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.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Great love.

Lectionary: 459
Reading 1
Responsorial Psalm
St. Therese of the Child Jesus

"Without love, deeds even the most brilliant, count as nothing." St. Therese of Lisieux.
One more thing: In today's first reading, I imagine Job as a southerner. I can just hear him saying, "Well, shut my mouth!" God humbles Job by showing his almighty greatness. St. Therese knew the awesome power of God, but also had a deeply personal love of Christ. She was humble, yet bold in her acts of love and charity. My vocation of motherhood provides me with unlimited opportunities to practice great love doing small deeds. When I change a diaper without a sigh, willingly get up in the night with a crying child, dirty the kitchen and make an extra snack for a growing and constantly hungry teen, I am demonstrating great love. It gives me great hope to know that if I follow St. Therese's example, I will be a saint too!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for all the opportunities to show great love to my children. Help me to keep emotions and fatigue in check, and to choose to show love in all situations. I ask this in your precious name, Amen. St. Therese, pray for me.

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