Saturday, July 11, 2009

Help me to believe

"I tell you, therefore, everything you ask and pray for, believe that you have it already, and it will be yours." (Mark 11:24)

What do I pray for today?

  • Inspiration and power
  • Blessing and prosperity for the work of my hands
  • Protection from all evil and all anxiety

Jesus promises that if I believe they are mine already, they are mine. Lord, help me to believe.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Witnesses of Gospel Joy

"Father in heaven, form in us the likeness of your Son and deepen his life within us. Send us as witnesses of gospel joy into a world of fragile peace and broken promises. Touch the hearts of all men with your love that they in turn may love one another ……." (Opening Mass Prayer)

Form in us the likeness of Jesus.

Deepen His life within us.

Send us as witnesses of gospel joy to our families, friends and work places.

Touch our hearts with your love so that we can love others.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

All things obey God

"By the words of the Lord his works come into being and all creation obeys his will." (Sirach 42: 15)

All things obey God. (Psalm 119: 91)

I delight so much in this attribute of God. Whatever God wills, He accomplishes. I can trust Him.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

St. Augustine of Canterbury

"Father, by the preaching of St. Augustine of Canterbury, you led the people of England to the gospel. May the fruits of his work continue in your Church…" (Feast of St. Augustine of Canterbury)

God inspired and blessed the preaching of St. Augustine of Canterbury and used it to convert England.

"Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing." (John 15: 5)

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

One Shepherd

"I will look after my sheep, says the Lord, and I will raise up one shepherd who will pasture them. I, the Lord, will be their God." (Ezekiel 34: 11, 23-24)

God will always provide pasture for his flock.

One flock, one shepherd. One Church, one pastor.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Hunger for the Bread of life

"Lord, strengthen us with the bread of life. May we always imitate St. Philip by hungering after the sacrament in which we find true life…" (Communion Prayer in the feast of St. Philip Neri)

  • I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.

The Eucharist is one critical path to this abundance of life promised by Jesus Christ. The Eucharist strengthens our inner being. By diminishing and eventually eliminating desire for that which is material and transitory, it elevates that which is permanent, that is the true life in us.

We ask the Lord to increase our hunger for the Eucharist always.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Leaving everything for Christ

"I solemnly tell you: those who have left everything and followed me will be repaid a hundredfold and will gain eternal life." (Matthew 19: 27 – 29)

Lord, I believe in your promise. Help me to leave everything and follow you with all my heart.

You also promised:

"Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides." (Matthew 6: 33)

Lord, I also believe in this promise. Help me to seek you first in every thought word and deed. Let it be done to me according to your word.