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A Daily Dose Saturday, February 28, 2009

Walk firm in your calling.

At the same time that God gave to each soul a definite work to do, and marked out for it a special path in life, which, following faithfully, it will attain to its beatitude, He gave also to the soul the strength, courage, talent, grace, to do the work well; and more, to do it with a certain degree of facility and pleasure.Father Isaac Hecker

1 Corinthians 16:13

Be on your guard, stand firm in the faith, be courageous, be strong.

A Daily Dose Friday, February 27, 2009

Perfect joy can only be found in perfect dedication of oneself to God and man, and to all humankind. - St Luigi Orione (1872-1940)

Happiness is not what makes us grateful. It is gratefulness that makes us happy.

Psalms 30:5-6

Sing praise to the LORD, you faithful; give thanks to God's holy name.

For divine anger lasts but a moment; divine favor lasts a lifetime. At dusk weeping comes for the night; but at dawn there is rejoicing.

A Daily Dose Thursday, February 26, 2009

"Prayer, rooted firmly in where-we-are, yet striving for where-we- long-to-be, is the expression of God's call to us-- and our response." Margaret Silf

Jeremiah 33:2-3

Thus says the LORD who made the earth and gave it form and firmness, whose nameis LORD:

Call to me, and I will answer you; I will tell to you things great beyond reach of your knowledge.

A Daily Dose Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Do good to all, no matter who it may be. Blessed Maria Ludovica De Angelis (1880-1962)

Romans 1:16-17

For I am not ashamed of the gospel. It is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: for Jew first, and then Greek. For in it is revealed the righteousness of God from faith to faith; as it is written, "The one who is righteous by faith will live."

A Daily Dose Tuesday, February 24, 2009

[The Catholic] faith alone is capable of giving to people a true permanent and burning enthusiasm fraught with the greatest of deeds. But to enkindle this in others we must be possessed of it first ourselves. Father Isaac Hecker

1 Corinthians 3:7-9

Therefore, neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who causes the growth.

The one who plants and the one who waters are equal, and each will receive wages in proportion to his labor.

For we are God's co-workers; you are God's field, God's building.

A Daily Dose Monday, February 23, 2009

God entrusts us with Faith to pass along

Stand fast, therefore, in this conduct and follow the example of the Lord, "firm and unchangeable in faith, lovers of the brotherhood, loving each other, united in truth," helping each other with the mildness of the Lord, despising no one.

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna (69-155)

Titus 1: 1-3

Paul, a slave of God and apostle of Jesus Christ for the sake of the faith of God's chosen ones and the recognition of religious truth, in the hope of eternal life that God, who does not lie, promised before time began, who indeed at the proper time revealed his word in the proclamation with which I was entrusted by the command of God our savior.

A Daily Dose Sunday, February 22, 2009

Calm is trust in action.

Practice patience, peace and humility.

When will you be absolutely unruffled when whatever happens to you?

You must learn to take the calm with you in the most hurried days.

Face each day with me; it is your task to maintain your heart’s peace.

Proverbs 16:1-3

Man may make plans in his heart, but what the tongue utters is from the LORD. All the ways of a man may be pure in his own eyes, but it is the LORD who proves the spirit.

Entrust your works to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.

A Daily Dose Saturday, February 21, 2009

We believe because we have the light of Faith.

Do not allow anyone to lead you astray; moreover you must never give way to betraying yourself, for you belong solely to God. Saint Ignatius of Antioch (35-107)

Romans 6:8

If, then, we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him.

A Daily Dose Friday, February 20, 2009

A Collaborator of Love

Lord, I wanted to love You with all of my strength

not with my feelings alone

but with my actions

not just at times

but continuously.

Here is an easy formula to remember: "Others=Jesus". Applying this equation in my own life would make me a collaborator of love forever.

Francis X.N. Van Thuan

Matthew 25:40

And the king will say to them in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.'

A Daily Dose Thursday, February 19, 2009

Devote your soul to the works of God.

To the Lord I would devote all my soul and all the powers he has given me. They are all His. He gave and for His purpose they should be employed. Father Isaac Hecker

Titus 3:8

This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.

A Daily Dose Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Nothing is anything more to me; everything is nothing to me, but Jesus: neither things nor persons, neither ideas nor emotions, neither honor nor sufferings. Jesus is for me honor, delight, heart and soul.-Saint Bernadette of Lourdes

Romans 14:17-19

The kingdom of God is not a matter of food and drink, but of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit; whoever serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by others. Let us then pursue what leads to peace and to building up one another.

A Daily Dose Tuesday, February 17, 2009

I can say from my own experience how painful life often is when one lives as a halfway Christian; it is more like vegetating than living. - Blessed Franz Jägerstätter (1907-1943)

John 15:16

It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.

A Daily Dose Monday, February 16, 2009

"I'll tell you a secret. Do not wait for the last judgment. It's taking place every day."Albert Camus

Romans 14:7-8

None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself. For if we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord; so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord's.

A Daily Dose Sunday, February 15, 2009

Control your tongue.

How do my thoughts, words, and actions reflect the virtues of faith, hope and charity?

In vain do they act, learn, and talk, who do so without God.Father Isaac Hecker

2 Timothy 2:16-17

Avoid profane, idle talk, for such people will become more and more godless, and their teaching will spread like gangrene.

A Daily Dose Saturday, February 14, 2009

It is neither the spirit alone nor the body alone that loves: It is man, the person, a unified creature composed of body and soul, who loves. Only when both dimensions are truly united does man attain his full stature. Only thus is love—eros—able to mature and attain its authentic grandeur. Pope Benedict XVI

1 John 4:19

We love because he first loved us.

A Daily Dose Friday, February 13, 2009

Remember, it is better to be reprimanded by a man in this world, than by God in the next. Saint Padre Pio

1 Thessalonians 5:23

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

A Daily Dose Thursday, February 12, 2009

There are two reasons why people do not profit by the Word of God. The first is that, though they may indeed hear it and be interiorly moved, they postpone its accomplishments until tomorrow. The second reason is 'spiritual avarice,' by which we seek to obtain a great deal of knowledge and to amass a huge stock of devotional exercises. You will find some who will never tire of amassing new writings or instructions but who nevertheless do not put any of it into practice. Saint Francis de Sales

Mark 7:14-23
Jesus summoned the crowd again and said to them, "Hear me, all of you, and understand. Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile."

When he got home away from the crowd his disciples questioned him about the parable. He said to them,
"Are even you likewise without understanding? Do you not realize that everything that goes into a person from outside cannot defile, since it enters not the heart but the stomach and passes out into the latrine?" (Thus he declared all foods clean.)
"But what comes out of the man, that is what defiles him. From within the man, from his heart, come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly.
All these evils come from within and they defile."

A Daily Dose Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Endurance is faith tried almost to breaking point.

Hebrews 12:1-2
Brothers and sisters:
Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith.

A Daily Dose Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Walking with God isn’t a matter of the intellect. It’s a matter of the heart.

Joni Eareckson Tada

Ecclesiates 7:25

I turned my thoughts toward knowledge; I sought and pursued wisdom and reason, and I recognized that wickedness is foolish and folly is madness.

A Daily Dose Monday, February 9, 2009

God does not expect us to be reomved from life's realities but to bring to Him all these experiences and live as He wills of us.

Philippians 2:12-16

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.

Do everything without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine like lights in the world, as you hold on to the word of life, so that my boast for the day of Christ may be that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.

A Daily Dose Sunday, February 8, 2009

Endure in faith while God refines your character.

On the day you cease to change, you cease to live. Anthony de Mello

Romans 5:3-4

Not only that, but we even boast of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance, proven character, and proven character, hope.

A Daily Dose Saturday, February 7, 2009

God wishes to test you like gold in the furnace. The dross is consumed by the fire, but the pure gold remains and its value increases. It is in this manner than God acts with his good servant, who puts his hope in him and remains unshaken in times of distress. God raises him up and, in return for the things he has left because of love for God, he repays him a hundredfold in this life and with eternal life hereafter.- Saint Jerome Emiliani (1481-1537)

1 Peter 4:12-14, 16

Beloved, do not be surprised that a trial by fire is occurring among you, as if something strange were happening to you. But rejoice to the extent that you share in the sufferings of Christ, so that when his glory is revealed you may also rejoice exultantly. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.

But whoever is made to suffer as a Christian should not be ashamed but glorify God because of the name.

A Daily Dose Friday, February 6, 2009

Do you realize that Jesus is there in the Tabernacle expressly for you, for you alone? He burns with the desire to come into your heart.St. Therese of Lisieux

John 6:51

"I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world."

A Daily Dose Thursday, February 5, 2009

The Lord disciplines those He loves.

Long to see God, fear God, and find joy in whatever leads to God. Do this, and you'll find great peace. St. Teresa of Avila

Romans 13:12-13

Let us then throw off the works of darkness (and) put on the armor of light; let us conduct ourselves properly as in the day

A Daily Dose Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Once we have met the Risen One by partaking of His body and blood, we cannot keep to ourselves the joy we have experienced… For the Eucharist is a mode of being, which passes from Jesus into each Christian, through whose testimony it is meant to spread throughout society and culture.Pope John Paul II

1 Corinthians 10:17

Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.

A Daily Dose Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Peace, Be Still

To be optimistic in spite of everything, trust in God should be the pivot of our thoughts and actions. - Pope John Paul I

Matthew 8: 23-27

He got into a boat and his disciples followed him.

Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep. They came and woke him, saying, "Lord, save us! We are perishing!"

He said to them, "Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?"Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm.

The men were amazed and said, "What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?"

A Daily Dose Monday, February 2, 2009

God's wisdom is taught through the Church.

'Well, the Holy Spirit knew what He was doing for sure… because I sure as heck didn’t.' M. Newby

1 Corinthians 1:25

For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

A Daily Dose Sunday, February 1, 2009

If I continue in the direction I'm going right now, what kind of person will I be?

In order to acquire tranquility in action it is necessary to carefully consider what we are capable of accomplishing and never to undertake more than that. It is self-love, ever more anxious to do much rather than to do well and this self-love that wishes to undertake everything and accomplishes nothing!St. Francis DeSales

Acts 5:38-39

So now I tell you, have nothing to do with these men, and let them go. For if this endeavor or this activity is of human origin, it will destroy itself.

But if it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them; you may even find yourselves fighting against God."

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