Reflections


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

September 10 – Lend your mind, your will, your hands to your neighbor but remain free from every person and their affairs in the divine sanctuary of your soul; let it be the Holy of Holies for God and for you, the Tabernacle where God alone resides. (CO 1243)

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

September 9 - Spiritual freedom comes when a soul has found its energy of love. Keep your freedom in your affections and actions. (CO 1085)

The Birth of Mary     by:   Sr. Leizle SSS

September 8, The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary – [“Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel.” Matthew 1:23] Thank you Mama Mary for the gift of your person, for allowing yourself to carry in your womb my Savior Jesus Christ. Help me mother to get closer to Jesus, your Son. May your ‘YES’ to God, be always my model of true service to my neighbour and my God. Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

The Beatitudes     by:   Sr. Leizle SSS

September 7, Wednesday, 23rd Week in Ordinary Time – [The Beatitudes: Blessed are you who are poor… hungry… weeping… when people hate you… Luke 6:20-26] Oftentimes, I struggle a lot to make sense of the painful and difficult experiences in my life. God’s way is beyond my understanding and the least thing that I can do is to keep my faith and trust in Him. God has an answer if I continue to seek out His wisdom. Lord, help me to find blessings in the many challenges and hardships of life. Help me to see Your hand at work in transforming my difficult moments to a grace-filled opportunity of spiritual growth. Amen.

To Pray     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

September 6, Tuesday, 23rd Week in Ordinary Time – [Jesus went out to the mountain to pray; And when day came, he called his disciples and chose twelve of them… Luke 6:12-19] Jesus spent a lengthy time of prayer before choosing his 12 apostles… It shows how important prayer is, when making tough decisions. It is always good to seek God's will in our lives. Lord, grant me the desire to desire Your will in my life and the courage to follow you wherever you lead me. Amen.

Charity above the Law     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

September 5, Monday, 23rd Week in Ordinary Time [“I ask you, is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it’?] Now is the time to do good things for our neighbours, especially those who are in need. Why wait for tomorrow when we can extend our help right now?

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

September 4, Love is a consuming fire, everything ought to sustain it, especially what surrounds us, crucifies us, fills our life. We only need to give back to God everything he gives us, making it pass through the fire of love. As you know, love is active, enterprising, while still being calm and peaceful. (CO 201)

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

September 3, We do not define feelings, we feel them. Can we express what fire is? We feel it, we sat. It burns, that's all. If we cannot define an element that we can see, how can we define divine love when we are immersed in it. (PR 8,4)

The New Wineskin     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

September 2, Friday, 22nd Week Ordinary Time – [“No one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins, and it will be spilled, and the skins will be ruined. Rather, new wine must be poured into fresh wineskins.” Luke 5:33-379] By virtue of my Baptism, I became a new creation, a new member of God’s family, new life in Christ. Furthermore, by virtue of my Religious Profession, the more that I became a ‘new’ creation, in the sense that I consecrate my life for the Lord. I have received abundant grace and mercy that may have transformed my old self to a new creation. I asked myself, am I truly a new creation in Christ? Have I turned from my self-centeredness to other-centeredness? From loving to a more loving person? Have I truly embraced the Gospel values and allowed God to transform my life? Lord, please do make me a new creation. Transform me and renew me completely. May my new life in You be one that continually receives the full outpouring of Your grace and mercy. Amen.

'Put into the Deep'     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

September 1, Thursday, 22nd Week Ordinary Time – […Jesus said to Simon, 'Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.' Simon answered, 'Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.' When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break… Luke 5:1-11] ‘Put out into the deep water’. Contemplating this Gospel reading, I am afraid of going into the sea because I don’t know how to swim… I fear the unknown, just as I fear the deep blue sea... Through the intercession of St. Peter, strengthen my faith and trust in God when I’m asked to ‘let down my nets’ into unknown territory. Amen.

The Need for Prayer     by:   Sr. leizle, SSS

August 31, Wednesday, 22nd Week Ordinary Time – [ …As the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various kinds of diseases brought them to him (Jesus); and he laid his hands on each of them and cured them… At daybreak he departed and went into a deserted place…Luke 4:38-44] After performing so many healings for the people, Jesus had gone to the deserted place to pray, to be with the Father. Then He could attend to the needs of people around him… I also need my moments of stillness and reflection, to pray to God, to anchor myself to Him so that I will have the strength to do my ministry.

The demons within     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

August 30, Tuesday, 22nd Week Ordinary Time – [‘Be silent and leave this man!’ The evil spirit threw the man down in front of them. Luke 4:31-37] In the synagogue, a sacred place of worship, there was a man possessed by a demon. Jesus exorcised the evil spirit and the man was healed. I am struck with this story because the evil spirit was inside the synagogue, a holy place! This shows that the demons are desperate to win the people at all cost. They are present even in the most holy place… This made me reflect that every faithful is sacred, my body is sacred. By virtue of my baptism I became the temple of the Holy Spirit! But then, there are also little ‘demons’ residing in my heart, ready to ravish me if given the chance. Pride, greed, sloth, lust, envy, etc. It is only by attaching myself to God, keeping my prayer life that will strengthen me to resist and avoid my evil tendencies.

The Beheading of St. John the Baptist     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

August 29, Memorial of the Beheading of John the Baptist, Martyr – [The girl hurried back to the king’s presence and made her request, “I want you to give me at once on a platter the head of John the Baptist.” The king was deeply distressed, but because of his oaths and the guests he did not wish to break his word to her. So he promptly dispatched an executioner with orders to bring back his head. Matthew 6:25-27] This sad story, the beheading of John the Baptist, reveals the reality of sin and violence in our world such as the presence of corrupt leaders and many cases of unjust killings of innocent people around us. John the Baptist was beheaded because he spoke of truth and openly chastised immoral acts of his time. In our life as Christians, we are called to speak of the truth and fight for justice. This mission is not easy. While we defend the truth and fight for justice, most likely we are also about to lose our life. But take courage, never let the hardships of life deter us from our commitment to God because God Himself is with us! Thank you Lord for the witness of John the Baptist, and I pray for the courage to be true to myself and to stand up to what I believe in. Amen.

Talents     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

August 27, Saturday, 21st week Ordinary Time – [He gave five talents, two talents and one talent… Matthew 25: 14-30] God has given me unique gifts and talents. Do I recognize my giftedness? Do I know what my gifts are? I take my time to dwell and be grateful as I recognize and count my talents, gifts, blessings, graces that God has given me to use, for the service of others and to give glory to His name. Thank you Lord for your generosity!

Foolish or Wise     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

August 26, Friday, 21st week Ordinary Time – [“The kingdom of heaven shall be compared to ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.* Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps… Matthew 24:42-51] I am one of the virgins who took their lamps to meet the bridegroom. Am I one of the foolish or the wise? Do I have the perseverance to seek and to wait for Bridegroom to come into my daily life?

Stay Awake!     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

Thursday, 21st week Ordinary Time – [“Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.” Matthew 24:42] The Lord Jesus Christ is coming! Am I ready to stand before Him when He comes? God comes (by grace) in my daily life… in the person of each sisters in my community, in every encounter I have with them- be it negative or positive circumstances, in every prayer period I make before the Blessed Sacrament exposed, in every work that I do (in my room, in the retreat house, in the garden). God comes to me in my daily living. The question is, am I sensitive to His Presence, to His outpouring Grace on me, to His Voice speaking to me? Lord, help me to seek Your voice and be attentive to Your presence in my life. May I continuously be awake and ready to hear You when You call. Amen.

Woe to You! (3)     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

August 24, Wednesday, 21st week Ordinary Time – ['Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which on the outside look beautiful, but inside they are full of the bones of the dead and of all kinds of filth. Matthew 23:27-32] Appearance can be deceiving. Jesus is expressing his disappointment and frustrations to the Pharisees and Scribes who put on an external show of religious perfection but inside their hearts and minds are full of pride and hatred and contempt for other people. I should guard myself because I can also fall into the same trap and sometimes see myself or my behaviour on a higher level than others. It is as if I am saying ‘I am better than you!’ Almighty God, I pray that my heart be clear, so that I may be aware of the inconsistencies in my thoughts and in my actions. I also ask for pardon for all my hypocrisy, and pray for those who suffer because of my weakness. Amen.

Woe to You! (2)     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

August 23, Tuesday, 21st week Ordinary Time – [ "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint, dill, and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. It is these you ought to have practiced without neglecting the others…You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup, so that the outside also may become clean." Matthew 23:23-26] On the outside, the Pharisees and Scribes look ‘holy’ but inside there is a lack of a true Gospel spirit. They are particular with the law but not with the spirit of the law. Inside of them are “full of greed and self-indulgence”. The true gospel spirit is one of love, integrity, compassion and a sense of justice for all. I can identify myself with the Pharisees and the scribes. Many times I also fail in my relationship with others especially with my community members. I easily get irritated or angry with petty things in community life’s realities; I judge my sisters, I make conclusions, I avoid confrontations, I give silent treatment and cold shoulders to others, I play indifference to my co-sisters, etc. Lord, please clean the inside of my cup, so that my heart may be filled with your love and your grace. In my daily examen make me aware of the subtle ways in which I can spoil what you are trying to do through me. This I pray, amen.

Woe to You!     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

August 22, Monday, 21st week Ordinary Time – [‘But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you lock people out of the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 23:13-22] I am a Blessed Sacrament religious sister. Sometimes, I have this moment of feeling ashamed of myself when I see some other religious who seem to drift away from the vows we have professed (poverty, chastity and obedience). I myself am not exempted here. People are looking at me (at us) with respect and reverence because I am a (we are) religious, supposedly woman of God, for God and for people… when I look into my heart, I am confronted with a question; Am I really witnessing Christ in my life? Lord, fill me with your love that I may love the way You love. Amen.

The Narrow Gate     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

August 21, 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time. [“Strive to enter through the narrow gate” Lk 13:22–30 (C)] Living out the Christian life is never easy. It is like passing through a narrow gate. Lord, I pray for the grace of courage and humility to always choose to do good in my daily life. Amen.

Service     by:   Sr. Leizle SSS

August 20, Saturday, 20th week Ordinary Time – [ The greatest among you will be your servant. All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted." Matthew 23:1-12] Kingly mission, one of the threefold missions in Christ (Priestly, Prophetic and Kingly Mission) which means service to others’ needs. A real authority is a form of service. By virtue of our baptism, we are all brothers and sisters in Christ and we share in His mission. Jesus is telling us that the greatest among us is not the one who has the impressive titles but rather the one who best serves the needs of people around them. I reflect today, how do I give my service to others?

The Greatest Commandment     by:   Sr. Leizle SSS

August 19, Friday, 20th week Ordinary Time – [ “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:34-37] “With all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” In other words, with my whole being! But what does it mean to love God with my whole being? First and foremost, let me be aware and be in-touch with God's way of loving; it is the love of Jesus who died for all humanity. In a very personal way, God loves me in spite of my sinfulness. No amount of my sins that I committed that can separate me from His love. In fact, in my unworthiness, He called me to be his servant in the Blessed Sacrament… I reflect today, how about me? How is my love for God? Am I all-in for Him? Am I completely committed to serving my Lord and His holy will? Lord, help me to love You with my whole heart, mind, soul and strength. Help me to love You with my whole being. May Your love transform me into Your instrument of grace for others. Amen.

The Banquet     by:   Sr. Leizle SSS

August 18, Thursday, 20th week, Ordinary Time – [“Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.” … For many are called, but few are chosen.’ Matthew 22:1-14] I contemplate: the King has sent me an invitation for his wedding banquet. I went in. I saw many people in the hall, of all ages with different status- poor, rich, simple, extravagant, elite, ordinary, etc. The King is very pleased looking at the number of people who came to his banquet. He mingled with them and talked to them. I felt warm in my heart looking at the Mighty King descending from his throne to mingle and interact with his invited people. I behold, who is this Mighty King who is generous to invite all walks of life and be able to interact with each one? O God, help me to respond as best as I can to Your holy invitation. Amen.

Envy     by:   Sr. Leizle SSS

August 17, Wednesday, 20th week, Ordinary Time – [“Are you envious because I am generous?” Matthew 20:15b] This line comes from the parable of the landowner who hired workers at five different times during the day (first- hired at dawn, second at 9 a.m., others at noon, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m). Those hired at dawn worked about twelve hours and those hired at 5 p.m. worked only an hour. Surprisingly, the owner paid all the workers the same amount as if they all worked a full twelve hour day… My initial reaction here… I got envious, if I may say in words- it is unfair, it is unjust. But when I set my eyes on the Owner (God Himself), all I can see is His generosity that is beyond comprehension. He is indeed the God of Generosity who gave His All for all- Jews and Gentiles, young and old, women and men, sinners and saints! Lord, there is envy in my heart. Grant me the grace of humility to surrender that over to You. Teach my heart to have a sincere gratitude for the many graces and mercy You have given me and to the people around me. Amen.

A Thought for Today     by:   Sr. Leizle SSS

August 16, Tuesday, 20th week, Ordinary Time – [Peter said in reply, ‘Look, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man is seated on the throne of his glory, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold, and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first. Matthew 19:23-30 ] As a young religious, sometimes I find myself asking the same questions as Peter in today’s reading especially when I am having difficulties in my vocation- living community life, doing my ministry, and persistent personal issues that need head-on battle; ‘What about us? We have left everything and followed you. What are we to have, then?’ When I have these thoughts, I look back at the times when Jesus’ promise of a hundredfold return for anything I gave up came true in my life. I let myself be touched by God’s generous love and faithfulness.


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