let perseverance be perfect, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. But if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and he will be given it.

 

A Daily Dose Holy Thursday, April 1, 2010

"This Holy Thursday we can ask ourselves, as we come to the end of this period of prayer, if those around us where we spend the greater part of our lives know that we are disciples." Francis Fernandez

John 15:8-12

By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.

As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love.

If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and remain in his love. "I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.

This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.

 

A Daily DoseThursday, April 29, 2010

For just one day, may I be free from my own personal imperfections.

In The Company of Prayer

1 Corinthians 15:10

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace towards me has not been in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them—though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.

A Daily DoseWednesday, April 28, 2010

Today, I pray to see my workplace—and my homeplace—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

Ecclesiastes 4:5-6

"The fool folds his arms and consumes his own flesh"—

Better is one handful with tranquility than two with toil and a chase after wind!

A Daily DoseTuesday, April 27, 2010

It is surprising what we can do when we have to, and how little most of us do when we don't have to.Walter Linn

James 2:20-26

Do you want proof, you ignoramus, that faith without works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered his son Isaac upon the altar?

You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by the works. Thus the scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness," and he was called "the friend of God."

See how a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. And in the same way, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she welcomed the messengers and sent them out by a different route?

For just as a body without a spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

A Daily Dose Monday, April 26, 2010

Just as at sea those who are carried away from the direction of the harbor bring themselves back on course by a clear sign, so Scripture may guide those adrift on the sea of life back into the harbor of the divine will.Saint Gregory of Nyssa

Colossians 1:13-14

He delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

A Daily Dose Sunday, April 25, 2010

We serve God better by carrying a sick person from one room to another, than by submitting ourselves to excessive penances.

Saint Pedro de San José de Betancourt

1 John 1:7-9

But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, then we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin.

If we say, "We are without sin," we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

If we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing.

A Daily Dose Saturday, April 24, 2010

I ask you to remember all those whom the Lord continues to call by name, just as he once called the Apostles on the shores of the Sea of Galilee to become "fishers of men", that is, his closest collaborators in the proclamation of the Gospel and the service of the Kingdom of God in our time.Pope Benedict XVI

Philippians 1:3-6

I give thanks to my God at every remembrance of you, praying always with joy in my every prayer for all of you, because of your partnership for the gospel from the first day until now.

I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.

A Daily Dose Friday, April 23, 2010

Lord, I've grown tired of all the bitterness from recent disappointments; heal me. Company of Prayer

Ezekiel 36:26
"I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh."

A Daily Dose Thursday, April 22, 2010

“God speaks to every individual through what happens to them moment to moment… The events of each moment are stamped with the will of God… We find all that is necessary in the present moment.”

Jean-Pierre Caussade

2 Corinthians 1:9

Indeed, we had accepted within ourselves the sentence of death, that we might trust not in ourselves but in God who raises the dead.

A Daily Dose Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The source of man's love for God can only be found in the fact that God loved him first. Saint Augustine of Hippo

John 6:35

Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.

A Daily Dose Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The deeper a tree sinks its roots into the soil, the greater are its chances of growing and producing fruit.Blessed Marie-Ann Blondin

Jeremiah 17:7-8

Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose hope is the LORD.

He is like a tree planted beside the waters that stretches out its roots to the stream: it fears not the heat when it comes, its leaves stay green; in the year of drought it shows no distress, but still bears fruit.

A Daily Dose Monday, April 19, 2010

Desperate times call for desperate measures, Lord; may I turn toward you in these times.

"We don't make a conscious decision to turn towards the dark path of deceit. We don't wake up one day and decide that being a person of good character is overrated. We don't suddenly develop a penchant for dwelling in a pit. No, departure from integrity is more subtle and insidious than that, like taking a wrong turn and ending up lost--in a bad neighborhood. " Kristin Armstrong

Proverbs 14:12-14

Sometimes a way seems right to a man, but the end of it leads to death! Even in laughter the heart may be sad, and the end of joy may be sorrow.

The scoundrel suffers the consequences of his ways, and the good man reaps the fruit of his paths.

A Daily Dose Sunday, April 18, 2010

"Satan does not care how many people read about prayer if only he can keep them from praying.”Paul E. Billheimer

Ephesians 6:11-15

Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens.

Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground. So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace.

A Daily Dose Saturday, April 17, 2010

What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like. Saint Augustine of Hippo

Philippians 1:9-11

And this is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge and every kind of perception, to discern what is of value, so that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.

A Daily Dose Friday, April 16, 2010

O God, You are my God, and I will ever praise You.

On this road to righteous, sometimes the climb can be so steep, I may falter in my steps, but never beyond Your reach. Rich Mullins

Psalm 86:10-12

For you are great and do wondrous deeds; and you alone are God.

Teach me, LORD, your way that I may walk in your truth, single-hearted and revering your name.

I will praise you with all my heart, glorify your name forever, Lord my God.

A Daily Dose Thursday, April 15, 2010

God, like Caesar, demands from you the impression of his own image. Just as you repay his coinage to Caesar, so return your soul to God, shining and stamped with the light of his countenance.Saint Augustine

Matthew 22:21

"Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's."

A Daily Dose Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Success is not forever and failure isn't fatal.Ken Blanchard

Acts 14:22

They strengthened the spirits of the disciples and exhorted them to persevere in the faith, saying, "It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the kingdom of God."

A Daily Dose Tuesday, April 13, 2010

"You know well enough that Our Lord does not look so much at the greatness of our actions, nor even at their difficulty, but at the love at which we do them." St. Therese Of Lisieux

1 Peter 1:22-25

Since you have purified yourselves by obedience to the truth for sincere mutual love, love one another intensely from a (pure) heart. You have been born anew, not from perishable but from imperishable seed, through the living and abiding word of God, for: "All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flower of the field; the grass withers, and the flower wilts; but the word of the Lord remains forever."

This is the word that has been proclaimed to you.

A Daily Dose Monday, April 12, 2010

"I've been a Catholic all my life, and there's one thing I've never understood. Why didn't the Corinthians write back?" Former LA Dodgers Manager Tommy Lasorda

2 Corinthians 9:6-9

Consider this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that in all things, always having all you need, you may have an abundance for every good work. As it is written: "He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever."

A Daily Dose Sunday, April 11, 2010

Those who sincerely say ‘Jesus, I trust in You’ will find comfort in all their anxieties and fears.Venerable Pope John Paul II

Mark 1:16-20

As he passed by the Sea of Galilee , he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea; they were fishermen. Jesus said to them, "Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men." Then they abandoned their nets and followed him. He walked along a little farther and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They too were in a boat mending their nets. Then he called them. So they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him.

A Daily Dose Saturday, April 10, 20101

We shall not be purified by looking at our miseries, but by gazing on Him who is all purity and holiness. Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity

Job 38:1-7

Then the LORD addressed Job out of the storm and said:

Who is this that obscures divine plans with words of ignorance? Gird up your loins now, like a man; I will question you, and you tell me the answers! Where were you when I founded the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.

Who determined its size; do you know? Who stretched out the measuring line for it? Into what were its pedestals sunk, and who laid the cornerstone, while the morning stars sang in chorus and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

A Daily Dose Friday, April 9, 2010

Our business is to love what God would have us do. He wills our vocation as it is: Let us love that and not trifle away our time in hankering after other people’s vocations. St Francis de Sales

James 4: 14-15

…you have no idea what your life will be like tomorrow. You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears. Instead you should say, "If the Lord wills it, we shall live to do this or that.

A Daily Dose Thursday, April 8, 2010

Our obedience to God’s Will must be total, without reserve, and constant.

Blessed Domingo Iturrate Zubero

Psalm 37:23-24

Those whose steps are guided by the LORD; whose way God approves, may stumble, but they will never fall, for the LORD holds their hand.

A Daily Dose Wednesday, April 7, 2010

As iron is fashioned by fire and on the anvil, so in the fire of suffering and under the weight of trials, our souls receive that form which our Lord desires them to have. St. Madeline Sophie Barat

Romans 8:2-5

For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has freed you from the law of sin and death.

For what the law, weakened by the flesh, was powerless to do, this God has done: by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for the sake of sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, so that the righteous decree of the law might be fulfilled in us, who live not according to the flesh but according to the spirit.

For those who live according to the flesh are concerned with the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the spirit with the things of the spirit.

A Daily Dose Tuesday, April 6, 2010

We must learn this invitation of Christ: 'Those who wish to come after me must renounce themselves.' Let them renounce themselves, renounce their comforts, renounce their personal opinions, and follow only the mind of Christ, which can lead us to death but will surely also lead us to resurrection.Archbishop Oscar Romero

Acts 2:38-41

"Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the holy Spirit. For the promise is made to you and to your children and to all those far off, whomever the Lord our God will call." He testified with many other arguments, and was exhorting them, "Save yourselves from this corrupt generation."

Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand persons were added that day.

A Daily Dose Monday, April 5, 2010

We shall steer safely through every storm, so long as our heart is right, our intention fervent, our courage steadfast, and our trust fixed firmly on God. Saint Francis de Sales

Psalm 6:2–4

I am worn out, O Lord; have pity on me!
Give me strength; I am completely exhausted and my whole being is deeply troubled.
How long, O Lord, will you wait to help me? Come and save me, Lord; in your mercy rescue me from death.

A Daily Dose Easter Sunday, April 4, 2010

Unreserved Abandonment to God

“Few souls understand what God would accomplish in them if they were to abandon themselves unreservedly to Him and if they were to allow His grace to mold them accordingly.” St. Ignatius of Loyola

Mark 8:34-35

He summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them, "Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.

For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it.

A Daily Dose Holy Saturday, April 3, 2010

THE CROSS

The cross is the hope of Christians
the cross is the resurrection of the dead
the cross is the way of the lost
the cross is the savior of the lost
the cross is the staff of the lame
the cross is the guide of the blind
the cross is the strength of the weak
the cross is the doctor of the sick
the cross is the aim of the priests
the cross is the hope of the hopeless
the cross is the freedom of the slaves
the cross is the power of the kings
the cross is the water of the seeds
the cross is the consolation of the bondsmen
the cross is the source of those who seek water
the cross is the cloth of the naked.
We thank you, Father, for the cross.

John 19:38-42

After this, Joseph of Arimathea, secretly a disciple of Jesus for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate if he could remove the body of Jesus. And Pilate permitted it. So he came and took his body. Nicodemus, the one who had first come to him at night, also came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes weighing about one hundred pounds.

They took the body of Jesus and bound it with burial cloths along with the spices, according to the Jewish burial custom. Now in the place where he had been crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had yet been buried. So they laid Jesus there because of the Jewish preparation day; for the tomb was close by.

A Daily Dose Good Friday, April 2, 2010

If Good Friday is a day full of sadness, it is at the same time the best day on which to reawaken our faith, to strengthen our hope and the courage to carry our cross with humility and trust, abandoning ourselves to God in the certainty of His support and His victory. Pope Benedict XVI

James 1:2-5

Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. And let perseverance be perfect, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. But if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and he will be given it.

A Daily Dose Holy Thursday, April 1, 2010

"This Holy Thursday we can ask ourselves, as we come to the end of this period of prayer, if those around us where we spend the greater part of our lives know that we are disciples." Francis Fernandez

John 15:8-12

By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.

As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love.

If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and remain in his love. "I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.

This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Daily Dose Friday, April 30, 2010

Do not eat of the fruit on the tree in the garden.

Put your son on the altar.

Take the people to the desert.

Go into the sea and it will part.

Face the giant.

Drop your nets on the other side.

Follow me.

I don’t know that any of us have the knowledge or the insight to know who or when or why God will choose who He chooses. We just have to be ready.

Isaiah 6:8

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?"

"Here I am," I said; "send me!"

 

A Daily Dose Thursday, April 29, 2010

For just one day, may I be free from my own personal imperfections.

In The Company of Prayer

1 Corinthians 15:10

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace towards me has not been in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them—though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.

 

A Daily Dose Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Today, I pray to see my workplace—and my homeplace—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

Ecclesiastes 4:5-6

"The fool folds his arms and consumes his own flesh"—

Better is one handful with tranquility than two with toil and a chase after wind!

 

A Daily Dose Tuesday, April 27, 2010

It is surprising what we can do when we have to, and how little most of us do when we don't have to. Walter Linn


James 2:20-26

Do you want proof, you ignoramus, that faith without works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered his son Isaac upon the altar?

You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by the works. Thus the scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness," and he was called "the friend of God."

See how a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. And in the same way, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she welcomed the messengers and sent them out by a different route?

For just as a body without a spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

 

A Daily Dose Monday, April 26, 2010

Just as at sea those who are carried away from the direction of the harbor bring themselves back on course by a clear sign, so Scripture may guide those adrift on the sea of life back into the harbor of the divine will.Saint Gregory of Nyssa

Colossians 1:13-14

He delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

 

A Daily Dose Sunday, April 25, 2010

We serve God better by carrying a sick person from one room to another, than by submitting ourselves to excessive penances.

Saint Pedro de San José de Betancourt

1 John 1:7-9

But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, then we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin.

If we say, "We are without sin," we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

If we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing.

 

A Daily Dose Saturday, April 24, 2010

I ask you to remember all those whom the Lord continues to call by name, just as he once called the Apostles on the shores of the Sea of Galilee to become "fishers of men", that is, his closest collaborators in the proclamation of the Gospel and the service of the Kingdom of God in our time. Pope Benedict XVI

Philippians 1:3-6

I give thanks to my God at every remembrance of you, praying always with joy in my every prayer for all of you, because of your partnership for the gospel from the first day until now.

I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.

 

A Daily Dose Friday, April 23, 2010

Lord, I've grown tired of all the bitterness from recent disappointments; heal me. Company of Prayer

Ezekiel 36:26
"I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh."

A Daily Dose Thursday, April 22, 2010

“God speaks to every individual through what happens to them moment to moment… The events of each moment are stamped with the will of God… We find all that is necessary in the present moment.”

Jean-Pierre Caussade

2 Corinthians 1:9

Indeed, we had accepted within ourselves the sentence of death, that we might trust not in ourselves but in God who raises the dead.

 

A Daily Dose Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The source of man's love for God can only be found in the fact that God loved him first. Saint Augustine of Hippo

John 6:35

Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.

 

A Daily Dose Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The deeper a tree sinks its roots into the soil, the greater are its chances of growing and producing fruit.Blessed Marie-Ann Blondin

Jeremiah 17:7-8

Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose hope is the LORD.

He is like a tree planted beside the waters that stretches out its roots to the stream: it fears not the heat when it comes, its leaves stay green; in the year of drought it shows no distress, but still bears fruit.

 

A Daily Dose Monday, April 19, 2010

Desperate times call for desperate measures, Lord; may I turn toward you in these times.

"We don't make a conscious decision to turn towards the dark path of deceit. We don't wake up one day and decide that being a person of good character is overrated. We don't suddenly develop a penchant for dwelling in a pit. No, departure from integrity is more subtle and insidious than that, like taking a wrong turn and ending up lost--in a bad neighborhood. "
Kristin Armstrong

Proverbs 14:12-14

Sometimes a way seems right to a man, but the end of it leads to death! Even in laughter the heart may be sad, and the end of joy may be sorrow.

The scoundrel suffers the consequences of his ways, and the good man reaps the fruit of his paths.

 

A Daily Dose Sunday, April 18, 2010

"Satan does not care how many people read about prayer if only he can keep them from praying.”Paul E. Billheimer

Ephesians 6:11-15

Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens.

Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground. So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace.

 

A Daily Dose Saturday, April 17, 2010

What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like. Saint Augustine of Hippo

Philippians 1:9-11

And this is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge and every kind of perception, to discern what is of value, so that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.

 

A Daily Dose Friday, April 16, 2010

O God, You are my God, and I will ever praise You.

On this road to righteous, sometimes the climb can be so steep, I may falter in my steps, but never beyond Your reach. Rich Mullins

Psalm 86:10-12

For you are great and do wondrous deeds; and you alone are God.

Teach me, LORD, your way that I may walk in your truth, single-hearted and revering your name.

I will praise you with all my heart, glorify your name forever, Lord my God.

A Daily Dose Thursday, April 15, 2010

God, like Caesar, demands from you the impression of his own image. Just as you repay his coinage to Caesar, so return your soul to God, shining and stamped with the light of his countenance. Saint Augustine

Matthew 22:21

"Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's."

 

A Daily Dose Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Success is not forever and failure isn't fatal. Ken Blanchard

Acts 14:22

They strengthened the spirits of the disciples and exhorted them to persevere in the faith, saying, "It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the kingdom of God."

 

A Daily Dose Tuesday, April 13, 2010

"You know well enough that Our Lord does not look so much at the greatness of our actions, nor even at their difficulty, but at the love at which we do them." St. Therese Of Lisieux

1 Peter 1:22-25

Since you have purified yourselves by obedience to the truth for sincere mutual love, love one another intensely from a (pure) heart. You have been born anew, not from perishable but from imperishable seed, through the living and abiding word of God, for: "All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flower of the field; the grass withers, and the flower wilts; but the word of the Lord remains forever."

This is the word that has been proclaimed to you.

 

A Daily Dose Monday, April 12, 2010

"I've been a Catholic all my life, and there's one thing I've never understood. Why didn't the Corinthians write back?" Former LA Dodgers Manager Tommy Lasorda

2 Corinthians 9:6-9

Consider this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that in all things, always having all you need, you may have an abundance for every good work. As it is written: "He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever."

A Daily Dose Sunday, April 11, 2010

Those who sincerely say ‘Jesus, I trust in You’ will find comfort in all their anxieties and fears.Venerable Pope John Paul II

Mark 1:16-20

As he passed by the Sea of Galilee , he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea; they were fishermen. Jesus said to them, "Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men." Then they abandoned their nets and followed him. He walked along a little farther and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They too were in a boat mending their nets. Then he called them. So they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him.

 

A Daily Dose Saturday, April 10, 20101

We shall not be purified by looking at our miseries, but by gazing on Him who is all purity and holiness. Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity

Job 38:1-7

Then the LORD addressed Job out of the storm and said:

Who is this that obscures divine plans with words of ignorance? Gird up your loins now, like a man; I will question you, and you tell me the answers! Where were you when I founded the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.

Who determined its size; do you know? Who stretched out the measuring line for it? Into what were its pedestals sunk, and who laid the cornerstone, while the morning stars sang in chorus and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

 

A Daily Dose Friday, April 9, 2010

Our business is to love what God would have us do. He wills our vocation as it is: Let us love that and not trifle away our time in hankering after other people’s vocations. St Francis de Sales

James 4: 14-15

…you have no idea what your life will be like tomorrow. You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears. Instead you should say, "If the Lord wills it, we shall live to do this or that.

 

A Daily Dose Thursday, April 8, 2010

Our obedience to God’s Will must be total, without reserve, and constant.

Blessed Domingo Iturrate Zubero

Psalm 37:23-24

Those whose steps are guided by the LORD; whose way God approves, may stumble, but they will never fall, for the LORD holds their hand.

A Daily Dose Wednesday, April 7, 2010

As iron is fashioned by fire and on the anvil, so in the fire of suffering and under the weight of trials, our souls receive that form which our Lord desires them to have. St. Madeline Sophie Barat

Romans 8:2-5

For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has freed you from the law of sin and death.

For what the law, weakened by the flesh, was powerless to do, this God has done: by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for the sake of sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, so that the righteous decree of the law might be fulfilled in us, who live not according to the flesh but according to the spirit.

For those who live according to the flesh are concerned with the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the spirit with the things of the spirit.

 

A Daily Dose Tuesday, April 6, 2010

We must learn this invitation of Christ: 'Those who wish to come after me must renounce themselves.' Let them renounce themselves, renounce their comforts, renounce their personal opinions, and follow only the mind of Christ, which can lead us to death but will surely also lead us to resurrection.Archbishop Oscar Romero

Acts 2:38-41

"Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the holy Spirit. For the promise is made to you and to your children and to all those far off, whomever the Lord our God will call." He testified with many other arguments, and was exhorting them, "Save yourselves from this corrupt generation."

Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand persons were added that day.

A Daily Dose Monday, April 5, 2010

We shall steer safely through every storm, so long as our heart is right, our intention fervent, our courage steadfast, and our trust fixed firmly on God. Saint Francis de Sales

Psalm 6:2–4

I am worn out, O Lord; have pity on me!
Give me strength; I am completely exhausted and my whole being is deeply troubled.
How long, O Lord, will you wait to help me? Come and save me, Lord; in your mercy rescue me from death.

 

A Daily Dose Easter Sunday, April 4, 2010

Unreserved Abandonment to God

“Few souls understand what God would accomplish in them if they were to abandon themselves unreservedly to Him and if they were to allow His grace to mold them accordingly.” St. Ignatius of Loyola

Mark 8:34-35

He summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them, "Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.

For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it.

 

A Daily Dose Holy Saturday, April 3, 2010

THE CROSS

The cross is the hope of Christians
the cross is the resurrection of the dead
the cross is the way of the lost
the cross is the savior of the lost
the cross is the staff of the lame
the cross is the guide of the blind
the cross is the strength of the weak
the cross is the doctor of the sick
the cross is the aim of the priests
the cross is the hope of the hopeless
the cross is the freedom of the slaves
the cross is the power of the kings
the cross is the water of the seeds
the cross is the consolation of the bondsmen
the cross is the source of those who seek water
the cross is the cloth of the naked.
We thank you, Father, for the cross.

John 19:38-42

After this, Joseph of Arimathea, secretly a disciple of Jesus for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate if he could remove the body of Jesus. And Pilate permitted it. So he came and took his body. Nicodemus, the one who had first come to him at night, also came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes weighing about one hundred pounds.

They took the body of Jesus and bound it with burial cloths along with the spices, according to the Jewish burial custom. Now in the place where he had been crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had yet been buried. So they laid Jesus there because of the Jewish preparation day; for the tomb was close by.

 

A Daily Dose Good Friday, April 2, 2010

If Good Friday is a day full of sadness, it is at the same time the best day on which to reawaken our faith, to strengthen our hope and the courage to carry our cross with humility and trust, abandoning ourselves to God in the certainty of His support and His victory. Pope Benedict XVI

James 1:2-5

Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. And let perseverance be perfect, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. But if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and he will be given it.

 

A Daily Dose Holy Thursday, April 1, 2010

"This Holy Thursday we can ask ourselves, as we come to the end of this period of prayer, if those around us where we spend the greater part of our lives know that we are disciples." Francis Fernandez

John 15:8-12

By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.

As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love.

If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and remain in his love. "I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.

This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.