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A Daily Dose Saturday, October 31, 2009

Feel that…trust Me. Am I not leading you safely, faithfully? Will you believe Me, your Master, that all this is really to bring the answer to your prayers? God Calling

Luke 6:12

Jesus went up to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God.


A Daily Dose Friday, October 30, 2009

If there are any rainbows in heaven, my mother, all by herself, will have one. Carolyn B. Robinson

1 Corinthians 4:5

Therefore, do not make any judgment before the appointed time, until the Lord comes, for he will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will manifest the motives of our hearts, and then everyone will receive praise from God.

A Daily Dose Thursday, October 29, 2009

"With the same zeal, enthusiasm and fervor that I started this day, I now turn toward home. My spouse and children deserve a husband and father/wife and mother who is happy to see them, someone who is filled with energy, happiness and joy. I refuse to drag across the threshold weary, worn out and beaten down by the day's activities." Germaine Copeland

Philippians 2:5

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.


A Daily Dose Wednesday, October 28, 2009

That which God commands seems difficult and a burden. The way is rough; you draw back; you have no desire to follow it. Yet do so and you will attain glory. St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria

Luke 6:12-16
Jesus went up to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God.
When day came, he called his disciples to himself, and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles:
Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called a Zealot, and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.

A Daily Dose Tuesday, October 27, 2009

There's a wideness in God's mercy I cannot find in my own
And He keeps His fire burning to melt this heart of stone
Keeps me aching with a yearning keeps me glad to have been caught
In the reckless raging fury that they call the Love of God

Oh the love of God and oh, the love of God... the Love of God

The Love of God Rich Mullins

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 Monday, October 26, 2009

Faith is the foretaste of the knowledge that will make us blessed in the life to come. St. Thomas Aquinas

Hebrews 12:1-2

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith.

A Daily Dose Sunday, October 25, 2009

The greatest single cause of atheism in the world is Christians who acknowledge Christ with their lips, then walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable. Brennan Manning

James 2:14-18

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well," but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it?

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.


A Daily Dose Saturday, October 24, 2009

"We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls.Mother Theresa

Romans 1:20

"Ever since the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made. So they are without excuse."

A Daily Dose Friday, October 23, 2009

Sometimes we are "gifted" in prayer with the tenderness of God's presence. When this happens, we simply savor the "gift" gently allowing God to hold us lovingly, as a loving mother holds her child.

James 4:8

Come near to G od and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.


A Daily Dose Thursday, October 22, 2009

To pray to God, to obey the will of God, to labor for the glory of God, are the principal obligations of man toward his Creator St. Ignatius of Loyola

Psalm 37:4

Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.

A Daily Dose Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Romans 6:12

Sin must not reign over our natural bodies.

A choir of amateur voices was singing, "Carry me back to old Virginny."

A lady in the audience began to weep. The person next to her said, "Are you from Virginia?"

"No," she said, "I'm a musician."

Sometimes God must feel the way the woman felt. God must weep at how we're singing the song of life, compared to how he intended for us to sing it. How might I better sing God's song of life as he intended it to be sung?

Psalm 14:2-3

The Lord looks down from heaven to see if there are any who are wise. But they've all gone wrong; they are all equally bad. Not one of them does what is right.


A Daily Dose Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I will attempt day by day to break my will into pieces. I want to do God's Holy Will, not my own! St. Gabriel, Passionist Priest

Matthew 4:18-20

As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen.

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 Monday, October 19, 2009

Strive for Strength

Faith will not be restored to the West because people believe it to be useful. It will return only when they find that it is true. Barbara Ward

Luke 13: 22-30

He passed through towns and villages, teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, "Lord, will only a few people be saved?" He answered them, "Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough. After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door, then will you stand outside knocking and saying, 'Lord, open the door for us.' He will say to you in reply, 'I do not know where you are from.' And you will say, 'We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.' Then he will say to you, 'I do not know where (you) are from. Depart from me, all you evildoers!' And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God and you yourselves cast out. And people will come from the east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the kingdom of God. For behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last."


A Daily Dose Sunday, October 18, 2009

Creator God, help me in my search for religious meaning. Enlighten my mind that I may know what you want of me. Give me courage that I may be able to carry out your will. I ask this in the name of Your Son, Jesus. Amen.

Psalm 62:6-9

Only in God is my soul at rest, for from God comes my hope. God only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be disturbed. With the Lord is my safety and my glory, God is the rock of my strength; my refurge is in God. Trust in the Lord at all times, O my people! Pour out your heart before God; God is our refuge.

A Daily Dose Saturday, October 17, 2009

The Work is God's; I am His worker; God began it. For God I shall continue it. God wanted this Work done. He obliged me to do it. God will provide. Blessed Alfonso Maria Fusco

Romans 4:16

For this reason, it depends on faith, so that it may be a gift, and the promise may be guaranteed to all his descendants, not to those who only adhere to the law but to those who follow the faith of Abraham, who is the father of all of us


A Daily Dose Friday, October 16, 2009

We are only here for a time, everything should be directed to the eternal life and we are here only to do God's will. Don't worry about tomorrow, worry will never change it. Let us not be presumptuous; God decided tomorrow years ago.Venerable Solanus Casey

2 Timothy 1:7-8

For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control.

So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord, nor of me, a prisoner for his sake; but bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God.

A Daily Dose Thursday, October 15, 2009

The only failure that is truly tragic--not to try and fail, but to fail to try. Anonymous

God gave me the privilege of being an apostle to lead people of all nations to believe.

Romans 1:5-6

Through him we have received the grace of apostleship, to bring about the obedience of faith, for the sake of his name, among all the Gentiles, among whom are you also, who are called to belong to Jesus Christ


A Daily Dose Wednesday, October 14, 2009

STABAT MATER (A Prayer to Share Mary's Sorrows)
FriarJacoponi da Todi

At the cross her station keeping, Stood the mournful Mother weeping, Close to Jesus to the last.
Through her heart, His sorrow sharing, All His bitter anguish bearing,

Now at length the sword had pass'd.

Oh, how sad and sore distress'd Was that Mother highly blest

Of the sole-begotten One !
Christ above in torment hangs; She beneath beholds the pangs

Of her dying glorious Son.

Is there one who would not weep, Whelm'd in miseries so deep

Christ's dear Mother to behold ?
Can the human heart refrain From partaking in her pain,

In that Mother's pain untold?

Bruis'd, derided, curs'd, defil'd, She beheld her tender child

All with bloody scourges rent.
For the sins of His own nation, Saw Him hang in desolation,

Till His spirit forth He sent.

O thou Mother! fount of love! Touch my spirit from above;

Make my heart with thine accord.
Make me feel as thou hast felt; Make my soul to glow and

melt With the love of Christ our Lord.

Holy Mother! pierce me through; In my heart each wound renew

Of my Saviour crucified.
Let me share with thee His pain, Who for all my sins was slain,

Who for me in torments died.

Let me mingle tears with thee, Mourning Him who mourn'd for me,

All the days that I may live.
By the cross with thee to stay, There with thee to weep and pray,

Is all I ask of thee to give.

Virgin of all virgins best, Listen to my fond request

Let me share thy grief divine.
Let me, to my latest breath, In my body bear the death

Of that dying Son of thine.

Wounded with His every wound, Steep my soul till it hath swoon'd

In His very blood away.
Be to me, O Virgin, nigh, Lest in flames I burn and die,

In His awful Judgment day.

Christ, when Thou shalt call me hence, Be Thy Mother my defense,

Be Thy cross my victory.
While my body here decays, May my soul Thy goodness praise,

Safe in Paradise with Thee.

A Daily Dose Tuesday, October 13, 2009

“Lord, I want to know the power of your resurrection. Fill me with the fire of your Spirit so that I can be the light of the world for my brothers and sisters.”

Romans 1:16

I am not ashamed of the Gospel.
It is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes


A Daily Dose Monday, October 12, 2009

The cost of being a disciple is big; the cost of not being one is bigger still.

Romans 1:5–6

Through Christ Jesus we have received the grace of apostleship, to bring about the obedience of faith, for the sake of his name, among all the Gentiles, among whom are you also, who are called to belong to Jesus Christ. . . .

A Daily Dose Sunday, October 11, 2009

Strength through God

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

Carlo Maria Martini SJ

Philippians 4:13

I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me.


A Daily Dose Saturday, October 10, 2009

Lord, instill in us the true hope we need to endure. And on those days when all appears hopeless, just maybe, may I receive a reminder that it is not.

Romans 15:4

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

A Daily Dose Friday, October 9, 2009

Today I pray that those struggling for direction find it

Looking back, it’s difficult for me to understand how I could have maintained such a fragmented existence for so long without caving in to its incoherence and lack of central commitment. Life was a blur — I was popping from one activity to another without a moment’s hesitation to reflect and consider my overall life direction. Joseph Jaworski

2 Corinthians 7-10

And to keep me from being too elated by the abundance of revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to harass me, to keep me from being too elated. Three times I besought the Lord about this, that it should leave me; but he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities; for when I am weak, then I am strong.


A Daily Dose Thursday, October 8, 2008

"I call it the big question. As far as I'm concerned, it's the only question. It is the ultimate question: God, what do you think I should do?" Matthew Kelly

Matthew 6: 11-12

Give us today our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

A Daily Dose Wednesday, October 7, 2009

How am I doing?

How hard is it for me to see beyond my world and my own troubles.

When I dig others out of a trouble, I find a place to bury my own.

Author unknown

Malachi 3:17-18

"On that day you'll see the difference in fate between the just and the wicked.


A Daily Dose Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Are you praying what you are saying or just saying what you are praying?

What greater calamity can fall upon a nation than the loss of worship?
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Matthew 7:13-14

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

A Daily Dose Monday, October 5, 2009

The gospel speaks eternal truths in an ever-changing world. Methods will tear or burst if we try to fit the new things that God is doing into the old. To say, "This is the way that we've done it before" becomes an old wineskin or garment fast.
Our responsibility is to see what God is doing in our generation and do the best that we can to facilitate new methods for truths that never change.
Dave Whitehead

Luke 5:36-39

He told them this parable: "No one tears a patch from a new garment and sews it on an old one. If he does, he will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, 'The old is better.' "


A Daily Dose Sunday, October 4, 2009

O Blessed Lord, we thank You for reminding us through the Eucharist that You are ever ready to give Your life to us, to make us one with You now and forever in glory. Amen. Marie Bocko, OCDS

Isaiah 32:17

And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance forever.

A Daily Dose Saturday, October 3, 2009

Have confidence in the Providence that so far has never failed us. The way is not yet clear. Grope along slowly. Do not press matters; be patient, be trustful. With Jesus, what shall we have to fear?

Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

Jude 1:20-22

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.

On those who waver, have mercy


A Daily Dose Friday, October 2, 2009

Today we must translate the words of Scripture into deeds, and instead of speaking saintly words, we must act them. St. Jerome

Romans 10:14

How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?

A Daily Dose Thursday, October 1, 2009

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o'er the plains,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains.

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Hebrews 1:14

"What are angels, then? Theyare spirits who serve God andare sent by him to help those who are to receive salvation."


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