Daily Reflection

"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 […]

Photograph © by Andy Coan

How the Weakness of the Cross Makes Us Strong

“When I am weak, then I am strong”; “power made perfect in weakness.” Such verses are often cited as key to spiritual growth, but do we really understand what they are talking about? Can anyone ever understand? Yes. If we couldn’t understand it at all, God would not have told it to us. God does not waste words. It is […]

Daily Reflection — A Generous Heart

“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back. Why do you see […]

"The Holy Family (detail)" by Murillo

Lessons from the Holy Family

The Feast of the Holy Family celebrates the holiness and joy of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph of Nazareth. Each year, this celebration occurs on the Sunday following Christmas Day, unless Christmas falls on a Sunday, then it falls on the following Friday—which it does this year! The Church wants us to see the important link between […]

"Adoration of the Shepherds" (detail) by Murillo

Merry Christmas from Integrated Catholic Life

And the angel said to them, “Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a babe wrapped […]

Daily Reflection — As We Approach the Crib

Just hours before we approach the Crib, God speaks to us a liberating word. God needs my YES – AND — if it is not yet a perfect YES, I am not disqualified. The Archangel Gabriel didn’t get as faith-filled reception from Zechariah as he did from Mary. Zechariah wanted an explanation from God and his disbelief had its consequences: […]