Monthly Archives: May 2015

When you stand to pray, forgive anyone against whom you have a grievance, so that your heavenly Father may in turn forgive your transgressions.
(Mark 11:26)

Lord, I beg you, heal those I have hurt and show them how to forgive me, not for my sake but for theirs. We cannot hold on to our grievances; they will fester and poison our whole being. We cannot even turn to you in prayer while they gnaw at us. Release them and free us. Thy will be done.

Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage; get u, he is calling you.”
(Mark 10:49)

Lord, if I don’t hear you when you call, please let my friends relay your message. When I see you, let me follow, as Bartimaeus did after you gave him his sight.

I knew an old woman who was blind from cataracts. When she finally had them removed, she could see, but the only thing she wanted to look at was her son.

You are all I need to see, Lord. I enjoy the beauty of your world, its broad landscapes and tiny, delicate flowers. Yet these are only glimpses of your glory. Someday, I will see clearly, without distractions, and follow you without question. Draw me close, Lord. Prepare me.

Whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all.
(Mark 10:44)

How and whom can I serve today, Lord? It is an honor to be your slave, for we share in your glory. If I am my own slave, I serve nobody. As yours, I serve the King of Kings. Please help me to want only what you want for me, and to assist in whatever method you choose for me. I can do nothing on my own, but to do your will is to wield your power. Use me, my Lord and my God.

From St. Philip Neri

“When God infuses extraordinary sweetnesses into the soul, [we] ought to prepare for some serious tribulation or temptation.”

“We must not wish to do everything at once or become a saint In four days.”

The words of the saint whose feast we celebrate today are so timely, Lord. Thank you for making them available to me.
I have been dismayed by the amount of time it takes me to sort and dispose of papers and objects. Yet I can see a little progress. My life is still comfortable and uncomplicated, and it is so easy to take that for granted. The time will come when I will be tested. Let me drink deeply of your consolations and be strengthened by them.

Yes, I have some daily challenges, but there has been more time for prayer, and, by your grace, the inclination to feast on your Word, your Sacraments, your love. You allowed me to participate in Reconciliation and Mass this holiday weekend. You sent beautiful, cool days, and an opportunity to go outside. I had peace and silence when I needed it.

I get frustrated sometimes when I have to schedule my activity around the needs of my body. Sister Donkey is a stubborn beast, but it would do no good to kick her. My time is yours, especially now that I am retired, and in your time you can accomplish in me whatever is necessary. My life is for you and about you. Please don’t let me forget. You will be there when I am afraid and discouraged, even closer than when I am calm. My Jesus, I trust in you.

Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, “You are lacking in on thing. Go, sell what you have and give to the poor and you will have treasure in Heaven; then come, follow me.”

(Mark 10:21

Before I can follow you, Lord, I must get rid of all these things that clutter my life. Please help me. I have so much, even though my possessions are far from valuable. It seems easier to walk away from them than to dispose of them.

Spiritually, what clutters my soul? My sins are forgiven; I can release them. Regrets for past choices are useless. I’ll sweep them away. Let me live in the Now, trusting you to remind me of the lessons you have taught.

Just as you promised your disciples that the Spirit would instruct them in what to say, you will make your will known to me and give me the grace and courage to work accordingly. Thy will be done.

Pentecost

In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
(Galatians 5:22-23)

Love: God and neighbor as ourselves. To know God is to love all, to forgive as God forgives us.

Joy: To accept God’s love for us.

Peace: To rest in God’s will.

Patience: To wait lovingly, joyfully and peacefully for God to show us.

Kindness: To acknowledge God’s love for all creation

Generosity: To realize that nothing belongs to us; everything we have is a gift to be shared.

Faithfulness: To remember that in God’s love we are never alone, to hope and trust, to choose to obey because we know that God wants only what is good for us.

Gentleness: to recognize the sanctification of God’s world and reverence it.

Self-control: To dedicate all things to God and to use them gratefully for his glory, not for their own sake.

Please, Spirit of truth, on this day when we honor your coming to us and creating your Church, let us live in peace and gratitude.

You follow me.
(John 21:22)

Lord, when Peter asks what will happen to his fellow apostle, John, you tell him that it is of no concern to him. You simply reiterate, “Follow me.”

Following you is the only thing that concerns us, Lord. While we are here, we care for our companions, but we cannot know their future. Only if you reveal it to us can we know our own destiny. What matters is that we follow you in this moment. Your Spirit will guide us. We cannot see the path in front of us, but we know it leads to you. You are the way. Let us keep going straight. Thy will be done.

He said this signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God. And when he had said this, he said to him, “Follow me.”
(John 21:19)

My Jesus, after your Resurrection, you gave Peter the opportunity to affirm you three times. During your passion, he had denied you three times. You do not merely forgive us. You give us chances to forgive ourselves.
With our logical, human minds, we feel that we need to balance the scales, and you humor us, though your mercy is not measured.

You command Peter to feed your sheep. You need nothing for yourself; we can give to you only by giving to our neighbors.

You tell Peter that he will stretch out his hands and someone else will lead him where he does not want to go. You predict for him the glory of martyrdom. “Follow me,” at this point, means, “Participate in my passion.” Just as you had called him from his boat to be your disciple, you call him again to be with you in Eternity.

Am I afraid to die, Lord? As a child, I longed for martyrdom because I thought it was my only salvation. Now, you have shown me how to acknowledge my own weakness and still trust in your mercy. I welcome whatever death you choose for me. Just let me die to my sins and selfishness now. That is all that matters. Thy will be done.

I made known to them your name and I will make it known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them.
(John 17:26)

Father, the very love which you have for your Son, who is one with you and the Spirit, you extend to those who have learned from Christ’s mission. How can we hear this without fainting for joy?

Jesus, you pray that this holy love will infuse us all. How can we be sad or anxious? Enable us to absorb your love and to radiate it to others.

Lord, I am not worthy, and yet you cleanse and heal me. Thank you for coming to me in the Host this afternoon. When I feel tired, lazy, and discouraged, remind me that I am not alone. Thy will be done.

Lifting his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed, saying, “Holy Father, keep them in your name that they may be one just as we are one.
(John 1:11)

On our own, Lord, we can do nothing, but when you make us one with you, we can work with our neighbors in you. Help us respond to your invitation and your commission.

Today, please help me to put aside my petty concerns and work for and with your Mystical Body. Thy will be done.

Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.
(John 17:3)

Knowing you, my Jesus, is eternal life. Because of you, we know the Father and the Spirit, three persons, one God. Blessed Trinity, everything belongs to you and only by knowing you can we know eternity. We are made for you, destined for you. Because you reveal yourself to us, we can participate in the life you breathed into us and the salvation you, yourself, purchased for us. You are our source and our purpose.

Teach us, Lord, to know and follow you, to see you in everything we experience. Thy will be done.

I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage. I have conquered the world.
(John 16:33)

Just as you promised your Spirit, Lord, you have predicted hardships in this world. We are not to ignore this world or hide from it, but to confront it, respect it, and use it responsibly. You made it for us, not us for it.

Please, Spirit of truth, give me the courage to stand up against those who deny you. Thy will be done.

So then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them, was taken up into heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God.
(John 16:19)

You are still with us, my Jesus, though we long to see you as your disciples did. You did not leave them without direction, but with the promise of your continuing help. Just as you breathed the Spirit of life into Adam and Eve, you will send that same Spirit to renew us whom you have redeemed. You will lavish your gifts on us and make us disciples. With your strength, we will burst the chains of sin and weakness and draw us into your freeing truth. Let us pray fervently during these nine days that we may be open to you. Thy will be done.

On that day, you will ask in my name and I do not tell you that I will ask the Father for you. For the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have come to believe that I am from the Father.
(John 16:26-27)

My Jesus, you are in the Father and the Father is in you. When we pray to you, we are praying to the Father and Spirit, the one God.

Holy Trinity, we ask you to teach us how to pray and serve you. On that day, on Pentecost which is approaching, give us your gifts. Let us pray this week as the apostles did while waiting for your Spirit. Thy will be done.

So you also are now in anguish. But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.
(John 16:22)

Lord, you understand our frustration that we cannot see you as your disciples did when you were with them in the Flesh. Some of them did not wait long to join you in your glory when they were martyred. Now we have been waiting thousands of years. Though we know you are with us, we long to see and touch you.

Like the woman in childbirth you described, we labor. Not until the child inside her emerges and she can hold him does she forget her pain.

Everything in this world is temporary. In Eternity, it will seem but a blink of our eyes. When we are immersed in grief and pain, we feel as though it has always been this way and always will, even though our faith and intellect know better. If you didn’t show us glimpses of your joy, we could not go on. Yet it is those glimpses that are infinite, and someday we will grasp them. Sustain us, Lord. Encourage us. Remind us. Thy will be done.