Daily Reflection — From Small Beginnings


A Daily Reflection on the Scripture Readings at Mass…

And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” The Lord replied, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to [this] mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.” (Luke 17:5-6)


Each morning when I awake, I first thank God for seeing me safely through the night and granting me a new day. I ask Him for the grace to know and understand what He calls me to do in the ordinary moments of this day, and the courage to follow His will. Above all, I ask for an increase in Faith, Hope and Charity—for myself and my loved ones—in order that we may attain our end.

Asking the Lord for an increase in Faith is a good thing! A gift from God, this theological virtue makes me able to perform all that the Lord asks of me and to do so in a way that is pleasing to Him.

From the first moments of Faith, even when our faith is quite small, we are able to do far more than we might imagine. The faith that God as given to us is the very power of Almighty God to do great things. And we should never forget or neglect this gift!


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Deacon Mike Bickerstaff Editor-In-Chief, ICL

Deacon Michael Bickerstaff is the Editor in chief and co-founder of the The Integrated Catholic Life.™ A Catholic Deacon of the Roman Rite for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Deacon Bickerstaff is assigned to St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church where he is the Director of Adult Education and Evangelization.

He is also the Founder and President of Virtue@Work, where he provides Executive and Personal Coaching, Mentoring and Organizational Consulting. Deacon Mike has 30+ years management consulting experience in senior executive leadership positions providing organizational planning and implementation services with a focus on human resource strategy and tax qualified retirement plan design, administration and compliance.

He is a co-founder of the successful annual Atlanta Catholic Business Conference; the Chaplain of the Atlanta Chapter of the Woodstock Theological Center’s Business Conference; and Chaplain of the St. Peter Chanel Faith at Work Business Association and co-founder and Chaplain of the Marriages Are Covenants Ministry, both of which serve as models for similar parish-based ministries.

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