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A Daily Dose     Wednesday, April 30, 2014


Man's accidents are God's purposes.  

Sophia Hawthorne

 

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

A Daily Dose     Tuesday, April 29, 2014


The greatest test of our faith comes when we accept what God has for us instead of what we would have for ourselves and we still have the courage and grace to say “Thank you Lord.”

 

Psalm 100:5

Good indeed is the LORD, His mercy endures forever, his faithfulness lasts through every generation.

A Daily Dose     Monday, April 28, 2014


Lord, keep Your grace in my heart. Live in me so that Your grace be mine. Make it that I may bear every day some flowers and new fruit.

St. Gianna Beretta Molla

 

2 Corinthians 12:8-9

Three times I begged the Lord about this, that it might leave me, but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me.

A Daily Dose     Sunday, April 27, 2014


Strive to see God in all things without exception, and acquiesce in His will with absolute submission.

Do everything for God, uniting yourself to Him by a mere upward glance, or by the overflowing of your heart towards Him.

Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit.

Do not lose your inward peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.

Commend all to God, and then lie still and be at rest in His bosom. Whatever happens, abide steadfast in a determination to cling simply to God, trusting to His eternal love for you; and if you find that you have wandered forth from this shelter, recall your heart quietly and simply. Maintain a holy simplicity of mind, and do not smother yourself with a host of cares, wishes, or longings, under any pretext.

St. Francis de Sales


Hebrews 12:14-15

Strive for peace with everyone, and for that holiness without which no one will see the Lord. 

See to it that no one be deprived of the grace of God, that no bitter root spring up and cause trouble, through which many may become defiled

A Daily Dose     Saturday, April 26, 2014


If you can’t be grateful for what God has given you, be even more so for what He has kept from you.


James 1:16-17

Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers: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.

A Daily Dose     Friday, April 25, 2014


May our prayers lead us back to greater relationships with God and each other.

 

In the midst of a turbulent, often chaotic life, we are all called to reach out with courageous honesty to our innermost self, with relentless care to our fellow human beings and with increasing prayer to our God.

Henri J.M. Nouwen

 

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     Thursday, April 24, 2014


It is because of faith that we exchange the present for the future.

St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen

 

Leviticus 20:7-8

Sanctify yourselves, then, and be holy; for I, the LORD, your God, am holy.

Be careful, therefore, to observe my statutes. I, the LORD, make you holy.

A Daily Dose     Wednesday, April 23, 2014


The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.

Albert Einstein

 

Hebrews 13:16

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have; God is pleased by sacrifices of that kind.

A Daily Dose     Tuesday, April 22, 2014


The body that lay lifeless in the tomb is ours. The body that rose again on the third day is ours. The body that ascended above all the heights of heaven to the right hand of the Father’s glory is ours. If then we walk in the way of his commandments, and are not ashamed to acknowledge the price he paid for our salvation in a lowly body, we too are to rise to share his glory.

Pope Saint Leo the Great

 

John 20:17

Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

A Daily Dose     Easter Monday, April 21, 2014


What we often don’t get and even more often forget, is that our salvation is way less about what to do and way more about who to be.


Titus 3:4-5

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

A Daily Dose     Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014


Although the rolling away of the stone, the evacuation of the sepulcher, the laying aside of the linen, and the angelic narrators of the whole fact, did abundantly establish the reality of our Lord's Resurrection, yet He manifestly appeared to the sight of the women, and frequently to the eyes of the Apostles…

Pope Saint Leo the Great


John 20:6-9

When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place. Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed.

For they did not yet understand the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead.

A Daily Dose     Holy Saturday, April 19, 2014


Let no one grieve at his poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed. Let no one mourn that he has fallen again and again; for forgiveness has risen from the grave. Let no one fear death, for the Death of our Savior has set us free. He has destroyed it by enduring it.

Saint John Chrysostom


Psalm 20:8

Some rely on chariots, others on horses, but we on the name of the LORD our God.

A Daily Dose     Good Friday, April 18, 2014


These below are the Cardinal Virtues. Knowing how Jesus, the Son of God, died for us, let us also know how these must be at work in our lives.

Prudence

Justice

Temperance

Fortitude


Mark 15:37-39

Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last.

The veil of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom.

When the centurion who stood facing him saw how he breathed his last he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”

A Daily Dose     Holy Thursday, April 17, 2014


To wash your feet, this is a symbol, a sign that I am at your service. But it also means that we have to help each other. This sign is a caress from Jesus, because Jesus came exactly for this, to serve and to help us.

Pope Francis


John 13:14-15

If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet.I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.

A Daily Dose     Wednesday, April 16, 2014


To be grateful for the good things that happen in our lives--the good as well as the bad, the moments of joy as well as the moments of sorrow, the successes as well as the failures, the rewards as well as the rejections--that requires hard spiritual work.

Henri J.M. Nouwen

 

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     Tuesday, April 15, 2014


How can I recommend myself to God while I am on the way to offend Him?

Blessed Cesar de Bus

 

John 17:9-10

I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for the ones you have given me, because they are yours, and everything of mine is yours and everything of yours is mine, and I have been glorified in them.

A Daily Dose     Monday, April 14, 2014


The merit of the cross does not consist in its heaviness, but in the manner in which we carry it. I would even say that it is sometimes more virtuous to carry a cross of straw than a heavy cross because we have to be more attentive for fear of losing it.

St. Francis de Sales

 

Luke 23:26

When they led Him away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, coming in from the country, and placed on him the cross to carry behind Jesus.

A Daily Dose     Sunday, April 13, 2014


As those of us celebrate Passover, may we all be inspired by ancient wisdom.

From The Talmud:

Know from where you came, where you are going, and before whom you will have to give an account of your life.

Naomi H. Rosenblatt

Wrestling with Angels

 

John 14:27

I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. 

A Daily Dose     Saturday, April 12, 2014


Patience is necessary, and one cannot reap immediately where one has sown.

Soren Kierkegaard


1 Peter 1:6-7 


In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

A Daily Dose     Friday, April 11, 2014


O my soul, bless Jesus. Never forget the many graces He has given thee.

St. Gemma Galgani

 

Hebrews 4:16

So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.

A Daily Dose     Thursday, April 10, 2014


God does not love you because you are good; God loves you because God is good. 


God does not love you because you are good; you are good because God loves you.


John 13:34-35

I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

A Daily Dose     Wednesday, April 9, 2014


I am a feather on the breath of God.

He who created the universe also created that which is "me."

I do not "have" a soul - I AM a soul, as well as a body. 



My entire purpose in this life is to find my way back to my Creator.


Psalm 104:27-30

These all wait for you, that you may give them their food in due season, what you give them they gather in; you open your hand they are filled with good. You hide your face, they are troubled; you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust. You send forth your Spirit, they are created; and you renew the face of the earth.

A Daily Dose     Tuesday, April 8, 2014


If you pray more you will pray better. Take the help of all your senses to pray.

Blessed Mother Teresa

 

John 17:22-23

And the glory which You gave Me, I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

A Daily Dose     Monday, April 7, 2014


God wants you to remain completely abandoned to his guidance, awaiting from him alone and from his goodness all the help you need. Follow the example of the crowd of people who had come following Jesus Christ and who waited patiently for him to provide for their nourishment without even taking the trouble to lay their needs before him.

St. John Baptist De La Salle

 

Isaiah 9:1

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who lived in a land of gloom a light has shone.

A Daily Dose     Sunday, April 6, 2014


Therefore the Lord restored their joy to Mary and Martha by treading down death to demonstrate that he himself would not be held by death forever... From now on, every time someone says that rising on the third day is impossible, let them consider him (Lazarus) who was raised on the fourth day...

St. Ephrem


John 11:43-44

And when he had said this, he cried out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, tied hand and foot with burial bands, and his face was wrapped in a cloth. So Jesus said to them, “Untie him and let him go.”

A Daily Dose     Saturday, April 5, 2014


When was the last time you lived by the gentle, peaceful voice of conscience and it brought your life misery and pain? Be still and attune your life and your soul to the voice of your conscience.

From Matthew Kelly

 

John 5:24

Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes in the one who sent me has eternal life and will not come to condemnation, but has passed from death to life.

A Daily Dose     Friday, April 4, 2014


Apart from the cross, there is no other ladder by which we may get to heaven.

St. Rose of Lima

 

2 Corinthians 5:17

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.

A Daily Dose     Thursday, April 3, 2014


Our poverty is our humble recognition and acceptance of our sinfulness, helplessness, and utter nothingness, and the acknowledgment of our neediness before Him, which expresses itself as hope in Him, as an openness to receive all things from Him as from our Father. Our poverty should be true gospel poverty: gentle, tender, glad, and open-hearted, always ready to give an expression of love.

Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

 

1 Thessalonians 5:14-15

We urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, cheer the fainthearted, support the weak, be patient with all.See that no one returns evil for evil; rather, always seek what is good both for each other and for all.

A Daily Dose     Wednesday, April 2, 2014


Who except God can give you peace? Has the world ever been able to satisfy the heart? 
St. Gerard Majella

 

Luke 14:27

Anyone who does not take up his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

A Daily Dose     Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Whatever you do, think not of yourself, but of God.

St. Vincent Ferrer

 

Proverbs 18:2

The fool takes no delight in understanding, but rather in displaying what he thinks.