Thursday, May 22, 2014

Finding God in all things

"Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of the one who sent me and to finish his work."  (John 4: 34)

"All that happens to me therefore will be food for my nourishment, water for my cleansing, fire for my purification, and a channel of grace for all my needs.  That which I might endeavor to find in other ways seeks me incessantly and gives itself to me through all creatures."  (John Pierre de Caussade, SJ)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Bearing abundant fruit

"I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing." (John 15:5)

Remain in Jesus through His word and prayer.

"We can only learn to know ourselves and do what we can - namely, surrender our will and fulfill God's will in us."  (Saint Teresa of Avila)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Seek ye first the kingdom and then ask

"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."  (Matthew 6: 33)

According to an apocryphal saying of our Lord, repeated by Origen, "Jesus said to his disciples, Ask great things, and the small shall be added to you; ask heavenly things, and the earthly shall be added to you."

"Father, make our faith strong and our hope sure.  May we never doubt that you shall fulfill the promises You have made." (Tuesday, 5th Sunday of Easter)

"Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe."  (St. Augustine)

Monday, May 19, 2014

Come and dwell in us O Holy Spirit!

"The Advocate, the holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name—he will teach you everything and remind you of all that [I] told you."  (John 14: 26)

O Promise of the Father, grant us the grace to faithfully and eagerly respond to the awesome gift of Your personal, passionate presence.  Amen!