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A Daily Dose    Friday, January 31, 2014


Few souls understand what God would accomplish in them if they were to abandon themselves unreservedly to Him and if they were to allow His grace to mold them accordingly.
St. Ignatius

 

2 Corinthians 1:7

Our hope for you is firm, for we know that as you share in the sufferings, you also share in the encouragement.

A Daily Dose    Thursday, January 30, 2014


It's not that the Christian faith has been tried and found difficult, but rather it's been found difficult and left untried.

G.K. Chesterfield

 

1 Peter 1:6-7

In this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire, may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

A Daily Dose    Wednesday, January 29, 2014


Jesus prayed in the morning while it was still dark because He wanted to. If there had been electricity, maybe He would have used it—maybe not. What’s to keep us from getting up earlier and finding our place to pray just as Jesus did? Go ahead, be it dark or light, pray.

 

Mark 1:35

In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.

A Daily Dose    Tuesday, January 28, 2014


Has anyone ever come away from her—Mary—troubled or saddened or ignorant of the heavenly mysteries? Who has not returned to everyday life gladdened and joyful because his request had been granted by the Mother of God?

Blessed Amadeus of Lausanne


Luke 1:28,30

And coming to her, he said, “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.”

Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.

A Daily Dose    Monday, January 27, 2014


The Rule of Thumper

If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all.

 

Titus 3:1-3

Remind them to be under the control of magistrates and authorities, to be obedient, to be open to every good enterprise. They are to slander no one, to be peaceable, considerate, exercising all graciousness toward everyone. For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, deluded, slaves to various desires and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful ourselves and hating one another.

A Daily Dose    Sunday, January 26, 2014


With the coming and passing of each trial we face, we as believers come to know the power and glory found in the incredible love of God.


Psalm 63:4-5

For your love is better than life; my lips shall ever praise you! I will bless you as long as I live;I will lift up my hands, calling on your name.

A Daily Dose    Saturday, January 25, 2014


Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good. 

Maya Angelou


Psalm 34:3-4

My soul will glory in the LORD; let the poor hear and be glad. Magnify the LORD with me; and let us exalt his name together.

A Daily Dose    Friday, January 24, 2014


Every moment comes to us pregnant with a command from God, only to pass on and plunge into eternity, there to remain forever what we have made of it.

St. Francis de Sales

 

James 1:15

If anyone lacks in wisdom, let him ask God, who is always ready to give a bountiful supply to all.

A Daily Dose    Thursday, January 23, 2014


Don’t just do, be.

Fr. Hoa Nguyen

 

1 Corinthians 16:14

Your every act should be done with love.

A Daily Dose    Wednesday, January 22, 2014


There is nothing more attractive than holiness.

Matthew Kelly

 

Leviticus 20:7

Sanctify yourselves, then, and be holy; for I, the LORD, your God, am holy.

A Daily Dose    Tuesday, January 21, 2014


 How true it is that God lovingly protects and encourages everyone who recognizes their own weakness and trustfully asks the help of his Providence.

Blessed Basil Anthony Marie Moreau

 

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me. Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and constraints, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

A Daily Dose    Monday, January 20, 2014


Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Ephesians 5:6-9

Let no one deceive you with empty arguments, for because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the disobedient. So do not be associated with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light,for light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth.

A Daily Dose    Sunday, January 19, 2014


God Himself mercifully directed my steps. I can only ascribe this to myself insofar that I prayed and worked so as not to bury the talents given me by God but rather to use all of them in the service of God…

St. Joseph Sebastian Pelzer


Psalm 119:104-106

Through your precepts I gain understanding; therefore I hate all false ways. Your word is a lamp for my feet,a light for my path. I make a solemn vowto observe your righteous judgments.

A Daily Dose    Saturday, January 18, 2014


I love Him even if it costs much.

I love Him because it is worth much.

I love Him at all cost.

Blessed Maria Teresa Fasce


1 Timothy 6:11-12

But you, man of God,avoid all this. Instead, pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness. 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    Friday, January 17, 2014


Seek grace in the smallest things and you will find also grace to accomplish, to believe in and to hope for the greatest things.

St. Peter Faber

 

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

“My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me.Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and constraints, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

A Daily Dose    Thursday, January 16, 2014


Many words do not satisfy the soul; but a good life eases the mind and a clean conscience inspires great trust in God.

Thomas Kempis

 

Psalm 51:12

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

A Daily Dose    Wednesday, January 15, 2014


Lord, I want to do what you ask, in the way that you ask, for as long as you ask, because you ask.

St. Clement

 

Matthew 6:10

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

A Daily Dose    Tuesday, January 14, 2014


See, the thing about a moral compass is, if you take it out and check it from time to time, you don't have to wait for history to tell you you're facing the wrong direction.

Jon Stewart

 

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, on your own intelligence do not rely; in all your ways be mindful of him, and he will make straight your paths.

A Daily Dose    Monday, January 13, 2014


The Prophet recites five kinds of caution as continually present in the mind of the happy man: not to walk in the counsel of the ungodly, not to stand in the way of sinners, not to sit in the seat of pestilence, to set his will in the Law of the Lord, and lastly, to meditate therein by day and by night.

St. Hilary of Poitiers


Micah 6:8

You have been told, O mortal, what is good, and what the LORD requires of you: only to do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God.

A Daily Dose    Sunday, January 12, 2014


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

Carlo Maria Martini SJ


Matthew 10:26-28

“Therefore do not be afraid of them. Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna.”

A Daily Dose    Saturday, January 11, 2014


Let us establish a permanent Spring season in our heart through ‘yes’ often repeated to all of God’s permissions and wills.

St. Francisca Salesia


Colossians 3:23-24

Whatever you do, do from the heart, as for the Lord and not for others,knowing that you will receive from the Lord the due payment of the inheritance; be slaves of the Lord Christ.

A Daily Dose   Friday, January 10, 2014


Faith expects from God what is beyond all expectation.

Andrew Murray


Matthew 16: 26

What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?


A Daily Dose   Thursday, January 9, 2014


The Necessity of Prayer.
PRAYER opens the understanding to the brightness of Divine Light, and the will to the warmth of Heavenly Love--nothing can so effectually purify the mind from its many ignorances, or the will from its perverse affections. It is as a healing water which causes the roots of our good desires to send forth fresh shoots, which washes away the soul's imperfections, and allays the thirst of passion.

St. Francis de Sales

Introduction to a Devout Life

 

Psalm 5:2-5

Give ear to my words, O LORD; understand my sighing. Attend to the sound of my cry, my king and my God! For to you I will pray, LORD; in the morning you will hear my voice; in the morning I will plead before you and wait.

A Daily Dose   Wednesday, January 8, 2014


We say simply that prayer is so useful and necessary that without it we could not come to any good, seeing that by means of prayer we are shown how to perform all our actions well.

St. Francis de Sales

 

Micah 6:8

You have been told, O mortal, what is good, and what the LORD requires of you: only to do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God.

 

A Daily Dose   Tuesday, January 7, 2014


The New Year- a time to learn (even more so) to rely more heavily on the grace of God than on anything we can do on our own.

 

Romans 8:31

What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?

A Daily Dose   Monday, January 6, 2014


The Name of Jesus! In reality ‘nothing is sung more sweetly, nothing heard more joyfully, nothing more gently contemplated than Jesus the Son of God’.

Blessed Pope John XXIII

 

1 John 4:2-4

This is how you can know the Spirit of God: every spirit that acknowledges Jesus Christ come in the flesh belongs to God,and every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesusdoes not belong to God. This is the spirit of the antichrist that, as you heard, is to come, but in fact is already in the world. You belong to God, children, and you have conquered them, for the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

A Daily Dose   Sunday, January 5, 2014


Though many kings of the Jews had been born and died, none of them did the Magi seek to adore. And so they who came from a distant foreign land to a kingdom that was entirely strange to them, had no idea of showing such great homage to such a king as the Jews were wont to have. But they had learnt that such a King was born that by adoring Him they might be sure of obtaining from Him the salvation which is of God.

St. Augustine

 

Matthew 2:1-2

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.”

A Daily Dose   Saturday, January 4, 2014


It is of no advantage to be near the light if your eyes are closed.
St. Augustine
 
John 1:29
The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world."

A Daily Dose   Friday, January 3, 2014


The more aware we become of what God has given us today, the more we will be prepared for the gift He may bring us with tomorrow.

 

John 1:43

The next day he decided to go to Galilee, and he found Philip. And Jesus said to him, “Follow me.”

 

A Daily Dose   Thursday, January 2, 2014


O sinner, be not discouraged, but have recourse to Mary in all you necessities. Call her to your assistance, for such is the divine Will that she should help in every kind of necessity.

St. Basil the Great


Romans 3:23-24

…all have sinned and are deprived of the glory of God. They are justified freely by his grace through the redemption in Christ Jesus

A Daily Dose    Wednesday, January 1, 2014


For those decisive moments that call for the greater good, ask yourself: who’s getting the most out of this?


Romans 8:28-31

We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. For those he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, so that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 

And those he predestined he also called; and those he called he also justified; and those he justified he also glorified. 

What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?