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A Daily Dose Friday, August 31, 2012

When you look at the Crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you then. When you look at the Sacred Host you understand how much Jesus loves you now.
Bl. Mother Theresa of Calcutta

John 17:23-24

I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you loved me. Father, they are your gift to me. I wish that where I am they also may be with me, that they may see my glory that you gave me, because you loved me before the foundation of the world.

A Daily Dose August 30, 2012

As we take up our daily cross, it might be that we may have to ‘switch shoulders’ occasionally to carry on.

Luke 9:23-24

Then he said to all, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.

A Daily Dose Wednesday, August 29, 2012

We don't need more to be thankful for, we just need to be more thankful, period.

someone else

Colossians 3:17

And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

A Daily Dose Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved You!

St. Augustine

1 John 4:7-10, 16

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love. In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him.In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins

We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.

A Daily Dose Monday, August 27, 2012

To pray is to listen, to move through my own chattering to God, to that place where I can be silent and listen to what God may have to say.

Madeleine L'Engle

Romans 12:12

Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer.

A Daily Dose Sunday, August 26, 2012

Unless there is within us that which is above us, we will soon yield to that is all about us.

Peter Forsyth

Proverbs 3:3

Never let go of loyalty and faithfulness. Tie them around your neck; write them on your heart.

A Daily Dose Saturday, August 25, 2012

We need no wings to go in search of Him, but have only to look upon Him present within us. St. Teresa of Avila

Colossians 1:26-28

But now it has been manifested to his holy ones, to whom God chose to make known the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; it is Christ in you, the hope for glory. It is he whom we proclaim, admonishing everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.

A Daily Dose Friday, August 24, 2012

The work of the soul’s purification neither may nor can end save with life itself;—do not then let us be disheartened by our imperfections,—our very perfection lies in diligently contending against them, and it is impossible so to contend without seeing them, or to overcome without meeting them face to face. Our victory does not consist in being insensible to them, but in not consenting to them.

David continually asks the Lord to strengthen his heart against cowardice and discouragement; and it is our privilege in this war that we are certain to vanquish so long as we are willing to fight. St. Francis de Sales

Proverbs 6:20, 22

My son, keep your father's commands and do not forsake your mother's teachings. When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; when you awake, they will speak to you.

A Daily Dose Thursday, August 23, 2012

Before Communion the sacred bread does not look as if Christ is present in it. After Communion we do not always look as if Christ is present in us.
Frank Sheed (adapted)

John 6:53

Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.

A Daily Dose Wednesday, August 23, 2012

You can always tell when a man is not living in the purpose for which God created him. You sense his unrest. You get a feeling something is not quite right, even if you can't put your finger on what it is. When you are around a man who is fulfilling his calling and doing what he was created to do, you're aware of his inner direction, confidence and deep security.

Stormie Omartian

Psalm 1:3

He is like a tree planted near streams of water, that yields its fruit in season; its leaves never wither; whatever he does prospers.

A Daily Dose Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Today, may I be guided by the simplicity of the Commandments.

When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.

Will Rogers

Psalm 85:9

I will listen for what God, the LORD, has to say; surely he will speak of peace to his people and to his faithful. May they not turn to foolishness.

A Daily Dose Monday, August 20, 2012

The longest journey you'll ever take is from your head to your heart.

St. Ignatius of Loyola

1 Corinthians 16:13

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.

A Daily Dose Sunday, August 19, 2012

I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.

Maya Angelou

Proverbs 2:6

For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

A Daily Dose Saturday, August 18, 2012

We cultivate a very small field for Christ, but we love it, knowing that God does not require great achievements but a heart that holds back nothing for self.

St. Rose Philippine Duchesne

Hebrews 2:11-12

He who consecrates and those who are being consecrated all have one origin. Therefore, he is not ashamed to call them “brothers,” saying: “I will proclaim your name to my brothers, in the midst of the assembly I will praise you”

A Daily Dose Friday, August 17, 2012

For pity's sake, don't start meeting troubles halfway.
St. Teresa of Avila

Psalm 92:5-6

For you make me jubilant, LORD, by your deeds; at the works of your hands I shout for joy. How great are your works, LORD! How profound your designs!

A Daily Dose Thursday, August 16, 2012

The cost of being a disciple is big; the cost of not being one is bigger still.

Leviticus 20:26

To me, therefore, you shall be holy; for I, the LORD, am holy, and I have set you apart from other peoples to be my own.

A Daily Dose Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Nothing can be invented that is a greater absurdity than a morose, hard, close, high spirited, spiteful true Christian.

Luke 18:13-14

But the tax collector stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast and prayed, ‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner.’ I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

A Daily Dose Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Faith is about doing. You are how you act, not just how you believe.

Mitch Albom

1 John 3:21-22

Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence in Godand receive from him whatever we ask, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.

A Daily Dose Monday, August 13, 2012

Every morning I spend fifteen minutes filling my mind full of God; and so there's no room left for worry thoughts.

Howard Chandler Christy

Proverbs 16:1-3

The plans of the mind belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the LORD.

All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the spirit.

Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established.

A Daily Dose Sunday, August 12, 2012

My Lord and my God: into your hands I abandon the past and the present and the future, what is small and what is great, what amounts to little and what amounts to a lot, things temporal and things eternal. Amen.

St. Josemaria Escriva

Psalm 31:6

Into your hands I commend my spirit; you will redeem me, LORD, God of truth.

A Daily Dose Saturday, August 11, 2012

By being calm we show that we trust in God more than we trust in ourselves.

Hosea 11:2

The more I called them, the farther they went from me, sacrificing to the Baals and burning incense to idols.

A Daily Dose Friday, August 10, 2012

Joy is the most infallible sign of the presence of God.

Paul Claudel

Psalm 30:4-5

Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name. For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.

A Daily Dose Thursday, August 9, 2012

He who stays not in his littleness loses his greatness.

St. Francis de Sales

Galatians 5:16

I say, then: live by the Spirit and you will certainly not gratify the desire of the flesh.

A Daily Dose Wednesday, August 8, 2012

We must not give only what we have; we must give what we are.

Cardinal Mercia

John 14:12

“Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father.

A Daily Dose Tuesday, August 7, 2012

More than ever I find myself in the hands of God. This is what I have wanted all my life from my youth. But now there is a difference; the initiative is entirely with God. It is indeed a profound spiritual experience to know and feel myself so totally in God’s hands.

Michael Harter, Hearts on Fire

Psalm 9:2,11

I will praise you, LORD, with all my heart; I will declare all your wondrous deeds.

Those who know your name trust in you; you never forsake those who seek you, LORD.

A Daily Dose Monday, August 6, 2012

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.

C.S. Lewis

Isaiah 1:3

An ox knows its owner, and an ass, its master’s manger; but Israel does not know, my people has not understood.

A Daily Dose Sunday, August 5, 2012

Think of someone who generates negative emotions in you. In your mind, invite this person into your presence, feel the emotions and see how you are revealed to yourself and how human nature works in the circumstance. Anthony De Mello in his amazing work, The Way to Love, indicates that such meditation will produce revelations that will “widen your heart till there is room in it for every living creature.” He goes on to state the following three revelations:

1) Ask yourself, am I in charge of the situation or is the situation in charge of me.

2) Certain others in the same circumstance would not be negatively affected by this

person. Hence, the negative feeling come not by this person but by your programming.

3) See what happens when you really understand this.

Listen to the revelations of human nature and how previously these persons had the power to create negative emotions within you. The negative emotions will turn into gentleness and compassion.

Adapted from the The Way to Love by Anthony De Mello

Romans 12:6-8

Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them: if prophecy, in proportion to the faith;if ministry, in ministering; if one is a teacher, in teaching; if one exhorts, in exhortation; if one contributes, in generosity; if one is over others, with diligence; if one does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

A Daily Dose Saturday, August 4, 2012

The most powerful weapon to conquer the devil is humility. For, as he does not know at all how to employ it, neither does he know how to defend himself from it.
St. Vincent de Paul

Proverbs 8:12-13

I, Wisdom, dwell with prudence, and useful knowledge I have. The fear of the LORD is hatred of evil; pride, arrogance, the evil way, and the perverse mouth I hate.

A Daily Dose Friday, August 3, 2012

Consider the idea of the ‘magis’. which is from the Latin word meaning more or greater.

In giving your day to God, live out the magis for God. Whatever your endeavor today, both large and small, exciting or boring, give it your all for the greater glory of God.

Psalm 63: 2-4

O God, you are my God—it is you I seek!

For you my body yearns; for you my soul thirsts, in a land parched, lifeless, and without water. I look to you in the sanctuary to see your power and glory. For your love is better than life; my lips shall ever praise you!

A Daily Dose Thursday, August 2, 2012

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

Psalm 4:2

Answer me when I call, my saving God. When troubles hem me in, set me free; take pity on me, hear my prayer.

A Daily Dose Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Once you become aware that the main business that you are here for is to know God, most of life's problems fall into place of their own accord.

J.I. Packer

Psalm 43:11

I, I am the LORD; there is no savior but me.