Today’s Reflection November 29

Being holy means living exactly the way 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 has 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.” We do not have to ask God to perform great miracles. Rather, we have to beg him to increase our faith, to enlighten our intellect, and strengthen our will.

– St. Josemariá Escrivá

Today’s Reflection November 28

To say God is within us is to say that we are transcendent. . .He is our center, our term, our completion. . .We must be born again of the Spirit. Without the Spirit we remain flesh which cannot know God. The evolution of the butterfly is a marvelous image of what is meant here. The caterpillar must be “born again.” It must receive an impetus to enable it to be transformed into a butterfly. But it has with it, in its caterpillar state, all the potential for this. Nothing new is added; what is already there is developed. So it is with us. God is our beloved in truth now, but will be so even more truly after long and generous effort and correspondence with his action. Then we are no longer our own, but his.
– Sister Ruth Burrows

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Today’s Reflection November 27

What a sad thing it is to see that most people never even bother to think about the reason for their existence, but live as if they believe themselves created only to build houses, plant trees, cultivate the garden, pile up wealth, or do frivolous things. Consider your own past life. Say, “Lord, what was I thinking of when I was not thinking of you? Whom did I love when I was not loving you?”

– St. Francis de Sales

Today’s Reflection November 26

May your love draw down upon you the mercy of the Lord, and may he let you see that within your soul a saint is sleeping. I shall ask him to make you so open and supple that you will be able to understand and do what he wants you to do. Your life is nothing; it is not even your own. Each time you say “I’d like to do this or that,” you wound Christ, robbing him of what is his. You have to put to death everything within you except the desire to love God. This is not at all hard to do. It is enough to have confidence and to thank the little Jesus for all the potentialities he has placed within you. You are called to holiness, like me, like everyone. Don’t forget.

– Jacques Fesch

 

Today’s Reflection November 25

What precisely is our purpose? If we do not know the answer, we are wearing ourselves out for nothing. A traveler without a route suffers all the exhaustion of his journey and gets nowhere. The aim of our journey is the kingdom of God, the kingdom of Heaven. And our purpose must be purity of heart, for without this, no one will gain the kingdom. Let us fix our mind on purity of heart; this will plot our path and enable us to run straight ahead, confident of where we are heading. And if our thoughts sometimes stray, let us return to this purity at once. This one aim will set us on a straight path, so that all our effort will contribute to our single goal.

– John Cassian

Today’s Reflection November 24

For most people, daily life in the secular world is the place where transformation in Christ is worked out. Like the Pharisee, one can be in religious life and not be transformed. So, what is it that makes the difference between the daily transformed life and the religious untransformed life? It’s the hidden action of the Kingdom of God that works not so much through external circumstances as through a radical change in our attitudes. This is what transformation is. It is not going on pilgrimage or entering a special state of life. It is how we live where we are and what we do with those circumstance.

– Father Thomas Keating, O.C.S.O.

Today’s Reflection November 23

In all trouble, you should seek God. . . .God can only relieve your troubles if you in your anxiety cling to Him. Trouble should not really be thought of as this incident or that in particular, for our whole life on earth involves trouble; and through the troubles of our earthly pilgrimage we find God.

Saint Augustine

Today’s Reflection November 22

Remember that your soul is a temple of the living God. The kingdom of God is within you. Night and day let your aim be to remain in simplicity and gentleness, calmness and serenity, and in freedom from created things, so that you will find your joy in the Lord Jesus. Love silence and solitude, even when in the midst of a crowd or when caught up in your work. Physical solitude is a good thing, provided that it is backed up by prayer and a holy life, but far better than this is solitude of the heart, which is the interior desert in which your spirit can become totally immersed in God, and can hear and savor the words of eternal life. With great purity of intention, aim in everything to do what pleases God. Always remain faithful to God and genuinely accept whatever he wishes.

– St. Paul of the Cross

 

Today’s Reflection November 21

Prayer never touches us as long as it remains on the surface of our lives, as long as it is nothing but one more of the thousand things that must  be done. It is only  when  prayer becomes “the one thing necessary” that real prayer begins . . . We are  called  upon  to live Christ’s life. We are called into the desert . . . We are called to face God alone in the night of our own solitude. We are called to die with Jesus, in order to  live  with him. We are asked to lose all, to be emptied out, in order to be filled with the very fullness of God . . . Christianity is much more than an  expression of brotherly  love couched in religious terms. It is essential that each person make some kind of  personal  response to God in Christ.

– James Finley

 

 

 

Today’s Reflection November 20

Coming to Mass on Sunday is to come to make our alliance with God real. Each Sunday Mass is living the alliance that teaches me to respect God . . . Facing Him, I have to dethrone all of the idols that want to take God’s place in my heart: the idols of power, of wealth, of licentiousness – the idols of all of these things that separate men from God. Sunday has to be for us, the alliance with the Lord that is renewed.

– Archbishop Oscar Romero