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.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Praise and glory.

Lectionary: 499
Reading 1
Responsorial Psalm
St. Elizabeth of Hungary

Everyone in today's first reading gives praise to almighty God! In John's vision, nothing else matters. Their existence is simply to give praise to God. Life here on earth shouldn't be any different!
One more thing: Today's readings make me wonder how I am praising God in my life. St. Elizabeth of Hungary is a great example of a woman who praised God daily. She was the daughter of a king and married to a nobleman. She was a mother and head of a household. She still managed to praise God through her works of charity and almsgiving. She was known as a simply woman who could have lived a life of extravagance but chose to help those in need instead. She died at the age of 24 and was so revered, she was canonized just four years later.
Prayer: Father in heaven, I praise you and give you glory! Help me to live that praise in my actions each day and model praise to my family. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen. St. Elizabeth, pray for me.

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