Posted by: livingscripture | July 9, 2018

Reflection for a new week

Morning Offering

JULY 9, 2018

“Young people need the light of watchful guides to lead them on the path of salvation.”
— St. John Baptist de la Salle

  MEDITATION OF THE DAY

“Heaven is the birth-place and home of love. Its blessed inhabitants love much, love forever, and love only what is worthy of love. Joseph, however, was blessed by anticipation, for he passed all his days in the exercise of divine love, and lived a life of love upon earth. The Evangelists do not record a single word of this great saint; he observed, indeed, a marvelous silence. Not, however, an ungracious silence. The silence of ordinary men, as well as their irrepressible flow of words, is often merely selfish. But Joseph’s silence and his speech were alike prompted and regulated by the law of charity … His words, indeed, were never superfluous, for they had their source in love, but they were also ruled by his will, not forced from him as the expression of his feelings.”
— Edward Healy Thompson
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Posted by: livingscripture | July 8, 2018

SUNDAY REFLECTION

Morning Offering

JULY 8, 2018

“All the things in this world are gifts of God, created for us, to be the means by which we can come to know him better, love him more surely, and serve him more faithfully.”
— St. Ignatius of Loyola

  MEDITATION OF THE DAY

“Without doubt, Jesus Christ could have abolished pain at a single stroke, and, by virtue of the infinite grace of the Redemption, restored man to the state of complete, unmixed bliss that he enjoyed in the paradise of innocence. He did not so wish. He judged that, for some, suffering would be a source of merit, a gain, a source of glory, and a means of renewal and triumph; that, for the greater number, it would be a necessary expiation. He therefore maintained suffering, but purified, ennobled, and transfigured it by taking it upon Himself. He became the man of sorrows, virum dolorum, in the strict and absolute sense of these words.”
— Fr. Charles Arminjon
Posted by: livingscripture | July 7, 2018

Loving our Children

Morning Offering

JULY 7, 2018

“Love your children. In them you can see Baby Jesus. Pray for them a lot and every day put them under Holy Mary’s protection.”
— St. Gianna Molla
Posted by: livingscripture | July 5, 2018

THOUGHTS for TODAY

Morning Offering

JULY 5, 2018

“Let us never forget that if we wish to die like the saints we must live like them.”
— St. Théodore Guérin

  MEDITATION OF THE DAY

“He that sacrifices to God his property by alms-deeds, his honor by bearing insults, or his body by mortifications, by fasts and penitential rigours, offers to Him a part of himself and of what belongs to him; but he that sacrifices to God his will, by obedience, gives to Him all that he has, and can say: Lord, having given you my will, I have nothing more to give you.”
— St. Alphonsus Liguori
Posted by: livingscripture | July 4, 2018

REFLECTION FOR TODAY

Morning Offering

JULY 4, 2018

“We must pray literally without ceasing— without ceasing—in every occurrence and employment of our lives . . . that prayer of the heart which is independent of place or situation, or which is rather a habit of lifting up the heart to God as in a constant communication with Him.”
— St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

  MEDITATION OF THE DAY

“I pray that you will understand the words of Jesus, ‘Love one another as I have loved you.’ Ask yourself, ‘How has he loved me? Do I really love others in the same way?’ Unless this love is among us, we can kill ourselves with work and it will only be work, not love. Work without love is slavery.”
— St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Posted by: livingscripture | July 3, 2018

REFLECTION

Morning Offering

JULY 3, 2018

“All the way to heaven is heaven, because Jesus said, ‘I am the way.'”
— St. Catherine of Siena

  MEDITATION OF THE DAY

“I was sure that it was better for me to give myself up to your love than to give in to my own desires. However, although the one way appealed to me and was gaining mastery, the other still afforded me pleasure and kept me victim. I had no answer to give to you when you said to me, ‘Rise, you who sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ will enlighten you.’ When on all sides you showed me that your words were true, and I was overcome by your truth, I had no answer whatsoever to make, but only those slow and drowsy words, ‘Right away. Yes, right away.’ ‘Let me be for a little while.’ But ‘Right away—right away’ was never right now, and ‘Let me be for a little while’ stretched out for a long time.”
— St. Augustine, p. 152

AN EXCERPT FROM

Confessions of St. Augustine

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Posted by: livingscripture | July 2, 2018

GOOD MORNING DEAR GOD!

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Morning Offering

JULY 2, 2018

“Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.”
— St. Augustine

  MEDITATION OF THE DAY

“If you are thinking of becoming a Christian, I warn you, you are embarking on something which is going to take the whole of you, brains and all. But, fortunately, it works the other way around. Anyone who is honestly trying to be a Christian will soon find his intelligence being sharpened: one of the reasons why it needs no special education to be a Christian is that Christianity is an education itself.”
— C. S. Lewis, p. 78

AN EXCERPT FROM

Mere Christianity

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Posted by: livingscripture | June 30, 2018

Twelfth Saturday of Ordinary Time

 FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

Saturday June 30, 2018

     Week Twelve of Ordinary Time 

 WORD of the DAY 

When Jesus came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him.  And then a leper approached, did him homage, and said, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.”  He stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I will do it. Be made clean.” His leprosy was cleansed immediately. (Matthew 8:1-4)

 

 

How shall I live this Word?

Jesus comes down from the mountain and heals the sick, all those who come to Him with simple faith.  So too does the leper.  He is certain of the Messiah’s power and expects a miracle from him.  The Teacher responds immediately.  He stretches out His hand and touches him, saying, “I will do it.  Be made clean”.  Always present in the Lord Jesus is the will of salvation, of life, of purification.  Even for us, the miracle of healing our impurities, our weaknesses, our fears can happen.  It is enough to believe in His  mercy, in His love.  It is enough to let ourselves be touched from within, certain that the leprosy that oppresses us will be transformed into freedom and joy.

Today I will often repeat, My strength and my song is the Lord!

 The Voice of Madeleine Delbrel

We find that prayer is an action and action is a prayer.  It seems to us that truly loving activity is full of light.

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Posted by: livingscripture | June 29, 2018

SOLEMNITY OF SAINTS PETER AND PAUL

 FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

Friday June 29, 2018

     Week Twelve of Ordinary Time 

Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul Apostles

 WORD of the DAY 

He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”   Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”  Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood  has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.   And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it”.     (Matthew 16: 15-18) 

How shall I live this Word?

This time it is not Jesus who is questioned but He is the one who questions.  He wants to know the thoughts of His followers.  He wants to know what they really think of Him and what they have understood about Him in their depths.  Peter’s response is immediate.  It does not come from the ‘flesh and blood’ of the apostle, but from the Father with whom Jesus is in continual contact.

The Church is born from Peter’s declaration.  On the faith of a fisherman who speaks in the name of the Spirit, the grand history of the Christian community is opened that will traverse the centuries.  Peter becomes the foundation ‘stone’.  He has seen the invisible, what God has prepared for those who love Him.  And the Teacher continues to reveal Himself even to us who let ourselves be questioned by Him.

Like Samuel, called in the night by God, we respond: ‘Speak, Lord, Your servant is listening’.

 

The Voice of Cardinal Maria Martini

God among us reveals Himself as a hidden, servant God…a man who speaks with the simple people, in a situation of social and political insignificance that is truly scandalous.  There is not only the scandal of the Cross; there is the scandal of the entire life of Jesus.

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Posted by: livingscripture | June 28, 2018

Twelfth Thursday of Ordinary Time

 FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

Thursday June 28, 2018

     Week Twelve of Ordinary Time 

 WORD of the DAY 

Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.     (Matthew 7: 21) 

 

How shall I live this Word?

Matthew is among a community that is rich in enthusiasm and faith.  The Christians of Corinth prophesy, work exorcisms and miracles in the name of the Lord, but this is not enough.  The Good News of the Gospel must pass through daily life.  Yet again, the Teacher requires  a very real response to His teachings.  Those who want to follow Jesus must do so in a radical and total way.  The journey of the sequela is expressed in small daily steps and accomplishes God’s will, the one supreme desire of the Son and of all those who want to follow Him.  A faith that does not flourish in concrete life is worth nothing, it is dead.

In prayer I will offer Jesus my time, my life so that He may bless every instant of my day.

 The Voice of Roger Schultz, founder of Taize

 

A life of communion with God is not realized in dreams suspended between heaven and earth.  It is rooted in the concreteness of situations.  It assumes the contradictions of human life including that of contemporary society.

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