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A Daily Dose Thursday, February 28, 2013

For all of us, in the realization that wherever we are in our particular journey, it is a place of significance.

Godspeed, Your Holiness.

I leave from where the Apostle arrived.

Pope Benedict XVI

2 Corinthians 3:4-5

Such confidence we have through Christ toward God.Not that of ourselves we are qualified to take credit for anything as coming from us; rather, our qualification comes from God

A Daily Dose Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Lord, for the vulnerable in my workplace, including me, I ask you to pray.

Life is precious because it is vulnerable. Let's not forget the preciousness and vulnerability of life during the times we are powerful, successful and popular.

Henri J.M. Nouwen

James 5:13

Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray. Is anyone in good spirits? He should sing praise.

A Daily Dose Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Lord, I am impatient.

Our greatest comfort in sorrow is to know that God is in control.

Lynn Thornton

Psalm 46:11

Be still and know that I am God.

A Daily Dose Sunday, February 24, 2013

Take my moments and my days, let them flow in ceaseless prayer.

Frances Havergal

Colossians 4:12

Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus,* greets you. He is always wrestling in his prayers on your behalf, so that you may stand mature and fully assured in everything that God wills.

A Daily Dose Saturday, February 23, 2013

Prayer ought to be short and pure, unless it be prolonged by the inspiration of Divine grace.
St. Benedict

James 5:16

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful.

A Daily Dose Friday, February 22, 2013

For all those who make an effort every day to do what they believe is right, we pray.

Rule #110: Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.

George Washington

1 Peter 3:13-14

Now who is going to harm you if you are enthusiastic for what is good?But even if you should suffer because of righteousness, blessed are you. Do not be afraid or terrified with fear of them

A Daily Dose Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Bible is to us what the star was to the wise men; but if we spend all our time in gazing upon it, observing its motions, and admiring its splendor, without being led to Christ by it, the use of it will be lost on us.

Thomas Adams

Psalm 139:16

Your eyes saw me unformed; in your book all are written down; my days were shaped, before one came to be.

A Daily Dose Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Our dragons are our fears: our daily stalkers, our night sweats. Fear of the unknown. Fear of failing. Fear of starting something new and not finishing. Again. Or the real fear, the one that send shivers up our spines: the fear of succeeding and facing the changes that will bring. We may not be happy with the way we are living now, but at least it's safely familiar.

Sarah Ban Breathnach

Psalm 62:6-9

My soul, be at rest in God alone, from whom comes my hope. God alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not fall.

My deliverance and honor are with God, my strong rock; my refuge is with God. Trust God at all times, my people! Pour out your hearts to God our refuge!

A Daily Dose Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Open your hearts to the love God instills . . . God loves you tenderly. What He gives you is not to be kept under lock and key, but to be shared.

Blessed Mother Teresa

Ephesians 4:31-32

Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake has forgiven you.

A Daily Dose Monday, February 18, 2013

Power of Prayer

I shall spend every moment loving. One who loves does not notice her trials; or perhaps more accurately, she is able to love them.

St. Bernadette of Lourdes

Mark 11:23-25

Jesus said to them in reply, "Have faith in God. Amen, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it shall be done for him. Therefore I tell you, all that you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours. When you stand to pray, forgive anyone against whom you have a grievance, so that your heavenly Father may in turn forgive you your transgressions."

A Daily Dose Sunday, February 17, 2013

No matter how steep the mountain, the Lord is going to climb it with you.

Helen Steiner Rice

Jeremiah 17:7

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and has made the Lord his hope and confidence.

A Daily Dose Saturday, February 16, 2013

Complain as little as possible of your wrongs, for as a general rule you may be sure that complaining is sin ... because self-love always magnifies our injuries.

St. Hilary of Arles

Ephesians 6:12-13

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

A Daily Dose Friday, February 15, 2013

The antidote to frustration is a calm faith, not in your own cleverness, or in hard toil, but in God's guidance.

Norman Vincent Peale

1 Corinthians 14:33b

…for God is a God not of disorder but of peace.

A Daily Dose Thursday, February 14, 2013

We acquire our true valentines through time, nurturance and experience. Unknown to us, we acquire them every single day.

Gina Moffa, Opinions Columnist, The Greyhound, the student newspaper of Loyola University,Maryland

Galatians 2:16

A man is not justified by observance of the law but only through faith in Jesus Christ.

A Daily Dose Ash Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Regardless of the best plan you can put together for yourself with the greatest of your imagination, God has something much greater planned. If only you will surrender.

Mustard Seeds

Psalm 51:12, 14, 17

A clean heart create for me, God; renew within me a steadfast spirit.

Restore to me the gladness of your salvation; uphold me with a willing spirit.

Lord, you will open my lips; and my mouth will proclaim your praise.

A Daily Dose Tuesday, February 12, 2013

We must recognize that all upright men have been graced by good works, and that even the Lord himself took delight in the glory his works gave him. This should inspire us with a resolute determination to do his will and make us put our whole strength into the work of living a Christian life.

St. Pope Clement

Romans 12:2

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.

A Daily Dose Monday, February 11, 2013

I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects. And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the Cardinal Fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff. With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer.

Pope Benedict XVI

Matthew 16:18

And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.

A Daily Dose Sunday, February 10, 2013

How perfectly it accords with what our savior wishes us to have unceasingly on our lips and in our hearts – ‘Thy will be done’.

Her spirit, ravished with joy, looked upon everything that she was called upon to do or suffer each moment as a gift of God, who always fills with blessings a heart that is nourished neither by the world nor by fantasy, but by him alone.

Jean-Pierre de Caussade

Luke 1:38

Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.

A Daily Dose Saturday, February 9, 2013

Sometimes knowing God’s will amounts to us just acknowledging Him and saying, ‘Yes, I will’ to Him.

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 Friday, February 8, 2013

Whatever you are, be a good one.

Abraham Lincoln

Colossians 3:17

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, February 7, 2013

Lord, show us your presence as we confront our fears.

‘He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he who loses courage loses all.’

As attributed to Miguel de Cervantes

Hebrews 13:5-6

Let your life be free from love of money but be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never forsake you or abandon you.”Thus we may say with confidence: “The Lord is my helper, and I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?”

A Daily Dose Wednesday, February 6, 2013

To be optimistic in spite of everything, trust in God should be the pivot of our thoughts and actions.

Pope John Paul

Ephesians 2:10

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 Tuesday, February 5, 2013

We don't always need to know where we are going as long as we know whom we are following. God is in control. Even when we wind up in strange places or unusual circumstances, the Father is not caught by surprise. Mike Clay

Proverbs 13:20

Walk with the wise and you become wise, but the companion of fools fares badly.

A Daily Dose Monday, February 4, 2013

He who desires anything but God deceives himself, and he who loves anything but God errs miserably.
St. Philip Neri

Isaiah 55:9

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

A Daily Dose Sunday, February 3, 2013

Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness.

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Psalm 79:9

Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us, and forgive our sins, for your name’s sake.

A Daily Dose Saturday, February 2, 2013

Thank you, God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough.

Garrison Keillor

1 Thessalonians 2:13And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.

A Daily Dose Friday, February 1, 2013

A Morning Offering

Lord, through the intercession of Mary, Joseph, and all the angels and saints, I offer you today all my prayers, desires, works, joys and sufferings. May I faithfully seek your will as you envision and reveal it to me in the present moment circumstances of this day. For through it, I will strive to accept each moment with gratitude and as a purposeful, precious gift from your hands.

James 1:22

Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves.