Gratitude Is Second Nature

Living honestly before God and in relation to all creation lessens our sense about what we “deserve.” Gratitude becomes second nature. People are then not seen as competitors for scarce resources but as men and women loved by God as much as we are.

-from Peace and Good

Renewed Enthusiasm

Dear Lord, send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing, so that your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind.

-from The Hope of Lent

Love Is in the Details

My hope is not that things will go as I planned, but that the Lord will make himself known, in the faces of my loved ones, in the unexpected joys of family life that pop up right in the middle of our messy chaos, in the ways he provides for me and shows me his tender care in the most detailed ways.

-from Who Does He Say You Are?

Honest Living

We engage in works of mercy not so that we can present Saint Peter at the pearly gates with our list of accomplishments but because we cannot live honestly before God and with others unless we are attentive to human need.

-from Peace and Good

The Good News

Jesus’ death and resurrection express a reality that is complicated, emotionally moving, and yet joyful. Death does not have the last word. And that is indeed the good news.

-from The Last Words of Jesus

Mary Mothers Us

Mother Mary loves us all with a pure, selfless, and steadfast motherly love. She tirelessly calls to our hearts and souls. Her utmost aim is to bring us to her son.

-from Our Lady of Fatima

Sacred Prayer

Jesus had traveled with his disciples to Jerusalem for the Passover, but he is faced with a veritable marketplace inside the Temple. He reacts in anger, but his actions carry the same message: turn your lives around. Jesus is not condemning commerce here. What he is condemning is mixing up commerce and prayer.

-from Sacred Silence

Holding Grudges

Pope Francis reminds us that prayer is the best way to overcome blind spots in our attitudes toward others. He doesn’t say it will be easy. But neither does he let us off the hook. If we search our hearts, we know that we’ve all been guilty of that desire to hold someone accountable long after we think we’ve forgiven him or her.

-from The Hope of Lent 

Patient Parenting

Just remind your children every day that you love them, that you believe in them. There is great power in the love of a parent. They do not need things to be happy. . . . They need to know your heart.

-from Lent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta

 

God's Point of View

Seeing things from God’s perspective takes time and a readiness to question conventional wisdom. By prayer, fasting, and works of mercy, we learn to look at life from God’s viewpoint.

-from Peace and Good