March 6

 Reflection

We were determined to share with you
not only the gospel of God, but our very selves as well.

I Thessalonians 2:7b-9

Our media is so filled with words that bend the facts and political figures who “misspeak” that society has become numbed for lack of truth. Words come to life within a person. Who we are speaks louder than what we say. We cannot hide our character under our words for very long. It is easy to bluster against evil actions or to speak in pious language but eventually our listeners see through us..But, being in contact with another whose presence reveals an inner spirituality and integrity  which meets our own desire can be truly inspiring. We need not hide behind safe words. We are called not only to share the truth of the gospel but also to share it in our very selves.

Prayer

May I speak the truth in love.

Action

Am I afraid to speak what I truly believe? Do my words allow others to understand my beliefs and aspirations? Where do I share my very self?

Suggested Reading

I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but through Me.
John 14:6

Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.
Albert Schweitzer

Never, for the sake of peace and quiet, deny your own experience or convictions.
Dag Hammarskjold

Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear.
Mahatma Gandhi

In the last analysis, what we are communicates far more eloquently than anything we say or do.
Stephen Covey

We too often bind ourselves by authorities rather than by the truth.
Lucretia Mott

If you put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price.
Anonymous

December 15

Reflection

Advent is a time when we are reminded that God is present in our lives. God’s love draws us to wholeness. It is the creative energy of life manifested in all sorts of ways. It promises that not only do we desire and long for God but that God comes to us. This was exemplified by Jesus whose life and words revealed God’s constant love. Our own fulfillment begins by responding to this reconciling love which unites all things.

Prayer

You wait for us until we are open to you.
We wait for your word to make us receptive.
Attune us to your voice,
To your silence,
Speak and bring your Son to us
Jesus , the word of your peace.
Huub Oosterhuis


Action

Today I will try to absorb the fact that we are all united in God.

Suggested Reading

O God you are my God, for you I long;
For you my soul is thirsting
For your love is better than life,
My lips will speak your praise.
So I will bless you all my life,
In your name I will lift up my hands.
Psalm 63: 2-9

From my point of view, God is the light that illuminates the darkness, even if it does not dissolve it, and a spark of divine light is within each of us.
Pope Francis

The starting point of Jesus’ spirituality, the experience of God as Abba included the awareness that God was a loving parent to all human beings.  God loves and forgives all men, women and children unconditionally.  It was with this conviction
that Jesus approached the people of his time.
Jesus Today

The daily bread of grace, without which nothing can be achieved,
is given to the extent to which we ourselves give and forgive.
Aldous Huxley

We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. God is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts.
A.W. Tozer 

I am the utter poverty of God. I am God’s emptiness, littleness, nothingness, lostness.  When this is understood, my life in God’s freedom, the self-emptying of God in me is the fullness of grace. A love for God that knows no reason because God is the fullness of grace. A love for God that knows no reason because God is God; a love without measure, a love for God as personal.
Thomas Merton 

The soul must long for God in order to be set aflame by God’s love; but if the soul cannot yet feel this longing, then it must long for the longing. To long for the longing is also from God.
Meister Eckhart

The greatest honor we can give Almighty God is to live gladly because of the knowledge of God’s love.
Julian of Norwich 

We become truly personal by loving God and by loving other humans. In its deepest sense, love is the life, the energy, of the Creator in us.
Kallistos Ware