Today’s Refletion October 11

One of the most important things you can do to improve your spiritual life and your mental health is to fill your mind with uplifting thoughts. If you hold on to hurtful memories, they will only make you sick. You have a choice. You can reject them. Decide firmly that you will not let the past drag you down. Turn to the Lord and ask for help. Pray for the grace to come into the present moment. You don’t have to work endlessly through the toxic effects of the past. Once you decide to change, the process can begin. St. Teresa of Avila used to repeat to herself over and over, “Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing cause you fear. God is unchanging. God will suffice.” With the Lord at your side, you can do all things. Remember the words of Jesus, I have told you all these things that your joy may be full (John 15:11).

– Father John Catoir

Today’s Reflection October 10

How are we to be reborn and become whole? By finding our true center which is God, finding God in all things, and the desire for God in all desires, and so beginning to live the life of worship instead of the life of self-worship. But this in its turn implies a precedent turning away from the false self, an acknowledgment of our essential insufficiency; and because of our state of sin, an acknowledgment of our need of a Savior without whom we cannot, in our bondage, turn away from ourselves . . . We find God by realizing, in the first place, our need of God, as a child realizes its need of a father.

– Father Gerald Vann, O.P.

 

Today’s Reflection October 9

Jesus, friend of a lonely heart, you are my haven, you are my peace. You are my salvation. You are my serenity in moments of struggle and amidst an ocean of doubts. You are the bright ray that lights up the path of my life. You are everything to a lonely soul. You understand the soul even though it remains silent. You know our weaknesses, and like a good physician, you comfort and heal, sparing us sufferings. Amen

– St. Faustina Kowalska

 

Today’s Reflection October 8

To do things for God, to serve him – that will follow naturally from our love. It is possible to serve God by reminding ourselves that he is our Creator and we ought to do his will unquestioningly. Or we can serve him by reminding ourselves that he is our King and that any homage which we offer to him is only his right. But the best way of all is to serve him because he is our Friend, because we want to profess our love for him by our actions. That is what God made us for, his human creatures, to be his friends, his personal friends.

– Monsignor Ronald Knox

Today’s Reflection October 7

God is waiting to love man and to work with him. And the success of man’s life depends on his finding God. Can God be found? He calls to man in the world; but the world itself is noisy, distracting and seductive. Many men in the world are concerned only with amusing themselves while waiting for death, while others, unknowing but proud, are convinced that they will somehow be able to eternalize their earthly happiness . . . If we are faithful in our meetings with Christ in daily events, little by little he will enlighten us and we will see more clearly. For Christ is less hidden than we think. Our eyes are simply not accustomed to looking at him through the darkness of our senses. Jesus Christ calls us . . . We have only to respond freely to the Savior’s daily invitation.

– Father Michel Quoist

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Today’s Reflection October 6

The Holy Spirit has been sent into our hearts, awakening us to the Father’s call for us to be one with him in Christ. The very love that unites the Father and the Son stirs within us, and with unutterable groanings inflames the will to seek no other gratification than perfect communion with God . . . Because I am blind, I do not see this touch of love that has claimed my heart. Because my faith is weak, I doubt the power that has been awakened within me. Because I am confused by all my compromises and attachments, I continue to delay in embracing the wisdom of surrendering completely to this touch. But God never gives up on me. He continues to renew in unexpected ways, my awareness of his presence within and around me, calling me to union.

– James Finley

Today’s Reflection October 5

Only in God is man capable of living fully. Without God he is permanently sick. His sickness affects both his happiness and his capacity for happiness. . .In order to be capable of leading a full life, man must stand in a certain relationship to God and obey certain rules. And the capacity for true happiness and joyful living is also dependent on certain conditions of human life, on a serious attitude toward God. When life does not unfold in communion with God, it becomes grey and sordid, calculating and joyless. How must we live in order to be, or to become capable of happiness? The question is one which ought to occupy us now more than ever before. Man should take his happiness as seriously as he takes himself. And he ought to believe God and his own heart when, even in distress and trouble, he has an intuitive feeling that he was created for happiness.

– Father Alfred Delp, S.J.

Today’s Reflection October 4

The Word of God is sacramental. That means it is sacred, and as a sacred word, it makes present what it indicates . . . When we say that God’s Word is sacred, we mean that God’s Word is full of God’s presence. 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 . . . When Jesus joins us on the road and explains the scriptures to us, we must listen with our whole being, trusting that the Word that created us will also heal us. God wants to become present to us and thus radically transform our fearful hearts.

– Henri J.M. Nouwen

Today’s Reflection October 3

I am the vine and you are the branches . . . and everyone that beareth fruit, he will purge it that it may bring forth much fruit (John 15:1-2). This purging or pruning action of the Father is what disconcerts us. We see an orchard in full bloom, and what has a more delicate charm? And yet those flowers must disappear if the branches are to bring forth fruit. There are many flowers in our life that seem of great value to us. In God’s sight they are only flowers, and in his mercy, he removes them that we may yield him fruit . . . The whole trouble is that, literally, we do not know what is good for us; and what makes the trouble still worse is that we think we do. We have our own plans for our happiness and too often we merely regard God as somebody who will help us to accomplish them. The true state of affairs is just the opposite. God has his plans for our happiness, and he is waiting for us to help him to accomplish them. And let us be quite clear about it, we cannot improve on God’s plans. Once a man has realized that God wills his happiness and that all that happens to him is ruled and regulated by God with infinite wisdom and power toward that end, and that all God asks of him is to cooperate with that loving will of his, then that man has found the beginning of peace.

– Father Eugene Boylan, O.C.S.O.