Thought for the Day

World Day of the Sick

February 11th, 2018

O Mary, conceived without sin,
Pray for us who have recourse to thee.

Our Lady of Lourdes,
pray for us.

Trust in God

January 7th, 2018

Instead of being discouraged by my past disloyalties to Him, let me be thoroughly ashamed of them, which is a much better thing.  Let me repeat to myself those words of Psalm 25:

“Remember that Your compassion, O Lord,
and Your kindness are from of old.

The sins of my youth and my frailties remember not:
in Your kindness, remember me, because of Your goodness, O Lord.”

Beware of discouragement

January 6th, 2018

My past infidelities must not discourage me, for I must always remember and impress upon my mind as a first principle that discouragement never comes from Christ, our Lord. Rather, these past failures should underline my conviction that of myself I have not much to offer in the past or in the future.   This recognition should instead increase my trust in Him.

Epiphany

January 5th, 2018

Prayer to the Three Kings

O almighty God! we raise our voices to Thee
that Thou mayest hear and have pity on us.

Thou canst assist us in a wonderful manner.
God of sanctity, God of strength, immortal God,
have pity on us.

We implore Thee, through the merits of Jesus Christ,
through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
Saint Joseph, of the Holy Magi,
Kings Gaspar, Melchior, and Balthasar,
and of all Thy saints,
to deign to grant us there below temporal blessings,
and above all, the blessing of eternal life.

Amen.

Some more thoughts . . .

January 3rd, 2018

The most expensive indulgence — Hate.

The cheapest stupidity and the easiest thing to do — find fault.

The worst troublemaker — talking too much.

The worst bankruptcy — the soul that has lost its enthusiasm.

Some thoughts . . .

January 2nd, 2018

The best day — Today.

The greatest deceiver — one who deceives oneself.

The greatest mistake — giving up!

A Poem

December 26th, 2017

The most precious part of a Christmas gift
Is the love with which it is tied . . .
The part of a card that kindles stars
Is the friendliness tucked inside . . .

O, it isn’t the gifts or the money spent
That makes the Christ Child live . . .
Not the Christmas cards, not the carols sung . . .
It’s the bit of ourselves we give!

I proclaim good news to you . . .

December 25th, 2017

tidings of great joy to be shared by the whole people.

This day in David’s city a Savior has been born to you,
the Messiah and Lord.

This day Christ is Born:
today the Savior has appeared.

This day the angels are singing on earth;
archangels are rejoicing.

Today the just are glad and say,
“Glory to God in high heaven.”

The word became flesh,
And dwelt among us.

O come, let us adore Him!

Lord Jesus . . .

December 24th, 2017

we approach that holy moment
when your coming as man is renewed in our hearts.

Give us peace
and allow us to celebrate your presence with joy,
that we may some day share your glory.

O King of Nations . . .

December 22nd, 2017

desired of all peoples,

you are the cornerstone that brings unity.

Come to bring salvation to man

whom you formed out of the slime of the earth.

Come, Lord Jesus, come!