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A Daily Dose Friday, July 31, 2009

God's way back home to Him is unique for all

If you seek peace and tranquility, you will certainly not find them so long as you have a cause for disturbance and turmoil within yourself.

Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Philemon 1:6

Your partnership in the faith may become effective in recognizing every good there is in us that leads to Christ.

A Daily Dose Thursday, July 30, 2009

We must be faithful to the present moment, or we will frustrate the plan of God for our lives. Venerable Solanus Casey

1 Thessalonians 5:16-19

Rejoice always.

Pray without ceasing.

In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.

Do not quench the Spirit.

 

A Daily Dose Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Faith over fear

God sometimes puts us on hold so that, after the wait, there is less of us and more of Him. Kent M. Keith

Mark 5:36

But, ignoring what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, ‘Do not fear, only believe.’

A Daily Dose Tuesday, July 28, 2009

On earth, we are wayfarers, always on the go. This means that we have to keep on moving forward. Therefore be always unhappy about what you are if you want to reach what you are not. If you are pleased with what you are, you have stopped already. If you say; "It is enough," you are lost. Keep on walking, moving forward, trying for the goal. Don't try to stop on the way, or to go back, or to deviate from it.St. Augustine of Hippo, Bishop

1 Timothy 6:18-19

Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

 

A Daily Dose Monday, July 27, 2009

To believe firmly and to keep silent is not possible.St. Pedro Poveda Castroverde

Psalm 73:25

Whom have I in heaven but You? And earth has nothing I desire besides You.

A Daily Dose Sunday, July 26, 2009

When we have once placed ourselves entirely in the hands of God, we need fear no evil. If adversity comes, he knows how to turn it to our advantage by means which will in time be made clear to us.St. Vincent de Paul

Hebrews 12:28

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe

 

A Daily DoseSaturday, July 25, 2009

Settle yourself in solitude, and you will come upon God in yourself. Saint Teresa of Avila


1 Corinthians 11:27-29

Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord. A person should examine himself and so eat the bread and drink the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself.

A Daily Dose Friday, July 24, 2009

"Your gift to God is simple: Accept His gifts. Utilize His gifts to become the success He designed you to be." Larry Julian

1 Corinthians 12:4-11

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone.

To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit.

To one is given through the Spirit the expression of wisdom; to another the expression of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit; to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit; to another mighty deeds; to another prophecy; to another discernment of spirits; to another varieties of tongues; to another interpretation of tongues.

But one and the same Spirit produces all of these, distributing them individually to each person as he wishes.

 

A Daily Dose Thursday, July 23, 2009

God is not only the suggester of what is good, but the maintainer and insister of it, so that sometimes He draws us towards salvation even against our will and without our knowing it. It follows then that no one can be deceived by the devil but one who has chosen to yield to him the consent of his own will.

Saint John Cassian

Job 36: 21-23

Beware! Do not turn to iniquity;
because of that you have been tried by affliction.
See, God is exalted in his power;
who is a teacher like him?
Who has prescribed for him his way,
or who can say, “You have done wrong”?

 

A Daily Dose Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Beginning of all holiness

“The beginning of all holiness is humbly admitting that without God we can do nothing, but that, with, in, and through Him, everything is possible!”

St. Therese of Lisieux

Matthew 10:16

"I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves."

A Daily Dose Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Anything truly sublime and uplifting comes to birth in agony and great labor, after much care and at heavy cost.... I have a principle which I find admirable: In order to gain a lot we sometimes have to permit ourselves the chance of losing something. Those who wish to be too prudent, too careful, who never want to run the risk of losing, or leaving, or letting go of something that belongs to them: possessions, rights, just claims, their rest, their peace of mind, sometimes -- no, frequently -- miss fine occasions to do great service for God and neighbor and to enrich themselves.

St. Peter Fourier (Priest, 1565-1640)

Ephesians 3:14-19

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

 

A Daily Dose Monday, July 20, 2009

That's one small step for a man, a giant leap for mankind.”Neil Armstrong

Psalms 8:3-4

“When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?”

A Daily Dose Sunday, July 19, 2009

God’s Justicewillprevail overall forms ofinjusticesin the world. No one can escape the DivineJustice; we all have tobe accountable to Godfor the way we live.

Matthew 12:2021

A bruised reed he will not break, a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory.

And in his name the Gentiles will hope.

 

A Daily Dose Saturday, July 18, 2009

The state of marriage is one that requires more virtue and constancy than any other. You must then dispose yourself to it with a particular care, that from this thyme plant, in spite of the bitter nature of its juice, you may be able to draw and make the honey of a holy life. - Saint Francis de Sales

Ephesians 5:25-29

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church and handed himself over for her to sanctify her, cleansing her by the bath of water with the word, that he might present to himself the church in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.

So (also) husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.

For no one hates his own flesh but rather nourishes and cherishes it, even as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body.

A Daily Dose Friday, July 17, 2009

Trust the past, to God's mercy, the present, to God's love, and the future, to God's providence.Saint Augustine

James 4:13-16

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.

 

A Daily Dose Thursday, July 16, 2009

Each Christian needs half an hour of prayer each day, except when we are busy, then we need an hour. St. Francis de Sales

Psalms 66:17-20

I called to the Lord with my mouth; praise was upon my tongue.

Had I cherished evil in my heart, the Lord would not have heard.

But God did hear and listened to my voice in prayer.

Blessed be God, who did not refuse me the kindness, I sought in prayer.

A Daily Dose Wednesday, July 15, 2009

No one can be made happy unless he rises above himself, not to an ascent of the body, but of the heart. But we cannot rise above ourselves unless a higher power lifts us up. And divine aid is available to those who seek it from their hearts, humbly and devoutly. St. Bonaventure

Matthew 11:25

I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned, you have revealed them to the childlike.

 

A Daily Dose Tuesday, July 14, 2009

We do not have to talk very much in order to pray well. We know that God is there in His holy tabernacle; let us open our hearts to Him; let us rejoice in His Presence: This is the best prayer. St. John Vianney, Patron Saint of Priests

Colossians 1:28

We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.

A Daily Dose Monday, July 13, 2009

Expect the Good

Can you get the expectant attitude of faith?

Not waiting for the next evil to befall you but awaiting with a child's joyful trust the next good in store?God Calling

Psalms 91:1-2

You who live in the shelter of the Most High,
who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,
will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress;
my God, in whom I trust.’

 

A Daily Dose Sunday, July 12, 2009

Those who want to work for moral reform in the world must seek the glory of God before all else. Because he is the source of all good, they must wait for his help, and pray for it in this difficult and necessary understanding.

- St. John Leonardi (Priest, 1542-1609)

Ezekiel 34:11-12

For thus says the Lord GOD: I myself will look after and tend my sheep. As a shepherd tends his flock when he finds himself among his scattered sheep, so will I tend my sheep. I will rescue them from every place where they were scattered when it was cloudy and dark.

A Daily Dose Saturday, July 11, 2009

Scriptures That Bother Me
Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those that I do understand.Mark Twain

John 13:34

I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.

 

A Daily Dose Friday, July 10, 2009

Joy will sneak up on you when you view your hardest lessons as gifts from God. Charles Swindoll

1 Corinthians 14:33

For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.

A Daily Dose Thursday, July 9, 2009

Am I Going the Right Way?

If a man wishes to be sure of the road he treads on, he must close his eyes and walk in the dark. Saint John of the Cross

2 Corinthians 13:5

Examine yourselves to see whether you are living in faith. Test yourselves. Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you?

 

A Daily Dose Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Remember that the Christian life is one of action; not of speech and daydreams. Let there be few words and many deeds, and let them be done well. St.Vincent Palotti

Ecclesiastes 9:10

Whatever your hand finds to do, do with your might

A Daily Dose Tuesday, July 7, 2009

To what extent is my life world from my making; how much is from God? Consider the little control over what surrounds us daily. Finally, so for all that has shaped me for better or worse, all that has given me joy and pain – I am precious in God’s eyes and honored and loved.

“How much of me is mine; how much can be God’s?”

Adapted from Spiritual Exercises St. Ignatius

Lamentations 3:22-23

Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

 

A Daily Dose Monday, July 6,2009

Happiness is not what makes us grateful.

It is gratefulness that makes us happy.

Philippian 1:3-6

I give thanks to my God at every remembrance of you, praying always with joy in my every prayer for all of you, because of your partnership for the gospel from the first day until now.

I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.

A Daily Dose Sunday, July 5, 2009

For all those, including spouses, family members, friends and colleagues, dealing with devastating health issues-or any health issue-we pray.

Deuteronomy 30:19-20

I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him; for that means life to you and length of days, so that you may live in the land that the Lord swore to give to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.

 

A Daily Dose Saturday, July 4,2009

"O Breath of God, blow softly on the gifts that have weakened or grown stale in my life. Stir up the flame of my original love, faith and hope. Breathe on me anew." Sr. Macrina Wiederkehr, O.S.B.

1 Peter 5:5-7

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

A Daily Dose Friday, July 3, 2009

In His wisdom, God has taught us how we all should try to live.

In His goodness, God has shown us that He always will forgive.

In His kindness, God has blessed us with His gentle help and care.

In our gratitude we turn to Him in humble, loving prayer.

Deuteronomy 32:1-4

Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak; let the earth hear the words of my mouth.
May my teaching drop like the rain, my speech condense like the dew; like gentle rain on grass, like showers on new growth.
For I will proclaim the name of the Lord; ascribe greatness to our God!

The Rock, his work is perfect, and all his ways are just.
A faithful God, without deceit, just and upright is he

 

A Daily Dose Thursday, July 2, 2009

Living Sacrifices

There maybe anonymous 'Christians' but there are no anonymous disciples; it is a full time ministry. CRHP text

Romans 12:1-2
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

A Daily Dose Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Serving With All Our Strength

You have entrusted me with a mission, Lord, and you invite me to take responsibility by sharing in Your redemptive work. Everything comes about through your infinite love. At the same time, everything also depends on my response. I must be conscious of the mission entrusted to me, which is nothing less than Jesus' mission. Cardinal Frances Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan

John 20:20-21

The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.

Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you."

 

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