Today’s Reflection January 13

The modern world is spiritually ill. This illness is deep, deep down in the human heart, and no one but the living Christ can heal it. In order to heal the illness of our society, Christ must be known as the Divine Physician, if he is to work the miracles of restoring ailing souls to health, and even of raising dead souls back to supernatural life. But to whom should we proclaim Christ? Absolutely speaking, we should proclaim Christ to everyone, since the Lord’s mandate is clear enough. We are to make known the Good News to all creatures. We should proclaim Christ to everyone who enters our lives from this day to our dying day. Everyone.

– Father John Hardon

Today’s Reflection January 12

We need the greater and lesser hopes that keep us going day by day. But these are not enough without the great hope, which must surpass everything else. This great hope can only be God, who encompasses the whole of reality and who can bestow upon us what we, by ourselves, cannot attain . . . God is the foundation of hope. Not any god, but the God who has a human face and who has loved us to the end, each one of us and humanity in its entirety. His kingdom is not an imaginary hereafter, situated in a future that will never arrive; his kingdom is present wherever he is loved and wherever his love reaches us. His love alone gives us the possibility of soberly persevering day by day, without ceasing to be spurred on by hope, in a world which by its very nature is imperfect. His love is at the same time our guarantee of the existence of what we only vaguely sense and which nevertheless, in our deepest self, we await: a life that is “truly life.”

– Pope Benedict XVI

Today’s Reflection January 11

Remember that you have only one soul; that you have only one death to die; that you have only one life, which is short and has to be lived by you alone; and that there is only one glory, which is eternal. If you do this, there will be many things about which you care nothing.

– St. Teresa of Avila

Today’s Reflection January 10

The trouble with us is that we want to serve God in our own way and not in his, and according to our own will, not his. When he permits that we be ill, we want to be well; when he wills that we serve him in sufferings, we desire to serve him with works; when he wants us to exercise charity, we want to exercise humility; when he wants resignation from us, we want devotion, piety or some other virtue. And this, not because the things we want are more pleasing to him, but because they give us greater satisfaction. This undoubtedly is the greatest impediment to our perfection, because if we want to become saints according to our will, we will never become saints. In order really to become a saint it is best to do so according to God’s will.

– St. Francis de Sales

Today’s Reflection January 9

Little by little we are able to hear the still, small voice in the hurricane, the earthquake, or the fire. God is hidden in difficulties. If we can find him there, we will never lose him. Without difficulties, we do not know the power of God’s mercy and the incredible destiny he has for each of us. We must be patient with our failures. There’s always another opportunity unless we go ashore and stay there. A no-risk situation is the biggest danger there is. To encounter the winds and the waves is not a sign of defeat. It is a training in the art of living, which is the art of yielding to God’s action and believing in his love no matter what happens.

-Father Thomas Keating, O.C.S.O.

Today’s Reflection January 8

Death and eternity are the two faces of one great destiny. Nothing is in vain; nothing dies. Our life on earth is completed, crowned, and perpetuated in heaven. Earthly life is beautiful and worthy when it is lived in the service of God. All that is beautiful and good in us and around us on earth and in the universe is a mere pallid image of the kingdom of God. The higher one rises toward heaven, the more he understands the great mystery of life which has as its aim: goodness, happiness, God.

– Giorgio Berlutti

Today’s Reflection January 6

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 January 5

Let us visit Christ wherever we may be. Let us care for him, feed him, clothe him, welcome him, honor him – not only at a meal, as some have done, or by anointing him, as Mary did, not only by lending him a tomb, like Joseph of Arimathea did, or by arranging for his burial, like Nicodemus, not only by giving him gold, frankincense and myrrh, like the Magi did before all the others. The Lord of all asks for mercy and sacrifice, and mercy is greater. . . Let us then show him mercy in the persons of the poor and those who today are lying on the ground, so that when we come to leave this world, we may be received into an everlasting dwelling place, by Christ our Lord. Amen

– St. Gregory Nazianzen

Today’s Reflection January 4

Jesus, the name of Our Lord. . .shall be the first word I write in the New Year. The name stands for all the things I desire when I pray, believe and hope; for inner and outer redemption; for relaxation of all the selfish tensions and limitations I place in the way of the free dialogue with God. . . The name Jesus stands also for all that I intended to do in the world, and still hope to do among mankind. To save, to stand by ready to give immediate help, to have goodwill toward all men, and to serve them.

– Father Alfred Delp, S.J.






Today’s Reflection January 3

Grant me your grace, O most merciful Jesus, that your grace may be with me, and work with me, and remain with me to the very end. Grant that I may always desire and will that which is most acceptable and pleasing to you. Let your will be mine. . .Grant that I may die to all things in this world, and for your sake love to be despised and unknown in this life. Give me above all desires the desire to rest in you, and in you let my heart have peace. You are true peace of heart. You alone are its rest. Without you all things are difficult and troubled. In this peace, the selfsame that is in you, the Most High, the everlasting Good, I will sleep and take my rest. Amen.

– Thomas à Kempis