Drink Up

When someone else comes to us and points out our own faults, we might not be very happy about it. But, when you think of it, that person often carries the same message Jesus carried to the Samaritan woman: take the living water, freely, and be renewed.

-from Sacred Silence

Reflect on God's Mercy

If we don’t take time to reflect on the ways we have been forgiven, it will be hard to be merciful to others. And yet we set this as our goal each time we pray the Our Father: “Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.”

-from The Hope of Lent

A Cultivated Heart

You must compare your heart to a garden. If we cultivate it well, it will yield good fruit. If we don’t keep an eye on it and tend it a little every day, our garden will be overrun with weeds, true? Therefore, take courage.

–St. Maria Domenica Mazzarello

-from Sisterhood of Saints

Our Greatest Gift

The Sacrament of the Eucharist, the greatest gift and mystery given to us throughout the ages, was instituted in a quiet moment between Jesus and those dearest to him. And that history continues in our day. It is as if each one of us were sitting with the twelve apostles every time we celebrate the Eucharist.

-from Meeting God in the Upper Room

Sea of Prayer

In the face of so many wounds that hurt us and could harden our hearts, we are called to dive into the sea of prayer, which is the sea of God’s boundless love, to taste his tenderness.

-from The Hope of Lent

The Poorest of Poor

Jesus said to St. Paul: “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” not “Why do you persecute the Christians?” This clarifies that we serve Christ in the poorest of the poor: “Whatsoever you do to the least of my brethren, you do to me.”

-from Thirsting for God: Daily Meditations

Building Humility

Humility is the guardian and ornament of all virtues. If the spiritual building does not rest on it, it will fall into ruin. 

–Thomas of Celano

 

-from Peace and Good

Created for Holiness

As Mother Teresa said, I’m very happy if you can see Jesus in me, because I can see Jesus in you. But holiness is not just for a few people. It’s for everyone, including you…. Holiness is the greatest gift that God can give us because for that reason He created us.

-from Lent with St. Teresa of Calcutta

Conquering Suffering

Christ Jesus conquered suffering by love. Because we are joined to him, our own suffering takes on redemptive value.

-from When You Suffer

Lily of Purity

I am determined to be a violet of humility, a rose of charity, and a lily of purity for Jesus.
–Blessed Marie-Céline of the Presentation
-from Sisterhood of Saints