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.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Putting faith into practice.

Lectionary: 438

Reading 1
Responsorial Psalm
Blessed Frederick Ozanam

It's interesting that today's saint was a lawyer, teacher, husband and father. When Blessed Frederick was in law school in Paris, he formed a discussion society with people of other faiths. One member challenged him, "What do you do besides talk to prove the faith you claim is in you?" Ouch! Frederick immediately put his faith into action and formed the St. Vincent de Paul society to help the poor.
One more thing: In today's first readying, St. Paul asks us the same question. Is our faith all talk? Do I profess yet deny by my actions? How does my Christian faith show itself to others? What about if the 'others' you see all day are your children, the grocery store clerk, the mailman, the preschool teacher? How can I put my faith into action in my daily life? Feel free to leave ideas about your daily faith practice in the comment section!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for your divine justice and your infinite mercy. Help me to show my faith in you in the way I interact with my children and those around me each day. In your precious name I pray, Amen. Blessed Frederick, pray for me.

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