A Daily Personal Prayer Journal

(The Daily Personal Prayer Journal is a gathering of quotations from various sources, each of which might lead you to a quiet moment of prayer, of a sharing of love between you and God. Choose one and then use it as a springboard into prayer.)

June 23, 2024

Lectio Divina with Fr. Lawrence

II Corinthians 5:15

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He indeed died for all, so that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.

Meditation

The Fourth Eucharistic Prayer is seldom used because of its length. However, these words, quoted directly from St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians, have always caught my attention. Why did God give me life – the greatest gift of all? Like all of the gifts that come from God, this gift is not to be hoarded by me. Rather, this gift was given to me so that I can return it to Jesus. When I give my life to Jesus, I have come to understand that my life is for others just as the life of Jesus was for others.

Prayer

Lord Jesus, you died and were raised for my sake. Help me to remember that I am called to be a servant; that like you, I have come to serve, not to be served. Amen.

Contemplate

Daily Thought from the Saints

"To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible."

— St. Thomas Aquinas

Daily Scripture Verse

"He is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things he himself might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness* was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile all things for him, making peace by the blood of his cross [through him], whether those on earth or those in heaven."

Colossians 1:18-20

Daily Meditation

"I think all Christians would agree with me if I said that though Christianity seems at first to be all about morality, all about duties and rules and guilt and virtue, yet it leads you on, out of all that, into something beyond. One has a glimpse of a country where they do not talk of those things . . . Every one there is filled full with what we should call goodness as a mirror is filled with light."

— C.S. Lewis

Daily Catholic Wisdom

(Like St John the Baptist did) — Prepare a path for God so that He can enter your heart.

—St. John Baptist de La Salle

A Prayer from Notre Dame University

Rev. John Conley, C.S.C.

Lord, you have given Jesus authority over all creation, over each one of us. He exercises his authority by having become one with us in our flesh and blood, in our struggles and hopes. Help us to be so closely united with Jesus that our truest selves will be molded in Jesus’ likeness and that his marvelous compassion quiets the storms within us. Amen.

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("Thoughts from the Saints," Scripture Verse of the Day," and "Daily Meditation" are all taken from "Your Morning Offering" by The Catholic Company. "Daily Catholic Wisdom" is taken from CatholicWisdom.org.  from  The prayer comes from The University of Notre Dame's daily Gospel commentary. "The Abbot's Daily Lectio Divina" is written by Abbot Austin Murphy of St. Procopius Abbey in Lisle, IL.)


Father Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M.

A Franciscan Friar and Roman Catholic priest ordained in 1975, Fr. Lawrence has experience as a high school teacher (1970-1974, 1975-1979, 1986-1992), an itinerant preacher (1996-1999), an editor, and administrator. He has served as Executive Secretary (Secretary of the Province) for the Franciscans of the Sacred Heart Province, headquartered in St. Louis, MO (1979-1984), Associate Novice Master (1984-1986), Post-Novitiate Formation (1986-1987), President of the Board of Directors of Mayslake Village, Oak Brook, Illinois (1987-1989), Associate Business Manager of St. Peter's Church, Chicago, IL (1992-1996) and Master of Postulants (1999-2004). From 2007 to 2021, he served as administrator of CUSA - an apostolate of persons with chronic illness and/or disability. 

Fr. Lawrence also has extensive experience as an editor and proof reader. After 20+ years of teaching English in a high school classroom, he has turned his language skills in the direction of publishing and editing. 

Fr. Lawrence also has more than forty years experience of teaching English as a second language to natives of Korea, Mexico, Brazil, Portugal, Austria, Vietnam, and Italy.

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