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A Daily Dose Monday, August 31, 2009

Our hearts were made for you, Lord, and they will not rest until they rest in you. Saint Augustine

Sirach 2:17-18

Those who fear the LORD prepare their hearts and humble themselves before him.

Let us fall into the hands of the LORD and not into the hands of men, For equal to his majesty is the mercy that heshows.

 

A Daily Dose Sunday, August 30, 2009

Some men die of shrapnel. And some go down in flames. But most men perish inch by inch, playing at little games. Author unknown

Mark 7:21-22

From a person's heart, come the evil ideas that lead to evil things: deceit, indecency, jealousy, slander, pride.

A Daily Dose Saturday, August 29, 2009

Our Sole Purpose

“Our sole purpose… was to do the will of God. Not the will of God as we might wish it, or as we might have envisioned it, or as we thought it in our poor human wisdom it ought to be. But rather the will of God as God envisioned it and revealed it to us each day in the created situations with which he presented us. Father Walter J. Ciszek, S.J.

1 Thessalonians 4:1-2
Brothers and sisters, we earnestly ask and exhort you in the Lord Jesus that, as you received from us how you should conduct yourselves to please God–and as you are conducting yourselves– you do so even more.
For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus.

 

A Daily Dose Friday, August 28, 2009

May we be fortified by the strength of our beliefs.
"Your beliefs are in jeopardy only when you don't know what they are."
from This I Believe

1 Thessalonians 2:13

We also constantly give thanks to God for this, that when you received the word of God that you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word but as what it really is, God’s word, which is also at work in you believers.

A Daily Dose Thursday, August 27, 2009

There is an adage of the Old West that holds true today,

'When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.' Will Rogers

Isaiah 30:15

In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength.

 

A Daily Dose Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Cast yourself with confidence into the arms of God. And be very sure of this, that if he wants anything of you he will fit you for your work and give you strength to do it. St. Philip Neri

                 

Psalm 18:32

It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.

 

A Daily Dose Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Learn to do your part and leave the rest to heaven. John Henry Newman

Luke 21:34 cf

Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down… with the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap.

A Daily Dose Monday, August 24, 2009

Happy Birthday Stephanie!

Favorite Mother Teresa Prayer

Shine Through Me -

Dear Lord, help me to spread Thy fragrance everywhere I go.

Flood my soul with Thy spirit and life.

Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that all my life may only be a radiance of Thine.

Shine through me, and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel Thy presence in my soul.

Let them look up and see no longer me but only Thee O Lord!

Stay with me, and then I shall begin to shine as Thou shinest;

so to shine as to be a light to others.

Amen.

Deuteronomy 11:18

You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.

 

A Daily Dose Sunday, August 23, 2009

You may not have been responsible for your heritage, but you are responsible for your future. Author unknown

Proverbs 16:3,9

Entrust your works to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.

In his mind a man plans his course, but the LORD directs his steps.

A Daily Dose Saturday, August 22, 2009

How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it. George Elliston

Colossians 3:12

As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.

 

A Daily Dose Friday, August 21, 2009

Lord, give us strength for this journey

The longest journey you’ll ever take is from your head to your heart.

St. Ignatius of Loyola

John 14:27

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.

Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful

A Daily Dose Thursday, August 20, 2009

Most of us can forgive and forget; we just don't want the other person to forget that we forgave. Ivern Bell

1 John 1:9

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

A Daily Dose Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Only in truth does charity shine forth, only in truth can charity be authentically lived.Pope Benedict XVI

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 Tuesday, August 18, 2009

If God can work through me, he can work through anyone.St. Francis of Assisi

Matthew 5:16

Let your light shine before men so that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven.

 

A Daily Dose Monday, August 17, 2009

You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I'm not hungry enough to eat six. Yogi Berra

John 4:31-34

Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, ‘Rabbi, eat something.’ But he said to them, ‘I have food to eat that you do not know about.’ So the disciples said to one another, ‘Surely no one has brought him something to eat?’ Jesus said to them, ‘My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to complete his work.

A Daily Dose Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Good Fight of Faith

Jesus promised his disciples three things - that they would be completely fearless, absurdly happy and in constant trouble. G. K. Chesterton

1 Timothy 6:11-12

But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

 

A Daily Dose Saturday, August 15, 2009

I am enjoying God's sense of humor today-and everyday... because that is what it is. Stephanie E.B. Foley

Numbers 22:28

Then the Lord opened the mouth of the donkey, and it said to Balaam, “What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?” (What’s not funny about a talking donkey?)

A Daily Dose Friday, August 14, 2009

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.” Vince Lombardi

2 Corinthians 4:8-10

We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body.

 

A Daily Dose Thursday, August 13, 2009

“If you do this your life will flow along happily and serenely and full of consolidation, even in the midst of trials. Grace will be proportioned to the trial, and you will arrive at the gate of merit. This submission to the Holy Spirit is the secret of sanctity.” Cardinal Mercier

Proverbs 4:23

Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.

A Daily Dose Wednesday, August 12, 2009

For those who practice humility in our presence, may we appreciate their example, we pray.
"People with humility don't think less of themselves.

They think of themselves less." Kenneth Blanchard

2 Peter 1:19-21

Moreover, we possess the prophetic message that is altogether reliable. You will do well to be attentive to it, as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

Know this first of all, that there is no prophecy of scripture that is a matter of personal interpretation, for no prophecy ever came through human will; but rather human beings moved by the Holy Spirit spoke under the influence of God.

 

A Daily Dose Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Our exterior behavior must correspond to the inner state of our soul, that we might be pure for Him who sees the interior. Saint Gregory of Nyssa

1 John 2:3-6

The way we may be sure that we know him is to keep his commandments. Whoever says, "I know him," but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

But whoever keeps his word, the love of God is truly perfected in him. This is the way we may know that we are in union with him: whoever claims to abide in him ought to live (just) as he lived.

A Daily Dose Monday, August 10, 2009

Our hope lies in trusting God

It is not the actual physical exertion that counts towards a man's progress, nor the nature of the task, but by the spirit of faith with which it is undertaken. Saint Francis Xavier

Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

A Daily Dose Sunday, August 9, 2009

How many watts is your prayer life?

No prayer, no power.
A little prayer, a little power.
A lot of prayer, a lot of power!
Never forget this.

Jeremiah 33:2-3

"Thus says the LORD who made the earth, the LORD who formed it to establish it -- the LORD is his name:
Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things which you have not known.

A Daily Dose Saturday, August 8, 2009

God, who makes all things new, in the waters of Baptism you mark me as yours and set me to join with your Son in doing your will. Amen.

Ephesians 2:19

So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God.

 

A Daily Dose Friday, August 7, 2009

As we struggle to be successful, may we be reminded that there is a plan already in play for us all.

Proverbs 16:3

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.

A Daily Dose Thursday, August 6, 2009

As uncomfortable as our life might be, as painful or even desperate at times, the life we’re living is the life we know, and we cling to the old rather than try something new. It’s unbelievable how tenaciously we cling to what we’ve prayed to be released from. Marianne Williamson

Jeremiah 33:2-3

Thus says the LORD who made the earth and gave it form and firmness, whose name is LORD:

Call to me, and I will answer you; I will tell to you things great beyond reach of your knowledge.

 

A Daily Dose Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Fear is useless

"The fear of death keeps us from living, not from dying."Paul C. Roud

Jesus Conquered Sin and Death

Hebrews 2:14-15

"Now since the children share in blood and flesh, he likewise shared in them, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and free those who through fear of death had been subject to slavery all their life."

A Daily Dose Tuesday, August 4, 2009

A view to the end of this mortal journey...

"It is better to wear out than to rust out."

"Remember when you leave this earth,you can take with you nothing that you have received
~ only what you have given: a heart enriched by honest service,love, sacrifice and courage."
St. Francis of Assisi

1 Thessalonians 2:13

And for this reason we too give thanks to God unceasingly, that in receiving the word of God from hearing us, you received not a human word but, as it truly is, the word of God, which is now at work in you who believe.

 

A Daily Dose Monday, August 3, 2009

I get concerned when I am too sure about who I think God is. While it is helpful to designate names and qualities for God so we can relate personally to this great Mystery, we must humbly admit that no one knows what pertains to God except the Spirit of God. Sr. Joyce Rupp

John 6:34-36

They said to him, "Lord, give us this bread always."
Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe
.”

A Daily Dose Sunday, August 2, 2009

The 'free will' clause of Salvation...

"When I am told (by those who confuse predestination with God's providence) that God already knows who will be saved and who will be damned, and therefore anything we do is useless, I usually answer with four truths that the bible spells out for us:

God wants that everyone be saved;
No one is predestined to go to hell;
Jesus died for everyone;
and everyone is given sufficient graces for salvation."

Fr. Gabriele Amorth

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

 

A Daily Dose Saturday, August 1, 2009

The good morals and salvation of the people depend on good pastors. If there is a good priest in charge of the parish, you will soon see devotion flourishing, people frequenting the Sacraments, and honoring the practice of mental prayer. Hence the proverb: "Like pastor, like parish". According to this word of Ecclesiastes (10:2) "those who dwell in the state, take after their ruler." St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori

Romans 12:1-3

I appeal to you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. For by the grace given to me I bid every one among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith which God has assigned him.