Daily Reflections

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Simplicity of a Dove

Jesus the Lord, expects us to have the simplicity of a dove (see MT 10:16). This means giving a straightforward opinion about things in the way we honestly see them, without needless reservations. It also means doing things without double-dealing or manipulation, our intention being focused solely on God.  Each of us then, should take care to behave always in the spirit of simplicity, remembering that God likes to deal with the simple, and that He conceals the secrets of heaven from the wise and prudent of this world and reveals them to little ones.

– St. Vincent de Paul

 

Becoming a Sister: God Moments

POVERTY AS A WAY TO GOD

Poverty as a way to God

Poverty is an easy way to God. Poverty is the mother of humility. It is as difficult to preserve humility amid riches as purity in the midst of delights and luxury. Poverty sets free. When a person delights in and gloats over his possessions, in reality he limits, even loses his freedom. The mania of riches has enslaved him.  He is lowered in status, being no longer the owner but the owned. He has subordinated himself to his goods. Such servile subjection become evident in the fever that dominates him and the anguish that racks him when he loses some of his possessions. In short, true liberty is not found except in voluntary poverty.

– St. Anthony of Padua

Picture Yourself as a Sister

THE BETTER PART

Jesus, Better Part

Jesus entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.” The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.”

Luke 10:38-42

God Meets Us Where We Are

ENDURANCE

Daily reflection

You need endurance to do the will of God and receive what he has promised.  “For, after just a brief moment, he who is to come shall come; he shall not delay. But my just one shall live by faith, and if he draws back I take no pleasure in him.” We are not among those who draw back and perish, but among those who have faith and will possess life.

Hebrews 10:36-39

 

Deepening Your Relationship with God

Bless the Lord

Bless the Lord

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all within me, the holy name of God.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and never forget all God’s benefits.

It is the Lord who forgives all your sins,
who heals everyone of your ills,
who redeems your life from the grave,
who crowns you with love and compassion,
who fills your life with good things,
renewing your youth like an eagle’s.

Bless the Lord, all you angels of heaven,
mighty in power, fulfilling God’s word,
who heed the voice of God’s word.

Bless the Lord, all you hosts,
you servants, who do God’s will.
Bless the Lord, all you creatures,
in every place of God’s domain.
Bless the Lord, O my soul!

Psalm 103: 1-5, 20-22

In Presence of Angels

I thank you, Lord, with all my heart;
you have heard the words of my mouth.
In the presence of the angels I praise you.
I bow down toward your holy temple.

I give thanks to your name
for you have exalted over all
your name and your promise.
On the day I called, you answered me;
you increased the strength of my soul.

The Lord is high, yet looks on the lowly,
and the haughty God knows from afar.
You give me life though I walk amid affliction;
you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes.

With your right hand you save me;
the Lord will accomplish this for me.
O Lord, your merciful love is eternal;
discard not the work of your hands.

Psalm 138: 1-3, 6-8

 

How do I pray – Deepening your relationship with God.

How I Love Your Law

Prayer

O Lord, how I love your law:
my meditation all the day!
Your command makes me wiser than my foes,
for it is with me always.

I have more insight than all who teach me,
for I ponder your decrees.
I have gained more understanding than my elders,
for I keep your precepts.

I keep my feet from every evil path,
to obey your word.
I have not turned away from your decrees;
you yourself have taught me.

How sweet is your promise to my tongue,
more than honey in the mouth.
I gain understanding from your precepts,
and so I hate all false ways.

Psalm 119:97-104

MEDITATION

Padre Pio on meditation

One who never meditates, is like a person who never looks in the mirror; therefore, not knowing that they are untidy, they goes out looking disorderly. The person who meditates and directs their thoughts to God, Who is the mirror of of their soul, tries to know their faults, attempts to correct them, moderates their impulses, and puts their conscience in order.

– St. Padre Pio, Feast Day – September 23

LOVE IS…

Water lily, love in nature

Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, [love] is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth.  It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails.

– 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a

QUIET CONSCIENCE

daily refection at sunset

I can’t go to bed with a quiet conscience if during the day I’ve missed any chance, however slight, of preventing wrongdoing or helping to bring about some good.

– St. Maria Crocifissa di Rosa

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