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A Daily Dose   Saturday, November 30, 2013


Are we hesitating to respond to Christ this Advent because we are waiting for just the right moment, those perfect circumstances that will allow us to be just as quick as Andrew? Sadly, we may discover that while we were waiting for that illusive moment, we failed to be attentive to the here and now invitations of everyday life, missing opportunities to respond with the generosity of a true follower of Christ.

Magnificat Collection


Matthew 4:19-20

He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him.

A Daily Dose   Friday, November 29, 2013


Every day, the choice is ours: who do we live to serve, God or self?


Luke 12:15

Then he said to the crowd, 'Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one's life does not consist of possessions.'

A Daily Dose   Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2013


The essence of the love of God will always consist not in feeling good, not in remembering or thinking or understanding or imagining, but exclusively in fulfilling God’s will at every moment of our lives and in submitting ourselves completely to this will.

St. Maximilian Kolbe


Psalm 100

A psalm of thanksgiving. Shout joyfully to the LORD, all you lands; serve the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful song. Know that the LORD is God, he made us, we belong to him, we are his people, the flock he shepherds.Enter the gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

A Daily Dose   Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them.

Every day begin the task anew.

St. Francis de Sales

 

Luke 17:6

He replied, "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it will obey you."

A Daily Dose   Tuesday, November 26, 2013


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.

Saint John Berchmans


Romans 8:28

We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.

A Daily Dose   Monday, November 25, 2013


God shapes the world by prayer. The more prayer there is in the world, the better the world will be.

E.M. Bounds


Hebrews 4:16

So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.

A Daily Dose   Sunday, November 24, 2013


True piety is a treasure at every age and in all conditions of life. It knows how to adapt to the demands of family and society, and to make itself lovable to all.

Blessed Maria Anna Sala

 

John 15:7

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you.

A Daily Dose   Saturday, November 23, 2013


Of course we cannot bring about an experience of God through our own efforts. Such can only be given to us. It is sheer gift. But when we wait with open hands and undefended heart, God DOES come. We do experience God's presence. We have God's word on it.

Peter G. Van Bremen

 

Jeremiah 29:13-14

When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart, you will find Me with you, says the Lord

A Daily Dose   Friday, November 22, 2013


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

John F. Kennedy

 

1 John 3:18

Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth.

A Daily Dose   Thursday, November 21, 2013


Prayer enlarges the heart until it is capable of containing God's gift of Himself.

Mother Teresa

 

Ecclesiastes 3:12

I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives.

A Daily Dose   Wednesday, November 20, 2013


This is the first day of rest of your life.

Cause even in the dark, you can still see the light.

It's gonna be all right.

Love will hold us together... it will make us a shelter to weather the storm.

Matt Maher

 

2 Corinthians 4:5-6

For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness’, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

A Daily Dose   Tuesday, November 19, 2013


For us all, however, the cross is the crown of victory. It has brought light to those blinded by ignorance. It has released those enslaved by sin. Indeed, it has redeemed the whole of mankind!

St. Cyril of Jerusalem

 

John 9:5

While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

A Daily Dose   Monday, November 18, 2013


Humility is the virtue that requires the greatest amount of effort.

St. Rose Philippine Duchesne

 

Ephesians 4:2-3

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

A Daily Dose   Sunday, November 17, 2013


Going to church doesn't make you a believer or a Catholic or a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

 

James 2:17-22, 26

So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead. Indeed someone might say, “You have faith and I have works.” Demonstrate your faith to me without works, and I will demonstrate my faith to you from my works.

You believe that God is one. You do well. Even the demons believe that and tremble. 

Do you want proof, you ignoramus, that faith without works is useless?Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered his son Isaac upon the altar?You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by the works.

For just as a body without a spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

A Daily Dose   Saturday, November 16, 2013


But you, Jesus, deigned to grant me the priceless familiarity of your friendship by opening to me in every way that most noble casket of your divinity, which is your divine Heart, and offering me in great abundance all your treasures contained in it.

St. Gertrude the Great

 

Colossians 3:15

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

A Daily Dose   Friday, November 15, 2013


If your desire and aim is to reach the destination of the path and home of true happiness, of grace and glory, by a straight and safe way then earnestly apply your mind to seek constant purity of heart, clarity of mind and calm of the senses. Gather up your heart’s desire and fix it continually on the Lord God.

St. Albert the Great

 

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, on your own intelligence do not rely; In all your ways be mindful of him, and he will make straight your paths.

A Daily Dose   Thursday, November 14, 2013


If we swear by the Gospel, we are proven to love both the testator and the testament itself and we indicate beyond all doubt that we do not wish to depart from His commandments.

Pope Saint Nicholas

 

Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."

A Daily Dose   Wednesday, November 13, 2013


I care only about the will of God, about doing it well, in the present moment.

Blessed Chiara Badano

 

Isaiah 43:18-19

Do not remember the former things,    or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

A Daily Dose   Tuesday, November 12, 2013


Lord, keep me moving closer to you.

We are never stationary on the path to God. Our prayer changes.

Sacred Space

 

Luke 15:7

I tell you, in just the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance.

A Daily Dose   Monday, November 11, 2013


Veterans’ Day

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.

Reverend Billy Graham

 

Psalm 29:11

May the LORD give might to his people; may the LORD bless his people with peace!

A Daily Dose   Friday, November 8, 2013


To spend much time in prayer is to knock with a persistent and holy fervor at the door of the one whom we beseech. This task is generally accomplished more through sighs than words, more through weeping than speech.

St. Augustine

 

Psalm 25:1-2

To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul, my God, in you I trust; do not let me be disgraced; do not let my enemies gloat over me.

A Daily Dose   Thursday, November 7, 2013


Be Still and Know that I am God

Be Still and Know

Be Still

Be

 

Psalm 46:11

“Be still and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, exalted on the earth.”

A Daily Dose   Wednesday, November 6, 2013


I'm a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.

Blessed Mother Teresa

 

1 John 4:16-17

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. In this is love brought to perfection among us, that we have confidence on the day of judgment because as he is, so are we in this world.

A Daily Dose   Tuesday, November 5, 2013


We need no wings to go in search of Him but have only to find a place where we can be alone, and look upon Him present within us.

St. Teresa of Avila

 

Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."  

A Daily Dose   Monday, November 4, 2013


God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.

St. Augustine

 

1 John 4:7-10

Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God, and he who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God; for God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins.

A Daily Dose   Sunday, November 3, 2013


Compassion, my dear Brother, is preferable to cleanliness.

St. Martin de Porres

 

Daniel 9:9-10

But to the Lord, our God, belong compassion and forgiveness, though we rebelled against him and did not hear the voice of the LORD, our God, by walking in his laws given through his servants the prophets.

A Daily Dose   Saturday, November 2, 2013


God has a time for everything, a perfect schedule. He is never too soon, never too late. The when of His will is as important as the what and the how.

Richard C. Halverson

 

1 Thessalonian 1:2-5

We give thanks to God always for all of you, remembering you in our prayers, unceasingly, calling to mind your work of faith and labor of love and endurance in hope of our Lord Jesus Christ, before our God and Father, knowing, brothers loved by God, how you were chosen. For our gospel did not come to you in word alone, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with much conviction. You know what sort of people we were among you for your sake.


A Daily Dose   Friday, November 1, 2013


Come, O my dear soul to eternal repose in the arms of my goodness, which has prepared eternal delights for you.

St. Francis de Sales

 

Luke 24:1-5

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!