Daily homily thoughts, 11/16

Dear friends, it is not always easy to discern our vocation and to steer our life in the right direction.  For this reason, there needs to be a renewed commitment on the part of the whole Church – priests, religious, pastoral workers and educators – to provide young people in particular with opportunities for listening and discernment.  There is a need for a youth ministry and a vocational promotion that can open the way to discovering God’s plan, above all through prayer, meditation on God’s word, eucharistic adoration and spiritual accompaniment.  –Pope Francis, World Day of Prayer for Vocations, 2019.

Daily homily thoughts, 11/15

Eye has not seen, ear has not heard what God has ready for those who love him. Spirit of love, come, give us the mind of Jesus, teach us the wisdom of God.

When pain and sorrow weigh us down, be near to us, O Lord, forgive the weakness of our faith, and bear us up within your peaceful word.

Our lives are but a single breath, we flower and we fade, yet all our days are in your hands, so we return in love what love has made.

To those who see with eyes of faith, the Lord is ever near, reflected in the faces of all the poor and lowly of the world.

Daily homily thoughts, 11/9

Saint Caesarius of Arles: “Whenever we come to church, we must prepare our hearts to be as beautiful as we expect this church to be. Do you wish to find this basilica immaculately clean? Then do not soil your soul with the filth of sins. Do you wish this basilica to be full of light? God too wishes that your soul be not in darkness, but that the light of good works shine in us, so that he who dwells in the heavens will be glorified. Just as you enter this church building, so God wishes to enter into your soul, for he promised: I shall live in them, and I shall walk the corridors of their hearts.”