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.

Sunday, October 3, 2010


Lectionary: 141
Reading 1
Responsorial Psalm
Reading 2
St. Mother Theodore Guerin

Like the Old Testament prophet, St. Mother Theodore knew violence and discord. Her father was murdered when she was just 15. She cared for her mother and sister and then entered the convent at the age of 25. An early illness left her in fragile health. Still, followed the leadership of her superiors and left France to come to the United States in 1840. She and her community encountered many difficulties which led her to tell them, "Have confidence in the Providence that so far has never failed us. The way is not yet clear. Grope along slowly. Do not press matters; be patient, be trustful.” 
One more thing: The message of St. Mother Theodore matches today's gospel message. Jesus encourages us to plug along with life, doing what we have to do despite the difficulties. The apostles knew, however, that faith is the key. By increasing our faith, we are able to handle all of life's challenges. Especially the challenges that come with motherhood! 
Prayer: Lord Jesus, increase my faith! Help me to rely fully on you and then be bold in my testimony as St. Paul commands. I love you Lord Jesus and pray all this in your precious name, Amen. St. Mother Theodore Guerin, pray for me. 

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