Monday, November 23, 2015

To Be Thankful For Another Day

Daily Dig for November 23

Sophie Scholl
I pity people who can’t find some bit of amusement in the little doings of the day. I think I could find something to laugh about in the saddest moment, if necessary. It has nothing to do with superficiality. It’s a matter of joy in life.
Source: At the Heart of the White Rose

Daily Prayer for November 23

Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt
I am the good shepherd, who is willing to die for the sheep. When the hired man, who is not a shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees a wolf coming, he leaves the sheep and runs away; so the wolf snatches the sheep and scatters them. John 10:11–12, TEVLord our God, we thank you for ruling us with your shepherd's staff so that again and again we can be refreshed and can delight in what you are doing for us. We thank you that we can have eager, joyful faith even when sorrows come, looking again and again to the good you give us. We are thankful and want to be thankful always. Be a mighty Lord over the peoples, we pray, and protect our country. Show your sovereignty by guarding the flock close beside you and by pouring out your grace to give life to the dying and resurrection to those who have died. O Lord God, hear and bless us. May your will be done on earth as in heaven, so that your kingdom may break in and everything may come right, according to your great purpose. Amen.
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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Saturday November 21 Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple

Pope Calls on Church to Support Cloistered Nuns
"Let Us Not Be Lacking in Spiritual and Material Closeness"
At the end of the general audience today, Pope Francis encouraged the faithful to be close to cloistered communities, materially and spiritually.
Noting that Nov. 21 is the feast of the Presentation of Our Lady in the Temple, and thus a day the Church is mindful of consecrated life, the Pope said we should be grateful for those who have given their lives to God.
We thank the Lord for the gift of the vocation of men and women who, in monasteries and hermitages, have dedicated their lives to God,” he said.
“Let us not be lacking in spiritual and material closeness,” the Pontiff added, “so that cloistered communities can carry out their important mission in prayer and in active silence.”

Friday, November 20, 2015

Friday November 20 Disciples Need to Begin Again



by achristianpilgrim
Then Jesus entered the temple area and proceeded to drive out those who were selling things, saying to them, "It is written, 'My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves'" And every day  He was teaching in the temple area. The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people, meanwhile, were seeking to put Him to death, but they could find no way to accomplish their purpose because all the people were hanging on His words. (Luke 19: 45-48 NAB)
Jesus, we who have been baptized into Your body have truly become temples of God. You have blessed us by Your presence in us, so that we have become sacred places. We believe that in some mysterious way You dwell in us, that we can pray always in Your presence, as we enter into our own silent spirits. Teach us how to pray by entering into the depths of ourselves; teach us to recognize Your holy presence in all those who believe in You; teach us to recognize all the world as a sacred place, where Your Spirit is always breathing love and life. Amen.
The prayer's text is taken from Fr. Killian Speckner, OFMConv., The Prayers of Father Killian.
Jakarta, 20 November 2015
A Christian Pilgrim

Daily Dig for November 20

J. Heinrich Arnold
Discipleship is not a question of our own doing; it is a matter of making room for God so that he can live in us.
Source: Discipleship
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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thursday Feast of Saint Agnes of Assisi To Serve God or Anyone Costs

Daily Dig for November 19

Kathleen Hasenberg
The attitude that if one serves God, only pleasant results will follow, reveals a sentimental interpretation of the word “love” (whereas the love of God is strong and powerful). It also shows that one has not faced the facts of history. What about Christ? God certainly guided him – and that guidance led to the cross. What of the apostles – one has only to read Acts to see that physical hardship, deprivation, and imprisonment all resulted from being true to the guidance of God.
Source: “According to Love
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Daily Prayer for November 19

Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt
But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong. 1 Corinthians 1:27, RSV

Lord our God, we come to you poor and yet rich, weak and yet strong, with the prayer that your promise may be fulfilled in Jesus Christ, our dear Lord and Savior. Let the time come when the heavens open and a new light shines over the earth, a time when people will praise and thank you and receive everlasting peace and happiness with you. Remember the many people who come into need these days. Remember our nation and all who work for the good of our country. Bless them and help them. And help the dying, O Lord our God; grant that they come to you, for they are yours. Your help will bring life out of death, joy out of grief and need. May your name be honored, dear Father in heaven, may your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as in heaven. Amen.
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