"Be Still and know that I am God" 

- Psalm 46:10

 

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– For the greater glory of God

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Sunday
Aug022015

Daily Meditation – Loving enemies

"But to you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. To the person who strikes you on one cheek, offer the other one as well, and from the person who takes your cloak, do not withhold even your tunic. Give to everyone who asks of you, and from the one who takes what is yours do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. For if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do the same. If you lend money to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit (is) that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, and get back the same amount. But rather, love your enemies and do good to them, and lend expecting nothing back; then your reward will be great and you will be children of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as (also) your Father is merciful.

- Luke 6:27-36

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Saturday
Aug012015

Daily Meditation - The Universal Prayer

Lord, I believe in you: increase my faith.

I trust in you: strengthen my trust.

I love you: let me love you more and more.

I am sorry for my sins: deepen my sorrow.

 

I worship you as my first beginning,

I long for you as my last end,

I praise you as my constant helper,

And call on you as my loving protector.

 

Guide me by your wisdom,

Correct me with your justice,

Comfort me with your mercy,

Protect me with your power.

 

I offer you, Lord, my thoughts: to be fixed on you;

My words: to have you for their theme;

My actions: to reflect my love for you;

My sufferings: to be endured for your greater glory.

 

I want to do what you ask of me:

In the way you ask,

For as long as you ask,

Because you ask it.

 

Lord, enlighten my understanding,

Strengthen my will,

Purify my heart,

and make me holy.

 

Help me to repent of my past sins

And to resist temptation in the future.

Help me to rise above my human weaknesses

And to grow stronger as a Christian.

 

Let me love you, my Lord and my God,

And see myself as I really am:

A pilgrim in this world,

A Christian called to respect and love

All whose lives I touch,

Those under my authority,

My friends and my enemies.

 

Help me to conquer anger with gentleness,

Greed by generosity,

Apathy by fervor.

Help me to forget myself

And reach out toward others.

 

Make me prudent in planning,

Courageous in taking risks.

Make me patient in suffering, unassuming in prosperity.

 

Keep me, Lord, attentive at prayer,

Temperate in food and drink,

Diligent in my work,

Firm in my good intentions.

 

Let my conscience be clear,

My conduct without fault,

My speech blameless,

My life well-ordered.

Put me on guard against my human weaknesses.

Let me cherish your love for me,

Keep your law,

And come at last o your salvation.

 

Teach me to realize that this world is passing,

That my true future is the happiness of heaven,

That life on earth is short,

And the life to come eternal.

 

Help me to prepare for death

With a proper fear of judgment,

But a greater trust in your goodness.

Lead me safely through death

To the endless joy of heaven.

 

Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 - Attributed to Pope Clement XI

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Friday
Jul312015

Daily Meditation – Healing Power of God

One day as Jesus was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem , and the power of the Lord was with him for healing. And some men brought on a stretcher a man who was paralyzed; they were trying to bring him in and set (him) in his presence. But not finding a way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on the stretcher through the tiles into the middle in front of Jesus. When he saw their faith, he said, "As for you, your sins are forgiven." Then the scribes and Pharisees began to ask themselves, "Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who but God alone can forgive sins?" Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them in reply, "What are you thinking in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Rise and walk'? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins''--he said to the man who was paralyzed, "I say to you, rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home." He stood up immediately before them, picked up what he had been lying on, and went home, glorifying God. Then astonishment seized them all and they glorified God, and, struck with awe, they said, "We have seen incredible things today."

- Luke 5: 17-26

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Thursday
Jul302015

Daily Meditation – The Way Things Are

Consider that God continues to shape and mold all things at each moment. Not in the general but in the specific such as our birth, parents, gifts, etc. We are created out of love meaning that God wants to share love with us and for us to do the same to others. In calling us to live out our special characteristics and gifts, God planted an original purpose in our lives. That purpose is concrete expression of God’s hopes in and for me. To fulfill that purpose is to manifest God’s power at work. In this lifeworld of ours, we live among created things that either help or hinder in the fulfillment of that purpose and accordingly, we are given freedom to choose among these things. In all things, God’s will is our peace!

- Adapted from the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

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Wednesday
Jul292015

Tools for Discernment / Decision Making

St. Ignatius focused much effort on reflecting and feeling the movement of the spirit. The following exercise assists in the decision making process.  This tool for discernment comes down to the movement of the spirit and also involves removing oneself from the situation to look at it independently and objectively.
  
For this exercise, consider a circumstance in your life for which you are discerning some action. Imagine being asked the following questions. Afterwards, be aware of how you are feeling (happy, sad, joy, anger, stress, peace, etc.). If it helps, journal afterwards.
  
The following questions were used for someone discerning a job change.
  
1.  Imagine that I came to you with the same situation and asked for advice. What would you advise me to do? 
2.  Imagine you are at the end of your life. What do you wish you had done?
3.  Put on the new job, place yourself in the position. Wear it and see how it feels.
4.  Put on your existing position, place yourself in the position. Wear it and see how it feels.
5.  Are you running away from something or toward something?
6.  Where do you feel inner peace?
  

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