Today’s Reflection April 21

God himself says: I have loved thee with an everlasting love . . . He is our Savior; that is something that must never be forgotten. And it is as our Savior, that he enters into partnership with us. In fact, it is by that very partnership that he saves us. He comes to us full of perfect knowledge and unlimited love. He knows exactly what we are, and he knows exactly what our life will be. He knows all our defects and weaknesses, those that are natural to us, those that are the result of circumstances, and those that are the result of our own sins. He knows all that has happened or will happen to us. He knows all that might have been done for us or by us, but which has been neglected. He knows all our mistakes and all our sins; He knows all our misfortunes and all our miseries. He knows all these things in advance, but being the perfect Lover, he comes with the power of God to heal all these ills. He is perfectly prepared to repair our life completely if we do not prevent him.

– Father Eugene Boylan, O.C.S.O.

Today’s Reflection April 20

Before the tabernacle: Lord, I want to thank you for your presence in this house, the house of your Father, and for dwelling within it, so as not to be distant and hidden from us with the Father and the Spirit, but rather to remain among us as the way that leads to the Father . . . Lord, you know how weak and distracted we are and how we consider everything else more important than you; but again and again you guide us back to this place where you dwell in order to change us.

– Hans Urs von Balthasar

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Today’s Reflection April 19

Being holy means living exactly as our Father in heaven wants us to live. You will say that it is difficult. It is. The ideal is a very high one. And yet it is also easy. It is within our reach. When a person becomes ill, there may be no appropriate medicine. But in supernatural affairs, it is not like that. The medicine is always at hand. It is Jesus Christ, present in the Holy Eucharist, and he also gives us his grace in the other sacraments which he established. Let us say again, in word and in action: “Lord, I trust in you. Your ordinary providence, your help each day, is all I need.”

– St. Josemaría Escrivá

Today’s Reflection April 18

I come before you, Lord, the least of your people, lonely and poor, frail and weak, damaged by failure and fault, lost, uncertain, and insecure – a small fool, big with desire, timidly and reverently remembering your mercy, desiring your steadfast love. You come to me with a robe of integrity, covering me with truth and love. . .You reach out your hand in healing, showing me the right path, guiding me in the way of truth.

– Sister Joan McNamara

Today’s Reflection April 17

To the ancient Hebrews, life meant far more than the period between conception and death. Life was what proceeded from loving and obeying God. And death was not just that which followed the last breath on earth. To the ancient Hebrews, death was the rejection of the living God. Seek the Lord and you will live, the prophet Amos tells the people. And, conversely, isolate yourself from the love of the Lord, and you will join the living dead. The point is that you and I are not genuinely alive because we are not medically dead. We are genuinely alive when our actions are full of love and understanding and intelligence and heart. To be genuinely alive, we must experience God. It is not enough to know about God. We must know him, experience him. We can only know him and experience him through love. The first letter of John states, Whoever does not love, does not know God . . .When we consider all things through the love of Christ, we are alive in Christ. St. Paul puts it this way, For to me, to live is Christ. Today we pray for the strength to be fully alive, and the grace to choose the life of Christ.

– Father Joseph Pellegrino

Today’s Reflection April 16

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. 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.

– Father Eugene Boylan, O.C.S.O.

Today’s Reflection April 15

I trust in you, Lord, but keep helping me in my many moments of distrust and doubt. They are there and will be every time I turn my eyes, ears or hands away from you. Please Lord, keep calling me back to you, by day and by night, in joy and in sadness, during moments of success and moments of failure. Never let me leave you. I know you walk with me. Help me walk with you today, tomorrow and always.

– Henri J.M. Nouwen

Today’s Reflection April 14

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 April 13

Our humanity is called to be transformed by God, our hearts of stone into hearts of flesh, so that the ecstasy of life, light, and love becomes ours. . .Then Jesus reveals to his disciples that he is the new temple where God resides. . .After that Jesus does not lead his followers to a school of learning but to people in pain. He reveals to them the compassion in his own heart toward the poor, the broken, the oppressed, and how he comes to bring them life and hope: a good news. He takes them first to a poor woman. . . who is alone and lonely and who feels guilty; she has lived already with five different men. Then they meet a poor father, crushed by pain; his little boy is dying. Then they go to the local psychiatric hospital or asylum, the pool of Bethesda, where “there were crowds of sick people: blind, lame, and paralyzed.” I myself have visited many such places in our world; they are the places where all the unwanted are dumped. I am touched that this is one of the first places Jesus brings his disciples to, so that they may meet people who are broken, rejected, and in pain, and discover how he sees them, is close to them and loves them. Then the disciples begin to experience their own hearts opening up in compassion.

– Jean Vanier

Today’s Reflection April 12

Jesus has done ninety-nine percent of what is necessary to make us saints. He is quite prepared to do the other one percent, but we will not let him. What did he cry for over Jerusalem? How often I would have gathered your children together, as a hen gathers her young under her wings, but you would not let me (Luke 13:34). That is our trouble. We will not be gathered under his wings. We want to be big fellows. We want to have something big on our tombstone: “This man did so and so.” We will not trust our Lord. We will not accept the truth about our weaknesses and admit that we need our Lord. In every other walk of life, progress is associated with independence. The more competent you are, the more independent you are. The one exception is the spiritual life. The more you progress in the spiritual life, the more completely dependent you become on God.

– Father Eugene Boylan, O.C.S.O.

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