Today’s Reflection August 1

We are called to love God above all things with our whole heart and soul and mind. . .Love is choosing. I have to choose to love God when my conscious being feels no attraction save for what is here and now desirable. . .I am loving much when I pour out my love over the feet of Jesus in his brethren. I have to bring before my mind all sorts of reasons for doing this. . .But there are other powerful incentives that perhaps have to precede the loving preoccupation with Jesus: consideration of the brevity of our life span, its mysteriousness, what it is for, its gravity, and the appalling danger of wasting it. All day long, if we take the trouble, we can glean in the field of our lives, abundant motives for surrendering ourselves to life’s whole meaning – God.

– Sister Ruth Burrows

Today’s Reflection July 31

We would envy our religious brothers and sisters if we too could “die to ourselves” a little more each day. However, for us, the tiny circumstances of life are faithful “superiors.” They do not leave us alone for a moment. When we surrender to them without resistance, we find ourselves wonderfully liberated from ourselves. From the moment we wake up, these circumstances take hold of us. It is the telephone that rings; it is the key that won’t work, the bus that doesn’t arrive or arrives full . . . It’s the daily routine, one chore that leads to another, some job we wouldn’t have chosen. It’s being cold, or being hot; it’s the headache or the toothache. For us, the ordinary people of the streets, obedience means bending to the ways of our times whenever they are not harmful . . . When we live with others, obedience also means we set aside our own tastes and leave things in the place others have put them. When we thus become accustomed to giving up our will to so many tiny things, we will no longer find it hard, when the occasion presents itself, to do the will of our boss, our husband, or our parents.

– Madeleine Delbrel

Today’s Reflection July 30

The kingdom of God is where man is in a state of grace and all things move in Divine order. Human needs are met by God’s abundance, human limitations are dissolved by God’s power, human rashness is tamed by God’s discipline – all this is part of the kingdom of God. . .Contact with God is the one thing that gives sense and satisfaction to our lives and God is always ready and waiting. . .The kingdom of God is grace, which is why we pray for it; but the grace of God so often stands at the door and knocks without finding anyone to open.

– Father Alfred Delp, S.J.

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Today’s Reflection July 29

If . . . you know your own need for mercy, then your eyes will be turned on God. You will be able to be the instrument of his own gift of pity, and so you will give new heart to others. You will not only console but strengthen and sustain. Happy are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. To obtain mercy, says St. Thomas, is more even than to have one’s fill, because it means that man receives more than he merited or was able to desire. If we have the sense of sin, we want God’s mercy; and to receive that is much indeed; but we need his mercy more than we want it, for we need it more than we can know. – Father Gerald Vann, O.P.

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Today’s Reflection July 28

“We are tempted to put our hope in a lot of things, and these begin to consume us. Some are good things. We place our trust in friends, in our reputation, in the just satisfaction that comes from a job well done. But you know the day will come when even those legitimate, good objects of trust will let us down. So if we put total trust in even these legitimate things, we will one day be disappointed. Is there anyone sadder than someone who put all his trust in the hope of career advancement and ends his years bitter and resentful? Even our friends will eventually move, or drift away, or let us down. . .We cherish them and need them but we cannot place all our hope in them either.

As rector at the North American College, I would tell first year men on the first day they arrived “You have left home, family, friends, security, predictability. Everything has changed but one thing – your faith in and relationship with Jesus Christ. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. And perhaps the genius of study here in Rome, away from all that is familiar and reliable, is to teach us that He and He alone is the ultimate source of our hope – to count on anything or anyone else in this life will ultimately lead to disappointment.” –Cardinal Timothy Dolan

Today’s Reflection July 27

In the course of this our earthly pilgrimage, the Lord leads us in his ways; either he gives us his hand to have us walk with him or he carries us in the arms of his Divine Providence. He holds us by the hand when he enables us to walk by the exercise of virtue; if he did not, we would not be able to walk at all on this blessed way. There is plenty of evidence that those who let go of his fatherly hand cannot take one step without falling and hitting the ground. Without a doubt, the good God wants to lead us, wants to help us on our way, but he also wants us to do our part by taking small steps in cooperation with his grace.

– St. Francis de Sales

Today’s Reflection July 26

Lord, shed upon our darkened souls the brilliant light of your wisdom so that we may be enlightened and serve you with renewed purity. . .May your resurrection, Jesus, bring true greatness to our spiritual self and may your Sacraments be the mirror wherein we may know that self. Savior, your Divine plan for the world is a mirror for the spiritual world; teach us to walk in that world as spiritual men.

– St. Ephrem

Today’s Reflection July 25

Let us not lament if we suffer from some natural defect of body or mind; from poor memory, slowness of understanding, little ability . . . or general bad health. What claim have we, or what obligation is God under, to give us a more brilliant mind or a more robust body? Who is ever offered a gift and then lays down the conditions upon which he will accept it? Who knows? Perhaps if God had given us greater talent, better health, a more personable appearance, we might have lost our souls. Great talent and knowledge have caused many to be puffed up with the idea of their own importance . . . How many, on the contrary, who, by reason of poverty, infirmity or physical deformity, have become saints and have saved their souls . . . But one thing is necessary and it is not beauty, not health, not talent. It is the salvation of our immortal souls.

– St. Alphonsus Liguori

Today’s Reflection July 24

Filling our minds with the memory of God and what he has done is one of the most important ways that we can experience his power to heal the hurts that reside in us, the ones we can’t shake. Keeping God in our memory can help us to forgive what seems unforgivable. It helps us bring an end to the sins that nag at us, the ones we can’t seem to control. It helps us when our burdens seem insurmountable. In all of these situations, God can use our memories to take us deeper into his heart, especially when we feel frustrated in our spiritual walk and distant from him. It’s one of the major ways he renews our minds, and that is why it is so important that we remember him. Put the memory of God and his mighty deeds in the forefront of your minds – along with the place your loved ones hold. Better yet, put the memory of God above everyone and everything else.

– Anonymous

Today’s Reflection July 23

Let us imagine that we are a brush in the hand of an infinitely perfect artist. What must a brush do to make the painting turn out most beautiful? It must allow itself to be guided as perfectly as possible . . . When Eternal Wisdom, God, uses us as an instrument, then we shall act most fruitfully . . . when we permit ourselves to be directed most perfectly and entirely.

– St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe