Today’s Reflection September 6

O Lord, what is the trust that I can have in this life, or what is my greatest solace among all things under heaven? Is it not you, my Lord God, whose mercy is without measure? When have things been well with me without you, and when have things not been well with me if you were present? I would rather be poor with you than rich without you. I would rather be with you as a pilgrim in this world, than without you in heaven. Where you are is heaven, and where you are not is both death and hell. You are to me, all that I desire, and therefore it is fitting for me to cry to you and heartily to pray to you. I have nothing save you to trust in that can help me in my necessity, for you are my hope, you are my trust, you are my comfort, and you are my most faithful helper in every need.

– Thomas à Kempis

Today’s Reflection September 5

Lord, don’t give me riches, don’t give me a long or a short life, don’t give me powers on earth that make one drunk with power, don’t give me the madness of idolatry of the false idols of this world. Cleanse me, Lord. Cleanse my intentions and give me the true wisdom of discernment, so that I may be able to distinguish between good and evil.

– St. Oscar Romero

 

Today’s Reflection September 4

Let us always keep before our eyes the fact that here on earth we are on a battlefield, and that in Paradise we shall receive the crown of victory; that this is a testing-ground, and the prize will be awarded up above; that we are now in a land of exile, while our true homeland is Heaven to which we must continually aspire.

– St. Pio of Pietrelcina

 

Today’s Reflection September 3

Loving Jesus means preferring him to everything else, longing to know him more and more, trying to be one with him all our lives in thought and action, loving our brothers in complete selflessness, and finally, and this is perhaps the surest sign, loving the cross and seeing the value of the suffering, self-sacrifice, and renunciation which should characterize our lives. That is what I wanted to tell you. It is the only thing I regard as important, because apart from loving God with our whole being, nothing matters.

– Father Rene Voillaume

Today’s Reflection September 2

God has called you into existence. He wanted to, he meant you to exist. He shaped a life for you, an environment, an education, circumstances, natural gifts, an eternal destiny. You were the subject of his loving forethought, no less deliberately than if you had been the only thing he had created. If God created you so deliberately, thought of you as an individual person, he thinks of you as an individual person still. The Almighty Power, whose word sways the whole of creation, makes you the subject of his loving regard . . . God cares about you as if he had nobody else to care for. God is to be thought of as a Person in a very practical sense – that he knows us, loves us, and does for us. And we are persons so that we may love him, serve him, and do things for him. That is what we are here for; that is our characteristic birthright as human beings.

– Monsignor Ronald Knox

Today’s Reflection September 1

Let us every day do our best to advance in God, and to be sparing with the transitory possessions we are going to leave behind us in this world. Let us pay attention to Abraham’s faith, because he was also our father. Let us imitate his devotion and faith. We are Christians, and strangers on earth. Let none of us be frightened; our native land is not in this world.
– St. Augustine

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Todays Reflection August 31

If we really loved the good God, we should make it our joy and happiness to come and spend a few moments to adore him, and ask him for the grace of forgiveness, and we should regard those moments as the happiest of our lives.
– St. John Vianney


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Today’s Reflection August 30

The best preparation I can make for death is to live the reality of the Paschal mystery as fully and as deeply as possible in union with Christ, because Christ will re-live that mystery in me at the hour of my death. If I am following the spirituality of the Paschal mystery, I expect to die and rise again many times in the course of my monastic life, in my daily tasks and duties, in unexpected events and circumstances, and in my life of interior prayer. . .I expect to have to let go and give up again and again, discovering a new richness of life each time. . .I will learn to trust more and more this Father into whose hands I shall one day, freely and gladly, hand over my life. On that day my final act of dying will be inserted irrevocably into the saving death and resurrection of Christ my Lord.

-Father Charles Cummings O.C.S.O.

Today’s Reflection August 29

Lord, Father, all-powerful and ever-living God, I thank you, for even though I am a sinner . . . not because of my worth but in the kindness of your mercy, you have fed me with the precious Body and Blood of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. I pray that this Holy Communion may not bring me condemnation . . . but forgiveness and salvation. May it be a helmet of faith and a shield of goodwill. May it purify me from evil ways and put an end to my evil passions. May it bring me charity and patience, humility and obedience, and growth in the power to do good. May it be my strong defense against all my enemies, visible and invisible, and the perfect calming of all my evil impulses, bodily and spiritual. May it unite me more closely to you, the one true God, and lead me safely through death to everlasting happiness with you. And I pray that you will lead me, a sinner, to the banquet where you, with your Son and Holy Spirit are true and perfect light, total fulfillment, everlasting joy, gladness without end, and perfect happiness to your saints. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen

– St. Thomas Aquinas

Today’s Reflection August 28

In his will is our peace. The will of the Savior is that we should help him in his work, becoming suffering servants with him. To the degree that we accept and generously live out this vocation, we shall find peace. However, peace exists at different levels and in various ways within us, for we are wounded in our human nature in ways that Jesus never was . . . “Take me, Lord, battered and half-drowned as I am, and use me. I belong to you for your redemptive work through your Church, the sacrament of salvation for the whole world.” This is now our prayer.

– Barbara Dent