His time is short

November 13

“Rejoice then, you heavens
and those who dwell in them!
But woe to the earth and the sea,
for the devil has come down to you
with great wrath,
because he knows that his time is short!”

-Revelation 12:12

 

For Reflection:

The Satan’s time on earth is short but Sacred Scripture tells us that he prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour. When you consider this, how does it motivate you to utilize your spiritual weapons — the rosary, the sacraments, prayer, etc.?

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A single hour

November 12

“And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?”

-Matthew 6:27

 

For Reflection:

How much time is wasted on worry? The grace we expend on worry and regret robs us of the grace we need for the present moment. Entrust your cares to the Lord and live today for the glory and honor of God.

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A day in thy courts

November 11
“How lovely is thy dwelling place,
O Lord of hosts!
My soul longs, yea, faints
  for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and flesh sing for joy
  to the living God.
Even the sparrow finds a home,
  and the swallow a nest for herself,
  where she may lay her young,
at thy altars, O Lord of hosts,
  my King and my God.
Blessed are those who dwell in thy house,
  ever singing thy praise!
Blessed are the men whose strength is in thee,
  in whose heart are the highways to Zion.
As they go through the valley of Baca
  they make it a place of springs;
  the early rain also covers it with pools.
They go from strength to strength;
  the God of gods will be seen in Zion.
O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;
  give ear, O God of Jacob!
Behold our shield, O God;
  look upon the face of thine anointed!
For a day in thy courts is better
  than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
  than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
  he bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does the Lord withhold
  from those who walk uprightly.
O Lord of hosts,
  blessed is the man who trusts in thee!”
-Psalm 84
For Reflection:
We enjoy visiting new cities — the art, architecture, parks, walkways, museums, restaurants, etc. But as the Psalmist exclaims here, “a day in thy courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.” Spend a few minutes recalling some of your favorite “earthly cities” with an appreciation that heaven far surpasses anything that you have ever experienced.

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Every knee shall bow

November 10
“Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written, ‘As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall give praise[b] to God.’ So each of us shall give account of himself to God.”
-Romans 14: 10-11
For Reflection:
Imagine standing before the judgement seat of God.
Will it be a day of joy or sorrow or both? Take those sins and regrets to confession with you on your next visit to the sacrament.

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A thousand hells

November 9
“The torments of a thousand hells are nothing in comparison to the anguish of being banished from everlasting bliss and the vision of God.”
-St. John Chrysostom
For Reflection:
The chief misery of hell is being excluded from the beatific vision for all eternity. What a pity it would be for us if this were our end. Ask God for the grace today to be counted as one of the elect who will enjoy His presence for all eternity.

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Our days are numbered

November 8
“Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures;
yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass,
and we fly away.”
-Psalm 90:10
For Reflection:
Many saints have promoted the practice of regularly reflecting upon one’s own mortality. How does the reality of the shortness of life encourage you to live each day with purpose?

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Enter the narrow gate

November 7
“Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”
-Matthew 7:13-14
For Reflection:
How does this passage inspire you?

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Where, O death, is your sting?

November 5

“Behold, I tell you a mystery. We shall not all fall asleep, but we will all be changed, in an instant, in the blink of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed…
Death is swallowed up in victory.
Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”

-1 Corinthians 15: 51, 52, 55

 

For Reflection:

Death comes to us all, but we have the promise of the resurrection. As Christians, the overriding priority of our lives should be eternity with God, heaven, both for ourselves and as many souls as we can bring with us.
Is this the focus of your life and if not, what needs to change?

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