“Lord, keep me in your care. Guard me in my actions. Teach me to love, and help me to turn to you throughout the day. The world is filled with temptations. As I move through my day, keep me close. May those I encounter feel your loving presence. Lord, be the work of my hands and my heart. Amen.”

-from Talking to God

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Father, Holy Spirit, Son – You are three in one!

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“Go forth and set the world on fire.”  — St. Ignatius of Loyola

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“Place yourself in God’s presence in the first moments of each day. You will discover the whole day improves with that small offering. Talk to him. He waits for you in the stillness, in the silence of your heart. Speak.”

-from Talking to God

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We greet the Lord as we rise so that we may offer our first thought, our fresh words to the One who can carry us through our busy day. Before our feet hit the floor or our children rise or our minds are filled with the busy events of the day, we take a moment to talk to our gracious God.

-from Talking to God

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“Do not seek to be regarded as somebody, don’t compare yourself to others in anything. Leave the world, mount the cross, discard all earthly things, shake the dust from off your feet.”

— St. Barsanuphius

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“The Holy Family consisted of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, not just Jesus alone. For the family to be complete, it was necessary to have Joseph the carpenter alongside the greatness of Jesus and the spotlessness of Mary. So too, in our churches, several people may be very capable but they do not make up the community. We need others to complete the team.”

-from Thirsting for God

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“God gives prayer growth precisely according to our degree of readiness for it. He forces no one. According as we are more or less receptive, He bestows more or less depth of communion. In the same manner, five hundred people in a parish church all hear the same sound waves during the homily, but they profit from it exactly as they are or are not disposed for the message. Jesus taught the same truth in his parable of the sower: from the word of God some hearers yield nothing at all, while others yield thirty or sixty or a hundredfold.”

— Fr. Thomas Dubay, p. 114

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“Oh, my soul, how much longer do you wish to be so stingy with Jesus? Why so negligent towards Jesus who made You? Why so lazy towards Jesus who redeemed you? Who do you want to love, if you do not want to love Jesus?”

— St. Gemma Galgani

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“The beginning of holiness is found in faithfulness to prayer. May each of us grow in holiness through prayer. If we pray—we will believe. If we believe—we will love. If we love—we will serve. Only then will we put our love for God into action, through service to Christ in the distressing disguise of the poor.”

-from Thirsting for God

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“Love Mary! She is loveable, faithful, constant. She will never let herself be outdone in love, but will ever remain supreme. If you are in danger, she will hasten to free you. If you are troubled, she will console you. If you are sick, she will bring you relief. If you are in need, she will help you. She does not look to see what kind of person you have been. She simply comes to a heart that wants to love her.”

— St. Gabriel Possenti of Our Lady of Sorrows

What if the servant at the wedding feast had not obeyed Jesus’s simple request to fill the pots with water and serve the guests? If he had not obeyed, we would not have the joy of knowing Jesus’s love for his Mother and the Mother’s faith in the power of her Son. She still tells us, “Do whatever he tells you.” Obey and you will experience the joy of loving and being loved.

-from Thirsting for God

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“Our Lady knows us by heart and she will lead us to the surest and quickest path to holiness. Remember that scene in the Gospel at the marriage feast at Cana? Only Mary noticed that the wine was running short. She felt bad for the young couple and wanted to spare them the humiliation of not having enough for their guests. What did she do? Without making any fuss, she quietly approached Jesus and simply said, “They have no wine.” See the charity of Mary! See how she noticed the needs of others and was so delicate in speaking to Jesus.”

-from Thirsting for God

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Veni, Sancte Spiritus

Come, Holy Spirit, come!
And from your celestial home
Shed a ray of light divine!
Come, Father of the poor!
Come, source of all our store!
Come, within our bosoms shine.
You, of comforters the best;
You, the soul’s most welcome guest;
Sweet refreshment here below;
In our labor, rest most sweet;
Grateful coolness in the heat;
Solace in the midst of woe.
O most blessed Light divine,
Shine within these hearts of yours,
And our inmost being fill!
Where you are not, we have naught,
Nothing good in deed or thought,
Nothing free from taint of ill.
Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
On our dryness pour your dew;
Wash the stains of guilt away:
Bend the stubborn heart and will;
Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
Guide the steps that go astray.
On the faithful, who adore
And confess you, evermore
In your sevenfold gift descend;
Give them virtue’s sure reward;
Give them your salvation, Lord;
Give them joys that never end. Amen.
Alleluia.

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We never forget the central theme: Behind it all, in it all, and through it all is the God who is love. Our response within all the everyday responses of daily life is, “Blessed be God because he is good.”

-from Live Like Francis

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