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.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Being saints.

Lectionary: 667
Reading 1
Responsorial Psalm
Reading 2
Feast of All Saints

Jesus gives us a clear account of what people in heaven are like. Today's sermon on the Beatitudes provides a road map for all of us who want to be saints. You don't have to have a religious vocation or save the world to get there. You simply have to follow the Beatitudes.
One more thing: I often say that if I'm being kind to my kids, I'm living the gospel. Today's reading brings home the simplicity of that statement. I don't have to end world hunger, I just have to lovingly feed a hungry child. I don't have to bring peace to the Middle East, I just have to promote peace in my own home. I don't have to be a martyr, but I have to bear the criticism that comes from others concerning how I raise my family, with grace.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, it sounds so easy to get to heaven, but each day I fail to follow your commands as I ought. Please forgive me when I fail, and give me the grace to live the Beatitudes within my own family so that one day we all may be saints in heaven with you. In your name I pray, Amen.

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