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A Daily Dose Thursday, December 31, 2009

All that this year contained has gone into the abyss of eternity. Nothing is lost. I am glad that nothing is lost. St. Faustina

John 1:4-5

Through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

 

A Daily Dose Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Grant me, O Lord, to see everything now with clear eyes.

Pedro Arrupe, SJ

1 John 2:15

Do not love the world or the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

ADaily Dose Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Beginning of all holiness

“The beginning of all holiness is humbly admitting that without God we can do nothing, but that, with, in, and through Him, everything is possible!” St. Therese of Lisieux

Philippians 2:12-13

So then, my beloved, obedient as you have always been, not only when I am present but all the more now when I am absent, work out your salvation with fear and trembling. For God is the one who, for his good purpose, works in you both to desire and to work.

 

A Daily Dose Monday, December 28, 2009

May the path prepared for me by the Almighty be paved, if only for today, I pray.
"I realized that none of us are meant to be Therese of Lisieux or Pope John XXIII or Thomas More. We're meant to be ourselves, and meant to allow God to work in and through our individuality, our own humanity. As St. Thomas Aquinas said, 'Grace builds on nature.'"
James Martin

John 16:12-13

I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming.

A Daily Dose Sunday, December 27, 2009

It is a very true thing that the company of well-regulated souls is extremely useful to us to keep our own soul well regulated.

Saint Francis de Sales

Hebrews 10:23-25

Let us hold unwaveringly to our confession that gives us hope, for he who made the promise is trustworthy. We must consider how to rouse one another to love and good works.

We should not stay away from our assembly, as is the custom of some, but encourage one another, and this all the more as you see the day drawing near.

 

A Daily Dose Saturday, December 26, 2009

When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time.Saint Francis de Sales

Colossians 3:12-13

Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.

A Daily Dose Friday, December 25, 2009

Joy is the true gift of Christmas, not the expensive gifts that call for time and money. We can communicate this joy simply: with a smile, a kind gesture, a little help, forgiveness. And the joy we give will certainly come back to us. Let us pray that this presence of the liberating joy of God shines forth in our lives. Pope Benedict XVI

Luke 2:8-14

Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear.

The angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.

For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.

And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger."

And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying:

"Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests."

 

A Daily Dose Thursday, December 24, 2009

Presence of God

Tomorrow is Christmas, the day when God took a crucial step toward rebuilding His temple. When you see the baby Jesus tomorrow, make sure that you also see a master builder who is still at work in this world. That’s the one we are called to adore. www.wau.org

Luke 17:21

“For behold, the kingdom of God is among you."

A Daily Dose Wednesday, December 23, 2009

In every child which is born and in every person who lives or dies we see the image of God's glory. We celebrate this glory in every human being, a sign of the living God, an icon of Jesus Christ. Pope John Paul II

Titus 2:11-13

For the grace of God has appeared, saving all and training us to reject godless ways and worldly desires and to live temperately, justly, and devoutly in this age. We await the blessed hope, the appearance of the glory of the great God and of our savior Jesus Christ.

 

A Daily Dose Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Advent and especially Christmas are a reminder to man, who rises from daily affairs and seeks communion with God, that God took the initiative to come to meet us. Becoming a baby, Jesus assumed our nature and established his covenant with the whole of humanity forever. He came to Bethlehem to stay with us forever.Pope John Paul II

Luke 2:6-7

While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

A Daily Dose Friday, December 18, 2009

“It is our forgiveness of one another that makes the love of Jesus for us manifest in our lives, for in forgiving one another we act towards one another as He has acted towards us.” Thomas Merton

Colossians 3:12-17

As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

 

A Daily Dose Thursday, December 17, 2009

"First and foremost I'd like to thank God. I am so blessed and without Him I wouldn't have been able to accomplish this. I'd like to thank my family. My mother and my grandparents are sitting right there. My father has had a great influence on my life and I love him to death. " Mark Ingram, 2009 Heisman Trophy Winner

Romans 12:2-3

Do not conform yourselves to this 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. For by the grace given to me I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than one ought to think, but to think soberly, each according to the measure of faith that God has apportioned.

A Daily Dose Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Live in faith and hope, though it be in darkness, for in the darkness God protects the soul. Cast your cares upon God, for you are his and he will not forget you. Do not think he is leaving you alone. St. John of the Cross

Isaiah 50:10

Who among you fears the LORD, heeds his servant's voice, And walks in darkness without any light, Trusting in the name of the LORD and relying on his God?

 

A Daily Dose Tuesday, December 15, 2009

He takes the high places of our pride and brings them down. He takes the low places of our self-pity and brings them up. Neither is the road our king will travel on. When the glory of the Lord is revealed He transforms our fallen nature so dramatically that those around us see the fruit of that miracle. This is the promise of the coming King. Dave Whitehead

Isaiah 40:3-5

A voice of one calling:
"In the desert prepare
the way for the LORD;
make straight in the wilderness
a highway for our God.

Every valley shall be raised up,
every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
the rugged places a plain.

And the glory of the LORD will be revealed,
and all mankind together will see it.
For the mouth of the LORD has spoken."

A Daily Dose Monday, December 14, 2009

The only way to live our life as believers is to live Jesus’ Gospel; other ways are self-deceiving and even self-destructive. How true is this of your daily living?

Matthew 21:28-31

"What is your opinion? A man had two sons. He came to the first and said, 'Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.'

He said in reply, 'I will not,' but afterwards he changed his mind and went.

The man came to the other son and gave the same order. He said in reply, 'Yes, sir,' but did not go.

Which of the two did his father's will?" They answered, "The first." Jesus said to them, "Amen, I say to you, tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you.

 

A Daily Dose Sunday, December 13, 2009

To our shame, we must admit that people fear neither expense, nor even going into debt, when it is a matter of satisfying their pleasures, but if some poor person asks them for help, they have nothing at all. This is true of so many; they have everything for the world and nothing at all for God because to them, the world is everything and God is nothing.

Saint John Vianney

Luke 10:23-24

"Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it."

A Daily Dose Friday, December 11, 2009

Speak more effectively about your faith, to those that believe and those that do not. There is peace in it for everyone.

Isaiah 48:17

I, the LORD, your God, teach you what is for your good, and lead you on the way you should go.

 

A Daily Dose Thursday, December 10, 2009

If you esteem yourself unhappy because you are poor, you are indeed miserable and deserving of tears; not because you are poor, but because, being poor, you do not embrace your poverty, and esteem yourself happy.

Saint John Chrysostom

Psalm 103:1-5

Bless the LORD, my soul; all my being, bless his holy name!

Bless the LORD, my soul; do not forget all the gifts of God,

Who pardons all your sins, heals all your ills,

Delivers your life from the pit, surrounds you with love and compassion,

Fills your days with good things; your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

A Daily Dose Wednesday, December 9, 2009

What must you do to have life? Before all else, the first thing you have to do is pray for courage every day to carry the cross the Lord has assigned you. Then let each of you do your own work really well, the work proper to your state, as God wants it, and according to your condition, which means according to the spirit of the Lord.Blessed Philip Rinaldi

                 

Ephesians 1:11-12

In him we were also chosen, destined in accord with the purpose of the Onewho 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 Tuesday, December 8, 2009

By having reverence for life, we enter into a spiritual relationship with the world. Albert Schweitzer

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 Monday, December 7, 2009

He who reads much and understands much, receives his fill. He who is full, refreshes others.St. Ambrose

Romans 8:16-17

The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

 

A Daily Dose Sunday, December 6, 2009

You have, then, God's promise; you have His love: become partaker of His. And do not suppose the song of salvation to be new, as a vessel or a house is new. For before the morning star it was. Error seems old, but truth seems a new thing. Saint Clement of Alexandria

John 1:1

And in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God

A Daily Dose Saturday, December 5, 2009

My confidence is placed in God who does not need our help for accomplishing his designs. Our single endeavor should be to give ourselves to the work and to be faithful to him, and not to spoil his work by our shortcomings. Saint Isaac Jogues, Jesuit priest, missionary, and martyr

Psalm 37:3-6

Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the
Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.

 

A Daily Dose Friday, December 4, 2009

Do what you can with what you have, where you are.
Theodore Roosevelt


Mark 16:15-16

He said to them, "Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.

Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned.

A Daily Dose Thursday, December 3, 2009

You are all witnesses to hope, to that hope which is not afraid to build the house of one’s own life because it is certain that it can count on the foundation that will never crumble: Jesus Christ our Lord.

Pope Benedict XVI

Matthew 7:24

"Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock."

 

A Daily Dose Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Do you believe that nothing in this world can satisfy us in the ways that God’s Word and His Body and Blood can? jesuit.org

Sirach 24:20-21

He who eats of me will hunger still, he who drinksof me will thirst for more; He who obeys me will not be put to shame, he who serves me will never fail.

A Daily Dose Tuesday, December 1, 2009

We should be careful in case it should happen to us that while taking a journey along the narrow and hard road we may actually wander into the broad and wide highway. Saint John Climacus

Psalm 25:4-5

Make known to me your ways, LORD; teach me your paths.

Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my savior. For you I wait all the long day, because of your goodness, LORD.

 

 
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