Daily Reflection

November 14

Reflection

If we live our religious lives only in fear of punishment or in hope of reward, rather than in the awareness off the One because of whom all life is worthwhile, we can be religious people but we will never be holy people. Then life is simply a series of test and trials and scores, not the moment by moment revelation of God who is present in everything that happens to us, in everything we do. Sanctity is about how we view life. It is not about spiritual exercises designated to evaluate our spiritual athleticism ora kind of spiritual bribery designed to win us spiritual prizes we do not deserve. Coming to know the sacred—the energy of air, the possibility in children, the beauty of regret, the value of life—is what makes us holy.
Joan Chittister, OSB

 Prayer

The earth is full of God’s unfailing love.
Psalm 33:5

Action

What is your concept of holiness?  Do you consider it beyond your reach? Think pf the ways you can be in contact with the sacred every day.

Suggested Reading

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
Psalm 139:13-14

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
Romans 1:20

We are frequently tempted to think that holiness is only for those who can withdraw from ordinary affairs to spend much time in prayer.  That is not the case. We are all called to be holy by living our lives with love and by bearing witness in everything we do wherever we find ourselves.
Pope Francis

How much we need, in the church and in society, witnesses of the beauty of holiness, witnesses of the splendor of truth, witnesses of the joy and freedom born of a living relationship with Christ!
Pope Benedict XVI

All of us can attain to Christian virtue and holiness, no matter in what condition of life we live and no matter what our life work may be.
Saint Francis de Sales 

God’s invitation to become saints is for all, not just a few. Sanctity therefore must be accessible to all. In what does it consist? In a lot of activity? No. In doing extraordinary things? No, this could not be for everybody and at all times. Therefore, sanctity consists in doing good, and in doing this good in whatever condition and place God has placed us. Nothing more, nothing outside of this.
Blessed Louis Tezza

The two kind of people that go around seeing the world as absolutely fascinating are children and saints.
Fr. Mike Schmitz

There is only one tragedy in the end: Not to have been a saint.
Charles Péguy

Do not be afraid to become the saints of the new millennium!
Saint John Paul II

If you are what you should be, you will set the world on fire.
Saint Catherine of Siena

There is no saint without a past, and no sinner without a future.
Saint Augustine

God made saints out of far worse people than you.
Mark Hart