Becoming Wealthy

In the words of Pope Francis, “The Lord in the Eucharist makes us follow his path, that of service, of sharing, of giving—and what little we have, what little we are, if shared, becomes wealth, because the power of God, which is that of love, descends into our poverty to transform it. Let us ask ourselves…do I let myself be transformed by him? Do I let the Lord who gives himself to me, guide me to come out more and more from my little fence, to get out and be not afraid to give, to share, to love him and others?”

–from the book Meeting God in the Upper Room: Three Moments to Change Your Life

 

Fulfillment of Happiness

The desire for happiness is, at its core, the desire for God. The fulfillment of true happiness can be found only in him. We were made for relationship with him. How mind-blowing is that? The God of the universe created you for him.

from the book Deep Adventure: The Way of Heroic Virtue

 

Where Charity and Love Prevail

It is useless to talk when things speak for themselves in such an eloquent manner.… There is a clear and precise way of finding God, and we have so much need of Him. There are moments in everyone’s life when the need becomes acute; it is when our pride is overcome by suffering and humiliation that we finally look for God. Where can we find Him? The way is clear: Where there is charity, there is love; where there is love, there is God.… The whole world has become aware of it. God is here; therefore, love and charity are also here.

from the book Padre Pio: A Personal Portrait

Selfless Exchange

 

Me, myself, and I is the exact opposite of who God is in the Holy Trinity. The Trinity, as the Catholic Church has taught for centuries, gives us a true understanding of who we are as human beings. We were meant for relationship, not individualism. God came to us as a family, and we are all part of that family, meant to emulate the same life-giving and selfless exchange.

from the book Beyond Me, My Selfie, and I

Invitation to Serve

In the Gospel, the Lord invites us to accept our mission without placing conditions. It is an important message which we must never forget. Mary is an example of discipleship for us who, like her, have received a vocation. Her trusting response, “Be it done unto me according to your word,” reminds us of her words at the wedding feast of Cana: “Do whatever he tells you” (John 2:5). Her example is an invitation to serve as she served.

from the book Mother Mary: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis

Sense of Belonging

There is no closer bond than the one which gratefulness celebrates, the bond between giver and thanksgiver. Everything is a gift. Grateful living is a celebration of the universal give-and-take of life, a limitless “yes” to belonging.

from the book The Way of Silence: Engaging the Sacred in Daily Life

 

 

 

Battle Against Darkness

By the divine pleasure of the Father, Mary invites us to enter into the mysteries of faith presented to us through the holy Rosary and to receive the graces they offer. As we are transformed more and more by their power and light, we can come to “the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13). And we can battle against the powers of darkness to bring this our day and time into the victory of the cross.

from the book The Rosary: Your Weapon for Spiritual Warfare

 

 

Advancing God's Kingdom

O God, who gives your missionaries the zeal to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to the nations, give us the desire to advance your kingdom wherever we may be. May we share a deep desire to show you more clearly to others, to love you more dearly in others, and to follow you more closely in all that we do each day of our lives. Amen.

from the book Saint Junipero Serra’s Camino: A Pilgrimage Guide to the California Missions

 

 

Multiple Personalities

There has always been a diverse group of personalities at table with the Lord. At this time in history, you and I now are present. We, like the apostles, are unreliable and weak and afraid. We are inconstant in our devotion to our Lord. We deny him, we betray him. But Jesus is I Am. He is constant.

–from Meeting God in the Upper Room: Three Moments to Change Your Life

 

 

Afflictions of Humanity

In every sick person, there is Christ who is suffering! In every poor person, there is Christ who is languishing! In every sick person who is poor, Christ is doubly there! 

-from: Padre Pio: A Personal Portrait