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A Daily Dose July 31, 2011


We die on the day when our lives cease to be illumined by the steady radiance, renewed daily, of a wonder, the source of which is beyond reason. Dag Hammarskjold


Psalm 121:1-2

A song of ascents. I raise my eyes toward the mountains. From where will my help come?

My help comes from the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth.

 

A Daily Dose July 30, 2011


There are three things, my brethren, which causes faith to stand firm, devotion to remain constant and virtue to endure. They are prayer, fasting and mercy. Prayer knocks at the door, fasting obtains and mercy receives. Prayer, mercy and fasting are one. They give life to each other. St. Peter Chrysologus

Acts 3:19-20

Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away, and that the Lord may grant you times of refreshment and send you the Messiah already appointed for you, Jesus

A Daily Dose July 29, 2011


Do not seek to become perfect by your own strength. When you are humble enough, God will give you all. St. Paul of the Cross

Isaiah 66:2

This is the one whom I approve: the lowly and afflicted man who trembles at my word.

 

A Daily Dose July 28, 2011


Leave something for the angels. St. Philip Neri

Psalm 91:11-12

For God commands the angels to guard you in all your ways.

With their hands they shall support you, lest you strike your foot against a stone.

A Daily Dose July 27, 2011

The great method of prayer is to have none. If in going to prayer one can form in oneself a pure capacity for receiving the spirit of God, that will suffice for all method. St. Jane Frances de Chantal

Psalm 130

A song of ascents. Out of the depths I call to you, LORD;

Lord, hear my cry! May your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.

If you, LORD, mark our sins, Lord, who can stand?

But with you is forgiveness and so you are revered.

I wait with longing for the LORD, my soul waits for his word.

My soul looks for the Lord more than sentinels for daybreak. More than sentinels for daybreak, let Israel look for the LORD, For with the LORD is kindness, with him is full redemption,

And God will redeem Israel from all their sins.

 

A Daily Dose July 26, 2011


Don't question God, for He may reply: "If you're so anxious for answers, come up here." Author Unknown

John 14:1-4

Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me.

In my Father's house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be.

Where I am going you know the way."

A Daily Dose July 25, 2011


Sometimes we miss the obvious--and never is this truer than when it comes to dealing with ourselves. Mood swings, emotional reactions, ups and downs, knee-jerk responses, and apparently incorrigible behavioral ruts are the cause of countless heartaches and frustrations with ourselves and others. Fr. Thomas Berg

Colossians 2:13-15

And even when you were dead in transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, he brought you to life along with him, having forgiven us all our transgressions; obliterating the bond against us, with its legal claims, which was opposed to us, he also removed it from our midst, nailing it to the cross; despoiling the principalities and the powers, he made a public spectacle of them, leading them away in triumph by it.

 

A Daily Dose July 24, 2011


Reason’s last step is the recognition that there are an infinite number of things which are beyond it. St. Blaise Pascal

1 Peter 3:14-16

But even if you should suffer because of righteousness, blessed are you. Do not be afraid or terrified with fear of them, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence, keeping your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who defame your good conduct in Christ may themselves be put to shame.

A Daily Dose July 23, 2011


Take heed not to foster thy own judgment, for, without doubt, it will inebriate thee; as there is no difference between an intoxicated man and one full of his own opinion, and one is no more capable of reasoning than the other. St. Francis de Sales

Romans 12:3

For by the grace given to me I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than one ought to think, but to think soberly, each according to the measure of faith that God has apportioned.

 

A Daily Dose July 22, 2011


People who live solely for themselves are eventually corrupted by their own company. Anon

Matthew 20:28

Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.

A Daily Dose July 21, 2011

Reading the Bible without meditating on it is like trying to eat without swallowing.Anonymous

2 Timothy 3:16-17

All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

 

A Daily Dose July 20, 2011


You should pay attention to your behavior in what concerns not only yourself but others also for it is impossible to please God if you do not live amicably with others. Nor will you have peace of soul unless you show consideration for those for whom you ought to set a good example.St. John Baptist De La Salle

1 Thessalonians 5:14-15

We urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, cheer the fainthearted, support the weak, be patient with all.

See that no one returns evil for evil; rather, always seek what is good both for each other and for all

A Daily Dose July 19, 2011


Our obedience to God‘s Will must be total, without reserve, and constant. Blessed Domingo Iturrate Zubero

Hebrews 10:35-36

Therefore, do not throw away your confidence; it will have great recompense. You need endurance to do the will of God and receive what He has promised.

 

A Daily Dose July 18, 2011


The value of persistent prayer is not that he will hear us but that we will finally hear him.William McGill

Romans 10:15-18

And how can people preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news!" But not everyone has heeded the good news; for Isaiah says, "Lord, who has believed what was heard from us?"

Thus faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.

But I ask, did they not hear? Certainly they did; for "Their voice has gone forth to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world."

A Daily Dose July 17, 2011


Just remaining quietly in the presence of God, listening to Him, being attentive to Him, requires a lot of courage and know-how.Thomas Merton

Matthew 13:43

Whoever has ears ought to hear.

 

A Daily Dose July 16, 2011


One must not think that a person who is suffering is not praying. He is offering up his sufferings to God, and many a time he is praying much more truly than one who goes away by himself and meditates his head off, and, if he has squeezed out a few tears, thinks that is prayer. St. Teresa of Avila

Ephesians 2:8-10

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so no one may boast.

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 July 15, 2011


If, as often as His blood is poured out, it is for the forgiveness of sins, I should always receive it, so it may always forgive my sins.

Because I always sin, I should always have a remedy.

St. Ambrose

Matthew 26:26-28

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, "Take and eat; this is my body."

Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins.

A Daily Dose July 14, 2011


I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.

Blanche DuBois

Proverbs 19:22

What is desirable in a person is kindness, and it is better to be poor than a liar.

 

A Daily Dose July 13, 2011


Some of us seem so anxious about avoiding hell that we forget to celebrate our journey toward heaven.Philip Yancey

Ecclesiastes 8:15

Therefore I commended mirth, because there was no good for a man under the sun, but to eat, and drink, and be merry, and that he should take nothing else with him of his labor in the days of his life, which God hath given him under the sun.

A Daily Dose July 12, 2011


Seven characteristics are required for prayer: it should be faithful, pure, just, heartfelt, humble, fervent, and devout.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux

Ephesians 6:18

With all prayer and supplication, pray at every opportunity in the Spirit. To that end, be watchful with all perseverance and supplication for all the holy ones

 

A Daily Dose July 11, 2011


Who except God can give you peace? Has the world ever been able to satisfy the heart?St. Gerard Majella

John 14:27

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.

A Daily Dose July 10, 2011


Let us therefore give ourselves to God with a great desire to begin to live thus, and beg Him to destroy in us the life of the world of sin, and to establish His life within us. St. John Eudes

Philippians 2:14-16

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 July 9, 2011


God's way of answering the Christian's prayer for more patience, experience, hope and love often is to put him into the furnace of affliction Richard Cecil

Psalm 27:13-14

But I believe I shall enjoy the LORD'S goodness in the land of the living.

Wait for the LORD, take courage; be stouthearted, wait for the LORD!

A Daily Dose July 8, 2011


If God created shadows it was to better emphasize the light

Pope John XXIII

Proverbs 6:23

For the bidding is a lamp, and the teaching a light, and a way to life are the reproofs of discipline

 

A Daily Dose July 7, 2011


A miracle strengthens faith. But faith in God is less apt to proceed from miracles than miracles from faith in God. Frederick Buechner

John 14:18-19

I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.

In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me, because I live and you will live.

A Daily Dose July 6, 2011


Nothing sets a person so much out of the devil's reach as humility Jonathan Edwards

Micah 6:8

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

 

A Daily Dose July 5, 2011


Jesus became what we are that He might make us what He is.

St. Athanasius

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 July 4, 2011


Thus may the 4th of July, that glorious and ever memorable day, be celebrated through America, by the sons of freedom, from age to age till time shall be no more. Amen and Amen.

Virginia Gazette on July 18th, 1777

Psalm 100

A psalm of thanksgiving.

Shout joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;

worship the LORD with cries of gladness; come before him with joyful song.

Know that the LORD is God, our maker to whom we belong, whose people we are, God's well-tended flock.

Enter the temple gates with praise, its courts with thanksgiving. Give thanks to God, bless his name; good indeed is the LORD, Whose love endures forever, whose faithfulness lasts through every age.

 

A Daily Dose July 3, 2011


All good consists in the love of God and the love of God consists in doing his will. Blessed Nazju Falzon

1 Peter 2:15

For it is the will of God that by doing good you may silence the ignorance of foolish people.

A Daily Dose July 2, 2011


Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly. St. Francis De Sales

Psalm 51:12,14

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

Restore my joy in your salvation; sustain in me a willing spirit.

 

A Daily Dose July 1, 2011


God's presence is not discerned at the time when it is upon us, but afterwards when we look back. John Henry Newman

Genesis 28:15

Iam the LORD... I will be with you and protect you wherever you go.

 

 
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