DHT, 1/9

A good nightly examen…

B-A-K-E-R

B – Blessings. How have I been surrounded by God’s grace today? Name some things in your heart. Thank the Lord!

A – Ask. Ask God to surround with his blessings this or that person, situation, problem. Pray for them with your heart.

K – Kill. How have my sins today hurt the body of Christ? Every ungodly thought, word, action, and omission hurts the body of Christ. Ask for mercy. Make note for your next confession.

E – Embrace. All God to wrap you anew with grace, surround you by his mercy, swaddle you with his love. Fly under the mantle of Mary. Let agitations flee. Enjoy the peace!

R – Resolve. What have I learned from my today that might make a better tomorrow?

DHT, 1/8

St. Faustus of Riez:

For, if we look closely, the very water tells us of our rebirth in baptism. One thing is turned into another from within, and in a hidden way a lesser creature is changed into a greater. All this points to the hidden reality of our second birth. There water was suddenly changed; later it will cause a change in man…. The water in the jars is not less than it was before, but now begins to be what it had not been; so too the law is not destroyed by Christ’s coming, but is made better than it was.

DHT, 1/6

Yesterday’s saint (St John Neumann) said this:

Everyone who breathes, high and low,

educated and ignorant, young and old,

man and woman, has a mission, has a work.

We are not sent into this world for nothing;

we are not born at random;

we are not here, that we may go to bed at night

and get up in the morning, toil for our bread,

eat and drink, laugh and joke,

sin when we have a mind

and reform when we are tired of sinning,

rear a family and die.

God sees every one of us,

He creates every soul . . .

FOR A PURPOSE.

He needs, He deigns to need, every one of us.

He has an end for each of us.

We are all equal in His sight and we are placed

in our different ranks and stations,

not to get what we can out of them for ourselves

but to labour in them for Him.

As Christ has His work, we too have ours –

as He rejoiced to do His work,

we must rejoice in ours also.”

DHT, 1/5

Today’s Gospel features a storm and the disciples are freaking out. The scripture says, “They had not understood the incident of the loaves.” That episode took place just before. The moral of that story is this: Jesus will always take care of things for our good. So calm down! Do not be afraid.