Daily Thought from the Saints
"To use this life well is the pathway through death to everlasting life."
— St. John Almond
Daily Scripture Verse
"With all prayer and supplication, pray at every opportunity in the Spirit. To that end, be watchful with all perseverance and supplication for all the holy ones."
"Even if you do not confess, God is not ignorant of the deed, since he knew it before it was committed. Why then do you not speak of it? Does the transgression become heavier by the confession? No, it becomes lighter and less troublesome. And this is why he wants you to confess: not that you should be punished, but that you should be forgiven; not that he may learn your sin—how could that be, since he has seen it?—but that you may learn what favor he bestows. He wishes you to learn the greatness of his grace, so that you may praise him perfectly, that you may be slower to sin, that you may be quicker to virtue. And if you do not confess the greatness of the need, you will not understand the enormous magnitude of his grace."
— St. John Chrysostom
Daily Catholic Wisdom
Children, I beseech you to correct your hearts and thoughts, so that you may be pleasing to God.
- St. Nicholas of Myra - Champion of the Faith
Rev. Thomas McNally, C.S.C.
Lord, you fed the hungry crowd with ample servings of bread and fish. But you gave them other nourishment as well—the beautiful words you spoke and the miracles you worked. Look on us today in need of such nourishment, food for the body and food for the soul. Be with us in our needs. Amen.
The Abbot’s Daily Lectio Divina
Abbot Austin Murphy, O.S.B., St. Procopius Abbey, Lisle, IL
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. In verdant pastures he gives me repose; beside restful waters he leads me.
If we follow the Lord, we will not want; that is, we will be provided with what we truly need. We need various things for genuine human flourishing, but relative to others some needs are deeper, such as the need for God and the need for integrity (that is, to conduct ourselves uprightly). So, God leads us to meet these needs first, and this gives real (even if not perfect) rest. We must wait in hope for the other needs to be met eventually.
Lord, sustain me with Your presence, by staying near to me and by helping me to live in Your ways. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.