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A Daily Dose Tuesday, April 30, 2013

If we really want God to fill us, we must empty ourselves through humility of all that is selfishness in us.

Blessed Mother Teresa

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 Monday, April 29, 2013

To the servant of God ... every place is the right place, and every time is the right time.

St. Catherine of Siena

Philippians 3:7-8

But whatever gains I had, these I have come to consider a loss because of Christ. More than that, I even consider everything as a loss because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have accepted the loss of all things and I consider them so much rubbish, that I may gain Christ

A Daily Dose Friday, April 26, 2013

If you can't be thankful for what you receive, be thankful instead for what has not been given you.

James 1:17-18

All good giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no alteration or shadow caused by change.He willed to give us birth by the word of truth that we may be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

A Daily Dose Thursday, April 25, 2013

When God is involved, anything can happen. Be open. Stay that way. God has a beautiful way of bringing good vibrations out of broken chords.

Charles Swindoll

1 Corinthians 4:20-21

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. Which do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love and a gentle spirit?

A Daily Dose Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Those who trust in God know what it is to be happy

To praise God in our lives means all we do must be for His glory


Psalm 146:2

Praise the LORD, my soul; I will praise the LORD all my life, sing praise to my God while I live.

A Daily Dose Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Faith and obedience are bound up in the same bundle. He that obeys God, trusts God; and he that trusts God, obeys God.

Charles H. Spurgeon

1 Corinthians 15:10

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me has not been ineffective. Indeed, I have toiled harder than all of them; not I, however, but the grace of God that is with me.

A Daily Dose Monday, April 22, 2013

Each of us has no need to wonder about what God’s will must be for us; His will for us is clearly revealed in every situation of every day, if only we could learn to view all things as He sees them and sends them to us.
Father Walter J. Ciszek, S.J.

Matthew 28:20

And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.

A Daily Dose Sunday, April 21, 2013

Once you become aware that the main business that you are here for is to know God, most of life's problems fall into place of their own accord.

J.I. Packer

Titus 3:4-8

But when the kindness and generous loveof God our savior appeared, not because of any righteous deeds we had donebut because of his mercy,he saved us through the bath of rebirthand 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 graceand become heirs in hope of eternal life. This saying is trustworthy.

A Daily Dose Saturday, April 20, 2013

To live in eternity we must abandon the mundane.

Isaiah 55:6-7

Seek the LORD while he may be found, call upon him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake their way, and sinners their thoughts; let them turn to the LORD to find mercy; to our God, who is generous in forgiving.

A Daily Dose Friday, April 19, 2013

Anyone who proposes to do good must not expect people to roll stones out of his way, but must accept his lot calmly if they even roll a few more upon it.

Albert Schweitzer

Psalm 20:8-10

Some rely on chariots, others on horses, but we on the name of the LORD our God. They collapse and fall, but we stand strong and firm.

LORD, grant victory to the king; answer when we call upon you.

A Daily Dose Thursday, April 18, 2013

A person who feels no guilt can never find healing. Yet neither can a person who wallows in guilt. The sense of guilt only serves its designed purpose as a symptom if it presses us toward cure.

Philip Yancey

Psalm 56:4-5

When I am afraid, in you I place my trust.

I praise the word of God; I trust in God, I do not fear. What can mere flesh do to me?

A Daily Dose Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Ah! If you could but conceive the reward which waits for those who persevere in the faith to the end, you would renounce your temporal dignity in exchange for it.

St. Benedict Joseph Labre

Luke 21:19

By your steadfastness and patient endurance you shall win the true life of your souls.

A Daily Dose Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Our own evil inclinations are far more dangerous than any external enemies.
St. Ambrose

Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and steadfast; have no fear or dread of them, for it is the LORD, your God, who marches with you; he will never fail you or forsake you.

A Daily Dose Monday, April 15, 2013

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 with which we do them.

St. Thérèse of Lisieux

Matthew 22:17-22

Tell us, then, what is your opinion: Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?”Knowing their malice, Jesus said, “Why are you testing me, you hypocrites?Show me the coin that pays the census tax.” Then they handed him the Roman coin.He said to them, “Whose image is this and whose inscription?”They replied, “Caesar’s.” At that he said to them, “Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.”When they heard this they were amazed, and leaving him they went away.

A Daily Dose Sunday, April 14, 2013

It is simply impossible to lead, without the aid of prayer, a virtuous life.
St. John Chrysostom

Psalm 4:2

Answer me when I call, my saving God.

When troubles hem me in, set me free; take pity on me, hear my prayer.

A Daily Dose Saturday, April 13, 2013

Just because someone has their eyes closed does not mean they are asleep. Just because someone has their eyes open does not mean they can see.

Mustard Seeds

Matthew 13:13-14

This is why I speak to them in parables, because ‘they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand.’ Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says: ‘You shall indeed hear but not understand you shall indeed look but never see.

A Daily Dose Friday, April 12, 2013

Flowers grow out of dark moments.

Sister Mary Corita Kent

John 14:27

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.

A Daily Dose Thursday, April 11, 2013

It appeared to me, as I noted from time to time, that the love wherewith I loved my sweet Love, grew greater day by day, and yet, at each step, I had thought it as perfect as it could be, for love has this property that it can never perceive in itself the least defect. But as my vision grew clearer, I beheld in myself many imperfections which, had I seen them in the beginning, I should have esteemed nothing, not even hell itself, too great or painful that would have rid me of them. In the beginning they were hidden from me, for it was the purpose of God to accomplish his work by little and little, in order to keep me humble, and enable me to remain among my fellow creatures. And finally, seeing a completed work entirely beyond the creature, I am compelled to say what before I could not say, and confess how clear it is to me that all our works are even more imperfect than any creature can fully understand.

St. Catherine of Genoa

Psalm 33:20-22

Our soul waits for the LORD, he is our help and shield.

For in him our hearts rejoice; in his holy name we trust.

May your mercy, LORD, be upon us; as we put our hope in you.

A Daily Dose Tuesday, April 9, 2013

We should commit ourselves to ‘Eucharistic coherence’, that is, we should be conscious that people cannot receive Holy Communion and at the same time act or speak against the commandments, in particular when abortion, euthanasia, and other serious crimes against life and family are facilitated. This responsibility applies particularly to legislators, governors, and health professionals.

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio

Matthew 12:29-31

How can anyone enter a strong man’s house and steal his property, unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house.Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. Therefore, I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.

A Daily Dose Monday, April 8, 2013

Optimism versus hope

"It's best to not confuse optimism with hope. Optimism is a psychological attitude toward life. Hope goes further. It is an anchor that one hurls toward the future; it's what lets you pull on the line and reach what you're aiming for" and head in "the right direction."

Hope is also theological: "God is there, too."

Pope Francis

Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

A Daily Dose Divine Mercy Sunday, April 7, 2013

The most powerful weapon to conquer the devil is humility. For, as he does not know at all how to employ it, neither does he know how to defend himself from it.
St. Vincent de Paul

Psalm 25:8-10

Good and upright is the LORD, therefore he shows sinners the way, He guides the humble in righteousness, and teaches the humble his way. All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth toward those who honor his covenant and decrees.

A Daily Dose Easter Saturday, April 6, 2013

Lord, help me enter into that peace which consists in having put my life in your hands.

Carlo Maria Martini SJ

Psalm 138:7

Where can I go from your spirit? From your presence, where can I flee?

A Daily Dose Easter Friday, April 5, 2013

Self-rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it contradicts the sacred voice that calls us the "Beloved." Being the Beloved constitutes the core truth of our existence.
Henri J.M. Nouwen

Jonah 2:4

I said, ‘I have been banished from your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple.’

A Daily Dose Easter Thursday, April 4, 2013

An individual cannot forgive himself anymore than soap can clean itself. Humility is the virtue we need to be ourselves. Forgiveness is the virtue we need in order to repair our relationships with others.

Dr. Donald DeMarco

1 John 4:18

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

A Daily Dose Easter Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Blessed the one who does not speak through hope of reward, who is not always ready to unburden himself of his secrets, who is not anxious to speak, but who reflects prudently on what he is to say and the manner in which he is to reply.

St. Francis of Assisi

James 1:19-20

Know this, my dear brothers: everyone should be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath, for the wrath of a man does not accomplish the righteousness of God.

A Daily Dose Easter Tuesday, April 2, 2013

O Lord, never allow us to think we can stand by ourselves, and not need You.

John Donne

Isaiah 55:6

Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.

A Daily Dose Easter Monday, April 1, 2013

God gives each one of us sufficient grace always to know His holy will, and to do it fully.

St. Ignatius of Loyola

James 4:6-7

But he bestows a greater grace; therefore, it says: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”So submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.