Today’s Reflection September 26

I will live in the present moment and fill it with love. A straight line is made of millions of little points, one united with the other. My life, too, is made of millions of seconds and minutes united one with the other. If I arrange every single point perfectly, the line will be straight. If I live every minute perfectly, my life will be holy. The road of hope is paved with little steps of hope. The life of hope is made of brief minutes of hope . . .Every minute I want to sing with the whole Church – Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

– Father Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan

Today’s Reflection September 25

If you love truth, be a lover of silence. Silence, like the sunlight, will illuminate you in God and will deliver you from the phantoms of ignorance. Silence will unite you to God … More than all things, love silence. It is fruitful in a way that words cannot describe. In the beginning we have to force ourselves to be silent. But then there is born something that draws us to silence. May God give you an experience of this “something” that is born of silence.

– Isaac of Niniveh

Today’s Reflection September 24

In his “Final Testament” to his brothers, St. Francis of Assisi taught that part of conversion involves “leaving the world.” He said, “I tarried for a little while, and then I finally left the world.” Most of us are still tarrying. We haven’t left the world, and we don’t want to. We’ve partly embraced our Christian vocation, but we really haven’t immersed ourselves in Jesus Christ. In fact, sometimes we belong more to the world than to the kingdom of God…Many of us spend a good deal of our lives accumulating stuff. What the “stuff” is will differ from person to person. Yet at the end of our lives, it’s all finally the same junk. It piles up in bookcases, in garages, in boxes in the attic, in the secret places of our souls. As life’s evening sets in, we see the need to begin to detach. The things we’ve accumulated are distractions. They should become less and less important. We need to strip them away – the layers of our life – until, at the very end, all that is left is God and us.

– Archbishop Charles Chaput

Today’s Reflection September 23

September 23 – Feast Day of St. Pio of Pietrelcina

O Lord, we ask for boundless confidence and trust in your Divine Mercy, and the courage to accept the crosses and sufferings which bring immense goodness to our souls and that of your Church. Help us to love you with a pure and contrite heart, and to humble ourselves beneath your cross, as we climb the mountain of holiness, carrying our cross that leads to heavenly glory. May we receive you with great faith and love in Holy Communion, and allow you to act in us as you desire for your greater glory. O Jesus, most adorable Heart and eternal fountain of Divine Love, may our prayer find favor before the Divine Majesty of your Heavenly Father. Amen

– St. Pio of Pietrelcina

Today’s Reflection September 22

The Word of God is not a word to apply in our daily lives at some later date; it is a word to heal us through, and in our listening, here and now. The questions therefore are: How does God come to me as I listen to the Word? Where do I discern the healing hand of God touching me through the Word? How is my sadness, my grief and my mourning being transformed at this very moment? Do I sense the fire of God’s love purifying my heart and giving me new life? These questions lead me to the sacrament of the Word, the sacred place of God’s real presence.

– Henri Nouwen

Today’s Reflection September 21

Let us remind ourselves over and over again that holiness has to do with very ordinary things: truthfulness, courtesy, kindness, gentleness, consideration for others, contentment with our lot, honesty and courage in the face of life, reliability, dutifulness. . .If we were to offer advice to those who want to advance. . .it would be to set the compass, so to speak; to aim at this gathering up of the self so as to be able to give that self to God. This has nothing to do with a psychic awareness, it happens in day to day life. It involves constant watchfulness for the call of God so as to answer with an immediate “yes.” We miss countless opportunities when he is there offering himself because we don’t notice him, we are not really looking for him. This is where our attention should be – the whole of it – on noticing where he is, what he is asking now, not on spiritual states, stages, what happens to us when we are at prayer, what we feel of God and all the rest of it. What matters is that at every moment of our life we are there, waiting, receptive.

– Sister Ruth Burrows, O.C.D.

 

Today’s Reflection September 20

This morning during my hour of prayer, I tried to come to some level of abandonment to my Heavenly Father. It was a hard struggle, since so much in me wants to do my will, realize my plans, organize my future, and make my decisions. . . It is hard for me to say, “I shall gratefully accept everything, Lord, that pleases you. Let your will be done.” Charles de Foucauld once wrote a prayer of abandonment and said, “Father, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you. I am ready for all; I accept all.”. . .These are the words of a holy man and they show the way I must go. I realize I can never make this prayer come true by my own efforts. . . I know that my inner peace depends on my willingness to make this prayer my own.

– Henri Nouwen

 

Today’s Reflection September 19

We need silence. We need to be alone or together looking for God in silence. There it is that we accumulate the inward power by which we act, by which we do the smallest duty and by which we suffer the severest hardships that befall us . . . Once I was asked by someone what I consider the most important aspect of the training of the Sisters of our Order. I answered, “Silence,” – interior and exterior silence. Silence is essential in a religious house. The silence of humility, of charity, the silence of the eyes, of the ears, of the tongue. There is no life of prayer without silence. Silence, and then kindness, charity; silence leads to charity, and charity to humility.

– St. Teresa of Calcutta

Today’s Reflection September 18

Dr. Antonio Scarparo who had a medical practice in Padua was diagnosed with cancer. His doctor told him he had only three months to live. Giovanni, Dr. Scarparo’s brother visited Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo and told him the sad news. He asked Padre Pio to pray for his brother. Padre Pio said to Giovanni, “Jesus said that if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you can say to that mountain, be thou removed and it will be. Do you have that kind of faith, Giovanni?” “No, I do not have that kind of faith, but you do,” Giovanni replied. “That is why I am asking you to pray for my brother.” Around the same time Giovanni was speaking to Padre Pio, Dr. Bonomini in Padua was studying the results of Dr. Scarparo’s most recent x-rays. To his astonishment, there was no longer any cancer. When Giovanni heard the news, he went back to the monastery to thank Padre Pio. “Let us thank God,” Padre Pio said.

Today’s Reflection September 17

Silence is a necessity for a contemplative soul, and there can be no prayer without it. To each of us is given the obligation to make our cloister and our soul a house of prayer, the home of the Blessed Trinity, a sanctuary of God, where we may pass our life listening to him and learning all from him. Let us be watchful over interior silence, especially. We are all aware how easily a slight contradiction may call up a multitude of persons and things to occupy our minds. These are “intruders” we are letting into the sanctuary, causing us to lose sight of the Divine Guest therein and to lose precious time with things that in no way concern his glory. We must bring back our souls to silence and solitude as soon as such thoughts arise to disturb the peace of our interior sanctuary.

– Mother Aloysius of the Blessed Sacrament