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A Daily Dose Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Miracles are not a contradiction of nature. They are only in contradiction of what we know of nature. St. Augustine

Habakkuk 2:4

The rash man has no integrity; but the just man, because of his faith, shall live.


A Daily Dose Monday, August 30, 2010

It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.

Ecclesiastes 3:9-11

What advantage has the worker from his toil?

I have considered the task which God has appointed for men to be busied about.

He has made everything appropriate to its time, and has put the timeless into their hearts, without men's ever discovering, from beginning to end, the work which God has done.


A Daily Dose Sunday, August 29, 2010

We gain more by letting our real selves to be seen, than by pretending to be what we are not. Francois De La Rochefoucauld

Matthew 24:45-47

Who, then, is the faithful and prudent servant, whom the master has put in charge of his household to distribute to them their food at the proper time?

Blessed is that servant whom his master on his arrival finds doing so.

Amen, I say to you, he will put him in charge of all his property.


A Daily Dose Saturday, August 28, 2010

If anyone comes to me, I want to lead them to Him.

St. Edith Stein

John 12:26

If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be; if any man serve me, him will my Father honor.

A Daily Dose Friday, August 27, 2010

Do not limit the Lord’s compassion for us. So, if you have any sorrow or pain, pour out your heart to Him in prayer. His compassion will surely transform you and hope and peace will return to your heart. Fr Philip Heng S.J.

John 16:32-33

Behold, the hour is coming and has arrived when each of you will be scattered to his own home and you will leave me alone. But I am not alone, because the Father is with me.

I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world."


A Daily Dose Thursday, August 26, 2010

Never place too much trust in yourself or count excessively on your own strength. St. Padre Pio

Ephesians 3:20-21

Now to him who is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine, by the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.


A Daily Dose Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Place your hope in God alone. If you notice something good in yourself, give credit to God, not to yourself, but be certain that the evil you commit is always your own and yours to acknowledge. St. Benedict of Narsia

Matthew 23:27

"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you are like white washed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within they are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness.”

A Daily Dose Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Pray - period!

Don't expect anything. Or better, expect nothing.

Prayer cleanses us of expectations and allows holy will, providence, and life itself an entry.

What could be more worth the effort or the non-effort?
Thomas Moore

Psalm 4:2

Answer when I call, my saving God. In my troubles, you cleared a way; show me favor; hear my prayer.


A Daily Dose Monday, August 23, 2010

Ethical behavior defines who you really are. If you believe in God, isn't doing the right thing, honesty, accountability, transparency, humility and consistency all supposed to be our behavioral standard every day because He sees all? Mike Paul

2 Corinthians 4:13-15

Since, then, we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, "I believed, therefore I spoke," we too believe and therefore speak, knowing that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and place us with you in his presence.

Everything indeed is for you, so that the grace bestowed in abundance on more and more people may cause the thanksgiving to overflow for the glory of God.


A Daily Dose Sunday, August 22, 2010

"We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world." Helen Keller

Matthew 5:10-12

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you (falsely) because of me.

Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.


A Daily Dose Saturday, August 21, 2010

Christian teaching reveals God and His infinite perfection with far greater clarity than is possible by the human faculties alone. Nor is that all. This same Christian teaching also commands us to honor God by faith, which is of the mind, by hope, which is of the will, by love, which is of the heart; and thus the whole man is subjected to the supreme Maker and Ruler of all things.Pope Saint Pius X

1 Corinthians 13:11-13

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

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

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

A Daily Dose Friday, August 20, 2010

How often has prayer taken me on the brink of despair, and restored me to the state of soul of one exulting in joy and confident forgiveness. Those who are afflicted in this way, behold they know that the Lord Jesus is truly a Physician Who heals the broken of heart and binds up their bruises. St. Bernard

Psalm 107 8-9

Let them give thanks to the LORD for his mercy and his wondrous deeds to the children of men,
Because he satisfied the longing soul and filled the hungry soul with good things.


A Daily Dose Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Christian life is a continuation and completion of the life of Christ in us. We should be so many Christs here on earth, continuing His life and His works, laboring and suffering in a holy and divine manner in the spirit of Jesus.

St. John Eudes

Romans 8:29-30

For those he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, so that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined he also called; and those he called he also justified; and those he justified he also glorified.


A Daily Dose Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.

Walter Elliott

Hebrews 12:1-3

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith. For the sake of the joy that lay before him he endured the cross, despising its shame, and has taken his seat at the right of the throne of God.

Consider how he endured such opposition from sinners, in order that you may not grow weary and lose heart.

A Daily Dose Tuesday, August 17, 2010

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

In the Company of Prayer

Proverbs 16:3

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


A Daily Dose Monday, August 16, 2010

Failure is not the falling down parts of life; it is the not getting up again.

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 Sunday, August 15, 2010

Today the holy Virgin of Virgins is presented in the heavenly temple. Today the spotless Virgin, untouched by earthly affections, and all heavenly in her thoughts, was not dissolved in earth, but truly entering heaven, dwells in the heavenly tabernacles. St. John of Damascus

John 19:25-26

Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala.

When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son."

A Daily Dose Saturday, August 14, 2010

The man who lives right, and is right, has more power in his silence than another has by his words. Phillip Brooks

Proverbs 17:27-28

He who spares his words is truly wise, and he who is chary of speech is a man of intelligence.

Even a fool, if he keeps silent, is considered wise; if he closes his lips, intelligent.


A Daily Dose Friday, August 13, 2010

Lord, grant that I may see thee more clearly,

Love thee more dearly,

Follow thee more nearly.

Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

Romans 7:20-23

Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. So, then, I discover the principle that when I want to do right, evil is at hand.

For I take delight in the law of God, in my inner self, but I see in my members another principle at war with the law of my mind, taking me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.


A Daily Dose Thursday, August 12, 2010

Always think of yourself as everyone’s servant; look for Christ Our Lord in everyone and you will then have respect and reverence for them all. Teresa of Ávila

Ephesians 2:8-10

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so no one may boast.

For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them.


A Daily Dose Wednesday, August 11, 2010

"Constant noise and restless spirits: They go together. The continual barrage of images, information and virtual voices keeps the mind racing, always trying - but failing - to 'process.' We simply don't have time to think or reflect. It makes us edgy on the one hand, and bored, on the other. It's addicting, while at once mentally tiring but not really satisfying." Rebecca Hagelin

Deuteronomy 1:29-31

Then I said to you, “Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. The LORD your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the desert. There you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”


A Daily Dose Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I have more trouble with myself than with any other man I've met.
D.L. Moody

Job 2:2

And the LORD said to Satan, "Whence do you come?" And Satan answered the LORD and said, "From roaming the earth and patrolling it."


A Daily Dose Monday, August 9, 2010

This is the true joy of life, the being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clot of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it what I can. George Bernard Shaw

Romans 5:1-5

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith to this grace in which we stand, and we boast in hope of the glory of God.

Not only that, but we even boast of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance, proven character, and proven character, hope, and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the holy Spirit that has been given to us.

A Daily Dose Sunday, August 8, 2010

Do all you can with the means at your disposal and calmly leave the rest to God. St. Mary MacKillop

Colossians 3:17

And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.


A Daily Dose Saturday, August 7, 2010

My Keeping Power is never at fault, but only your realization of it.

God Calling

Psalm 4:8

I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.


A Daily Dose Friday, August 6, 2010

It is when our love for God is alive that we experience victory over the world and all of its obstacles, for the commands of God are life to our heart and strength to our souls. Dave Whitehead

1 John 5:3-4

For the love of God is this, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, for whoever is begotten by God conquers the world. And the victory that conquers the world is our faith.

A Daily Dose Thursday, August 5, 2010

Just when you think it’s going wronger than it’s ever been and you are looking at the last of all your faith and hope…

On those occasions when all seems hopeless, may I receive a reminder that it is not.

Romans 4:20-25

(Abraham…) He did not doubt God's promise in unbelief; rather, he was empowered by faith and gave glory to God and was fully convinced that what he had promised he was also able to do. That is why "it was credited to him as righteousness."

But it was not for him alone that it was written that "it was credited to him"; it was also for us, to whom it will be credited, who believe in the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was handed over for our transgressions and was raised for our justification.


A Daily Dose Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Tell me, if you have any sentiments of religion and of affection for your children, should you not be doing everything you possibly can to help them to avoid the evil that you did yourself when you were the same age as your children? St. John Vianney

3 John 4

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


A Daily Dose Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Do not search about for the words to show people you love them. Instead, ask God to show them your love without your having to talk about it.

St. John Climacus

1 John 3:18

Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth.


A Daily Dose Monday, August 2, 2010

Let us continue to go forth and do our work "as to the Lord."
The work of Beethoven and the work of a charwoman become spiritual on precisely the same condition, that of being offered to God. This does not, of course, mean that it is for anyone a mere toss-up whether he should sweep floors or compose symphonies. We are members of one body, but different members with his own vocation.
C.S. Lewis

1 Corinthians 3:8-11

The one who plants and the one who waters are equal, and each will receive wages in proportion to his labor. For we are God's co-workers; you are God's field, God's building. According to the grace of God given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building upon it. But each one must be careful how he builds upon it, for no one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there, namely, Jesus Christ.

A Daily Dose Sunday, August 1, 2010

Ordinary people become extraordinary when they realize the strength of their words when spoken in peace… or in anger.

Proverbs 15:1

"A mild answer calms wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger."


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