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A DAILY DOSE    WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2014


Though it’s true we are not any ‘newer’ with the New Year, we can put ourselves in a position to be better, if not ‘being newer’, at the way God would have us live.


Revelations 21:5

The one who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” Then he said, “Write these words down, for they are trustworthy and true.

A DAILY DOSE    TUESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2014


Learn to do thy part and leave the rest to Heaven.

Cardinal John Henry Newman

 

Romans 12:17-18

Do not repay anyone evil for evil; be concerned for what is noble in the sight of all.If possible, on your part, live at peace with all.

A DAILY DOSE    MONDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2014


We stumble and fall constantly even when we are most enlightened. But when we are in true spiritual darkness, we do not even know that we have fallen.

Thomas Merton

 

John 8:12

Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.

A DAILY DOSE    SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2014


Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next-door neighbor... Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.

Blessed Mother Teresa

 

Ephesians 4:1-6

I, then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace: one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

A DAILY DOSE    SATURDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2014


Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.

St. Pope John XXIII

 

Mark 10:27

Jesus looked at them and said, “For human beings it is impossible, but not for God. All things are possible for God.

A DAILY DOSE    FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2014


You judge other people by their words and actions, but you judge yourself by your intentions. 

Matthew Kelly

 

Matthew 7:1

Stop judging, that you may not be judged.

A DAILY DOSE    CHRISTMAS DAY 2014


God became man to turn creatures into sons: not simply to produce better men of the old kind but to produce a new kind of man.

C.S. Lewis


John 1:14

And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.

A DAILY DOSE    WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2014


Waiting is essential to the spiritual life. But waiting as a disciple of Jesus is not an empty waiting. It is a waiting with a promise in our hearts that makes already present what we are waiting for...

Waiting for God is an active, alert — yes, joyful — waiting.

Fr. Henri Nouwen


2 Thessalonians 1:4-5

Accordingly, we ourselves boast of you in the churches of God regarding your endurance and faith in all your persecutions and the afflictions you endure. This is evidence of the just judgment of God, so that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God for which you are suffering.

A DAILY DOSE    TUESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2014


Jesus strip me of myself, let me be wrapped in You.

Blessed Giulia Nemesia Valle

 

Matthew 16:24

Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.'

A DAILY DOSE    MONDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2014


The Sacrament of Penance is a miracle of grace, no less for priest than for penitent. Nowhere and in no function, it seems to me, does the priest represent our Lord in His Divine character so literally as in this Holy Sacrament. It is indeed a wonder how two souls, entire strangers to each other, can at once be knit into holy bonds of friendship, so close, so sincere, so sacred.

Servant of God Isaac Hecker

 

1 John 1:8-10

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

A DAILY DOSE    SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2014


Adversities do not make a man frail. They show what sort of man he is.

Thomas à  Kempis

 

James 1:2-4

Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials,for you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. And let perseverance be perfect, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

A DAILY DOSE    SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2014


Advent should admonish us to discover in each brother or sister that we greet, in each friend whose hand we shake, in each beggar who asks for bread, in each peasant who looks for work in the coffee groves, the face of Christ. Then it would not be possible to rob them, to cheat them, to deny them their rights. They are Christ, and whatever is done to them Christ will take as done to himself. This is what Advent is: Christ living among us.

Servant of God Oscar Romero

 

1 John 4:17

In this is love brought to perfection among us, that we have confidence on the day of judgment because as he is, so are we in this world.

A DAILY DOSE    FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2014


The consolation is this and this our faith too: By our suffering and our failures, by our acceptance of the Cross, we unleash forces that help to overcome the evil in the world.

Dorothy Day

 

Mark 13:13

And you will be hated by all because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

A DAILY DOSE    THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2014


We always have free will. We don’t always have freedom.

Ryan Hager

 

2 Timothy 2:25-26

God may perhaps grant that they will repent and come to know the truth, and that they may escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.

A DAILY DOSE    WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2014


From Christmas comes the grace that is found in the Savior of the human race.

 

John 1:15-17

John testified to him and cried out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘The one who is coming after me ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.’” From his fullness we have all received, grace in place of grace, because while the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

A DAILY DOSE    TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2014


All is Gift

St. Ignatius

 

Isaiah 9:2

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.

A DAILY DOSE    MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2014


The season of Advent is like springtime in nature, when everything is renewed and so is fresh and healthy. Advent is also meant to do this to us — to refresh us and make us healthy, to be able to receive Christ in whatever form he may come to us.

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

 

John 13: 14-15

Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.

A DAILY DOSE    SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2014


The season of Advent celebrates two comings in the life of Christ: one future and one past. Advent prepares our hearts for the second coming of Christ for he will bring history to an end by fully establishing his kingdom. Also, Advent prepares our hearts for the celebration of Christ's first coming, Christmas. Advent is a season of joy, for we are grateful for Christ's coming in the manger, and Advent is a season of repentance, as we know that Christ comes again in holiness, power, and judgment.

Pope St. John Paul II

 

Luke 2:14

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

A DAILY DOSE    SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2014


Do you seek any further reward beyond that of having pleased God? In truth, you know not how great a good it is to please Him.

St. John Chrysostom

 

Galatians 1:10

Am I now seeking human approval, or God's approval? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still pleasing people, I would not be a servant of Christ. 

A DAILY DOSE    FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2014


There are very few men who realize what God would make of them if they abandoned themselves entirely to his hands, and let themselves be formed by his grace.

St. Ignatius

 

2 Timothy 1:8-9

Do not be ashamed, then, of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God, who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began

A DAILY DOSE    THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2014


Christmas is a time to open our hearts to God and His gifts.  Just like the rest of the year.

 

1 Peter 4:10

As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.

A DAILY DOSE    WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2014


When you are doing what you believe to be the will of God, that alone is enough to satisfy you and fill you with joy. When you are not, all the pleasures and possessions of the world are not enough to satisfy you.

Matthew Kelly

 

1 John 2:17

Yet the world and its enticement are passing away. But whoever does the will of God remains forever.

A DAILY DOSE    TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2014


I am going to reveal to you the secret of sanctity and happiness. Every day for five minutes control your imagination and close your ears to all the noises of the world, in order to speak to the Divine Spirit, saying to him:

  “Oh, Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul, I adore you! Enlighten me. Guide me. Strengthen me. Console me. Tell me what I should do. Give me your orders. I promise to submit myself to all that you desire of me and to accept all that you permit to happen to me. Let me only know your will.”

If you do this your life will flow along happily and serenely and full of consolidation, even in the midst of trials. Grace will be proportioned to the trial, and you will arrive at the gate of merit. This submission to the Holy Spirit is the secret of sanctity.”

Cardinal Mercier

 

2 Corinthians 5:7

For we live by faith, not by sight.

A DAILY DOSE    MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2014


He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary.

Apostle’s Creed

Catechism of the Catholic Church


Luke 1:46

And Mary said: my soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.

A DAILY DOSE    SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2014


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

St. Therese of Lisieux


1 John 2:5-6

But whoever keeps his word, the love of God is truly perfected in him. This is the way we may know that we are in union with him;whoever claims to abide in him ought to live just as he lived.

A DAILY DOSE    SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2014


Bear the cross and do not make the cross bear you.

St. Philip Neri

 

Isaiah 29:24

Those who err in spirit shall acquire understanding, those who find fault shall receive instruction.

A DAILY DOSE    FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2014


You must never ask Jesus to wait.

St. Ursula Ledochowska

 

Matthew 7:25

The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock.

A DAILY DOSE    THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2014


In this life, we find our greatest comfort living in the midst of danger, that is, if we confront them solely for the love of God.

St. Francis Xavier

 

Romans 8:35-37

What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? As it is written:

“For your sake we are being slain all the day; we are looked upon as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us.

A DAILY DOSE    WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2014


Of all the time we spend with the inane and mundane things and trappings throughout the day, consider what we could be with the following:

Praying 30 min = 1/48 of your day. 

Praying 15 min = 1/96 of your day.

 

Psalms 65:1-2 1

Praise awaits you, O God, in Zion; to you our vows will be fulfilled. 2 O you who hear prayer, to you all men will come.

A DAILY DOSE    TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2014


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

Blessed Mother Teresa

 

Luke 16:10

Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much.

A DAILY DOSE    MONDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2014


There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful than that of a continual conversation with God.

Brother Lawrence

 

Psalm 100:3-4

Know that the LORD is God, he made us, we belong to him, we are his people, the flock he shepherds. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name.