Daily Reflections

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WISDOM

True wisdom, then, consists in works, not in great talents, which the world admires; for the wise in the world’s estimation…are the foolish who set at naught the will of God, and know not how to control their passions.

– St. Bridget of Sweden

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Sing with Harp

O sing a new song to the Lord,
who has worked such wonders,
whose right hand and holy arm
have brought salvation.

The Lord has made known salvation,
has shown deliverance to the nations.
God has remembered faithful love
and truth for the house of Israel.

All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation of our God.
Shout to the Lord, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song,
and sing out your praise.

Sing psalms to the Lord with the harp,
with the harp and the sound of song.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn,
raise a shout before the King, the Lord.

– Psalm 98: 1-6

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The Lord Forgives

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 every one 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.

The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in love,
not always finding fault,
nor persisting in anger forever.
God does not treat us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our faults.

– Psalm 103: 1-5, 8-10

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Give Me Your Strength

Oh my Jesus, give me Your strength when my weak nature rebels against the distress and suffering of this life of exile, and enable me to accept everything with serenity and peace. With my whole strength I cling to Your merits, Your sufferings, Your expiation, and Your tears, so that I may be able to cooperate with You in the work of salvation. Give me strength to fly from sin, the only cause of Your agony, Your sweat of blood, and Your death. Destroy in me all that displeases You and fill my heart with the fire of Your holy love and all Your sufferings. Clasp me tenderly, firmly, close to You that I may never leave You alone in Your cruel Passion. I ask only for a place of rest in Your Heart. My desire is to share in Your agony and be beside You in the Garden. May my soul be inebriated by Your love and fed with the bread of Y0ur sorrow. Amen.

– St. Padre Pio

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The Lord Opened My Mind

Then the Lord opened my mind and senses to the nature of my unbelief so that I may – however late – remember my sins and turn with all my heart to the Lord my God. He turned His attention to my abject humility and took pity on my youth and ignorance. He watched over me and protected me before I knew Him and before I was wise enough to distinguish between good and evil. He strengthened and comforted me as a father consoles a child.

– St. Patrick of Ireland

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Voice of Praise

O peoples, bless our God;
let our voice of praise resound,
to the God who gave life to our souls
and kept our feet from stumbling.

Burnt offering I bring to your house;
to you I will pay my vows,
the vows which my lips have uttered,
which my mouth declared in my distress.

Come and hear, all who fear God;
I will tell what God has done for my soul.
To the Lord I cried aloud,
with exaltation ready on my tongue.

Had I cherished evil in my heart,
the Lord would not have listened.
But truly God has listened,
and has heeded the voice of my prayer.
Blest be God, who did not reject my prayer,
nor withhold from me faithful love.

Psalm 66: 8-9, 13-14, 16-20

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Also Chosen

Brothers and sisters: in Christ we were also chosen, destined in accord with the purpose of the One who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will, so that we might exist for the praise of his glory, we who first hoped in Christ.  In him you also, who have heard the word of truth, the Gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, which is the first installment of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s possession, to the praise of his glory.

Ephesians 1:11-14

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Love For God

We cannot separate love for God from love for man. We acknowledge God easily, but our brother? Those with whom we do not identify in his background, education, race, complexion. We could not have imagined that love for God could be so hard.

– St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)

 

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Turn Your Ear, O LORD

Turn your ear, O Lord, and answer me,
for I am poor and needy.
Preserve my soul, for I am faithful;
save the servant who trusts in you, my God.

Have mercy on me, O Lord,
for I cry to you all the day long.
Gladden the soul of your servant,
for I lift up my soul to you, O Lord.

O Lord, you are good and forgiving,
full of mercy to all who call to you.
Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer,
and attend to my voice in supplication.

In the day of distress, I will call to you,
and surely you will answer me.
Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord,
nor works to compare with yours.

Psalm 86: 1-8

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