Daily Reflections

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ANSWERING THE CALL

Dear Mary, my Mother and my Sister, as you said ‘yes’  to bear the incarnate One, help me to say ‘yes’ and always be a bearer of Jesus.  As I go out in service, may I receive Christ in others and together may we proclaim the greatness of the Lord.

-Sisters Of Bon Secours Prayer Book, “Hidden Gifts”

 

HAPPINESS

Happiness is not in us, nor is happiness outside of us.  Happiness is in God alone.  And if we have found him, then it is everywhere.

–Blaise Pascal

UNITED IN FAITH

God says: I have willed that one should need another and that all should be my ministers in distributing the graces and gifts they have received from me.

–St Catherine of Siena

CALLED TO SOLITUDE

In a world that victimizes us by its compulsions, we are called to solitude where we can struggle against our anger and greed and let our new self be born in the loving encounter with Jesus Christ.  It is in this solitude that we become compassionate people, deeply aware of our solidarity in brokenness with all of humanity and ready to reach out to anyone in need.

–Henri Nouwen, The Way of the Heart

EMBODYING GOD’S MERCY

Generous God, you empower us to be people of courage and of peace who embody your mercy.  Be with us every day as we seek to be your face of compassion.  Give us eyes to see the needs of those around us and hearts open to receive your spirit of healing and transforming love.

Sisters of Bon Secours Prayer Book, Volume II

 

To Be A Saint

All that is necessary to be a saint is to want to be one.  Don’t you believe that God will make you what He created you to be if you consent to let him do it?  All you have to do is desire it.

Thomas Merton quoting his friend Bob Lax in “The Seven Story Mountain”

 

UNITED AS ONE

Nowhere in the world has so great a miracle occurred as in that little stable in Bethlehem;

here God and man became one.

-Thomas A. Kempis

The Encounter With Grace

We have to put mercy before judgment, and in every case God’s judgment will always be in the light of his mercy. Let us abandon all fear and dread, for these do not befit men and women who are loved. Instead, let us live the joy of encounter with the grace that transforms all.”

– Pope Francis

BEAUTY AWAITS

I prefer winter and fall,

when you feel the bone structure of the landscape

– the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter.

Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.
– Andrew Wyeth

GRATITUDE

Gratitude is so close to the bone of life, pure and true, that it instantly stops the rational mind, and all its planning and plotting.

Regina Sara Ryan, Praying Dangerously

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