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A Daily Dose Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Achievement is Successful Action

Our faith calls us to action. God is always there and will always forgive us for our sins no matter how grievous they are. What we must know is that our daily lives are filled with many actions, great and small. If each action is accompanied by God, then not only will we live eternally in the Promised Land (Heaven) but we will help others along their earthly pilgrimage, just as Moses building the saraph on a pole helped the Jews. - Danielle

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 Monday, March 30, 2009

Principle and Foundation

Prayer is truly a heavenly armor, and it alone can keep safe those who have dedicated themselves to God. Prayer is the common medicine for purifying ourselves from the passions, for hindering sin and curing our faults. Prayer is an inexhaustible treasure, an unruffled harbor, the foundation of serenity, the root and mother of myriads of blessings. Saint Nectarios of Aegina (1846-1920)

Psalms 31:4-7

You are my rock and my fortress; for your name's sake lead and guide me.

Free me from the net they have set for me, for you are my refuge.

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

You hate those who serve worthless idols, but I trust in the LORD.

 

A Daily Dose Sunday, March 29, 2009

The relationship to one’s fellow man is the relationship of prayer, the relationship to oneself is the relationship of striving; it is from prayer that one draws the strength for one’s striving.Franz Kafka

Phillipians 4:6

Have no anxiety [about troubles] at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.

A Daily Dose Saturday, March 28, 2009

Can I get a Witness?

To be a witness does not consist in engaging in propaganda, nor even is stirring people up, but in being a living mystery. It means to live in such a way that one’s life would not make sense if God did not exist.

Cardinal Emmanuel Suhard

Luke 8:1-3

Afterward he journeyed from one town and village to another, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. Accompanying him were the Twelve and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, Joanna, the wife of Herod's steward Chuza, Susanna, and many others who provided for them out of their resources.

 

A Daily Dose Friady, March 27, 2009

A Prayer For Healing

Lord,

You invite all who are burdened to come to You. Allow Your healing hands to heal us. Touch our souls with Your compassion for others.

Touch our hearts with Your courage and infinite love for all.

Touch our minds wiht your wisdom, that our mouths may always proclaim Your praise.

Teach us to reach out to You in our need, and help us to lead others to You by our example.

Most loving Heart of Jesus, bring us health in body and spirit that we may serve You with all our strength.

Touch gently these lives You have created, now and forever.

Amen. (Priests of the Sacred Heart)

James 5:13-16

Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray. Is anyone in good spirits? He should sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint (him) with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven. 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 Thursday, March 26, 2009

Keep Yourselves in the Love of God

Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the thousand small, uncaring ways. Stephen Vincent Benet

Jude 20:21

But you, beloved, build yourselves up in your most holy faith; pray in the holy Spirit.

Keep yourselves in the love of God and wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.

 

A Daily Dose Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Point the way to the truth

False Christianity has been forced to unmask itself. Men seek a closer fellowship with God. They ask to worship God in his very beauty, grandeur, and holiness. Some simply feel this. Some point out the way to it. Others are in the way.Father Isaac Hecker

1 Timothy 6:20-21

Guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in so doing have wandered from the faith. Grace be with you.

A Daily Dose Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A Faithful Father

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

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

In His kindness, He 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, while I speak; let the earth hearken to the words of my mouth!

May my instruction soak in like the rain, and my discourse permeate like the dew, Like a downpour upon the grass, like a shower upon the crops.

For I will sing the LORD'S renown. Oh, proclaim the greatness of our God!

The Rock--how faultless are his deeds, how right all his ways! A faithful God, without deceit, how just and upright he is!

 

A Daily Dose Monday, March 23, 2009

Forgiveness and Healing

Of course you are unworthy. But when do you hope to be worthy?... All the good works that we could ever do would never make us worthy, in this sense, of Holy Communion. God alone is worthy of Himself, He alone can make us worthy of Him, and He alone can make us worthy with His own worthiness.

St. Catherine of Siena

Psalms 103:11-19

As the heavens tower over the earth, so God's love towers over the faithful.

As far as the east is from the west, so far have our sins been removed from us.

As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on the faithful.

For he knows how we are formed, remembers that we are dust.

Our days are like the grass; like flowers of the field we blossom.

The wind sweeps over us and we are gone; our place knows us no more.

But the LORD'S kindness is forever, toward the faithful from age to age. He favors the children's children of those who keep his covenant, who take care to fulfill its precepts.

The LORD'S throne is established in heaven; God's royal power rules over all.

A Daily Dose Sunday, March 22, 2009

Point the way to the truth

While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.Saint Francis of Assisi

1 Timothy 6:20-21

Guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in so doing have wandered from the faith. Grace be with you.

 

A Daily Dose Saturday, March 21, 2009

The mind is purified by spiritual knowledge, the spiritual passions of the soul by charity, and the irregular appetites by abstinence and penance.

Saint Serapion the Scholastic (d. 365)

Acts of the Apostles 4:12

There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved.

A Daily Dose Friday, March 20, 2009

Putting Love Into Practice

Love consists in sharing

what one has

and what one is

with those one loves.

Love ought to show itself in deeds

more than in words.St. Ignatius of Loyola

Luke 6:27-36

"But to you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. To the person who strikes you on one cheek, offer the other one as well, and from the person who takes your cloak, do not withhold even your tunic. Give to everyone who asks of you, and from the one who takes what is yours do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. For if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do the same. If you lend money to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit (is) that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, and get back the same amount. But rather, love your enemies and do good to them, and lend expecting nothing back; then your reward will be great and you will be children of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as (also) your Father is merciful.

 

A Daily Dose Thursday, March 19, 2009

Changing the World is possible... a child at a time.

"I have a dream and that dream is to change the world. And I don't want there to be mean people. And the way I'm going to make that happen is to be nice to them." Kevin Brown, 8yrs old

Titus 2:6-8

Urge the younger men, similarly, to control themselves, showing yourself as a model of good deeds in every respect, with integrity in your teaching, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be criticized, so that the opponent will be put to shame without anything bad to say about us.

A Daily Dose Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Let us not then be ashamed to confess the Crucified…by our fingers on our brow, and on everything; over the bread we eat, and the cups we drink; in our comings in, and goings out; before our sleep, when we lie down and when we rise up; when we are on the way, and when we are still… for when [devils] see the Cross they are reminded of the Crucified; they are afraid of Him, who bruised the heads of the dragon. Saint Cyril of Jerusalem (315-386)

Ephesians 6:10-12

Finally, draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens.

 

A Daily Dose Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Joy in Hard Lessons

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

Daniel 3:29-30, 42-43

For we have sinned and transgressed by departing from you, and we have done every kind of evil. Your commandments we have not heeded or observed, nor have we done as you ordered us for our good.

Do not let us be put to shame, but deal with us in your kindness and great mercy.

Deliver us by your wonders, and bring glory to your name, O Lord

A Daily Dose Monday, March 16, 2009

God has not placed perfection in the multiplicity of acts we perform to please Him, but only in the way we perform them, which is simply to do the little we do according to our vocation, in love, by love, and for love.Saint Francis de Sales

Romans 12:9-17

Let love be sincere; hate what is evil, hold on to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; anticipate one another in showing honor. Do not grow slack in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer.

Contribute to the needs of the holy ones, exercise hospitality. Bless those who persecute (you), bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.

Have the same regard for one another; do not be haughty but associate with the lowly; do not be wise in your own estimation. Do not repay anyone evil for evil; be concerned for what is noble in the sight of all.

 

A Daily Dose Sunday, March 15, 2009

To Live In Communion

The LORD can do great things through those who don't care who gets the credit. Helen Pearson

Proverbs 29:23

Man's pride causes his humiliation, but he who is humble of spirit obtains honor.

A Daily Dose Saturday, March 14, 2009

To Live In Communion

"The Lord Jesus did not call the disciples to live an individual following, but one inseparably personal and communatarian. If this is true for all the baptized, it is valid in a particular way for the Apostles and for their successors."Pope John Paul II

Psalm 68:36

Awesome is God in his holy place, the God of Israel, who gives power and strength to his people. Blessed be God!

 

A Daily Dose Friday, March 13, 2009

Engage always in good works to everyone but never do harm to anybody. Saint Luigi Orione (1872-1940)

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, 12

Two are better than one: they get a good wage for their labor. If the one falls, the other will lift up his companion. Woe to the solitary man! For if he should fall, he has no one to lift him up.

Where a lone man may be overcome, two together can resist. A three-ply cord is not easily broken.

A Daily Dose Thursday, March 12, 2009

Who Is A Steward?

The leftovers belonged to the poor, especially widows, orphans, and needy foreigners.

Because their land and ours really belongs to God, the practice of gleaning the leftovers and sharing them with the poor—especially the widows, orphans and needy foreigners—served to remind landowners that they were stewards of God's property, sharing with those less fortunate. In this way, an agricultural society could provide a safety net for the poor.

What an important reminder during times of economic stress as we reflect on the One who really owns and provides all we have and enables us to share with those who have less. Submitted by the Compassion International team

Matthew 6:1-4

"(But) take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.

When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.

But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

 

A Daily Dose Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Get it?

God does not expect us to be removed from life's realities but to bring Him into all these experiences and live as He wills for us.

Philippians 2:12-13

So then, my beloved, obedient as you have always been, not only when I am present but all the more now when I am absent, work out your salvation with fear and trembling.

For God is the one who, for his good purpose, works in you both to desire and to work.

A Daily Dose Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The interior rule of the Holy Spirit

Whoever wishes to carry the cross for his sake must take up the proper weapons for the contest, especially those mentioned here. First, diligence; second, distrust of self; third, confidence in God; fourth, remembrance of the Passion; fifth, mindfulness of one's own death; sixth, remembrance of God's glory; seventh, the injunctions of Sacred Scripture following the example of Jesus Christ in the desert. Saint Catherine of Bologna (1413-1463)

Ephesians 4:1-3

I, then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.

 

A Daily Dose Monday, March 9, 2009

For this it is necessary to make ourselves indifferent to all created things in all that is allowed to the choice of our free will and is not prohibited to it; so that, on our part, we want not health rather than sickness, riches rather than poverty, honor rather than dishonor, long rather than short life, and so in all the rest; desiring and choosing only that which is most conducive for us to the end for which we are created.Principle and Foundation from the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius

Wisdom 13:3-5

Now if out of joy in their beauty they thought them gods, let them know how far more excellent is the Lord than these; for the original source of beauty fashioned them.

Or if they were struck by their might and energy, let them from these things realize how much more powerful is he who made them.

For from the greatness and the beauty of created things their original author, by analogy, is seen.

A Daily Dose Sunday, March 8, 2009

Whenever I see so many poor brothers and neighbors of mine suffering beyond their strength and overwhelmed with so many physical or mental ills which I cannot alleviate, then I become exceedingly sorrowful; but I trust in Christ, who knows my heart. And so I say, "Woe to the man who trusts in men rather than in Christ. Saint John of God (1495-1550)

Nehemiah 9:9-12

You saw the affliction of our fathers in Egypt, you heard their cry by the Red Sea; You worked signs and wonders against Pharaoh, against all his servants and the people of his land, Because you knew of their insolence toward them; thus you made for yourself a name even to this day.

The sea you divided before them, on dry ground they passed through the midst of the sea; Their pursuers you hurled into the depths, like a stone into the mighty waters.

With a column of cloud you led them by day, and by night with a column of fire, To light the way of their journey, the way in which they must travel.

 

A Daily Dose Saturday, March 7, 2009

Deserters

You must believe utterly. My love can bear nothing less. I am so often "wounded in the house of my friends." Do you think the spitting and scorn of my enemies, the mocking and reviling hurt me? No!

"They all forsook Him and fled." "I know not the man." These left their scars.

So now, it is not the unbelief of my enemies that hurts, but that my friends, who love and know me, cannot walk all the way with me, and doubt my power to do all that I have said. God Calling

John 15:18-21

"If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you.

Remember the word I spoke to you, 'No slave is greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.

And they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me.

A Daily Dose Friday, March 6, 2009

Extend your arms in welcome to the future. The best is yet to come!

Anthony de Mello, SJ

Romans 8:28-30

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.

 

A Daily Dose Thursday, March 5, 2009

Be devoted to the word of God. Whether you hear it in familiar conversation with your friends or in a sermon, always listen to it with attention and reverence. Make all the profit of it you possibly can, and suffer it not to fall to the ground, but receive it into your heart as a precious balm.

Saint Francis de Sales

Deuteronomy 31:6

Be brave and steadfast; have no fear or dread of them, for it is the LORD, your God, who marches with you; he will never fail you or forsake you.

A Daily Dose Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Prayer is powerful! It fills the earth with mercy. The mercy and clemency obtained through the power of prayer will always produce it generous and saving effects in people.- Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917)

1 John 5:14-15

And we have this confidence in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

And if we know that he hears us in regard to whatever we ask, we know that what we have asked him for is ours.

 

A Daily Dose Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Christ wishes the Christian Community to be a body that is perfect because we work together towards a single end, and the higher the motive which actuates this collaboration, the higher will be the union.Saint Katharine Drexel (1858-1955)

The Lord's Prayer gives us hope.

The petitions of Our Lord's Prayer have not as yet received a satisfactory realization. He said: "Thy kingdom come! Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven!" Do not these words refer to the triumph of the Church upon earth? And would Christ have addressed these petitions to His Heavenly Father unless it were the Divine Will that they should receive to a reasonable extent their fulfillment? Father Isaac Hecker

Romans 15: 5-6

May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to think in harmony with one another, in keeping with Christ Jesus, that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

A Daily Dose Monday, March 2, 2009

Prayer to Know God's Will

May it please the Supreme and Divine Goodness

to give us all abundant Grace

ever to know His most Holy will

and perfectly to fulfill it. St. Ignatius of Loyola

Mark 1:17-18

Jesus said to them, "Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men." Then they abandoned their nets and followed him.

 

A Daily Dose Sunday, March 1, 2009

Authentic Christianity

A Christian worthy of the name is one who imitates Jesus' life in every circumstance of his or her own life.

The life of every saint brings to light some particular mystery of Jesus' life: his childhood, his preaching, his love for children, his passion, etc. The Virgin Mary lived all the mysteries in their perfection.

The first Christians had an original way of expressing the identity:

The Christian is one who bears Jesus

in his or her mind,

in his or her heart,

in his or her gaze,

in his or her hands,

on his or her lips,

in his or her entire being. Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan

Galatians 3:26-29

For through faith you are all children of God in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's descendant, heirs according to the promise.

 

 
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