Today’s Reflection October 26

How does a lamp burn? Through the continuous input of small  drops  of oil. If the drops of oil run out, the light of the lamp will cease, and the bridegroom will say, “I do not know you” (Mt. 25:1-13). What are these drops of oil in our lamps? They  are  the small things of daily life: faithfulness, punctuality, small words of kindness,  a  thought  for others, our way of being silent. . . These  are  the  true  drops  of  love  that keep  your  religious life burning  like a  lively  flame. Do not  look for Jesus  away from yourselves. He is not out there; he is within you. Keep your lamp burning, and you will recognize him.
– Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Today’s Reflection October 25

Be recollected; whoever pours himself out on exterior things quickly loses the graces he has acquired. A full jewel box is always kept closed. Humility: Avoid all those words which can draw down on you glory, esteem, or the appreciation of others. Let us listen unwillingly (without interest or reflection) and with interior reluctance to the words of those who praise or condemn us. It is dangerous to listen to one’s own praise in the mouths of others. It makes one lose his good judgment. When others praise us let us keep our sins before our eyes. . .Never do anything so that men may see and esteem you. Never do anything out of human respect. Do everything perfectly, because you are working in God’s presence, for God and not for men. In every situation think more about loving than about working.

-St. Maximilian Kolbe

Today’s Reflection October 24

For three days I have been meditating on the story of the prodigal son. It is a story about returning. I realize the importance of returning over and over again. My life drifts away from God. I have to return. My heart moves away from my first love. I have to return. My mind wanders to strange images. I have to return. Returning is a lifelong struggle…Even if we return because we could not make it on our own, God will receive us. God’s love does not require any explanations about why we are returning. God is glad to see us home and wants to give us all we desire, just for being home…So why delay? God is standing there with open arms, waiting to embrace me. He won’t ask any questions about my past. Just having me back is all he desires.
– Henri Nouwen

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Today’s Reflection October 23

“Let us make an unconditional surrender of self to God, and seek to do a little more for him than is strictly required. Let us say, “Lord, you are enough for me; you and your cross.” The cross in some form or other will always be with us. It may come from our superiors. It may come from our brethren. It may come from our body or our soul. Certainly it will come from ourselves for our self-love is our greatest cross. But let us bear all crosses cheerfully, and thank God for each.”

– Father Frederic Dunne, O.C.S.O.

Today’s Reflection October 22

All that the friends of Christ did for him in his lifetime, we can do . . . We do it by seeing Christ and serving Christ in friends and strangers, in everyone we come in contact with . . . He said that a glass of water given to a beggar was given to him. He made heaven hinge on the way we act toward him in his disguise of commonplace, frail, ordinary humanity . . . And to those who say, aghast, that they never had a chance to do such a thing, that they lived two thousand years too late, he will say again what they had a chance of knowing all their lives, that if these things were done for the very least of his brethren, they were done to him.

– Dorothy Day

Today’s Reflection October 21

Whatever the work with which you have been entrusted, as a religious, as a layperson, it is a means for you to put your love for God in a living action, in an action of love. Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. So if I want to know how much I love Christ, if I want to know if I am really in love with God, then I have only to look at how I do the work he has entrusted to me – how much love I put into the doing of that work. You see, it is not the work in itself that is our vocation. Our vocation is to belong totally to Jesus. What you are doing, I may not be able to do. What I am doing, you may not be able to do. But all of us together are doing something beautiful for God.

– Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Today’s Reflection October 20

God stands at the center of our lives just as Jesus stands at the center of the Gospel story. Jesus is the source of the gift of healing, but he is easily forgotten. He does not force himself into the lives of the ten lepers. Only one of them makes the connection between his good fortune and the role Jesus plays in it, and he is the one you would least expect to make it. The story of the ten lepers . . .teaches us that not only do most people forget who they are, but that the one who remembers is someone whom we think can teach us nothing. And yet in the story, he is the only one who shines. He is the only one with real insight into life. God is central to our personal story, but he is easily forgotten. God will not usually overwhelm us. Jesus portrays God as knocking at the door of our lives, waiting to enter. He will not come uninvited.

– Father Brendan Freeman, O.C.S.O.

Today’s Reflection October 19

Bless us in all we think and do, seeking to know the light of your truth, Lord, and to taste of your love. The world is too much with us; help us to get nearer to you and to the things and thoughts that die not, evermore. You have promised that you will hear and answer the prayers of your children in their needs. Save us from ourselves at all times, O God, and keep us for your kingdom.

– Lauchlan Maclean Watt



Today’s Reflection October 18

St. Paul teaches that this life of ours is like traveling abroad from our home country. He says, As long as we are in the body, we are traveling away from the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:6). Since we are still traveling in a foreign land, we ought to keep in mind what our home country is – that country to which we must hasten by turning our backs on the attractions and delights of this life. This homeland toward which we travel is the only place where we can find true rest because God does not wish us to find rest anywhere else. The reason is simple: if God gave us perfect rest while we were still abroad, we would find no pleasure in returning home.

– St Augustine

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Today’s Reflection October 17

Slowly we begin to discover the treasures in silence. We hear the word of God in the milieu of silence. Out of that milieu, God spoke one word through which the world was created and redeemed. We are quietly receptive to this word and through it we gradually learn to be attentive to truth. What whets the appetite for spiritual nourishment? It is silence. When we become aware of this, a time for silence in our daily lives becomes essential. . . Meister Eckhart (14th century Christian mystic) wrote: “There is nothing more like God than silence.” We become content with the silence of God outside or inside of prayer. Through and in silence, we stand still before God and we find the beauty of his reality. The silence of God’s love is too great for any expression. The book of Wisdom tells us, When night was at its deepest point and all was stilled and silent, your word oh Lord, came down. To this word we listen, respond to love, and live and listen again.-Carolyn Humphreys

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