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A Daily Dose August 31, 2011

We resemble God most when we forgive our neighbors.

St. Faustina Kowalska

Sirach 28:2-3

Forgive your neighbor the wrong done to you; then when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven. Does anyone nourish anger against another and expect healing from the LORD?

A Daily Dose August 30, 2011


I may trust God too little, but I can’t trust God too much. Anonymous

Proverbs 22:18-19

For it will be well if you hold them within you, if they all are ready on your lips.

That your trust may be in the LORD, I make them known to you today—yes, to you.

 

A Daily Dose August 29, 2011


The nature of water is soft, and the nature of stone is hard; but if a bottle is hung above the stone, allowing the water to fall down drop by drop, it wears away the stone. So it is with the Word of God: it is soft and our heart is hard, but the man who hears the Word of God often opens his heart to the fear of God.St. Poemen

2 Timothy 3:16-17

All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

A Daily Dose August 28, 2011


Unless you believe, you will not understand.

St. Augustine

Romans 12:2

Do not conform yourselves to thsi age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.

 

A Daily Dose August 27, 2011


Nothing is far from God.

St. Monica

John 1:16

From his fullness we have all received, grace in place of grace

A Daily Dose August 26, 2011


Your faithfulness makes you trustworthy to God.

Edward Louis Cole

Psalm 33:4

For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.

 

A Daily Dose August 25, 2011


Unless we rely on God's power within us, we will yield to the pressures around us. Source Unknown

John 1:3-4

All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.

 

A Daily Dose August 24, 2011


All men should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why. James Thurber

Ephesians 1:11-12

In him we were also chosen, destined in accord with the purpose of the One who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will, so that we might exist for the praise of his glory, we who first hoped in Christ.

A Daily Dose August 23, 2011


Let's not be afraid to look at everything that has brought us to where we are now and trust that we will soon see in it the guiding hand of a loving God. Henri Nouwen

Ecclesiastes 9:1

All this I have kept in my heart and all this I examined: The just, the wise, and their deeds are in the hand of God. Love from hatred- mortals cannot tell; both are before them.

 

A Daily Dose August 22, 2011


I am not only the Queen of Heaven, but also the Mother of Mercy.
Our Lady to St. Faustina

Luke 1:26-28

In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.”

A Daily Dose August 21, 2011


Everyone wishes to have truth on his side, but not everyone wishes to be on the side of truth. Richard Whately

Psalm 25:10

All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth

toward those who honor his covenant and decrees.

 

A Daily Dose August 20, 2011


The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.

Luke 1:45

Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.

 

A Daily Dose August 19, 2011


There is no danger if our prayer is without words or reflection because the good success of prayers depends neither on words nor on study. It depends upon the simple raising of our minds to God, and the more simple and stripped of feeling it is, the surer it is.

St. Jeanne de Chantal

1 Timothy 2:8

It is my wish, then, that in every place the men should pray, lifting up holy hands, without anger or argument.

A Daily Dose August 18, 2011


The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are; for what we could become. Charles Dubois

Jeremiah 29:11-14a

For I know well the plans I have in mind for you—oracle of the LORD—plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope. When you call me, and come and pray to me, I will listen to you. When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart I will let you find me—oracle of the LORD—and I will change your lot

 

A Daily Dose August 17, 2011


I will suggest some penances that will fir your married state: humility of heart, acceptance of adversity, gentleness and love for others, acceptance of the will of God, recollection of heart, the remembrance of the Most Holy Passion of Jesus Christ, making frequent use of the Eucharist, and above all, the education of your children. St. Paul of the Cross

Ephesians 5:21-31

Wives and Husbands

Be subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Wives should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is head of his wife just as Christ is head of the church, he himself the savior of the body. As the church is subordinate to Christ, so wives should be subordinate to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church and handed himself over for her to sanctify her, cleansing her by the bath of water with the word, that he might present to himself the church in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.

So also husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one hates his own flesh but rather nourishes and cherishes it, even as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body.

For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.

A Daily Dose August 16, 2011


For those who live in the world and desire to embrace true virtue, it is necessary to unite together in holy, sacred friendship.

St. Francis de Sales

John 15:15

No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.

 

A Daily Dose August 15, 2011


No one in the world can change Truth. What we can do and should do is to seek truth and to serve it when we have found it. The real conflict is the inner conflict.St. Maximilian Kolbe

John 16:13

But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.

A Daily Dose August 14, 2011


In our lives there comes a time when the only thing that matters is the will of God. For you that time is now. Mustard Seeds

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 August 13, 2011


I would not believe in the Gospel if the authority of the Catholic Church did not move me to do so. St. Augustine

John 17:20-21

“I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me.”

A Daily Dose August 12, 2011


One is wise to cultivate the tree that bears fruit in our soul.

Henry David Thoreau

Matthew 7:16-20

You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? So, every sound tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears evil fruit. A sound tree cannot bear evil fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will know them by their fruits.

 

A Daily Dose August 11, 2011


Go forth in peace, for you have followed the good road. Go forth without fear, for he who created you has made you holy, has always protected you, and loves you as a mother. Blessed be you, my God, for having created me. St. Clare of Assisi

Genesis 2:7

Then the LORD God formed the man out of the dust of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

 

A Daily Dose August 10, 2011


When you feel the assaults of passion and anger, then is the time to be silent as Jesus was silent in the midst of His ignominies and sufferings. St. Paul of the Cross

1 Corinthians 1:23-25

We proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are called, Jews and Greeks alike, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

A Daily Dose August 9, 2011


Jesus is the God whom we can approach without pride and before whom we can humble ourselves without despair. Blaise Pascal

1 John 4:14-15

Moreover, we have seen and testify that the Father sent his Son as savior of the world. Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God remains in him and he in God.

 

A Daily Dose August 8, 2011


A man who governs his passions is master of his world. We must either command them or be enslaved by them.

It is better to be a hammer than an anvil. St. Dominic de Guzman

Romans 8:6-8

The concern of the flesh is death, but the concern of the spirit is life and peace. For the concern of the flesh is hostility toward God; it does not submit to the law of God, nor can it; and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

A Daily Dose August 7, 2011


Prayer may not change things for you, but it for sure changes you for things. Samuel Shoemaker

Acts 8:22

Repent of this wickedness of yours and pray to the Lord that, if possible, your intention may be forgiven.

 

A Daily Dose August 6, 2011


When you feel that your longing for something is too keen and is causing you pain, then give up all thought of it and abandon yourselves effortlessly to the will of God. We are all like wayfarers in this world: some arrive early and some late. We often have to change our train or coach, or our traveling companions. We grieve over these partings, but the Lord blesses them and turns them to good account. What matters is that sooner or later we all arrive at our goal.Blessed Pope John XXIII

Mark 9:7

Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; then from the cloud came a voice, "This is my beloved Son. Listen to him."

A Daily Dose August 5, 2011


A few acts of confidence and love are worth more than a thousand ‘Who knows?’ ‘Who knows?’ Heaven is filled with converted sinners of all kinds and there is room for more.

St. Joseph Cafasso

Psalm 37:3-5

Trust in the LORD and do good that you may dwell in the land and live secure.

Find your delight in the LORD who will give you your heart's desire.

Commit your way to the LORD; trust that God will act

 

A Daily Dose August 4, 2011


You may well be content to serve our Lord in illness, for when He calls people to suffer instead of working for Him, He is calling them to a higher state. St. John of Avila

2 Corinthians 12:6-9

Although if I should wish to boast, I would not be foolish, for I would be telling the truth. But I refrain, so that no one may think more of me than what he sees in me or hears from me because of the abundance of the revelations. Therefore, that I might not become too elated, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, an angel of Satan, to beat me, to keep me from being too elated.

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."

A Daily Dose August 3, 2011


Be not anxious about what you have, but about what you are.

St. Gregory the Great

Leviticus 20:7-8

Sanctify yourselves, then, and be holy; for I, the LORD, your God, am holy. Be careful, therefore, to observe what I, the LORD, who make you holy, have prescribed.

 

A Daily Dose August 2, 2011


You may be certain of this: if you practice love within your own family, God will help you outside it.St. Alphonsus Ligouri

1 Timothy 1:5

The aim of this instruction is love from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith.

A Daily Dose August 1, 2011


My beloved Jesus, I embrace all the tribulations You have destined for me until death. I beg You, by the merits of the pain You suffered in carrying Your Cross, to give me the necessary help to carry mine with perfect patience and resignation.
St. Alphonsus Liguori

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 August 31, 2011

We resemble God most when we forgive our neighbors.

St. Faustina Kowalska

Sirach 28:2-3

Forgive your neighbor the wrong done to you; then when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven. Does anyone nourish anger against another and expect healing from the LORD?

A Daily Dose August 30, 2011


I may trust God too little, but I can’t trust God too much. Anonymous

Proverbs 22:18-19

For it will be well if you hold them within you, if they all are ready on your lips.

That your trust may be in the LORD, I make them known to you today—yes, to you.

 

A Daily Dose August 29, 2011


The nature of water is soft, and the nature of stone is hard; but if a bottle is hung above the stone, allowing the water to fall down drop by drop, it wears away the stone. So it is with the Word of God: it is soft and our heart is hard, but the man who hears the Word of God often opens his heart to the fear of God.St. Poemen

2 Timothy 3:16-17

All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

A Daily Dose August 28, 2011


Unless you believe, you will not understand.

St. Augustine

Romans 12:2

Do not conform yourselves to thsi age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.

 

A Daily Dose August 27, 2011


Nothing is far from God.

St. Monica

John 1:16

From his fullness we have all received, grace in place of grace

A Daily Dose August 26, 2011


Your faithfulness makes you trustworthy to God.

Edward Louis Cole

Psalm 33:4

For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.

 

A Daily Dose August 25, 2011


Unless we rely on God's power within us, we will yield to the pressures around us. Source Unknown

John 1:3-4

All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.

 

A Daily Dose August 24, 2011


All men should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why. James Thurber

Ephesians 1:11-12

In him we were also chosen, destined in accord with the purpose of the One who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will, so that we might exist for the praise of his glory, we who first hoped in Christ.

A Daily Dose August 23, 2011


Let's not be afraid to look at everything that has brought us to where we are now and trust that we will soon see in it the guiding hand of a loving God. Henri Nouwen

Ecclesiastes 9:1

All this I have kept in my heart and all this I examined: The just, the wise, and their deeds are in the hand of God. Love from hatred- mortals cannot tell; both are before them.

 

A Daily Dose August 22, 2011


I am not only the Queen of Heaven, but also the Mother of Mercy.
Our Lady to St. Faustina

Luke 1:26-28

In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.”

A Daily Dose August 21, 2011


Everyone wishes to have truth on his side, but not everyone wishes to be on the side of truth. Richard Whately

Psalm 25:10

All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth

toward those who honor his covenant and decrees.

 

A Daily Dose August 20, 2011


The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.

Luke 1:45

Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.

 

A Daily Dose August 19, 2011


There is no danger if our prayer is without words or reflection because the good success of prayers depends neither on words nor on study. It depends upon the simple raising of our minds to God, and the more simple and stripped of feeling it is, the surer it is.

St. Jeanne de Chantal

1 Timothy 2:8

It is my wish, then, that in every place the men should pray, lifting up holy hands, without anger or argument.

A Daily Dose August 18, 2011


The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are; for what we could become. Charles Dubois

Jeremiah 29:11-14a

For I know well the plans I have in mind for you—oracle of the LORD—plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope. When you call me, and come and pray to me, I will listen to you. When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart I will let you find me—oracle of the LORD—and I will change your lot

 

A Daily Dose August 17, 2011


I will suggest some penances that will fir your married state: humility of heart, acceptance of adversity, gentleness and love for others, acceptance of the will of God, recollection of heart, the remembrance of the Most Holy Passion of Jesus Christ, making frequent use of the Eucharist, and above all, the education of your children. St. Paul of the Cross

Ephesians 5:21-31

Wives and Husbands

Be subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Wives should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is head of his wife just as Christ is head of the church, he himself the savior of the body. As the church is subordinate to Christ, so wives should be subordinate to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church and handed himself over for her to sanctify her, cleansing her by the bath of water with the word, that he might present to himself the church in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.

So also husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one hates his own flesh but rather nourishes and cherishes it, even as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body.

For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.

A Daily Dose August 16, 2011


For those who live in the world and desire to embrace true virtue, it is necessary to unite together in holy, sacred friendship.

St. Francis de Sales

John 15:15

No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.

 

A Daily Dose August 15, 2011


No one in the world can change Truth. What we can do and should do is to seek truth and to serve it when we have found it. The real conflict is the inner conflict.St. Maximilian Kolbe

John 16:13

But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.

A Daily Dose August 14, 2011


In our lives there comes a time when the only thing that matters is the will of God. For you that time is now. Mustard Seeds

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 August 13, 2011


I would not believe in the Gospel if the authority of the Catholic Church did not move me to do so. St. Augustine

John 17:20-21

“I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me.”

A Daily Dose August 12, 2011


One is wise to cultivate the tree that bears fruit in our soul.

Henry David Thoreau

Matthew 7:16-20

You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? So, every sound tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears evil fruit. A sound tree cannot bear evil fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will know them by their fruits.

 

A Daily Dose August 11, 2011


Go forth in peace, for you have followed the good road. Go forth without fear, for he who created you has made you holy, has always protected you, and loves you as a mother. Blessed be you, my God, for having created me. St. Clare of Assisi

Genesis 2:7

Then the LORD God formed the man out of the dust of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

 

A Daily Dose August 10, 2011


When you feel the assaults of passion and anger, then is the time to be silent as Jesus was silent in the midst of His ignominies and sufferings. St. Paul of the Cross

1 Corinthians 1:23-25

We proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are called, Jews and Greeks alike, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

A Daily Dose August 9, 2011


Jesus is the God whom we can approach without pride and before whom we can humble ourselves without despair. Blaise Pascal

1 John 4:14-15

Moreover, we have seen and testify that the Father sent his Son as savior of the world. Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God remains in him and he in God.

 

A Daily Dose August 8, 2011


A man who governs his passions is master of his world. We must either command them or be enslaved by them.

It is better to be a hammer than an anvil. St. Dominic de Guzman

Romans 8:6-8

The concern of the flesh is death, but the concern of the spirit is life and peace. For the concern of the flesh is hostility toward God; it does not submit to the law of God, nor can it; and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

A Daily Dose August 7, 2011


Prayer may not change things for you, but it for sure changes you for things. Samuel Shoemaker

Acts 8:22

Repent of this wickedness of yours and pray to the Lord that, if possible, your intention may be forgiven.

 

A Daily Dose August 6, 2011


When you feel that your longing for something is too keen and is causing you pain, then give up all thought of it and abandon yourselves effortlessly to the will of God. We are all like wayfarers in this world: some arrive early and some late. We often have to change our train or coach, or our traveling companions. We grieve over these partings, but the Lord blesses them and turns them to good account. What matters is that sooner or later we all arrive at our goal.Blessed Pope John XXIII

Mark 9:7

Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; then from the cloud came a voice, "This is my beloved Son. Listen to him."

A Daily Dose August 5, 2011


A few acts of confidence and love are worth more than a thousand ‘Who knows?’ ‘Who knows?’ Heaven is filled with converted sinners of all kinds and there is room for more.

St. Joseph Cafasso

Psalm 37:3-5

Trust in the LORD and do good that you may dwell in the land and live secure.

Find your delight in the LORD who will give you your heart's desire.

Commit your way to the LORD; trust that God will act

 

A Daily Dose August 4, 2011


You may well be content to serve our Lord in illness, for when He calls people to suffer instead of working for Him, He is calling them to a higher state. St. John of Avila

2 Corinthians 12:6-9

Although if I should wish to boast, I would not be foolish, for I would be telling the truth. But I refrain, so that no one may think more of me than what he sees in me or hears from me because of the abundance of the revelations. Therefore, that I might not become too elated, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, an angel of Satan, to beat me, to keep me from being too elated.

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."

A Daily Dose August 3, 2011


Be not anxious about what you have, but about what you are.

St. Gregory the Great

Leviticus 20:7-8

Sanctify yourselves, then, and be holy; for I, the LORD, your God, am holy. Be careful, therefore, to observe what I, the LORD, who make you holy, have prescribed.

 

A Daily Dose August 2, 2011


You may be certain of this: if you practice love within your own family, God will help you outside it.St. Alphonsus Ligouri

1 Timothy 1:5

The aim of this instruction is love from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith.

A Daily Dose August 1, 2011


My beloved Jesus, I embrace all the tribulations You have destined for me until death. I beg You, by the merits of the pain You suffered in carrying Your Cross, to give me the necessary help to carry mine with perfect patience and resignation.
St. Alphonsus Liguori

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.

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