Salvation of Sinners

Jesus showed us the ultimate mercy on the cross when he suffered and died to forgive our sins and welcome us into heaven, as Saint Paul says, “while we were still sinners” (Romans 5:8). Jesus didn’t wait for us to become saints before he made this consummate act of love.
-from The Church Is Our Mother

Use Your Voice

Thank you, Lord, for giving me a voice and a hope and a purpose, as well as blessings to proclaim. Thank you for the whisper and the shout and the simple, obedient statement, all of which are mine to sound out and are designed by your hand.

-from Who Does He Say You Are?

Immeasurable Treasure

Tough times can be an opportunity to not only grow in Christ but an opportunity to help others who struggle with their ideal life. In human suffering there is an immeasurable treasure, and that treasure has the power to assist in the redemption of mankind.

-from When You Suffer

Quest for Virtue

There can be no greater pursuit of discovery and adventure than the quest for virtue that will someday bring us to our ultimate desire and absolute bliss. God challenges us to rise up, be valiant and by his power to pursue the way of heroic virtue.

-from Deep Adventure

Emanate Christ's Love

Lord, teach us to step outside ourselves. Teach us to go out into the streets and manifest your love. –Pope Francis

-from The Spirit of Saint Francis

Get Back on Your Feet

When you fall, get back up. Our relationship with Jesus Christ gives us the power to rise again. When we turn to God with a repentant heart, he always helps us up. A man who keeps falling and rising will make more progress than the one who falls and stays down.

-from A 40-Day Spiritual Workout for Catholics

Supreme Act of Love

The supreme act of love in which Jesus died, that which we remember each time we celebrate the Eucharist, actually brings us into an intimacy with him at a most profound level. There is no conceivable way to deepen our friendship, our knowledge and love of Jesus, and his love for us, than through the celebration of the most holy Eucharist.

-from Meeting God in the Upper Room

Our Earthly Mission

Deep down, we all have a sense that we were put on earth for something. We have a mission and our hearts yearn to discern what that mission is. Often we come close, but we sense what we’ve found isn’t quite the whole thing or the real thing. Not to fret, because if our hearts are pure, we’ll be led to it.

-from Loaded: Money and the Spirituality of Enough

In Trying Times

Opposition can be painful and confusing. It is more hurtful when it comes from those closest to us. We must not let this kind of opposition interfere with our quest for holiness. Rather, we have to refrain from judging these critics (we can’t see their whole heart), and keep our focus on loving God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and loving our neighbor as ourselves.

-from Answers

Remain Calm

Father, grant me the grace to remain calm and serene in the midst of turmoil in my own life so that I can reflect at least a little of Jesus' peace. I ask this in Jesus' name, Amen.

-from Stories of Jesus