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Thursday, September 01, 2011

 

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God never goes to the lazy when he needs someone for his service. When he wants a worker he goes to those who are already at work. When he wants a great servant he calls a busy person. Let us imitate St Martha in her faithful and loving service to Jesus and to others.

God will never, never, never let us down if we have faith and put our trust in Him. Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Conscience is a voice, every calling us to love and to do what is good and to avoid evil. It sounds in our heart at the right moment. It is our most secret core and sanctuary, where we are alone with God whose voice echoes in our depths. CCC 1776

In our infidelity, God reveals his fidelity. In our feeling of shame and guilt, God shows his forgiveness. In our brokenness God manifests his with holiness.

Whether we are asking forgiveness or offering it, God is pleased. The Upper Room

It is dangerous to be concerned with what others think of you, but if you trust the Lord you are safe. Prov 29:25

Never stop praying, no matter how dark and hopeless your case may seem. Your responsibility isn’t to tell God when he must act or even how he must act. Your responsibility is simply to pray without ceasing trusting him to act according to his perfect will. Billy Graham

God is the perfect friend, the voice when you can’t speak, the strength when you are weak, the hope when you are down, the joy when you are gloomy.

When we do not love, we do not live fully. Because the dynamic of living is the same dynamic of loving. But these two are forms of dying. The one who loves dies a million deaths. The one who dies lives fully. Bp Antonio Tagle

There’s always one thing to be thankful for every morning. That is being able to open our eyes and see the beauty of being alive under God’s love.

The person who only hears the word soon forgets what he has heard. If a person does not practice that he heard, it soon fades from memory. It is just forgotten and it never becomes a part of his life. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and after looking at himself goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. James 1:23-24

Lessons from the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant:

1. True love and concern cannot afford to be silent and indifferent toward people in their weaknesses. Silence and refusal to be involved is not a safe option, but will actually be held accountable for this attitude as a sin of omission.
2. Forgiveness is the greatest measure of love. Adonis Narcelles SVD
3. Whatever gifts God decides to give us despite our unworthiness are meant to be shared and passed. Pay it forward. Fr Jojo SVD


“Everything will work out in the end. If it’s not working out, it’s not the end.”

Everyone quests for joy. When we find peace and satisfaction, there is joy. When we find ourselves in harmony and in communion with other people, there is joy. When we enter into possession of God, who has known and loved us, there is joy. Pope Paul VI. (Compare with Pascal’s assertion that even those who commit suicide do it because of joy or lack thereof.-rso)

Noting dries faster than tears. Life can never promise to be always happy, but life gets better after you accept the things you can’t change.

Nothing is hard if the heart has love. Nothing is impossible when the heart understands. Nothing is heavy when God is in your heart.

Facing an impossibility gives us the opportunity to trust God. Our Daily Bread

We make our own fortune and we call it fate. And what better excuse than to call it our destiny. But at the end of the day, it has always been our choice.

We live on earth full of trials, but by the grace of God, we remain standing like trees. Even if the leaves are falling, still there are new leaves of hope waiting. When we feel being poisoned by stress, pain, pressure, and failures, the best antidote is to pray. You have never tested God’s resources until you have attempted the impossible.

God has no cell phone but he is Smart and He owns the Globe and Sun. you can call him even if you don’t have any load. But remember just Talk, no Text. Don’t forget to call him – it’s free.

God measures a person with the burdens he puts on him. So when you feel your load is heavier than others’, be happy. For God sees you stronger than the rest.

Heavy rains are like challenges in life. Never ask God for a lighter rain. Just pray for a better umbrella.

God’s word is a life preserver that keeps the soul from sinking in a sea of trouble. ODB



When God saw my resistance and hardheartedness, the more he becomes gentle to me. He has amazingly shown his gentleness in relating, in caring, and in loving me. He said, Be still and know that I am God. (Ps. 46:10), the faithful God (2Sm7:28) who loved you with an everlasting love (Is 43:4). Thank you God for your gentle loving presence, touching my inmost being. Your touch heals even the most vulnerable, fragile, weakest points of my life. Amen. Fr. Jojo SVD

There are some people who are unreasonable and self-centered. Love them anyway. If you are kind, they may accuse you of selfish motive. Be kind anyway. The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Be good anyway. For in the end, it is between you and God. It was never you and them anyway. Wall of Shishu, a children’s home in Calcutta

What shall be give back to the Lord for all that he has done to us? He is content merely to be loved in return for those gifts. St Basil

Life is too short to be unhappy. Laugh when you can. Apologize when you should. Let go of what you can’t change. Love deeply and forgive quickly. Take chances; smile when you are sad. Love with what you got and stay faithful with what you have. People change and things go wrong but always remember: With God’s grace life is beautiful.

Sympathy is love tenderly feeling. Enthusiasm is love burning. Hope is love expecting. Patience is love waiting. Faithfulness is love sticking fast. Humility is love taking the true pledge. Prayer is love keeping trust. Holiness is love in action. – Compassion is love diving deep?-rso

Leave all your worries with Him, because he cares for you. 1 Pt 5:7

When God gives no for an answer, keep in mind that there’s much greater yes behind it. His no is not a rejection but a redirection.

The greatest technique for bringing peace into your life is to remind yourself to always pick being kind when you have a choice of being right or being kind. Wayne Dyer

Sometimes God seems to push us to our limits and tests us beyond our endurance because he has greater faith in us than we have in ourselves.

We cannot grow unless we are willing to change. And we will not change unless we change something we do every day. John Maxwell

When I lie down, I go to sleep in peace. You alone O Lord keep me perfectly safe. Ps 4:8

Dear Lord help me to live this day quietly and easily, without worry or fear. To lean upon your strength and love and trust fully and restfully. To wait for the unfolding of your love patiently and serenely. To meet others in love peacefully and joyously. And to face tomorrow confidently and courageously. Vicente Romero

Prayer is a sin killer, sick healer, power giver, victory gainer and blessing promoter. So pray, pray, pray.

Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe. St Augustine

Don’t let riches – or the pursuit of riches – derail your pursuit of Jesus. ODB

God is a refuge, a shelter, a safe harbor to which you can flee when life becomes a raging storm. Harold Sala

Lord God, let me judge each day not by the harvest I reap but by the seeds I plant so you will judge my life not by the days I have lived but by the good deeds I have done.

Prayer is the voice of faith, trusting that God knows and cares. ODB

Life continues whatever happens. All we need is to be positive and be brace with all the challenges we encounter. Faith in God is still the best armor.

******************I used to think that God’s gifts are on shelves one above another, and the older we get, the taller we grow the easier we can reach them. But now I found out that God’s gifts are on shelves one beneath another where the best gifts are found in the deepest and the lower we stoop the more we get. It is the good deeds we do, the kind words we speak, the love we give and the humility we show that help us stoop down to find our real treasures.

The condition of a person’s heart reveals much of the condition of his soul. A fixed heart is in tune with the Lord – trusting, devoted, serving, and hopeful. What is your heart condition? Warren Wiersbe

Kindness is an inner desire that makes us do good things to others even if we don’t get anything in return. It’s done with sincerity and done from the heart. You become worthy not for who you are, not even for what you have done, but of what others have become because of you.

When we cry, God shares our tears and our pain. The Upper Room

Ang pananampalataya ay ang ating pagsukong personal sa Diyos. Kaakibat nito ang pagtalima ng ating isipan at kalooban sa pahayag ng Diyos hinggil sa kanyang sarili sa pamamagitan ng kanyang mga gawa at wika. – Katekismo ng Iglesia Katolika, 176

Having less means greater simplicity, which produces peace of mind and happiness. Harold Sala

When trials overwhelm our souls and tempt us to despair, we need to reach out to the Lord and trust His tender care. Sper

God has made life so good that even if we don’t exactly get what we want, we will soon realize that what he has given us is actually the best for us.

In a world where we do not always experience being touched and hugged with love the way we need to be, it is nice to know that there is a God who touches us and embraces us always with his unconditional love for he knows we all need love and esteem. Fr Jojo

A positive attitude can turn a normal day into a great day. Keep in mind these little sayings and you’ll be happier:

You are too anointed to be disappointed.
You are to blessed to be stressed.
Losers watch things happen; winners make things happen.

The more helpless I am, Lord, the more I throw myself on your faithful love. Indeed, you are faithful. You keep and fulfill your promise. You are true to your word. Teach me to be faithful. Help me to trust in your alone. And let me remember that all my hope is in you O Lord.

There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less and less. G.K. Chesterton

Trials are not the reasons to give up, but a challenge to improve ourselves. Difficulties are not an excuse to back out, but an inspiration to move forward.

Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love. Martin Luther

Christ asks you for nothing – come just as you are. Come sinful, come guilty, come give Him your heart.

We must love our nothingness, and think only of the ALL which is infinitely loveable. St Therese of the Child Jesus

Everything in this world can be an inspiration. Never let go of it. Every moment that passes is precious and irreplaceable. Savor it. Every person you meet is a gift. Value his presence. Everything that happens in life has a purpose. Enjoy life to the fullest.

When you feel down think about what God has done in your life in the past and the good He promises He will do in your future. Trust him!

Happiness is a very subjective factor in one’s life. Being happy doesn’t depend on achieving what you want but rather making the best out of what is given.

Remind me each morning of your constant love, for I put my trust in you. Ps 143:8


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