Daily Reflection

Catholic reflection of the day on a Person of the Trinity, bible passages, events in the life of Christ, the lives of saints, and other topics of interest.

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The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 16:24-25) But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are […]

"Childhood of Christ" (detail) by Gerrit van Honthorst

Daily Reflection — God’s Gift of Grace

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10) In Him all things are possible, nothing matters without Him. It is only by the grace of God that we have been saved and it is only by His grace that we are able to perform […]

"Creation of Adam" (detail) by Michelangelo

Daily Reflection—Teach Me Your Ways

Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! (Psalm 139:23-24). The busy nature of our lives may sometimes make God seem far away, but He is always present to us. He loves us into being by His […]

Daily Reflection—Desire Prayer, Not Signs

Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to him, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” (Matthew 12:38). I suspect that each of us, from time to time, desire a sign—some indication from God that everything is alright and that we are on the right path. But, Jesus tells us that we have enough signs, if we […]

Daily Reflection—There Is No Fear In Love

So we know and believe the love God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. In this is love perfected with us, that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so are we in this world. There is no fear in […]

“Christ at 33” (detail) by Hofmann

Daily Reflection—The Lord Stands at the Door and Knocks

  Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. (Revelation 3:20). The Lord wants to enter into your heart and be with you… yes, YOU! He stands at the door and knocks. Will you open up […]

"King David in Prayer (detail)" by Pieter de Grebber

Daily Reflection — Create in Us a New Heart

Fridays are penitential days. Just as we celebrate His Resurrection each Sunday, we recall that it was on a Friday that our Lord suffered His crucifixion, dying on the Cross for each of us. On Fridays, we perform some act of self-denial to make reparation for sin and to honor our Lord by turning from sin.  We should also perform added […]

"Christ the Consolator" (detail) by Carl Bloch

Daily Reflection—In God Alone

My soul rests in God alone, from whom comes my salvation. God alone is my rock and salvation, my fortress; I shall never fall. (Psalm 62:2-3). Psalm 62 is (one of the Psalms recited this evening at Vespers) speaks of the joy and confidence from knowing God intimately as the only One in whom we can ever find the fullness […]

Pope Saint John Paul II

Daily Reflection—Laborers for the Harvest

And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every infirmity. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the […]

The healing of a bleeding woman, Rome, Catacombs of Marcellinus and Peter.

Daily Reflection—Saving Faith

“If I only touch his garment, I shall be made well.” Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was made well. (Matthew 9:21-22). Today’s Gospel reading (Matthew 9:18-26) tells the story of Jesus raising an official’s deceased daughter to life. While this story is playing out, a […]