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A Daily Dose November 30th

"Lord, help me enter into that peace which consists in having put my life in your hands”

- Carlo Maria Martini SJ

John 16:33

"I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world."

A Daily Dose November 29th

"We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties."

Oswald Chamber

 

Romans 8:35-39

What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? As it is written: "For your sake we are being slain all the day; we are looked upon as sheep to be slaughtered." No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 
A Daily Dose November 28th

I wear this cross with the image of Christ on it because it because it reminds me that the cross without Christ is too heavy to bear.Pope John Paul I

Mark 8:34-38

He summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them, "Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it. What profit is there for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? What could one give in exchange for his life? Whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this faithless and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels."

A Daily Dose November 27th Happy Thanksgiving!

The interior life

We only advance in Christian perfection so far as we advance in interior life. It matters not how much we increase our spiritual exercises, if they do not tell on our interior advancement. Father Isaac Hecker

Galatians 6:14

But may I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

A Daily Dose November 26th

The invitation from Jesus to the banquet is for now. The time and place we meet Jesus and the mystery of God is now. Only the present is alive; the past is gone and the future yet to come. Prayer of any sort is entering into the ‘now' of God. God is the God of the present tense. The present moment is a sacrament of God's presence among us. Every breath we breathe is the gift of life and of love from God to us, in time of prayer and all day.

Philippians 2:12-18
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.
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.
But, even if I am poured out as a libation upon the sacrificial service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with all of you.
In the same way you also should rejoice and share your joy with me.

A Daily Dose November 25th

"You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today." -- Abraham Lincoln

Philippians 4:8-9

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me. Then the God of peace will be with you.

A Daily Dose November 24th

Take each day's happenings as work you can do for me.

Colossians 3:23-24

Whatever you do, do from the heart, as for the Lord and not for others, knowing that you will receive from the Lord the due payment of the inheritance; be slaves of the Lord Christ.

A Daily Dose November 22nd

Great indeed are the advantages of tribulations. The Lord sends them to us, not because he wishes our misfortune, but because he desires our welfare. When they come upon us, we must embrace them with thanksgiving, and must not only resign ourselves to the divine will, but must also rejoice that God treats us as he treated His Son Jesus Christ, whose life on this earth was always full of tribulations.

Saint Alphonsus Liguori

2 Timothy 3:10-11

You have followed my teaching, way of life, purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, persecutions, and sufferings, such as happened to me in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra, persecutions that I endured. Yet from all these things the Lord delivered me.

A Daily Dose November 21st

Being able to bow in prayer as the day begins or ends gives expression to the frustrations and concerns that might not otherwise be ventilated.

1 Timothy 4:6

Renew yourself and others through continued catechesis.

If you will give these instructions to the brothers, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound teaching you have followed.

A Daily Dose November 20th

This is a little story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.

There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.

Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.

Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody's job.

Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it.

It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.

Proverbs 16:2-3

All the ways of a man may be pure in his own eyes, but it is the LORD who proves the spirit. Entrust your works to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.
A Daily Dose November 19th

Once we have met the Risen One by truly partaking of His body and blood, we cannot keep to ourselves the joy we have experienced… For the Eucharist is a mode of being, which passes from Jesus into each Christian, through whose testimony it is meant to spread throughout society and culture.Pope John Paul II

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 November 18th

Drink every minute to its fill; savor its taste and give thanks. Og Mandino

Philippians 4:4-5

Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Your kindness should be known to all.

A Daily Dose November 17th

Remember, peace is not just the absence of a storm.

It can also be peace in themiddle of your storm.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Therefore, we are not discouraged; rather, although our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this momentary light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to what is seen but to what is unseen; for what is seen is transitory, but what is unseen is eternal.

A Daily Dose November 15th

Prayer… I wonder if it’s really in the listening?

Psalm 46:10

"Be still and confess that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, exalted on the earth."

A Daily Dose November 14th

“A four year old girl was overheard whispering into her newborn brother’s ear, ‘Baby, she whispers, ‘tell me what God sounds like. I am starting to forget.’“ Robert Bensen

1 Kings 19:11-12

Then the LORD said, "Go outside and stand on the mountain before the LORD; the LORD will be passing by." A strong and heavy wind was rending the mountains and crushing rocks before the LORD--but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake--but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake there was fire--but the LORD was not in the fire. After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound.

A Daily Dose November 13th

Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and you have their shoes (author unknown).

Proverbs 29:11

The fool gives vent to all his anger; but by biding his time, the wise man calms it.

A Daily Dose November 12th

I Saw Jesus Today

Vinita Wright

I saw Jesus on the train today. He had worked a long shift, his coveralls a patchwork of sweat and grime; yet he joked with a coworker in the adjacent seat. I saw Jesus awhile later, as the crowd filed onto the stairs to the street below—he was a young girl with two small children in tow, her nerves clearly frayed. And then, in the grocery store, there was Jesus again, a check-out clerk who smiled and wished me a good evening. The next time I saw him, he was stuck in traffic, his business suit rumpled and his eyes weary. And when I walked by my neighbor's house, Jesus sat on the front step, passing the time with a friend.

When Jesus came to share our human existence, he changed what it means to be ordinary people going through the day. Each one of us has a purpose and a place in the world. Each of us experiences pain, fatigue, humor, and hope. If we look more intently at the people we encounter on a typical day, we will see who they truly are—persons loved by God. Regardless of appearance or situation, the woman, man, or child before you is brimming with holy possibility. Consider that you are gazing into the eyes of God. Understand that Jesus comes to you in many faces and places.

Matthew 25:34-36

'Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.'

A Daily Dose November 11th

"Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to a divine purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we know. That we are here for the sake of others. Many times a day, I realize how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I've received."Albert Einstein

Acts 20:35

In every way I have shown you that by hard work of that sort we must help the weak, and keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus who himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"

A Daily Dose November 10th

Prayer does not fit us for the greater work, prayer is the greater work. -Oswald Chambers

James 5:16

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

A Daily Dose November 9th

Wishing will never be a substitute for prayer. --Ed Cole

Philippians 4:6

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

A Daily Dose November 8th

God does not stand afar off as I struggle to speak. He cares enough to listen with more than casual attention. He translates my scrubby words and hears what is truly inside. He hears my sighs and uncertain gropings as fine prose. --Timothy Jones

Romans 8:26-27

In the same way, the Spirit too comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit itself intercedes with inexpressible groanings. And the one who searches hearts knows what is the intention of the Spirit, because it intercedes for the holy ones according to God's will.

A Daily Dose November 7th

Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?-- Corrie Ten Boom

1 Thessalonians 5:17-19

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 November 6th

"Iam always ready to learn, but I don't always like being taught." Winston Churchill

Ecclesiastes 2:26

For to whatever man he sees fit he gives wisdom and knowledge and joy; but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering possessions to be given to whatever man God sees fit. This also is vanity and a chase after wind.

A Daily Dose November 5th

We must work toward unity.

May the word of God we have heard ... inflame our hearts with hope on the path to unity (cf. Lk 24:32).

Let us give thanks to Almighty God for the progress that has been made through the work of his Spirit, as we acknowledge with gratitude the personal sacrifices made by so many present and by those who have gone before us.

By following in their footsteps, and by placing our trust in God alone, I am confident that - to borrow the words of Father Paul Wattson - we will achieve the "oneness of hope, oneness of faith, and oneness of love" that alone will convince the world that Jesus Christ is the one sent by the Father for the salvation of all.

Pope Benedict XVI

Philippians 2:1-4

If there is any encouragement in Christ, any solace in love, any participation in the Spirit, any compassion and mercy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, with the same love, united in heart, thinking one thing. Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but (also) everyone for those of others.

A Daily Dose November 4th

Pain is inevitable.

How you suffer is up to you.

Change is inevitable.

Growth is optional.

Death is inevitable.

Where you spend Eternal Life is your free will.

Every day you choose.

Psalm 139:7, 23-24cf

Where can I hide from your spirit? From your presence, where can I flee?

Search me, God, know my heart; try me, know my concerns.

See if my way is crooked, then lead me in the way everlasting.

A Daily Dose November 3rd

He slept beneath the moon, he basked beneath the sun;
He lived a life of going-to-do, and died with nothing done.
Author unknown

I want a better prayer life but...

I want to read more to my children but…

I want to get more involved at church but…

Luke 14:17-18

When the time for the dinner came, he dispatched his servant to say to those invited, 'Come, everything is now ready.' But one by one, they all began to excuse themselves.

A Daily Dose November 2nd

Anger is the wind that blows out the lamp of the mind. Robert Ingersoll

2 Corinthians 12:8-10

I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and difficulties for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

A Daily Dose November 1st

God determines who walks into our lives.

It’s up to us to decide who we let walk away, who we let stay, and who we refuse to let go.

Hebrews 13:6

Thus we may say with confidence:"The Lord is my helper, (and) I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?"

 
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