Today’s Reflection July 9

How should we regard life as we go through it? We are immortal: independent of time and space. This life is but a sort of outward stage on which we act for a time. We should consider ourselves to be in this world as players are in a game; and this life is as different from our real existence as a dream differs from waking. And yet it is a serious dream as we are judged by our actions. And so the spiritual man goes through life doing his actions for God’s sake. It is this view of life that removes from us all surprise and disappointment that this life is so incomplete. . . The one desire which should move us all is the desire to see God face to face.

– St. John Henry Newman

Today’s Reflection July 8

It is only when God withdraws his help and leaves the proud man to his own devices, that it becomes evident what a man is worth without God . . . Humility is a supernatural virtue by which we lovingly recognize our true value in God’s eyes, and are disposed to render him due recognition for all the good we find in ourselves . . . We are the soil in which Christ grows; his roots will only pick out from us what is in accordance with his Father’s will – and therefore it depends upon us to decide whether by doing the will of God we are to be absorbed by Christ and are to enter into life – or to be left by him in the exterior darkness of our own will. – Fr. Eugene Boylan, O.C.S.O.

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Today’s Reflection July 7

Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door at which a man must knock. Such grace is costly because it calls us to follow, and it is grace because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ. It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life. It is costly because it condemns sin, and grace because it justifies the sinner. Above all, it is costly because it cost God the life of his Son: You were bought at a price – and what has cost God much cannot be cheap for us. God did not reckon his Son too dear a price to pay for our life, but delivered him up for us. Costly grace is the Incarnation of God.

– Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Today’s Reflection July 6

You who are beyond time, Lord, you know what you are doing. You make no mistakes in your distribution of time to men. . .But we must not lose time, waste time, or kill time, for time is a gift that you give us. . .The time that you give me, the years of my life, the days of my years, the hours of my days, they are mine to fill and to offer to you. I am not asking you Lord for time to do this and then that, but your grace to do conscientiously, in the time that you have given me, what you want me to do.

– Father Michel Quoist

Today’s Reflection July 5

It is important to have a daily time of prayer to Jesus. That is your part. It is up to Jesus then to give the grace to make your time fruitful. And no doubt he sometimes does so by making us feel empty. We do not know the workings of God. We have put forth the effort and that is what Jesus loves. Success or failure is up to him, and we really don’t know in prayer what success or failure is. I do not use my time trying to figure out where I am on the spiritual journey. I don’t worry about myself at all. I just praise Jesus and thank him. The older I get, the more mysterious life is. I cannot begin to figure it out, or what God is doing with me. I don’t understand myself. I never will. It is vain to try to explain the unexplainable and the attempt is consuming time that could be used in giving glory to God. I look on myself simply as a little vigil light trying to burn faithfully. My little flicker of light is praising God. That is what life is for.

– Father Rawley Myers

Today’s Reflection July 4

Jesus showed me a robe which he called, “the robe of innocence.” It was whiter than snow. He put it on me saying, “With this, I am taking from you forever all ill will.”. . .Then, opening to me his adorable Heart and putting me within it, he said, “This will be the place of your present and continual dwelling.” Since then I have always seen and found myself in this lovable Heart in a way I do not know how to explain, unless by saying that sometimes it was as though I were in a beautiful garden with flowers growing all around; at other times like a minnow in a vast ocean, or like gold being purified in a crucible. But usually it is like a furnace of pure love.

– St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Today’s Reflection July 3

Humility is perpetual quietness of heart. It is to have no trouble. It is never to be fretted, or vexed, or irritated, or disappointed. It is to expect nothing, to wonder at nothing that is done to me, to feel nothing done against me. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me. And when I am blamed and despised, it is to have a blessed home within myself, where I can go in and shut the door, and kneel to my Heavenly Father in secret, and be at peace, as in a deep sea of calmness, when all around and about is trouble.

– Thomas T. Carter

Today’s Reflection July 2

Look at the trees of the forest. See how sturdy and beautiful they are, how tall they grow, and how smooth is their bark. Yet when we plant a garden, we prefer other kinds of trees, such as pomegranate and olive trees. This is because we want trees that bear fruit. We are the trees which God has planted in his garden. He is not concerned at how sturdy and beautiful we are, at how tall we grow, or at how smooth our skin is. As trees in his garden, he is concerned only that we bear fruit. And the fruit which he wants us to bear is spiritual: peace and love, faith and gentleness, patience and self-control, generosity and loyalty . . . He has planted us on this earth not for our own sakes, but for his glory; and we can only glorify him by the spiritual fruits that grow in our souls.

– St. John Chrysostom

Today’s Reflection July 1

I always recall that wonderful phrase of St. Paul, This is the will of God, your sanctification . . . It does not only mean that it is God’s will we should be holy, but that our holiness will be the doing of his will. God’s will is shown to us in many ways. We are born into this world, and the will of God is around us – even before our birth. We are born surrounded by the will of God and that will is now going to be our sanctification. God’s will is manifested to us even by what we are ourselves. We are not angels. Had we been angels, our eternity would have been settled by one act. We are human beings with that strange wedlock between body and soul. That is the will of God. Our very body is the will of God, and our sanctification depends on our accepting the will of God with regard to our body and our soul. Do not think, dear children in Jesus Christ, do not think that it is always easy to do the will of God.– Father Vincent McNabb, O.P.

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Today’s Reflection June 30

We should attach no importance either to the events of this life or to material things; they are the dreams of a night spent at an inn, and will vanish as quickly as images seen in dreams, leaving no more traces than they do . . . We must see things as they are, in the great light of the faith which illumines our thoughts with daylight so bright that we see things with an eye very different from that of poor souls tied to the world. Like faith itself, the habit of seeing things in the light of faith raises us above the mists and mud of this world. At every moment of our lives, in time and in eternity, we must live by faith, believing in what grace leads us to hope for, expecting to possess it in glory, loving Him who will be “our infinite reward.”

– Blessed Charles de Foucauld