All I need

All religions are not the same.

The Almighty God is Our Father. This is a fundamental reality. So many people either do not live this or don’t believe it or outright ignore this reality. Frequently, a difficult relationship with our earthly fathers disfigures our relationship with and alters our view of our divine and holy Father. We can not live fully alive unless we embrace reality. Jesus said to us “everything I have is yours.” The triune God calls us to relationship. We are made in His image and likeness, but the Fall ruptured that relationship. In Jesus, God adopts us and restores us to the divine life he always intended us to live. Praised be Jesus Christ!

Scriptures of the Day

Romans 8:14–16

For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, “Abba, Father!” The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

Matthew 6:26

Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they?

First Question of the Day

Is God your Father?

Video of the Day
The Wild Goose is Loose #7: The Spirit of Adoption

More Questions of the Day

  • When you approach God in prayer, do you approach your Father with confidence? with fear? with gratitude?
  • Do you not dare approach God, because you think He is disappointed in you, because you have offended Him so grievously?
  • Have you experienced God’s tenderness? His healing power? His mercy?
  • Do you believe God not only hears but also answers all your prayers?

Factoid of the Day

In the United States, 51 percent of children will go to bed tonight without a father in the home.

Prayer of the Day

Come, Holy Spirit, and reveal to us God Our Father. Help us to pray as Our Father’s chosen, beloved children. Do not let us run far, or avoid Our Father out of fear. Fill us with courage to draw near to our creator, our healer, our redeemer, that we may experience His merciful and bountiful love. Help us to return love to the One who is Love. Help us understand in our hearts how much God delights in us and rejoices over us when we come to Him and call out, Abba!

Our Father
who art in heaven
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day
our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those
who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

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The refuge of our Mother’s heart

100th Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun

Prayer of the Day
Consecration Prayer to Our Lady of the Rosary

Dear Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of the Rosary, you revealed to the shepherd children the desire of Jesus to make you known and loved and to establish in the world devotion to your Immaculate Heart.

Today we honor you and express our devoted love for you as we remember the centenary of your apparitions and the miracle of the sun which you foretold would be performed so that all may believe.

We believe! Help all to believe in our day! We beg you, dear Mother, to remember us in our anguished times. Help us to return to God Who is already so much offended.

Awaken in every heart remorse for sin and a spirit of reparation. Do not let poor sinners be lost forever, but let them find in your Immaculate Heart a refuge and the way that will lead them to God.

We consecrate ourselves to your Immaculate Heart and offer ourselves to God through you.

Let us be, sweet Mother, your docile instruments for extending the Kingdom of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, your Son, into the world. Amen.

Saints Francisco and Jacinta, pray for us!

— Father Joseph homily for EWTN daily Mass, October 13, 2017

 

The Word of God is active and alive

Scripture of the Day

“I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” — John 6:51

Questions of the Day

How do I go before the Lord and say, adequately, “thank you, Lord”?

How can anyone say “I just don’t get anything out of Mass”?

Jesus, what do you want to say to me through scripture today?

Quotes of the Day

For over 2,000 years Catholic Christians have come together…we pray that the Holy Spirit would change and transform that bread and wine and that bread and wine becomes the body and blood of Christ. — Father Dave

I’ve always believed in the true presence. That was never a stumbling block for me. But I’ve struggled with the actualization of that. I’m ingesting the God of the universe. What does this mean? What are the implications of that? … This is what you’ve made me for—to commune with you and be fully alive in you. But it wasn’t until that I had the Spirit that I was able to understand that. — Casey Sprehe

Every time we come to the Eucharist, we experience the power and the presence of God.  And when we receive this Eucharist, it literally nourishes us for the rest of the spiritual life. It gives us the strength, it gives us what’s necessary so as to be able to go and to love, to be patient, to be kind, to be generous, and all that… — Father Dave

Video of the Day
The Wild Goose #6: The Spirit and the Eucharist

Prayer of the Day

Holy Spirit, move in us, so that we can see, we can believe, know, and experience.

Jesus, open my eyes and heart to see all the ways you are present to us.

Jesus, may your Holy Spirit, which is alive in the Eucharist, be alive in me.

Holy Spirit, open my mind and heart so that I can receive all
that you have for me in the Mass, through Scripture and Eucharist.

 

 

The greatest gift par excellence

Feast of Saint Faustina

First Quote of the Day

I do not desire to punish aching mankind but I desire to heal it pressing it to My merciful heart… — Jesus to Saint Faustina, Diary #1516

Questions of the Day

Do we expect God to work miraculously?

Are we open to receiving the gifts God wants to give us?

Second and Third Quotes of the Day

Life in the Spirit is never dull. I love to tell people ‘God is full of surprises.’ People ask me ‘Is your life boring? Is your life monotonous?’ And I say ‘No two days are ever the same.’ I think when we really dare to give ourselves over to the Holy Spirit, that’s when things get exciting, that’s when things get really fun. It can be a little scary because you do lose control in a sense of my plans, my ideas. But when you can get beyond that, of my goodness, the hundredfold of it is just incredible. … We just need to let Him be in charge, and have fun. — Sister Maris Stella Vaughn, OP

God was waiting for me to release my control, so He can show me His love. — Bishop Sam Jacobs

Video of the Day
The Wild Goose #5: The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Prayer of the Day

Come, Holy Spirit and fill us. Pour out your gifts upon the world. Heal and restore broken bodies and hearts. Illuminate darkened minds. Set free those bound by sin. Bring peace and hope to those disturbed and who feel uncertain in the world. Give us the grace to surrender to and embrace your holy will. Give us strength and courage to do what we must do and faith to step back and allow you to do all that you want to do. Enliven us that we may enjoy the fullness of life that Jesus came to give.

Challenge of the Day
Dare to give your life over to the Holy Spirit.

Join yourself to the Lord

Feast of Saint Jerome

Scriptures of the Day

Old Testament: Zechariah 2:5–9, 14–15a

I, Zechariah, raised my eyes and looked:
there was a man with a measuring line in his hand.
I asked, “Where are you going?”
He answered, “To measure Jerusalem,
to see how great is its width and how great its length.”

Then the angel who spoke with me advanced,
and another angel came out to meet him and said to him,
“Run, tell this to that young man:
People will live in Jerusalem as though in open country,
because of the multitude of men and beasts in her midst.
But I will be for her an encircling wall of fire, says the LORD,
and I will be the glory in her midst.”

Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion!
See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the LORD.
Many nations shall join themselves to the LORD on that day,
and they shall be his people and he will dwell among you.

Responsorial Psalm: Jeremiah 31:10, 11–12ab, 13

Hear the word of the LORD, O nations,
proclaim it on distant isles, and say:
He who scattered Israel, now gathers them together,
he guards them as a shepherd guards his flock.
R. The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.

The LORD shall ransom Jacob,
he shall redeem him from the hand of his conqueror.
Shouting, they shall mount the heights of Zion,
they shall come streaming to the LORD’s blessings.
R. The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.

Then the virgins shall make merry and dance,
and young men and old as well.
I will turn their mourning into joy,
I will console and gladden them after their sorrows.
R. The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.

Gospel: Luke 9:43b–45

While they were all amazed at his every deed,
Jesus said to his disciples,
“Pay attention to what I am telling you.
The Son of Man is to be handed over to men.”
But they did not understand this saying;
its meaning was hidden from them
so that they should not understand it,
and they were afraid to ask him about this saying.

Quote of the Day
Source: Magnificat, Vol. 19, No. 7, September 2017, p. 405

“The Son did not give himself for our sins outside the Father’s will, nor did the Father hand over the Son without the Son’s consent. The will of the Son is to abide by the will of the Father, as he himself says in the Psalm, I desire to do your will, my God.

“The Son gave himself to vanquish the unrighteousness within us by his own righteousness, and he handed himself over in wisdom to defeat foolishness. Holiness personified offered itself to erase wickedness; and strength, feebleness.

“Christ has freed us in the future age, according to the promises and hopes in which we put our trust. He also has freed us from the present age, during which we who have died together with Christ are being transformed by a newness of mind. We are not of this world, and he world has no affection for us, and for good reason.”

— Saint Jerome

Prayer of the Day
Saint Jerome’s Prayer Before Confession

Show me, O Lord, Your mercy, and delight my heart with it. Let me find You whom I so longingly seek. Behold, here is the man whom the robbers seized, manhandled, and left half dead on the road to Jericho. Kind-hearted Samaritan, come to my aid! I am the sheep who wandered into the wilderness. Seek after me and bring me home again to Your fold.  Do with me according to Your Will, that I may abide with You all the days of my life, and praise You with all those who are with You in heaven for all eternity. Amen.

Bring forth the Word made flesh

The Grace to Say Yes!

God chooses Mary. God chooses Zechariah. God chooses Elizabeth. God chooses John the Baptist. God chooses us. To be in relationship with Him, to bring forth his kingdom.

Scripture of the Day
Luke 1:30–35

Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” And the angel said to her in reply, “The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.

CCC 485

The mission of the Holy Spirit is always conjoined and ordered to that of the Son. The Holy Spirit, “the Lord, the giver of Life”, is sent to sanctify the womb of the Virgin Mary and divinely fecundate it, causing her to conceive the eternal Son of the Father in a humanity drawn from her own.

Video of the Day
The Wild Goose is Loose Segment 4: The Spirit and Our Lady

Quote of the Day

This is what God is trying to tell us: we need to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
— Bishop Sam Jacobs, Houma, LA

 

Questions of the Day

  • How can this be?
  • In the midst of our loneliness, how can it be that I’m not alone?
  • In the midst of my brokenness, how can it be that I can be made whole?
  • How can it be that I can be made a new creation?
  • What do you need to let go of to let the power of God be manifest?
  • Why hold back?

Prayer of the Day

Here I am, Lord. Be it done unto me according to your will.