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Day 241 of 365 Days with God

Depression comes from not having faults but from refusal to face them. There are tens of thousands of persons today suffering from fears which in reality are nothing but the effects of hidden sin. The examination of conscience will cure us of self- deception. It will also cure us of depression!

—  Bishop Fulton Sheen

Day 230 of 365 Days With God

Take heed not to foster thy own judgment, for, without doubt, it will inebriate thee; as there is no difference between an intoxicated man and one full of his own opinion, and one is no more capable of reasoning than the other.

— St. Francis de Sales

Day 217 of 365 Days with God

All who undertake to teach must be endowed with deep love, the greatest of patience, and, most of all, profound humility. They must perform their work with earnest zeal. Then, through their humble prayers, the Lord will find them worthy to become fellow workers with him in the cause of truth. He will console them in the fulfillment of this most noble duty, and finally, will enrich them with the gift of heaven.

— Saint Joseph Calasanz

Day 211 of 365 Days With God

The field of battle between God and Satan is the human soul. It is in the soul that the battle rages every moment of life. The soul must give free access to the Lord so that it may be fortified by Him in every repect and with all kinds of weapons; that His light may enlighten it to combat the darkness of error; that it may be clothed with Jesus Christ. To be clothed with Jesus Christ it is necessary to die to oneself. That which comes from Satan begins with calmness and ends in storm, indifference, and apathy.  In the spiritual life he who does not advance goes backward. It happens as with a boat which always must go ahead. If it stands still the wind blows it back. Fix the time, the length of your meditation, and do not rise from your place until you have finished even at the cost of being crucified.

—  Saint Pio of Pietrelcina

Day 185 of 365 Days With God

What Revelation makes known to us is confirmed by our own experience. For when man looks into his own heart he finds that he is drawn towards what is wrong and sunk in many evils which cannot come from his good Creator. Often refusing to acknowledge God as his source, man has also upset the relationship which should link him to his last end, and at the same time he has broken the right order that should reign within himself as well as between himself and other men and all creatures.

— Gaudium et spes

Day182 of 365 Days With God

Take a moment to think of everything you’re proud of about yourself and your life. Then ask yourself if you would have any of this without God’s permission and aid? Give credit where credit is due; praise and thank Him, not yourself.

— St. Francis of Assisi

We must always  keep our motivations in check; purity of heart is essential if we desire to grow in holiness. God Bless You

Day 170 of 365 Days With God

During the course of the day, recollect as often as you can that you stand in the presence of God. Consider what He does and what you are doing. You will find His eyes turned towards you and perpetually fixed on you with an incomparable love.

— St. Francis de Sales

How often do we reflect that we are truly in the presence of God?

How often do we realize that we are in the company of our guardian angel?

God granted  St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, from his earliest years, the vision of his own guardian angel and those of others. If you have not read much on St. Padre Pio, I would encourage you to follow this link: http://www.padrepio.catholicwebservices.com/ In fact, there were many times that St. Padre Pio would entertain the angels of those who were requesting prayer.

Today I challenge you to change your perspective of how you fit in this world. It is my hope that as you go about your day you are able to recognize those Holy Spirit moments that our Lord wants to share with you;  one does not have to meditate for hours on the things of God to know that God is with him, but he must quiet his soul long enough to welcome Him in more deeply.We can get so busy with our tasks at hand that we simply forget to make room for the One who has authored our lives. I encourage you to be more aware, more awake, and more grateful for the blessings God is bestowing upon you, even in this very moment.

St. Francis De Sales is reminding us that every moment counts, and that every small decision adds up. How will you respond today to God and to those around you? In love? In humility? In service, and with joy? You are a child of the most High God, and right now, your Heavenly Father is looking lovingly into your eyes and waiting for you to welcome Him in.

God Bless You

Deuteronomy 4: 9

9“Only take heed, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things which your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life; make them known to your children and your children’s children —


Day 163 of 365 Days With God

Ash Wednesday: Today we begin our 40 day Lenten journey of conversion with the observance of Ash Wednesday.

Joel 2: 12 – 18


12 “Yet even now,” says the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;
13 and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the LORD, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and repents of evil.

Lent is a time of grace and opportunity; it is a time for us to examine our conscience daily, to admit our shortcomings, and to offer up acts of penance and prayer so that we may find a deeper reliance on our God.  It is our desert experience that will allow us the greatest opportunity for change and transformation in Christ; we must empty ourselves and allow God to fill us up so that we can be fully prepared to renew our baptismal promises when Easter arrives. As we receive the sacred and symbolic (blessed) ashes on our heads we are reminded that it is from dust we came and to dust we will return. “By the sweat of your brow, you shall eat bread, until you return to the ground, from which you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” (Genesis 3:19)  On our way to our eternal home our earthly bodies will deteriorate into the earth, but it is our soul that will live on and so we must be fully reconciled to God.  We have been lovingly created in God’s image and it is now, timely, that we must grow closer in likeness to Christ.

Our Lenten journey is what we make of it. If we are willing to look more closely at what keeps us from God(our sinfulness and selfishness) and realize that we are small and in need, we can experience true change and transformation.

As we humble ourselves in recognition of this need we will be blessed abundantly with God’s grace. Christ will show us the way to the cross and it will be well with our soul to follow Him. Each day you and I can find time to pray, to do acts of charity, to fast and deny ourselves, to contemplate on God’s word, and to create new and lasting spiritual habits.

I pray that this Lent brings you much consolation as you die to self and allow God to live more fully in you.

God Bless You

Day 162 of 365 Days With God

10 Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you. James 4:10

If you want God to hear your prayers, hear the voice of the poor. If you wish God to anticipate your wants, provide those of the needy without waiting for them to ask you. Especially anticipate the needs of those who are ashamed to beg. To make them ask for alms is to make them buy it.

— St. Thomas of Villanova

Father,

We thank you for this life you have given us. We exalt You and give You the proper praise and worship that You deserve as our loving Creator. We thank you for the gift of Your Son, Jesus; who heals our hearts with His love and draws us nearer to You! Thank you for the gift of our families and loved ones. Help us to be an example of Your love to our children and to the world. Grant us your mercy and peace all our days and help us to follow your will always.

Amen

Day 157 of 365 Days With God

When our minds and hearts are anxious and weighed down by our troubles, it can be difficult for us to break free from our state of discouragement – but not impossible, thanks be to God! No matter what you are facing today you have the opportunity to accept the Lord’s love and consolation in your spirit. We all face difficulties, sorrows, and sufferings throughout our lives and it is in these times that we must be aware of what is happening in our spirits. The enemy wants to kick us when we are down and so he feeds us lies that all is lost and worthless.  It is his desire to try to separate us from God and he does that by placing negative thoughts in our spirits. Do not allow him to do that! I encourage you today to fight back with full confidence in Christ and fall into the loving arms of your Heavenly Father, who knows how to make you whole. Remember God loves you and  He wants you to live out this life He has given you to the fullest. Do not waste your precious short time here on this earth with things that bring darkness to your spirit. You are a child of God!  Allow His light to illuminate your spirit,  trust faithfully in His love for you, and stay vigilant in prayer; God will help you when you cry out!

God Bless You

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2