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A Daily Dose    Tuesday, December 31, 2013


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

Benjamin Franklin

 

2 Thessalonians 3: 3

But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one. We are confident of you in the Lord that what we instruct you, you are doing and will continue to do.

A Daily Dose     Monday, December 30, 2013


 Since the New Year will not be any newer than you are, make up your mind that you are going to be new.

Norman Vincent Peale

 

Exodus 23:20-21

See, I am sending an angel before you, to guard you on the way and bring you to the place I have prepared. Be attentive to him and obey him. Do not rebel against him, for he will not forgive your sin. My authority is within him.

A Daily Dose     Sunday, December 29, 2013


There are times when I believe God welcomes the circus into our lives to give us an opportunity to show that there is another way to live and respond to things.

Tony Dungy


Proverbs 15:21

Folly is joy to the senseless, but the person of understanding goes the straight way.


A Daily Dose     Saturday, December 28, 2013


Not loving or loving less will never be the answer.

Loving now and loving more will always be what God would have us do.


1 John 4:7

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.

A Daily Dose     Friday, December 27, 2013


No hooks to yesterday that keep us living from today.

No promises made for tomorrow that make the others empty ones today.

No thing, no day but today, to live and give thanks for it is all God gives us, one at a time.


Matthew 6:34

Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil.

A Daily Dose     Thursday, December 26, 2013


Yesterday we celebrated the birth in time of our eternal King. Today we celebrate the triumphant suffering of his soldier. Yesterday our king, clothed in his robe of flesh, left his place in the virgin’s womb and graciously visited the world. Today his soldier leaves the tabernacle of his body and goes triumphantly to heaven.

St. Fulgentius of Ruspe


Acts 7:59-60

As they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he fell to his knees and cried out in a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them”; and when he said this, he fell asleep.

A Daily Dose     Wednesday, December 25, 2013


Christ is born for us; come, let us adore him! God became man in order to give man a share in his own divinity. This is the good news of salvation; this is the message of Christmas! The Church proclaims it tonight, for the peoples and nations of the whole earth to hear: Christus natus est nobis Christ is born for us. Venite, adoremus! Come, let us adore him!

Blessed Pope John Paul II


Isaiah 7:14

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign; the young woman, pregnant and about to bear a son, shall name him Emmanuel.

A Daily Dose     Tuesday, December 24, 2013


Joy to the world! The Lord is come; let earth receive her King; let every heart prepare Him room, and heaven and nature sing.

Isaac Watts


Luke 2:11

For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

 

A Daily Dose     Monday, December 23, 2013


Christ's birth from the Virgin knows no equal among women, but is mirrored in nature. Someone may ask how the Virgin gave birth to the Savior. She begot Him as a blossom emanates perfume. The blossom of the vine remains incorrupt after it has given off its perfume.

St. Anthony of Padua

 

Luke 1:34-35

But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?”And the angel said to her in reply, “The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.

A Daily Dose     Sunday, December 22, 2013


On hearing the Mary’s greeting, the child whom Elizabeth bore within her ‘leaped in her womb.’ The Old Testament is here meeting the New Testament; the shadows dissolve with joy before the substance. All the longings and expectations of thousands of years as to Him Who would be the Savior are now fulfilled in this one ecstatic moment when John the Baptist greets Christ, the Son of the Living God.

Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen


Luke 1:30-31

But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.

A Daily Dose     Saturday, December 21, 2013


As Christmas draws near remember: Jesus is coming, prepare the way. 

Mustard Seeds


Isaiah 9:6

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

A Daily Dose     Friday, December 20, 2013


Christ, finding the holy body and soul of the Virgin, builds for Himself a living temple, and as He had willed, formed there a man from the Virgin; and, putting Him on, this day came forth; unashamed of the lowliness of our nature.

St. John Chrysostom

 

Isaiah 7:14

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign; the young woman, pregnant and about to bear a son, shall name him Emmanuel.

A Daily Dose     Thursday, December 19, 2013


Our hearts should be as much prepared for the coming of Christ as if he were still to come into this world. The same lesson is given us for our imitation by the words and example of the holy men of the Old Testament.

St. Charles Borromeo

 

Isaiah 40:28

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is God from of old, creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary, and his knowledge is beyond scrutiny.

A Daily Dose     Wednesday, December 18, 2013


Get on your mark… get set… ready… well are we?

 

Isaiah 40:3-5

A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert 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 people will see it together. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

 

A Daily Dose     Tuesday, December 17, 2013


When I was a child, I would complain to my mother about various things that had gone wrong, and she would say, very matter-of-factly, 'Offer it up.' My reaction was, 'I'm always offering it up, and no good seems to come from it.'  It occurred to me years later that the offer was not intended to be a direct benefit to me, but rather a benefit to the world.

Fr. Robert Spitzer

 

Galatians 6:2

Bear one another’s burdens, and so you will fulfill the law of Christ.

A Daily Dose     Monday, December 16, 2013


We know that the coming of the Lord is threefold: the third coming is between the other two and it is not visible in the way they are…The first coming was in flesh and weakness, the middle coming is in spirit and power, and the final coming will be in glory and majesty.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux


Luke 2:13-14

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!" 

A Daily Dose     Sunday, December 15, 2013


For the man who loves God it is sufficient to please the one he loves; and there is no greater recompense to be sought than the loving itself; for love is from God by the very fact that God himself is love.

Pope Saint Leo the Great


1 John 4:16

We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us.

God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.

A Daily Dose     Saturday, December 14, 2013


Live in the world as if only God and your soul were in it; then your heart will never be made captive by any earthly thing.

St. John of the Cross


Colossians 3:1-4

If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ your life appears, then you too will appear with him in glory.

A Daily Dose     Friday, December 13, 2013


No one should follow what he considers to be good for himself, but rather what seems good for another. Let them put Christ before all else; and may he lead us all to everlasting life.

St. Benedict of Nursia

 

Galatians 6:9-10

So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.

 

A Daily Dose     Thursday, December 12, 2013

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe


Fidelity toward God consists in being perfectly resigned to his holy will, in enduring everything that his goodness allows in our lives, and in carrying out all our duties, especially that of prayer, with love and for love.

Saint Jeanne de Chantal


Zechariah 2:14

Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion!

See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the LORD.

A Daily Dose     Wednesday, December 11, 2013


The sole thing I do, many times in the day, is to say to the Lord that I wish to live only to love him and to please him, that I desire all that he wishes in the way that he wills.

St. María Maravillas de Jesús


Luke 22:41-42

After withdrawing about a stone’s throw from them and kneeling, he prayed, saying, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me; still, not my will but yours be done.”

A Daily Dose     Tuesday, December 10, 2013


I asked for Strength, and God gave me Difficulties to make me strong.

I asked for Wisdom, and God gave me Problems to solve.

I asked for Prosperity, and God gave me Work.

I asked for Courage, and God gave me Danger to overcome.

I asked for Love, and God gave me Troubled People to help.

I asked for Favors, and God gave me Opportunities to do good works.

I received nothing I wanted.

I received everything I needed.


Isaiah 55:3

Come to me heedfully, listen, that you may have life.

A Daily Dose     Monday, December 9, 2013

Feast of the Immaculate Conception


Since Divine Providence has been pleased that we should have the Man-God through Mary, who conceived Him by the Holy Spirit and bore Him in her breast, it only remains for us to receive Christ from the hands of Mary.

Pope Saint Pius X


Luke 1:41-42

When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.’

A Daily Dose     Sunday, December 8, 2013


You cannot become more like Christ and stay as you are.

Mustard Seeds


1 Timothy 6:12

Compete well for the faith. Lay hold of eternal life, to which you were called when you made the noble confession in the presence of many witnesses.

A Daily Dose     Saturday, December 7, 2013


But if these beings, angels, guard you, they do so because they have been summoned by your prayers.

St. Ambrose


Psalm 119:145-146

With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O Lord. I will keep your statutes. I cry to you; save me, that I may observe your decrees.

A Daily Dose     Friday, December 6, 2013


The humble never fall. How could they when they are beneath everyone? Pride is a great abasement, but humility a great exaltation, honor, and dignity. Let us then force and compel ourselves to be humble even though it goes against the grain, and to be gentle and loving; with this object before us let us continually beg God in prayer with faith.

St. Macarius


John 3:30

He must increase; I must decrease.

A Daily Dose     Thursday, December 5, 2013


I have never heard anything about the resolutions of the apostles, but a good deal about their acts.

Og Mandino


Acts 1:7-8

He answered them, “It is not for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has established by his own authority.

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     Wednesday, December 4, 2013


Prayer is the exercise of drawing on the grace of God.

Oswald Chambers


1 John 5:14

And we have this confidence in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

A Daily Dose     Tuesday, December 3, 2013


Take care not to frighten away by stern rigor poor sinners who are trying to lay bare the shocking state of their souls. Speak to them, rather, of the great mercy of God.

St. Francis Xavier


Matthew 11:28

Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,and I will give you rest.

A Daily Dose     Monday, December 2, 2013


Christ said, “I am the Truth”; he did not say “I am the custom.”

St. Toribio



John 14:6

Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

A Daily Dose     Sunday, December 1, 2013


The Gospel shows me that the first commandment is to love God with all my heart, and that it is necessary to do everything solely out of love. Everyone knows that the first result of love is imitation.

Blessed Charles de Foucault


1 John 4:19-21

We love because he first loved us. 

If anyone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar; for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.This is the commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.