One-Minute Reflection: Amos 3:4 (30 Days of Prayer for Unity #24)

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“Do two journey together unless they have agreed?” (Amos 3:2)

Reflection: St. Valentine’s Day is a symbol of unity. A moment to acknowledge our love for one another. Love is not free from difficulties. On the contrary, trials are what strengthens love.

Christ taught us that lasting love requires devotion, compassion, and reconciliation. Without these virtues, love is like eating food without nutrients on which our body cannot survive, and neither can our relationships.

Today’s Intentions: O Lord, thanks for your example of love. May your love always be our life’s companion, especially during lonely moments. May it be a source of nourishment to bring agreement to our nation.

Peace and Goodness

The Dawn From On High

I took this picture this morning; it reminds me of God’s greatness.

The Dawn of Morning

“In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.” (Luke 1:78-79)

Have a blessed day!

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Beatitude #1 – Blessed are the poor in spirit

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Mathew 5:3)

Let’s pray for our heart to yearn the divine; to detach itself from the false security worldly goods provide.

Let’s pray for the poor; may God provide them consolation and inspire us to have compassion for them; may we learn from the poor’s faith and resolve.

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The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Painted in the year 2000 by the Monastic Fraternity at St. Peter Church, Tilden, Wisconsin, USA
Painted in the year 2000 by the Monastic Fraternity at St. Peter Church, Tilden, Wisconsin, USA

‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’ (Luke 15:6)

Today we celebrate the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. There is not much I can say to express the meaning of today’s solemnity other than Jesus’ love is infinite and merciful. His love is such that he sacrificed his life so we could be saved from evil, redeemed from sin, and be resurrected.

Jesus’ heart is our model to selfless compassion. Jesus is the shepherd I can trust. I know that when lost, Jesus will leave all his sheep in the desert to look for me and he will rejoice when he rescues me. That should be a consolation of mercy for all of us.

May the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus radiate his light on us this day.

Father, we honor the heart of your son, broken by our cruelty, yet symbol of love’s triumph, pledge of all that we are called to be. Teach us the see Christ in the lives we touch and to offer him living worship by love-filled service to our brothers and sisters. We ask through Christ our Lord.

Alternative Opening Prayer, Solemnity of the Sacred Heart (Sacramentary, 1973)

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