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A Daily Dose Monday, December 31, 2012


Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man.

Benjamin Franklin

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?For you have been purchased at a price. Therefore, glorify God in your body.

A Daily Dose Sunday, December 30, 2012


May the Holy Family never withdraw its loving gaze from you and your family. Model yourselves on it and you will have peace, and spiritual and temporal well-being.

St. Padre Pio

Luke 2:51-52

He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and favor before God and man.

A Daily Dose Saturday, December 29, 2012


O Lord, how heavy Thy honor is to bear.

St. Thomas Becket

Psalm 115:1

Not to us, LORD, not to us but to your name give glory because of your mercy and faithfulness.

A Daily Dose Friday, December 28, 2012


But little or great, suffering accepted and offered to Our Lord produces peace and serenity. When it is not accepted, the soul is out of tune and its internal rebellion is shown externally in gloom or bad temper. We have to make a conscious decision to take up and carry the little Cross of every day with determination. Suffering can be sent to us by God to purify many things in our past life or to strengthen our virtues and to unite us to the sufferings of Christ our Redeemer, who, in his innocence, suffered the punishment due to our sins.
Francis Fernandez

1 John 2:1-3

My children, I am writing this to you so that you may not commit sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous one. He is expiation for our sins, and not for our sins only but for those of the whole world. The way we may be surethat we know him is to keep his commandments.

A Daily Dose Thursday, December 27, 2012


Don't let your ego get in the way of God's plan for you so that you can get on the way with Him.

HXN

John 3:30

He must increase; I must decrease.

A Daily Dose Wednesday, December 26, 2012


Perhaps the Church must learn again that it won't attract people by the easy way. It is the call of the heroic that ultimately speaks to the heart.

William Barclay adapted

Acts 7:58-59

They threw him out of the city, and began to stone him. The witnesses laid down their cloaks at the feet of a young man named Saul. As they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”

A Daily Dose Tuesday, Christmas Day, 2012


"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 2:10-12

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

A Daily Dose Monday, December 24, 2012


Oh, yes, we do indeed truly believe that Jesus Christ came upon earth, that He provided the most convincing proofs of His divinity. Hence the reason for our hope. We rejoice, and we have good reason to recognize Jesus Christ as our God, our Savior, and our Model. Here is the foundation of our faith.

St. John Vianney

Isaiah 9:5

For a child is born to us, a son is given to us; upon his shoulder dominion rests. They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace.

A Daily Dose Sunday, December 23, 2012


Those who don't believe don't receive. And if you don't receive... well, there's likely to be hell to pay.

John 3:36

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God remains upon him.

A Daily Dose Saturday, December 22, 2012


We must pray without tiring, for the salvation of mankind does not depend on material success; nor on sciences that cloud the intellect. Neither does it depend on arms and human industries, but on Jesus alone.

St. Frances Cabrini

Luke 1:46-48

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed

A Daily Dose Friday, December 21, 2012


Thus the door of life is undoubtedly demanding. Those who want to pass through it must make themselves small so that Christ can grow. They must leave behind all that is superfluous and marginal to make more room for Christ.

Blessed 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 Thursday, December 20, 2012


The message of Christmas is that the visible material world is bound to the invisible spiritual world. In essence, The Word made Flesh.

Philippians 2:5-8

Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.

A Daily Dose Wednesday, December 19, 2012


For those of us who value the beauty of this season, even when faced with perceived indifference or hostility toward it, we pray for grace.

In the Company of Prayer

Proverbs 4:23

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

A Daily Dose Tuesday, December 18, 2012


Lord, help me enter into that peace which consists in having put my life in your hands.

Carlo Maria Martini, SJ

Acts 1:8

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

A Daily Dose Monday, December 17, 2012


If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze!

St. Catherine of Sienna

John 1:16

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

A Daily Dose Saturday, December 15, 2012


Life too late.

Death too soon.

Old. Young.

Youth. Aged.

Either is beyond horrifying.

Who is to take life?

Who is to give life?

God.

Why?

2 Corinthians 1:3-5

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and God of all encouragement, who encourages us in our every affliction, so that we may be able to encourage those who are in any affliction with the encouragement with which we ourselves are encouraged by God.For as Christ’s sufferings overflow to us, so through Christ does our encouragement also overflow.

A Daily Dose Friday, December 14, 2012


We do know what we know.

We do know what we don't know.

And another thing-we don't even know what we don't know to know.

Bet you didn't know that!

Proverbs 15:14

The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of fools feeds on folly.

A Daily Dose Wednesday, December 12, 2012


The past has left us.
Have we left the past?
William Arthur Ward


Matthew 6:35

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

A Daily Dose Tuesday, December 11, 2012


The culmination of the Mass is not the consecration, but Communion.

St. Maximilian Kolbe

Matthew 26:26-28

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, "Take and eat; this is my body." Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins."

A Daily Dose Monday, December 10, 2012


When you have received Him, stir up your heart to do Him homage; speak to Him about your spiritual life, gazing upon Him in your soul where He is present for your happiness; welcome Him as warmly as possible, and behave outwardly in such a way that your actions may give proof to all of His Presence.

St. Francis de Sales

John 6:53-56

Jesus said to them, "Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him."

A Daily Dose Sunday, December 9, 2012


There is still time for endurance, time for patience, time for healing, time for change. Have you slipped? Rise up. Have you sinned? Cease. Do not stand among sinners, but leap aside.

St. Basil the Great

Romans 15:5-6

May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to think in harmony with one another, in keeping with Christ Jesus,that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

A Daily Dose Saturday, December 8, 2012


Each small task of everyday life is part of the total harmony of the universe.

St. Therese of Lisieux

Proverbs 3:19

The Lord by skillful and godly Wisdom has founded the earth; by understanding He has established the heavens.

A Daily Dose Friday, December 7, 2012


The times are bad! The times are troublesome! This is what humans say. But we are our times. Let us live well and our times will be good. Such as we are, such are our times.

St. Augustine

1 Samuel 16:7b

God does not see as a mortal, who sees the appearance. The LORD looks into the heart.

A Daily Dose Thursday, December 6, 2012


When we let our lives be led prayerfully by the Holy Spirit, we are so often amazed at what we find when we are looking for something else.

Proverbs 16:9

The human heart plans the way, but the LORD directs the steps.

A Daily Dose Wednesday, December 5, 2012


You may pray for an hour and still not pray. You may meet God for a moment and then be in touch with Him all day.

Fredrik Wisloff

1 John 5:14-15

And we have this confidence in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in regard to whatever we ask, we know that what we have asked him for is ours.

A Daily Dose Monday, December 3, 2012


Our path toward holiness can be overwhelming on its own. To live each moment along that path for God helps us handle it a little easier and keeps us from being overwhelmed. The path itself is just a series of holy moments toward our salvation.

1 John 4:18-19

There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment, and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love

We love because he first loved us.

A Daily Dose Sunday, December 2, 2012


Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

Blessed Mother Teresa

2 Thessalonians 2:15

Therefore, brothers, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught, either by an oral statement or by a letter of ours.

A Daily Dose Saturday, December 1, 2012


The wonder of a single snowflake outweighs the wisdom of a million meteorologists.

Sir Francis Bacon

Psalm 24:1

The earth is the LORD’s and all it holds, the world and those who dwell in it.