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A Daily Dose Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013

Lord let me be eager to see you early in the morning, in the dawn of my faith. Let me discover the stone rolled away.

Though the world may not see me at all, may I enter the mystery of Your Resurrection, where you call me by name.

Elizabeth Briel, A Book of Grace Filled Days

Matthew 28:2

And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, approached, rolled back the stone, and sat upon it.

A Daily Dose Holy Saturday, March 30, 2013

“Today a great silence reigns on earth, a great silence and a great stillness. A great stillness because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and has raised up all who have slept since the world began… ” I order you, O sleeper, to awake. I did not create you to be a prisoner in hell. Rise from the dead, for I am the life of the dead.”

Liturgy of the Hours, Holy Saturday

Matthew 27:64-66

Give orders, then, that the grave be secured until the third day, lest his disciples come and steal him and say to the people, ‘He has been raised from the dead.’ This last imposture would be worse than the first.” Pilate said to them, “The guard is yours; go secure it as best you can.”So they went and secured the tomb by fixing a seal to the stone and setting the guard.

A Daily Dose Good Friday, March 29, 2013

Through the cross we are united to Him who was nailed to it, our heavenly spouse. Every instant of our lives must be accepted as a favor, with all that it brings of happiness and suffering. But we must accept the cross with more gratitude than anything else.

Our crosses detach us from earth and therefore draw us closer to God.

Blessed Charles de Foucauld

Ephesians 2:14-13-16

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have become near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, he who made both one and broke down the dividing wall of enmity, through his flesh, abolishing the law with its commandments and legal claims, that he might create in himself one new person in place of the two, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile both with God, in one body, through the cross, putting that enmity to death by it.

A Daily Dose Holy Thursday, March 28, 2013

We must wash one another's feet in the mutual daily service of love. But we must also wash one another's feet in the sense that we must forgive one another ever anew. The debt for which the Lord has pardoned us is always infinitely greater than all the debts that others can owe us.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

John 13:14-15

If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet.

I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.

A Daily Dose Wednesday, March 27, 2013

No one heals himself by wounding another.


Romans 12:18

If possible, so far as it depends upon you, live peaceably with one another.

A Daily Dose Tuesday, March 26, 2013

If you cannot be grateful for what you have received, then be thankful for what you have been spared.

Yiddish Proverb from Rabbi Joseph Telushkin

Ephesians 2:8-9

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.

A Daily Dose Monday, March 25, 2013

Pray, Hope, and Don't Worry,
St. Pio of Pietrelcino

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 Palm Sunday, March 24, 2013

There is no medicine more efficacious for healing the wounds of the soul than devotion to, and meditation upon, the Wounds of our Crucified God.

St. Bernard of Clair Vaux

1 John 4:10-12

In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another.No one has ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us, and his love is brought to perfection in us.

A Daily Dose Friday, March 22. 2013

To be pleased at correction and reproofs shows that one loves the virtues which are contrary to those faults for which he is corrected and reproved. And, therefore, it is a great sign of advancement in perfection.

St. Francis de Sales

Acts 3:19

Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away

A Daily Dose Thursday, March 21. 2013

My Lord and my God, take from me everything that distances me from you. My Lord and my God, give me everything that brings me closer to you. My Lord and my God, detach me from myself to give my all to you.

St. Nicholas of Flue

James 1:22-24

Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his own face in a mirror.He sees himself, then goes off and promptly forgets what he looked like.

A Daily Dose Wednesday, March 20. 2013

It is certain, that of ourselves we have not sufficient strength to resist the temptations of the devil, of the flesh, and of the world. It is God that prevents our enemies from assailing us with temptations by which we would be conquered. Hence Jesus Christ has taught us the following prayer: ‘And lead us not into temptation.’

St. Alphonsus Liguori

Matthew 6:9-13

Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. Amen.

A Daily Dose Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Though thou hast recourse to many saints as thine intercessors, go specially to St. Joseph, for he has great power with God.

St. Teresa of Avila

Matthew 13:55

Is he not the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother named Mary and his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas?

A Daily Dose Monday, March 18, 2013

To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it.

Blessed Mother Teresa

Romans 12:9-10

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.

A Daily Dose Sunday, March 17, 2013

If I be worthy, I live for my God to teach the heathen, even though they may despise me.

St. Patrick

Romans 5:8

But God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.

A Daily Dose Saturday, March 16, 2013

God desires from you the least degree of purity of conscience more than all the works you can perform.

St. John of the Cross

1 Corinthians 16:13-14

Be on your guard, stand firm in the faith, be courageous, be strong.Your every act should be done with love.

A Daily Dose Friday, March 15, 2013

If, when stung by slander or ill-nature, we wax proud and swell with anger, it is a proof that our gentleness and humility are unreal, and mere artificial show.
St. Francis de Sales

Ephesians 4:26-27

If you are angry, let it be without sin. The sun must not go down on your wrath; do not give the devil a chance to work on you.

A Daily Dose Thursday, March 14, 2013

I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.

Blessed Mother Teresa

1 Thessalonians 5:19

Do not quench the Spirit.

A Daily Dose Wednesday, March 13, 2013

He who gives you the day will also give you the things necessary for the day.

St. Gregory of Nyssa

James 1:5-6

But if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and he will be given it. But he should ask in faith, not doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed about by the wind.

A Daily Dose Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Jesus said, "Peace I give you, my peace I leave you."

He gave it to you, have you lost it? Go to Him today and ask Him to fill you with peace.

Mustard Seeds

Matthew 6:11-15

Give us today our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and do not subject us to the final test, but deliver us from the evil one. If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.

A Daily Dose Monday, March 11, 2013

During this Lent let us improve our spirit of prayer and recollection. Let us free our minds from all that is not Jesus. If you find it difficult to pray, ask Him again and again, 'Jesus, come into my heart, pray in me and with me, that I may learn from thee how to pray.'

If you pray more you will pray better.

Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Ephesians 6:10-13

Battle against Evil.

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. Therefore, put on the armor of God that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground.

A Daily Dose Sunday, March 10, 2013

Prayer is the exercise of drawing on the grace of God.

Oswald Chambers

Psalm 55:17

Evening and morning, and at noon, I will pray and cry aloud; and He shall hear my voice.

A Daily Dose Saturday, March 9, 2013

If I did not simply live from one moment to the next, it would be impossible for me to keep my patience. I can see only the present, I forget the past and I take good care not to think about the future.

We get discouraged and feel despair because we brood about the past and the future. It is such folly to pass one’s time fretting, instead of resting quietly on the heart of Jesus.

St. Therese

1 Corinthians 13:11-13

When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I put aside childish things.At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face.

At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known. So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

A Daily Dose Friday, March 8, 2013

Fretting springs from a determination to get our own way.

Oswald Chambers

2 Samuel 22:33

It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.

A Daily Dose Thursday, March 7, 2013

Life is unbearable only to those who are ignorant of why they are alive.

Bishop Fulton J. Sheen

Ephesians 4: 21-23

If indeed you have heard Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

A Daily Dose Wednesday, March 6, 2013

All his life long St John the Baptist carried the cross of continual penance, not because he had committed any actual offense but so as to persevere in grace and give good example.

If this is what the just man does, what ought the sinner do? Whether here below or in the life to come, every sin will have its consequences.

St. Colette

Romans 7:19-20, 24-25

For I do not do the good I want, but I do the evil I do not want.Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.

Miserable one that I am! Who will deliver me from this mortal body?Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Therefore, I myself, with my mind, serve the law of God but, with my flesh, the law of sin.

A Daily Dose Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Our pilgrimage on earth cannot be exempt from trial. We progress by means of trial. No one knows himself except through trial, or receives a crown except after victory, or strives except against an enemy or temptations.

St. Augustine

Colossians 3:7-10

By these you too once conducted yourselves, when you lived in that way. But now you must put them all away:anger, fury, malice, slander, and obscene language out of your mouths. Stop lying to one another, since you have taken off the old self with its practicesand have put on the new self, which is being renewed, for knowledge, in the image of its creator

A Daily Dose Monday, March 4, 2013

We must learn to see our circumstances through Christ’s love as well as His love as we go through them.

Hebrews 4:15-16

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has similarly been tested in every way, yet without sin. So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.

A Daily Dose Sunday, March 3, 2013

It is a lesson we all need – to let alone the things that do not concern us. He has other ways for others to follow Him; all do not go by the same path. It is for each of us to learn the path by which He requires us to follow Him, and to follow Him in that path.

St. Katharine Drexel

Ephesians 6: 5-6

Obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, in singleness of heart, as you obey Christ;not only while being watched, and in order to please them, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.

A Daily Dose Saturday, March 2, 2013

Wisdom tends to grow in proportion to one's awareness of one's ignorance.

Anthony de Mello, S.J.

Psalm 51:8-9

Behold, you desire true sincerity; and secretly you teach me wisdom. Cleanse me with hyssop, that I may be pure; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

A Daily Dose Friday, March 1, 2013

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

Psalm 32:5

I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the Lord," and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.