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A Daily Dose Monday, November 30, 2009

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

Romans 5:1-2

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access (by faith) to this grace in which we stand, and we boast in hope of the glory of God.


A Daily Dose Sunday, November 29, 2009

The lesson of the grain of wheat that dies in order to bear fruit also has a parallel in the life of Saint Andrew. Like Peter, he endured martyrdom on a cross, the diagonal cross that we venerate today as the cross of Saint Andrew. From his example we learn that the path of each single Christian, like that of the Church as a whole, leads to new life, to eternal life, through the imitation of Christ and the experience of his cross.Pope Benedict XVI

John 1:40-42

The first thing Andrew did, after learning about Jesus from John the Baptist, was to find his brother Simon (who would later be called Peter) to tell him, "We have found the Messiah" (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus.

A Daily Dose Saturday, November 28, 2009

If it is a very good sign when a person listens willingly to the Divine Word, is it not a bad sign when a person is disgusted with it and no longer feels they need it? Saint Francis de Sales

1 Timothy 2: 1-4

"First of all, then, I ask that supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone, for kings and for all in authority, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all devotion and dignity. This is good and pleasing to God our savior, who wills everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth."


A Daily Dose Friday, November 27, 2009

Our true worth does not consist in what human beings think of us. What we really are consists in what God knows us to be. St. John Berchmans

Colossians 2:8-10

See to it that no one captivate you with an empty, seductive philosophy according to human tradition, according to the elemental powers of the world and not according to Christ.

For in him dwells the whole fullness of the deity bodily, and you share in this fullness in him, who is the head of every principality and power.

A Daily Dose Thursday, November 26, 2009

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Psalm 105:1-3

Give thanks to the LORD, invoke his name; make known among the peoples his deeds!

Sing praise, play music; proclaim all his wondrous deeds!

Glory in his holy name; rejoice, O hearts that seek the LORD!


A Daily Dose Wednesday, November 25, 2009

God doesn't want our deeds; but only the love that prompts them.

Saint Teresa of Avila

1 Peter 2:4-5

Come to him, a living stone, rejected by human beings but chosen and precious in the sight of God, and, like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

A Daily Dose Tuesday, November 24, 2009

That we partake in gathering around, saying Grace and breaking bread, we pray.
We remember now to thank our Creator for all that we are and all that we have. May our sharing with one another embody the generosity made possible for us by the Giver of the original gift.
Philip Foubert

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 Monday, November 23, 2009

To the preacher who kept saying, "We must put God in our lives,"
the Master said, "He's already there. Our business is to recognize this.''
Anthony De Mello, S.J.

Sirach 12:1-2

If you do good, know for whom you are doing it, and your kindness will have its effect. Do good to the just man and reward will be yours, if not from him, from the LORD.

A Daily Dose Sunday, November 22, 2009

The goal of religion is not to necessarily get us into heaven--but to get heaven into us.

Colossians 1:15, 18

"Christ is the visible likeness of the invisible God ... He is the head of his body, the church; he is the source of the body's life."


A Daily Dose Saturday, November 21, 2009

Let us implore the Lord to preserve us from yielding to any strong passion, and particularly to anger. Saint Alphonsus Liguori

Ecclesiastes 7:9

Do not in spirit become quickly discontented, for discontent lodges in the bosom of a fool.

A Daily Dose Friday, November 20, 2009

I do not pray for success, I ask for faithfulness.
Mother Teresa

Luke 12:37-38

Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes; truly, I say to you, he will gird himself and have them sit at table, and he will come and serve them. If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them so, blessed are those servants!


A Daily Dose Thursday, November 19, 2009

Lord, show us the way to accept today as a sign of your kingdom; lighten our hearts so that we may focus on you.

Luke 13:18:19

What is the kingdom of God like? To what can I compare it?

It is like a mustard seed that a person took and planted in the garden. When it was fully grown, it became a large bush and 'the birds of the sky dwelt in its branches.'"

A Daily Dose Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Divine mercy is always available; it awaits the hour of our conversion. Oh ineffable heart of divine mercy! God persecutes faults but protects sinners.

Saint Odo of Cluny

Exodus 15:26

"If you really listen to the voice of the LORD, your God," he told them, "and do what is right in his eyes: if you heed his commandments and keep all his precepts, I will not afflict you with any of the diseases with which I afflicted the Egyptians; for I, the LORD, am your healer."


A Daily Dose Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Saint Teresa's Bookmark

Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing dismay you
All things pass.
God never changes.
Patience attains.
All that it strives for.
He who has God
Finds he lacks nothing:
God alone suffices.

Luke 6:36-38
Be compassionate just as your Father is compassionate. Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and there will be gifts for you: a full measure, pressed down, shaken together, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap; because the standard you use will be the standard used for you.’

A Daily Dose Monday, November 16, 2009

Lord, give me grace to be prayerful

Lord, let me find comfort in the knowing that all is as it was in the beginning, is now and forever shall be.
"Things do not change; we change."
Henry David Thoreau

1 Corinthians 10:13

No trial has come to you but what is human. God is faithful and will not let you be tried beyond your strength; but with the trial he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to bear it.


A Daily Dose Friday, November 13, 2009

God witnesses to my character. He sees into my heart and knows the purpose of my actions. Saint Josaphat Kuncevyc

Matthew 16:24

Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.’

A Daily Dose Thursday, November 12, 2009

Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone. G.B. Stern

Luke 17:15-19

And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. He was a Samaritan. Jesus said in reply, "Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?" Then he said to him, "Stand up and go; your faith has saved you."


A Daily Dose Wednesday, November 11, 2009

'Hope is hearing God's music in the future. Faith is dancing to it today.'

Jim Horsley, retired Blue Angels pilot

Psalm 25:1-4

I wait for you, O LORD; I lift up my soul to my God. In you I trust; do not let me be disgraced; do not let my enemies gloat over me.

No one is disgraced who waits for you, but only those who lightly break faith.

Make known to me your ways, LORD; teach me your paths.

A Daily Dose Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Word Became Flesh

Jesus is the Word. In Greek, Jesus is the logos, the cause or reason for everything that exists.
Jesus existed in the beginning. Before time began, Jesus was.
Jesus was with God. Although Jesus is divine Himself, He exists in a Trinitarian relationship with God the Father.
Jesus is God. He contains all the attributes and characteristics of God the Father.
Jeremy Cagle

John 1:1-5

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.


A Daily Dose Monday, November 9, 2009

The happiest people are those who've found a way to serve; The unhappiest are those who haven't even begun to search. Anonymous

1 John 2:17

The world and everything in it that people desire is passing away; but who does the will of God lives forever.

A Daily Dose Sunday, November 8, 2009

God is only asking us to give up a few of the many gifts He showers on us every day. Msgr. Paul Whitmore

1 Kings 17:13-16

Elijah said to her, "Do not be afraid. Go and do as you propose. But first make me a little cake and bring it to me. Then you can prepare something for yourself and your son.
For the LORD, the God of Israel, says, 'The jar of flour shall not go empty, nor the jug of oil run dry,
until the day when the LORD sends rain upon the earth.'"
She left and did as Elijah had said. She was able to eat for a year, and he and her son as well; the jar of flour did not go empty, nor the jug of oil run dry, as the LORD had foretold through Elijah.


A Daily Dose Saturday, November 7, 2009

That believers in the different religions, through the testimony of their lives and fraternal dialogue, may clearly demonstrate that the name of God is a bearer of peace. Pope Benedict XVI

Romans 12:17-21

Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all.

If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God;for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.’ No, ‘if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

A Daily Dose Friday, November 6, 2009

As important as history and tradition is to our Church, our faith is not a museum exhibit filled with long-dead specimens, stuffed and propped up to show what the 'real thing' looks like. Our Church is and must be alive and real, and that means filled with fragile, weak and sinful humans.

Steve Givens

Matthew 6:9-13

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.

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.


A Daily Dose Thursday, November 5, 2009

What I gave, I have; what I spent, I had; what I kept, I lost. Epitaph

Luke 6:38

Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you

A Daily Dose Wednesday, November 4, 2009

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 afflictionRichard Cecil

Romans 12:11-12

Do not grow slack in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.

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


A Daily Dose Tuesday, November 3, 2009

When all seems futile, remind us Lord, that we have you.

Isaiah 43:1-2

Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name: you are mine. When you pass through the water, I will be with you; in the rivers you shall not drown. When you walk through fire, you shall not be burned; the flames shall not consume you.

A Daily Dose Monday, November 2, 2009

A friend of God is the one who lives in communion with all that is natural and free from sin and who does not neglect to do what good he can.Saint John Climacus

Matthew 28:19-20

Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.


A Daily Dose Sunday, November 1, 2009

Saints are persons who make it easier for the others to believe in God. Nathan Soderblum

1 John 3:1-3

See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are.
The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
Everyone who has this hope based on him makes himself pure, as he is pure.


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