God Is in Love with You

Even if you have never felt loved or struggled to love, being loved is an ever-present reality and a never-to-be broken promise that flows directly from the heart of God.

You are loved, and as Saint Augustine said, “God loves each one of us as if there were only one of us to love.” Think about that! You are loved exclusively and completely by God. You don’t have to compete for or earn God’s love or be anybody different from who you are, because God is in love with you.

–from the book Healing Promises: The Essential Guide to the Sacred Heart

Jesus Soothes Our Weary Souls

Jesus is the answer to all our questions, no matter what our age or state of life. He offers solace to those aching for relief. He offers truth to young people who are searching for deeper meaning and security. He restores the dignity and moral center of those who are looking for life and see only death.

To each of these weary souls, Jesus says: “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest…learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28–29).

–from the book Healing Promises: The Essential Guide to the Sacred Heart

Stand against Evil

Blessed Mother Mary, Our Lady of Fatima, please guide me closer to your Son Jesus. All of the angels and saints, please help me to be strong against the evil influences in this world by avoiding temptation, by praying constantly, and by leading a virtuous life. Amen.

–from the book Our Lady of Fatima: 100 Years of Stories, Prayers, and Devotions

Manifestation of Christ

Lord God, through the preaching and ministry of John the Baptist, you manifested your Son to the world in the waters of the Jordan River. Prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ so that we may trust in him as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Through our repentance, may we recognize and work toward the coming of your Kingdom, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

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

United in Peace

Most High, glorious God, enlighten the shadows of our hearts, and grant to us a right faith, a certain hope, and perfect charity, so that we may accomplish your holy will. As we walk in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi, give us a spirit of poverty and humility so that we may be united with Jesus your Son in joy and in peace.

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

The Salt of the Earth

The world you are inheriting is a world which needs to be touched and healed by the beauty and richness of God’s love. It needs witnesses to that love. The world needs salt. It needs you—to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world....

Do not let that hope die! Stake your lives on it! We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures; we are the sum of the Father’s love for us and our real capacity to become the image of his Son.

­­­–St. John Paul II 

–from the book The Rosary: Your Weapon for Spiritual Warfare

Language and Silence

Every statement we make is made with language. That’s even how the first chapter of John’s Gospel says that the world came into being: in the beginning was the Word. St. John of the Cross would later meditate on this theme and say that language is what makes God’s presence known. But besides language and its capacity to discover, there is silence and its ability to teach.

–from the book The Saint vs. The Scholar: The Fight Between Faith and Reason

Hear His Voice

Jesus said: “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me; and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one” (John 10:27–30). These four verses contain the whole of Jesus’s message; it is the nucleus of his Gospel: he calls us to share in his relationship with the Father, and this is eternal life....

            Let us invoke the intercession of Mary who is the Woman of the “yes.” Mary said “yes” throughout her life! She learned to recognize Jesus’s voice from the time when she carried him in her womb. May Mary, our Mother, help us to know Jesus’s voice better and better and to follow it, so as to walk on the path of life!...

–from the book Mother Mary: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis

Lord, Speak to My Heart

Dear Lord Jesus, help me to be more attentive to you in my life. Forgive me for the times I have neglected to listen to you speaking to my heart. Help me to make a more concerted effort to be prayerful. Please help me to be mindful about my responsibility in leading others to you and away from sin. Thank you for the gift of my guardian angel whom I desire to pray to more often.

–from the book Our Lady of Fatima: 100 Years of Stories, Prayers, and Devotions

A Meditation on Saint Anthony

After you died, Saint Anthony, God chose to make your holiness known to the world and to draw people by working miracles in answer to prayers made in your name. Since then, people have asked God to continue to honor you by working wonders through your intercession. Those who have experienced the power of prayers offered in your name have told how God has answered them. God has healed the sick, restored peace of mind, relieved poverty, and granted favors of all kinds. Now in this time of need I ask you, Saint Anthony, to pray with me for the things I desire. I pray that God may again give us a sign of loving care and providence and that, through you, God may draw us all to the fullness of life and love in eternity.

from the book Saint Anthony of Padua: His Life, Legends and Devotions

Meeting God in the Upper Room