Reflections


St. Andrew, the Apostle     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard

November 30 – St. Andrew, the Apostle. When God wants to make an apostle; it is not by giving him light; the apostolic grace is giving him strength. See the apostles, do they not love Our Lord? Yes, the Lord makes them record their testimony, they like his compassionate love, but what they received strength from the Holy Spirit they triumphed over all. (PR 39,5)

Blessed are the eyes that see     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

November 29, Tuesday, 1st Week of Advent [“Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.” Luke 10:23–24 ] I am also blessed today because I am able to see and hear Jesus in a very personal way (not as the same way as the disciples and the apostles). I can see Him and talk to Him as I adore Him before the Blessed Sacrament. I can listen to Him speaking in the depths of my heart...

Advent     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard, SSS

November 28 - What can we say about what happened during this time of Advent? As the day approached, the love of our Lord became stronger. Like a flame that wants to leap up and out, he prepared himself more perfectly to suffer, to glorify his Father, and the Blessed Virgin accomplished the same acts in her heart, it was a union of love. (Paris, Tuesday, December 10, 1861 )

Advent     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard

November 27, 1st Sunday of Advent. Here we are, my Sisters, in the season of Advent. Let us enter into the sentiments of the Church. The best of all pieties is that which is in relation to the spirit of the Church, because each liturgical feast has its own grace and virtue. The object of the Church’s cult is to honor our Lord in his various mysteries, then the Blessed Virgin and the saints. That is why each season has its grace, each day has its mystery. Pious souls follow the devotion of the Church. (Paris, Tuesday, December 10, 1861)

The Widow's Offering     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

November 21 - Monday, 34th Week in Ordinary Time – [‘’from her poverty, she has offered her whole livelihood… Luke 21:1-4] The widow’s offering. Even in face of personal needs, personal struggles and sufferings, can I still look and take care of the needs of others, especially those in need around me? Lord, grant me the grace that I may do what I am called to do in my daily lives with great love. Continue to show me my daily duties and responsibilities and help me to embrace them in accord with Your holy will. Amen.

Christ the King     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

November 20, Christ the King Sunday. [“If you are King of the Jews, save yourself!” Above him there was an inscription that read, “THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.” Lk 23:35-43 (C)] In the secular world, the King’s image is powerful, mighty, never loses, one on the top, so high that it seems almost out of reach. But here is Jesus Christ, showing the exact opposite of a King’s image; wounded, vulnerable, mocked by soldiers, crucified with the thieves, very human! Personally, this is the King’s image that I can relate with. A suffering King like any human being. I feel the confidence to turn to Him for help, He knows what I am going through because He has been there! Jesus, King of the Universe, help the many people who are suffering at this time. Amen.

A Thought for Every Day     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard

November 19 - Essentially charity must be affectionate (cf. Rm 12:10), practiced joyfully (cf. 2 Cor 9:7) because love is active. In this way, there will be no more ill manners. Charity is not something merely to be dispensed with, but a royal virtue. We must rejoice to replace a small action with a greater one. When we do a good deed, it should be with delight, so that the grace will be complete, like God… (conference, July 1960)

A Thought for Every Day     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard

November 18 - You should love your neighbor with all your heart, without any antipathy. In God, love is positive. In the commandments, love of neighbor is expressed negatively in order to get rid of all that is wrong in our affections and motivations. The love of the heart desires only spiritual and temporal well-being. Love is the inclination of our heart for the advantage of our neighbor. The one who has only charity of the mind has nothing. (Conference, July 1960)

A Thought for Every Day     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard

November 17 - If we die to ourselves, our Lord will live in us almost imperceptibly. Since love is our rule and our life, it will be active in us by its very spontaneity. If our mind asks for obedience and our heart sees only God, love will become our primary motivation, our rule of life. (Conference to the Servants of the Blessed Sacrament, Sept 20, 1862)

A Thought for Every Day     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard

November 16 - For love to bear fruit, it produces two things: conformity of the will to our Lord’s, and total dedication to this divine will. (Conference, September 20, 1862)

A Thought for Every Day     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard

November 15 – Many of our brothers have already arrived. They are ahead of us, leaving us the example of their lives, and supporting is with their intercessions. (PG 258)

A Thought for Every Day     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard

November 14 – one of the greatest joys that we shall experience in heaven, will be to learn the details of the merciful goodness of God towards us. (PT 159,1)

A Thought for Every Day     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard

November 14 – one of the greatest joys that we shall experience in heaven, will be to learn the details of the merciful goodness of God towards us. (PT 159,1)

God Listens to Our Prayers     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

November 12, Saturday, 32nd Week in Ordinary Time – [ Will not God then serve the right of his chosen ones who will call out to him day and night? Luke 18:1-18] Yes, I always believe that God listens to our prayers. His answer may be like ‘seemingly delay’ at times but the bottom line is, He listens and answers our prayers. The challenge here is to be persistent, to persevere in prayer no matter what… Lord grant me the grace to persevere in prayer, Amen.

When Jesus Come     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

November 11, Friday, 32nd Week in Ordinary Time – [In Noah's day, so will it also be in the days of the Son of man. People were eating and drinking, marrying wives and husbands, right up to the day Noah went into the ark, and the Flood came and destroyed them all.. Luke 13: 26-37] In Noah’s days, he prepared in advance by building an ark in preparation for the great flood. People mocked him but nevertheless he continued his preparation. At the end, he was saved, his family was saved from the flood. Jesus is telling in this Gospel that He will come in the least expected time. He may come through the people I meet, through my community, or through the events of my daily routine. Thus, I must always be alert and be prepared for his coming. Lord, I pray for an openness and readiness to welcome you in my daily life. I may not miss the opportunity to feel your presence around me and within me. Amen.


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