This devotional is uniquely Catholic in that the meditation is based on the daily readings for the Mass, called the Lectionary. But you don't have to be Catholic to find a home here! Click on 'Today's reading' for the lectionary link to read the bible readings, then click the back button and spend a few minutes with the meditation. Relax! This is your time, well deserved, much needed, and holy. Let all the things you "should be doing" melt away and bask in the presence of your God who loves you!

Before we begin, let us pray,

Father, you created me and put me on earth for a purpose. Jesus, you died for me and called me to complete your work. Holy Spirit, you help me to carry out the work for which I was created and called. In your presence and name - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - I begin my meditation.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Take courage.

Lectionary: 350
Reading 1
Responsorial Psalm

St. Augustine of Canterbury

St. Augustine of Canterbury was a saint who needed lots of encouragement. Sent to convert the Anglo-Saxons in England, he looked to Pope Gregory for advice and support. With a daunting task ahead of him, St. Augustine received a letter from Pope Gregory the Great who wrote: "He who would climb to a lofty height must go by steps, not leaps."
One more thing: In today's gospel, the blind man calls out to Jesus hoping to get his attention. When Jesus calls for him, the disciples tell Bartimaeus to have courage, that Jesus is calling him. Jesus has called you to motherhood, but did anyone tell you to have courage? Did anyone tell you there would be days you might want to throw in the towel or pull your hair out? Jesus calls Bartimaeus, but he also gives him the gift of healing. Jesus will give you the gift you need to do what he has called you to do. So, take courage and ask the Lord for what you need to make the daily steps to raise your kids. 
Prayer: Dear Lord, you know my weaknesses. Like Bartimaeus, I may be blind to what keeps me from being the person and mother you want me to be. Heal my weaknesses so that I may answer your call more fully. In your name I pray, Amen. St. Augustine, pray for me. 

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