Meditations

CCC42511-115

Corpus Christi Cathedral – Corpus Christi, TX

Even though we have online access to the Word among us, the concluding thought on its daily meditation is lost once the day passes; so I’ll post the timely nuggets here weekly (newest to oldest) along with a photo of Sunday’s altar.

“This is the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it” (Psalm 118:24).

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St. Joseph (11.11.17; below, 11.13.11) – Port Aransas, TX

November 12 – 18, 2017: 32nd week in Ordinary Time

Love divine, all love endures.  These are the end times, some are saying.  But this is people’s time.  Disasters and terrible times have been coming a long time.  Not even Jesus knows when the end of time will be.  Only God knows.

We need to prepare for the time when God calls us.

Decisions are made, but they’re not kept.  We make all kinds of promises but don’t keep them.  We have a tendency to put off change.  The first reading tells us that we need to work on wisdom so that we know what’s right.

We are called to make our lives the best we can daily.  My morning offering is simple: “Lord, let everything I do today give you praise.”  Wisdom leads me to do that correctly.

Tonight let’s ask the Lord to give us wisdom (Msgr. Mark Chamberlain at 5 P.M. Mass).

“Jesus, I believe in you!” (November 2017, p. 33).

“Thank you, Lord, for surrounding me and holding me in your arms” (p. 34).

“Father, thank you for making me for heaven!” (p. 35).

All glory and honor is yours, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!  Thank you for all you have given us! (p. 36).

Jesus, shine your light into my heart.  Help me to live in the light of your love today (p. 37).

Lord of Creation, I love you!  Each time I see one of your wonders, help me to turn to you in thanksgiving (p. 38).

Jesus, I bring my needs to you boldly and confidently.  I will trust in you even while I wait to see your will unfold (p. 39).

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St. Benedict – San Benito, TX

November 5 – 11, 2017: 31st week in Ordinary Time

What is love?  Once we know, we act.  Sometimes kids dislike what parents say, even when it’s for their own good.  As we start the week, let us consider two questions.  First, what are actions that can, in a personal way, be corrupted?  Second, how can we be living witnesses and testimony for those in need of the gospel, those in need of a kind word? (Fr. Luis Tinajero at 5:30 P.M. Mass).

Thank you, Lord, for your gift of love.  Help me to love people as faithfully as you love me (November 2017, p. 26).

“Father, thank you for your unconditional love” (p. 27).

Jesus, thank you for seeking after me!  Bring me closer to you (p. 28).

“Father, show me how I have been loved so that I can offer the same love to my neighbor” (p. 29).

Jesus, let your living water flow through the barren parts of my heart.  Lord, I need your life! (p. 30).

“Lord, teach me to be prudent as I reach out to people in your name” (p. 31).

Jesus, open my eyes to see your presence in simple miracles today.  Lord, I want to praise your works (p. 32).

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Sacred Heart – Corpus Christi, TX

October 29 – November 4, 2017: 30th week in Ordinary Time

Last Sunday was the feast of St. John Paul II.  In him we have a role model for today’s gospel.  Jesus asked him many times, “Do you love me?”  And John Paul loved God no matter the atrocities he saw.

When man is love, God is love because man is the image of God.  If we put life into these words, we are all brothers and sisters.

Jesus will always ask, “Do you love me?”

To love God is to be in a profound relationship because he knows us better than we know ourselves.  To love God is to love and honor others through concrete acts of compassion and mutual respect (Fr. Matthew Stepan at 5:30 P.M. Mass).

“Thank you, Lord, for hearing the cry of the poor, the refugee, and the outsider” (October 2017, p. 49).

Jesus, you know better than I that I need healing.  Open my heart to hear the words that will set me free (p. 50).

Thank you, Lord, for the promise of future glory!  Help me keep my eyes on you (p. 51).

Jesus, set me on the path to sainthood by showing me how to serve you.  Lord, I want to help build your kingdom! (November 2017, p. 22).

Father, thank you for the people you have put in my life, especially those who now sleep in faith.  Together we place our hope in your promise of resurrection (p. 23).

Lord, we pray for our Jewish brothers and sisters.  Remember your covenant faithfulness (p. 24).

“Father, show me how to cooperate with you” (p. 25).

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St. Paul the Apostle – (Flour Bluff) Corpus Christi, TX

October 22 – 28, 2017: 29th week in Ordinary Time

Today is Mission Sunday.  Sharing God’s time, talent, and treasure with others is our decision to make (Fr. Joseph Nguyen at 8:30 A.M. Mass).

Here I am, Lord.  Teach me how to change my corner of the world (September 2017, p. 42).

“Holy Spirit, help me to build more loving relationships with the people you have placed in my life” (p. 43).

“Lord, teach me how to serve as selflessly and humbly as you do” (p. 44).

Lord, I present myself to you.  Use me however you will today to rescue those who are trapped by the enemy.  Let my eyes be your eyes; my hands, your hands; and my heart, your heart of love for all your children (p. 45).

Thank you, Jesus, for planting me near running water.  Draw me near the life-giving stream of the Mass (p. 46).

Thank you, Lord, for your grace.  Everything I am and have and do flows from your goodness (p. 47).

“Lord, thank you for making us part of your being” (p. 48).

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Sacred Heart – Corpus Christi, TX

October 15 – 21, 2017: 28th week in Ordinary Time

Today’s first reading is a beautiful invitation to God’s banquet, and it bears two messages: Good things come from God only.  He saves us from death and from sin.

The message from the responsorial psalm is simple.  “I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.”

The second reading tells us that our strength comes from the Lord.  We have lived in good moments and in bad moments.  Sometimes we have lived through very difficult times, but our power comes from the strength of God.

Matthew’s gospel continues today and ends on the feast of Christ the King, November twenty-sixth.  Then the liturgical year begins with Mark, the shortest gospel.

In today’s parable, Jesus Christ again addresses the leaders of the church, which is very sad.  Similarly, Pope Francis tells us that we need to open the church to everyone.  We cannot stay inside waiting for people to show up.  The king prepared a banquet for his son’s wedding.  Who’s the king?  God the Father.   Who’s the son?  Jesus Christ.  And the most difficult servants?  The prophets in the Old Testament.

Jesus Christ invited everyone, but what happened?  The beautiful message is in the last two verses.

I asked my family, “Why don’t you go to church?”  Because Mass is boring.

Many don’t attend.  They have lots of excuses.  The reality is that people work on Sunday; many use the day of the Lord to make money.  Too much to do!  I understand, but we need to make time for the Lord.

A friend told me, “I can’t go to Mass.  I work.”

“What time do you work?” I asked.  “Masses are at different times.”  But there are many excuses.

Why did the king invite everyone but put out only the man without proper attire?  The answer, found in Matthew’s last two verses, can be taken two ways: First, God sent his own son to his own people; but he was rejected. Jesus Christ was the message of salvation not for the Jews, but for the Gentiles.  Second, Why did the king reject the man?  He was unrepentant.

The message is complicated only because we are not free to enjoy the banquet.  Sin is holding us back.  So, let’s practice the message of God.  To live in the word of God, we must first change our ways.  We need to convert ourselves (Fr. Angel Montana at 5 P.M. Mass).

Thank you, Jesus, for inviting me to your banquet.  Help me to follow you (September 2017, p. 35).

Father, thank you for speaking to me through the scriptures.  Holy Spirit, open my heart so that God’s love might penetrate to the depths of my soul (p. 36).

Lord, speak to me at any time of the day.  Help me to recognize your voice (p. 37).

Come, Jesus, lord of the harvest.  I am ready.  Send me! (p. 38).

“Lord, I will wait, in trust, to see what you will do” (p. 39).

“Father, replace my shame and fear with your great love for me” (p. 40).

Father, I believe you are faithful even when life doesn’t seem to make sense.  I trust in you (p. 41).

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St. Luke – Brownsville, TX

October 8 – 14, 2017: 27th week in Ordinary Time

The blessings of God are in our hearts, but sometimes we forget.  We are the vineyard, but we don’t always produce good fruit.  When we forget, it’s easy to complain and to hate.  Sometimes we worry about everything— money, what others say, what our employers think of us, catastrophic storms, earthquakes, and more.  St. Paul tells us to have no anxiety at all, but to approach our problems with prayer and thanksgiving.  After we try our best, place matters in God’s hands and don’t worry.  Our lives aren’t easy, but God never abandons us.  Remember what God does and how he lovingly takes care of the vineyard (Fr. Fernando Gonzalez at 11 A.M. Mass).

“Lord, thank you for guarding me with your peace!” (September 2017, p. 28).

Lord, thank you for not giving up on me even when I’m running away.  Draw me today into your loving protection (p. 29).

Jesus, come be my guest!  I want to welcome you into my heart and make a home for you there (p. 30).

Father, help me to laugh at the ways my ideas fall short of yours.  Teach me your compassion (p. 31).

Father, I want to get to know you better.  Open my eyes to your goodness and love (p. 32).

Father, set me free and strengthen me by your grace.  Help me to be vigilant against the wiles of the devil.  Lord, I place my life in your hands (p. 33).

“Lord, I praise you for stopping at nothing to bring me back to you, to make me holy, and to fill me with your love” (p. 34).

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Sacred Heart – Corpus Christi, TX

October 1 – 7, 2017: 26th week in Ordinary Time

I recently received a book of jokes to practice my English.  [Fr. Angel  laughed.]  I’ll share a nice one.  [He laughed again.]  A mother kept telling her son to get up for Mass.  “But I don’t want to!” he kept insisting.  “Get up!” the mother persisted.  “You’re the priest!”  The lesson?  Be obedient to God.

Today’s first reading touches on fairness, justice.  Isaiah says that life is about us, not God.  We have free will, so we choose our crosses.  We shouldn’t say “it’s not fair.”

The second reading is an invitation to reflect on our attitude.  Trying our best is not easy, but possible.  For Jesus Christ life is about one thing: obedience to God.  This is why he was taken up to heaven.  He was obedient; he followed God’s teachings.  Many blessings come to us when we’re obedient.

This Sunday’s gospel is a beautiful parable.  A father has two sons whom he asks to work in the vineyard.  The first says no but then obeys; the second says no and doesn’t go.  Jesus asks, “Which of the two obeyed his father?”  The first.  Jesus Christ invites us to be obedient.

When I was an altar server, our priest told us, “God loves us so much that he allows us to be condemned [tested].”  I didn’t understand then, but I know now that God will allow me into heaven if I make the right choices.

So, for your homework this week, I ask that you practice this: What would God do in my place, what would he say, what would he think? (Fr. Angel Montana at 5 P.M. Mass).

“Lord, make me a force for unity” (October 2017, p. 21).

Thank you, Father, for sending an angel to watch over me.  May I come to share your life with all the angels, singing your praises forever (p. 22).

Thank you, Lord, for abiding with me.  Use me to draw more people to you (p. 23).

“Lord, teach me how I can help rebuild your house” (p. 24).

Here I am, Father.  I want to be a laborer in your harvest.  Use me to draw your people into your kingdom (p. 25).

“Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean” (p. 26).

Father, thank you for making me your child and writing my name in heaven.  I rejoice that I belong to you (p. 27).

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St. Luke – Brownsville, TX

September 24 – 30, 2017: 25th week in Ordinary Time

Today’s parable is beautiful.  It is not about abilities or merits, but about the generosity from our God.  The landowner contracted with the first group of workers but not with the last.  Sometimes we try to make contracts with God, but what he offers each of us is a relationship not because of our abilities or merits, but because of his generosity.  Everything we have and everything we are is a blessing from God.  Sometimes we have the attitude of “why do I receive the same— or less?”  In God’s kingdom the last receive the same.  If we receive many blessings, we need to act with generosity.  Don’t be envious.  We receive everything because of God’s love.  Life is our payment.  Go and enjoy life!  Be confident!  Ask God for a brand-new heart.  Think of The Lord’s Prayer.  “Give us this day our daily bread.”  Us.  Everyone has different needs.  Whether we deserve it or not, we should say “thank you” not just for ourselves, but for what others receive too.  Remember that we are not worthy to participate in God’s vineyard but, if we answer God’s call, may our thankful heart be present in every passion.  May the Lord take away the pain in our lives, and may we be glad for every generosity in everyone’s life (Fr. Fernando Gonzalez at 11 A.M. Mass).

“Thank you, Father, for looking after my every need” (September 2017, p. 45).

“Lord, help me to be as generous with your love as you are” (p. 46).

Lord, you can work through anyone.  I believe even I can be essential to your kingdom (p. 47).

“Jesus, I don’t know how to be your messenger but I trust you to be with me as I take the first step in faith today” (p. 48).

“Lord, I delight in you!” (p. 49).

“Jesus, thank you for knowing me, loving me, and walking beside me every day” (p. 50).

Lord, there is no fear on this earth that is bigger than your love.  Jesus, I trust in you! (p. 51).

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St. Luke – Brownsville, TX

September 17 – 23, 2017: 24th week in Ordinary Time

How often must I forgive?  Me?  Only once and that’s enough.  Peter?  Seven times.  Jesus?  Seventy-seven times.  That means always.  To forgive is not easy.  On the cross Jesus taught us to forgive.  If we’re linked with Jesus, we have the ability to forgive.  When we keep the anger, the envy, the desire for revenge, we are heavy.  To forgive is to continue unburdened.  Forgiveness is only possible if we’re united in Jesus.  When we pray the Our Father, we pray with Jesus and are able to forgive.  To pardon is a personal decision.  We need to work on the suffering, not the time.  We may not forget, but we don’t let the past make us suffer either.  Let the Eucharist allow us to forgive, to show mercy.  By mercy we are saved; by mercy we are able to move ahead with grace.  To forgive is the mercy of the Lord in our lives.  May we be carriers of forgiveness (Fr. Fernando Gonzalez at 11 A.M. Mass).

Thank you, Jesus, for showering me with your love.  Lord, help me to be more merciful (September 2017, p. 38).

“Lord, I trust in you,” (p. 39).

Jesus, help me to surrender myself to your perfect plan.  Teach me to trust in you so deeply that I become your ambassador to those around me (p. 40).

Father, I want to live today in the full assurance that I am beloved.  Help me to see it, feel it, believe it (p. 41).

“St. Matthew, pray for us,” (p. 42).

“Jesus, make me your disciple” (p. 43).

“Jesus, show me who could use a kind word today” (p. 44).

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St. Benedict – San Benito, TX

September 10 – 16, 2017: 23rd week in Ordinary Time

To some, this life is a repetition of a previous life.  We keep returning until we get it right.  Everyone wants to reinvent themselves, but what does God want from us?  The fundamental truth is simple.  When we are anchored on God, our life has meaning.  The Lord appoints prophets to bring others back onto the right path, but sometimes we lack the courage to address their flaws.  We gossip instead.  So, let us first confront our flaws and confess our own sins.  Then, let us be inspired to make the fraternal correction so that others can experience God’s mercy and love for themselves (Fr. Luis Tinajero at 5:30 P.M. Mass).

Lord, help me to watch over my family.  I trust in your protection (September 2017, p. 31).

Jesus, I rejoice in your presence!  Come into my heart today (p. 32).

Deepen my roots of faith, Lord.  Help me to lean on you even in times of uncertainty (p. 33).

Lord, I want to enter into the spiritual battle today.  Teach me how to put off the “old self” and take on the “new self” (p. 34).

“Jesus, I rejoice in the triumph of your cross!” (p. 35).

Holy Mary, thank you for your example of trust and abandonment to God’s will.  Thank you too for the help of your intercession.  Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us (p. 36).

Father, I don’t always know the best way to keep you present to our family.  I trust you to show me the way (p. 37).

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St. Luke – Brownsville, TX

September 3 – 9, 2017: 22nd week in Ordinary Time

Sometimes we focus on the bad and forget the good, the blessings.  We must take up the cross.  We must renounce ourselves and share ourselves with others so that we become a gift.  The cross is a symbol of God’s love, a reminder to love as Jesus loved.  Suffering and death do not come from God; healing and love come from God.  We make the crosses, but God gives us the strength to carry them.  Let’s ask God to help us build community so that we can commit to and care for each other.  To follow Jesus is to be a true disciple, so let’s proclaim the kingdom of God not with words, but with actions (Fr. Fernando Gonzalez at 11 A.M. Mass).

Lord, enlighten my mind.  Teach me how to think as you think (September 2017, p. 24).

“Father, I trust that you know where I am right now and where I am going” (p. 25).

Holy Spirit, give me words of affirmation so that I can encourage my loved ones.  Show me how to bring your light into this world of shadows (p. 26).

Thank you, Lord, for your presence in the situations I’m praying for.  Show me your positive action in each circumstance (p. 27).

“Father, help me be more attentive to your presence every day” (p. 28).

“Lord, help me respond to you with the same trust that Mary and Joseph showed”
(p. 29).

Lord, thank you for becoming an outsider so that I can belong.  Help me bring more people into your heart (p. 30).

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St. Luke – Brownsville, TX

August 27 – September 2, 2017: 21st week in Ordinary Time

Lord, I want to be like you.  Give me a heart of humility and loving service (July/August 2017, p. 79).

Thank you, Lord, for loving me and choosing me.  I choose you (p. 80).

Holy Spirit, inspire me the way you inspired John the Baptist.  Help me recognize Jesus today, and fill me with trust in your plan (p. 81).

Lord, thank you for all the people who have gone before me and all those around me.  Thank you for their support and their prayers (p. 82).

Lord, thank you for this faith that you have given me.  Help me continue to live in a way that renews your Church (p. 83).

Come, Holy Spirit.  Teach me, help me, and fill me with your love (September 2017, p. 22).

Father, I give you my day.  May my work today bring you glory! (p. 23).

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Our Lady of the Assumption – Ingleside, TX

August 20 – 26, 2017: 20th week in Ordinary Time

“Lord, show us how to love each other as you love [us]” (July/August 2017, p. 72).

Jesus, I don’t want to walk away from you.  You are my treasure!” (p. 73).

Lord, let me hear you call me by name.  Jesus, I want to make a difference in the world for you (p. 74).

Lord, I’ll take the job.  Holy Spirit, guide me to those who are waiting to hear today that you love and accept them (p. 75).

“Jesus, give me the courage and the grace to invite people to come see you” (p. 76).

Jesus, thank you for showing us the most excellent way.  Help me to find ways to fulfill your law of love today (p. 77).

“Father, teach me to see your hand in the lives of my loved ones” (p. 78).

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St. Luke – Brownsville, TX

August 13 – 19, 2017: 19th week in Ordinary Time

Sometimes in the boat [life] the wind is against us but not because we’ve done anything wrong.  We need to keep in mind Jesus’s words.  When difficulties arrive in our lives, we need to keep alive Jesus’s promises.  Going to the top of the mountain, we have a different view from what we see in the valley.  Jesus knows who the bold are.  He knows everything.  The disciples can’t see Jesus, but Jesus sees us always.  Jesus tells us, “Take courage.  Do not be afraid.”  Sometimes the waves are high, the wind strong, the water deep.  But take courage.  If we focus on Jesus, we are able to participate in his divinity.  Things may be beyond our comprehension, but trust in Jesus.  Be confident.  We will meet Jesus on another shore.  God is present in every moment of our lives.  He gives us the strength we need; he leads us to the shore.  Just remember this prayer— three words— “Lord, save me!”  Peter’s problem was his lack of faith, his doubt.  When life is difficult, keep in mind that we are not alone.  Jesus takes care of the storms in our lives.  God sees us always!  Sometimes we’re afraid of the future— many instances come to mind— but Jesus reminds us, “Take courage.  Be not afraid.”  The Eucharist is God’s way of telling us, “I am here.  Take courage” (Fr. Fernando Gonzalez at 11 A.M. Mass).

Thank you, Jesus, [for looking] at me with love.  Make me bold [that] I may follow you in a new way today.  I believe that you [are] with me (July/August 2017, p. 65).

Jesus, thank you for your patience with me.  Help me to be patient with other people.  Teach me to focus on loving them instead of correcting them.  I trust you to work out the details (p. 66).

Lord, I put aside my worries and rejoice in you.  Help me to praise you for all that you have done for me (p. 67).

“Thank you, Lord, for the blessing of older brothers and sisters (p. 68).

“Lord, show me the weight of your love today” (p. 69).

Father, you are always faithful.  Thank you for inviting and enabling me to live out a noble heavenly vocation (p. 70)

Jesus, give me your heart for children.  Be especially close to the most vulnerable (p. 71).

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Immaculate Heart of Mary – Harlingen, TX

August 6 – 12, 2017: 18th week in Ordinary Time

In Daniel today, Jesus is called the Son of Man.  Having experienced God in our lives, what would be our testimony?  [Let’s] be more open-minded and open-hearted in our lives (Msgr. Luis J. Garcia, JCL at 11:30 A.M. Mass).

“Jesus, show me your glory” (July/August 2017, p. 58).

Jesus, stretch my faith today.  When I see someone in need, show me how to bring the miracle of your love to them (p. 59).

Lord, help me to be more aware of you in everything I do.  I want to worship you even in my ordinary tasks (p. 60).

Jesus, I am undeserving of your mercy, but I ask in faith.  Just say the word, and I shall be healed (p. 61).

“Lord, help me to receive your abundant grace today” (p. 62).

“Lord, open my eyes that I may see your power at work in my life today” (p. 63).

Lord, help me let go of perfectionism.  Let me be unafraid to believe in your promises and move forward in faith (p. 64).

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Our Lady of Guadalupe – Brownsville, TX

July 30 – August 5, 2017: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus, help me to live in your love.  Teach me to share that love as well.  Lord, I want to make your kingdom present wherever I go! (July/August 2017, p. 51).

Here I am, Lord.  Help me to bear fruit for you (p. 52).

“Lord, use my life as a seed of your kingdom” (p. 53).

Thank you, Jesus, for your word, which has changed me.  Lord, help me to reflect your love even more today (p. 54).

“Lord, I want to dwell with you forever” (p. 55).

“Lord, I entrust my deepest concerns to you in faith” (p. 56).

“Lord, help me to rejoice in you and in the power of your love” (p. 57).

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Our Lady of Perpetual Help – Corpus Christi, TX

July 23 – 29, 2017: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Come, Holy Spirit!” (July/August 2017, p. 44).

“Thank you, Father, for all you have done for me” (p. 45).

Lord, I am determined to walk with you today and every day.  I trust that you will help see me through (p. 46).

“Father, thank you for Jesus, the living bread from heaven” (p. 47).

Father, speak to me today.  Help me to quiet the clamoring of my own thoughts so that I can hear your voice (p. 48).

Lord, help me to understand your word not just with my head, but with my heart.  And help me put it into practice (p. 49).

Jesus, I have come to believe in you.  Help me to take the next step (p. 50).

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St. Luke – Brownsville, TX

July 16 – 22, 2017: 15th week in Ordinary Time

Every parable is the presence of God.  We’re different from each other. [Let’s] look within and do our best.  [Life] is not about comparisons.  God gives us the kingdom in a seed— to grow it, to nourish it.  Let God’s seed take root in our lives.  [Let’s] grow the kingdom of God.  The promise of the harvest is God working within us (Fr. Fernando Gonzalez at 11 A.M. Mass).

Have mercy on me, God, in your goodness.  Help your word to bear fruit in my life today (July/August 2017, p. 37).

Jesus, I want to see you in the people I meet today.  Open my heart so that I don’t shut anyone out (p. 38).

“Jesus, help me to pray for my city each day” (p. 39).

Lord, I open myself to you.  Help me to come close to you, safe in the knowledge that I have nothing to fear from such a good and loving God
(p. 40).

“Lord, I want to take your yoke upon me and learn from you” (p. 41)

Lord, help me to be ready and willing when you call me to move.  Thank you for being with me every step of my journey (p. 42).

Jesus, you are my hope!  My heart rejoices at the sound of your voice.  Make me a witness of your resurrection (p. 43).

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Immaculate Heart of Mary – Harlingen, TX

July 9 – 15, 2017: 14th week in Ordinary Time

“Here I am, Jesus, ready for a new adventure with you today” (July/August 2017, p. 30).

Jesus, I am searching for you.  Come and open my eyes (p. 31).

Jesus, thank you for loving me.  I accept… your compassion, and I open my heart today to your healing and forgiveness (p. 32).

“Jesus, help me to see the opportunities to share your love with those closest to me”
(p. 33).

“Lord, thank you for the joy of being reconciled to you!” (p. 34).

Jesus, thank you for reunions!  Pour your grace into all my relationships today (p. 35).

Jesus, thank you for your friendship.  I don’t want to miss a single word you have to say to me (p. 36).

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St. Pius X – Corpus Christi, TX

July 2 – 8, 2017: 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Lord, show me how to be a witness of generous love” (July/August 2017, p. 23).

Jesus, form me as you formed Thomas.  Teach me to believe; then send me out as your witness” (p. 24).

Jesus, I proclaim that you are Lord!  Help me to trust in you (p. 25).

Lord, set me free from negative thinking.  Let nothing block the path that leads to you (p. 26).

“Thank you, Father, that you are completely trustworthy!” (p. 27).

“Father, strengthen every husband and wife in unity so that they can manifest your covenant love to the world” (p. 28).

Jesus, I believe that you are with me; but my vision is clouded.  Help me to fix my heart on you so that I can find you and be filled with your love (p. 29).

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Our Lady of Perpetual Help – Corpus Christi, TX

June 25 – July 1, 2017: 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus, I love you.  Teach me to remain steadfast (June 2017, p. 46).

Lord, thank you for your loving guidance.  Show me the one step that will bring me closer to you today! (p. 47).

Lord, you are the prize I’m seeking!  Keep my heart set on you and help me to see every obstacle as another step on the road to glory (p. 48).

Lord, you are faithful!  You remember your covenant with me forever.  Renew it again today (p. 49).

Jesus, thank you for the opportunities to become more like you today.  I trust you to stand with me and strengthen me (p. 50).

“Jesus, I take comfort in your constant, faithful love” (p. 51).

Father, thank you for your faithfulness and your power.  I believe you can do anything! (July/August 2017, p. 22).

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Immaculate Heart of Mary – Harlingen, TX

June 18 – 24, 2017: Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ / 11th week in Ordinary Time

“Thank you, Jesus, for the gift of you!” (June 2017, p. 39).

“Holy Spirit, fill me with God’s love for the people around me,” (p. 40). 

Jesus, I welcome you into my heart.  I welcome you into my wounded memories.  Lord, teach me how to love and how to forgive.  You are the great physician, and I trust in you” (p. 41).

Father, you are my provider.  Help me to receive whatever you want to share with me today so that I can become a channel of your gifts (p. 42).

“Jesus, give me a merciful heart” (p. 43).

“Jesus, meek and humble, make my heart like yours!” (p. 44).

Thank you, Father, for creating me and delighting in me.  Help me to become strong in your Holy Spirit and walk in your ways (p. 45).

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St. Benedict – San Benito, TX

June 11 – 17, 2017: Most Holy Trinity / 10th week in Ordinary Time

“Father, Son, and Spirit, help me to put on love” (June 2017, p. 32).

“Holy Spirit, how do you want to encourage me today? (p. 33).

Thank you, Jesus, for calling me to be light to the world and salt of the earth.  Help me to treat people with kindness, respect, and love today so that they may come to thirst for you, the living water (p. 34).

Lord, thank you for all you have built in me.  Give me confidence to use your gifts (p. 35).

Come, Lord, and speak your word to me.  Let your light shine so that I can be filled with your new life (p. 36).

Jesus, thank you for the power of your cross and resurrection!  I believe that you have set me free from sin and filled me with your life.  Lord, teach me to trust in you more deeply (p. 37).

“Jesus, let your love compel me to action” (p. 38).

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Sacred Heart – Corpus Christi, TX

June 4 – 10, 2017: Pentecost / 9th week in Ordinary Time

“Holy Spirit, I am so grateful that you came to be with your Church and, even more so, that you are with me today!” (June 2017, p. 25).

Lord, give me ears to hear you and the courage to follow you, no matter where you call!  Help me to be always ready to respond to you (p. 26).

Lord, draw me closer.  I give my life to you— my past, my present, my future (p. 27).

Father, I trust in you even when I can’t see how my prayers will be answered.  You are good.  All the time (p. 28).

Thank you, Lord, for sending people into my life to encourage me and lift me up.  Help us to grow closer together (p. 29).

“Holy Spirit, come and fill me up” (p. 30).

Jesus, heal me!  I trust in you (p. 31).

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Our Lady of Perpetual Help – Corpus Christi, TX

May 28 – June 3, 2017: Ascension of the Lord / 7th week of Easter

Jesus, today is a day to celebrate!  We gaze on your glory and know that all things are in your hands! (Easter 2017, p. 64).

Holy Spirit, I do want more!  Help me to open my heart to receive all of your gifts (p. 65).

Lord, I marvel at the love that you have for me and for your Father.  Help me to open my arms ever wider to receive all that you have for me (p. 66).

Thank you, Father, for rescuing me from sin and death.  May I never fail to praise you for your salvation! (p. 67).

Holy Spirit, teach me how to join in the prayer of Jesus.  Lord, make us all one! (June 2017, p. 22).

“Jesus, I will follow you wherever you go” (p. 23).

Lord, help me to listen to what you want me to do here and now.  Help me to keep running the race! (p. 24).

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St. Luke – Brownsville, TX

May 21 – 27, 2017: 6th week of Easter

Lord, lead me not into temptation.  Deliver me from every evil harassment (Easter 2017, p. 57).

“Lord Jesus, open my heart to your words of life” (p. 58).

Holy Spirit, I invite you into every area of my life.  Speak to me today (p. 59).

“Holy Spirit, open my ears and heart, thoughts and imagination to hear you today”
(p. 60).

Lord, use me to open doors for the gospel wherever I go.  Teach me how to bring people closer to you (p. 61).

Holy Spirit, fill me with your joy.  Help me to trust you through my ups and downs (p. 62).

Fill me today, Lord.  Refresh me so that I can strengthen your people (p. 63).

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St. Mary of Victories – St. Louis, MO

May 14 – 20, 2017: 5th week of Easter

“Lord, help me to keep moving forward, to hold my peace, and to trust in you” (Easter 2017, p. 50).

“Jesus, reveal yourself more fully to me so that other people can come to see you more clearly” (p. 51).

“Jesus, give me the grace to trust in you today” (p. 52).

Lord, when I am confused, bring your charity and peace to me.  I trust in your goodwill for your people (p. 53).

Father, thank you that grace is at work in my life.  Thank you for giving me the gift of faith (p. 54).

Jesus, I love you.  I give my life to you, not as a slave dedicates himself to his master, but as someone who opens his heart to a friend.  Help me to see myself through your eyes (p. 55).

Holy Spirit, guide me.  Help me to follow your promptings today (p. 56).

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Sacred Heart – Corpus Christi, TX

May 7 – 13, 2017: 4th week of Easter

Come Holy Spirit, fill my heart and mind with the gospel message.  Move me to do whatever you ask (Easter 2017, p. 43).

Jesus, you love me so much that you are always with me.  Thank you for letting me hear you in so many ways (p. 44).

“Holy Spirit, teach me how to share your love with the people around me— no matter how unlikely they may seem” (p. 45).

Lord, surprise me!  Help me find your presence today (p. 46).

Jesus, I love to tell the story of what you have done for me.  Give me fresh eyes to see how you have been pursuing me, protecting me, and supporting me throughout my life (p. 47).

“Lord, fill me so full of your love that I overflow with the good news of the gospel” (p. 48).

“Lord Jesus, show me the Father in a deeper way” (p. 49).

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Sacred Heart – Corpus Christi, TX

April 30 – May 6, 2017: 3rd week of Easter

Holy Spirit, help me to recognize Jesus in his word today.  Lord, let your word touch my heart.  Use me for your glory! (Easter 2017, p. 36).

“Lord, show me how each situation I encounter is a way to do the ‘work’ of believing in you” (p. 37).

Lord, take me deeper!  Help me discover you more fully in the sacrament of the Eucharist (p. 38).

Lord, as I spend time with you today, show me your loving kindness.  Empower me to witness to the people around me who need to know your love (p. 39).

“Holy Spirit, thank you for coming to live in me” (p. 40).

Lord Jesus, I’m struggling with something that you’re asking me to do.  Can we talk about it? (p. 41).

“Holy Spirit, help me to see the new life that you have in store for me today” (p. 42).

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St. Luke – Brownsville, TX

April 23 – 29, 2017: Divine Mercy Sunday / 2nd week of Easter

Jesus, I rejoice in your mercy!  Help me become an instrument of your mercy to the people around me (Easter 2017, p. 29).

Lord, open my spiritual eyes.  Holy Spirit, I need more of you today (p. 30).

Father, help me to see the gifts in others, not their shortcomings.  Show me how to love and encourage them (p. 31).

“Lord, pour your grace into my heart that I may bless you at all times” (p. 32).

Lord, if you had only forgiven my sin or removed my guilt, it would have been enough.  But you have done so much more.  All praise to you! (p. 33).

“Jesus, fill me with your love and use me to feed others” (p. 34).

Jesus, help me to see that you are always with me.  Let me know the joy of your presence today (p. 35).

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Our Lady of Perpetual Help – Corpus Christi, TX

April 16 – 22, 2017: Easter Sunday / 1st week of Easter

Jesus, you have conquered death!  You live and are always at my side!  Help this reality sink into the core of my being.  Show me one new step, however small, that I can take today to “declare the works of the Lord” by my life and words (Psalm 118:17; Easter 2017, p. 22).

Jesus, I believe that you are risen in victory.  Lord, I run to you today.  Let me share in that victory (p. 23).

Jesus, thank you for your promise.  Come, Lord, and make me new (p. 24).

Lord, help me to see how precious people are in your eyes.  Fill me with your love and compassion.  Give me the courage to extend your love to them (p. 25).

Lord, as I seek to know you more, open my eyes to the spiritual friends you have put in my life (p. 26).

Thank you, Lord, for the gift of your Holy Spirit.  Thank you that your life in me is ever growing (p. 27).

Jesus, open my heart to hear your word.  Open my eyes to see you at work in and around me.  Open my mouth to proclaim the good news (p. 28).

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Our Lady of Perpetual Help – Corpus Christi, TX

April 9 – 15, 2017: Palm Sunday / Holy Week

Jesus, I am overwhelmed by the love you poured out for me in your passion and death.  Thank you, Lord (Lent 2017, p. 60).

“Lord, how can I ever thank you for redeeming me and giving me new life?” (p. 61).

“Lord, soften my heart so that I can become the Eucharist I eat” (p. 62).

Thank you, Lord, for your sacrifice on the cross.  Make us one as you and the Father are one.  Give us humility and compassion for one another as we strive to live for you (p. 63).

Jesus, you are the Lamb of God and the Bread of Life.  With you I will never go hungry (p. 64).

Jesus, my king, thank you for dying for me.  I love you (p. 65).

All praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!  On this night when you shattered the darkness I come to you in faith.  I surrender everything to you (p. 66).

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Our Lady of Good Counsel – Brownsville, TX

April 2 – 8, 2017: 5th week of Lent

Jesus, I remove the stone!  Come, Lord; bring me to life! (Lent 2017, p. 53).

“Lord Jesus Christ, son of the living God, have mercy on my soul” (p. 54).

Jesus, I place my faith in the victory you have won for me on the cross.  Help me to keep my eyes focused on you (p. 55).

Father, I want to hate sin.  Give me the grace I need to say “no” to the temptations I face.  I want to be holy, but I can’t do it on my own (p. 56).

Father, you are a faithful and awesome God!  I want to respond to you by loving you, serving you, and trusting you all the days of my life (p. 57).

“Lord, use me to build your kingdom” (p. 58).

Father, I want to come home.  Nothing compares to being with you (p. 59).

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Our Lady of Perpetual Help – Corpus Christi, TX

March 26 – April 1, 2017: 4th week of Lent

Jesus, you are with me.  I trust in you (Lent 2017, p. 46).

Father, make me new today.  I want to become a vessel of your love and grace to the people around me (p. 47).

Come, Holy Spirit, and open my heart.  Let your living water flow in me and through me so that your refreshment can reach more and more people in the world (p. 48).

Holy Spirit, teach me to sing your song of joy.  Even in my darkest times, revive me with your presence (p. 49).

Holy Spirit, quiet my heart.  Help me to read scripture with new eyes.  Let your revelation penetrate my life and fill me with peace (p. 50).

“Lord, help me to bring your love and peace into the stress and strife around me”
(p. 51).

Jesus, help me to imitate you.  Help me to forgive (p. 52).

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St. Luke – Brownsville, TX

March 19 – 25, 2017: 3rd week of Lent

Jesus, thank you for welcoming me.  Fill me with your Holy Spirit and change me (Lent 2017, p. 39).

Lord, use me.  I want to be a trusted tool in your hands (p. 40).

Father, shower me with your mercy today.  Let me absorb deeply the forgiveness you have given me and help me to be just as merciful toward the people in my life (p. 41).

“Lord Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross so that I can know real freedom from sin and become the man or woman you have called me to be” (p. 42).

Thank you, Jesus, for calling me into your kingdom.  I am yours, Lord, and I trust that you will shield me and guide me today (p. 43).

Heavenly Father, move me by your love to be more loving today.  Help me to see my life of faith as a relationship, not just a duty (p. 44).

“Lord, thank you for being with me all the time” (p. 45).

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Our Lady of Perpetual Help – Corpus Christi, TX

March 12 – 18, 2017: 2nd week of Lent

Jesus, open my eyes to the glory that you displayed before Peter, James, and John.  Let that glory reign in my heart (Lent 2017, p. 32).

Thank you, Lord, for your unending love!  I lay my sins at your feet so that I can know your mercy (p. 33).

“Holy Spirit, teach me how to be humble in every circumstance” (p. 34).

Lord, thank you for your cross!  Give me the heart of a servant always ready to do your will (p. 35).

Jesus, gather the poor and needy into your protective arms.  Help me to treat them as I would treat you (p. 36).

Use me, Lord.  Make me like you, faithful and steadfast (p. 37).

“Father, show me the next step toward unity and the ‘home’ that you have for me”
(p. 38).

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Sacred Heart – Corpus Christi, TX

March 5 – 11, 2017: 1st week of Lent

“Jesus, show me what is tempting me and help me turn back to the Father” (Lent 2017, p. 25).

“Lord, use me” (p. 26).

“Come, Lord Jesus, and establish your kingdom in my heart today” (p. 27).

“Holy Spirit, pierce my heart so that my repentance bears fruit in action” (p. 28).

Jesus, in all things I turn to you.  Help me to trust in your power and [to] rely on your wisdom (p. 29).

Father, change my heart.  Help me to love the way that you love me (p. 30).

Lord, I bring my wounds to you.  I believe that you can set me free.  Thank you, Jesus, for your healing love! (p. 31).

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Immaculate Heart of Mary – Harlingen, TX

February 26 – March 4, 2017: 8th week in Ordinary Time / Beginning of Lent

Thank you, Lord, that you promise never to forsake me.  Help me rest in your tender love today (February 2017, p. 48).

Jesus, thank you for knowing me and loving me.  I place all my hope in you (p. 49).

Lord, set me free so that I can love your people.  Teach me to love as you love (p. 50).

Lord, thank you for giving me the season of Lent.  Renew my enthusiasm and anticipation as I turn to you each day.  Draw me closer! (Lent 2017,
p. 21).

Lord, help me pay less attention to the narrow walls around me and more attention to how you will enlarge [and bless] the hall of my life… (p. 22).

“Father, through my fasting and prayer this Lent help me to glimpse the glory you have promised” (p. 23).

Lord, I delight in you.  I put aside my own duties to rest with you this Sabbath (p. 24).

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Our Lady of Good Counsel – Brownsville, TX

February 19 – 25, 2017: 7th week in Ordinary Time

Father, help me to love, not hate.  Help me to take another step toward the perfection you want for me (February 2017, p. 41).

I believe, Lord!  Help my unbelief! ( p. 42).

Lord, I want to cling to you.  Help me to counter trials with trust (p. 43).

Lord, I trust you.  Help me to say “yes” to you each step along the path of my life (p. 44).

“Thank you, Jesus, for all the grace you have ready for me today” (p. 45).

Lord Jesus, send your Spirit out on all those families wounded by divorce.  Let them know that your grace can break the chains of hatred, mistrust, and unforgiveness.  Shine your light into their darkness (p. 46).

Jesus, there is so much you want to offer me.  Help me bring my big and little challenges to you.  Teach me how to become as dependent as a little child (p. 47).

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Our Lady of Perpetual Help – Corpus Christi, TX

February 12 – 18, 2017: 6th week in Ordinary Time

Jesus, I rejoice in the mystery of your plan.  Thank you, Lord, for offering me a share in your glory! (February 2017, p. 34).

Father, thank you for your patience!  Thank you for your faithfulness and commitment to me! (p. 35).

Jesus, open my eyes and my ears.  Teach me to love as you loved— from the heart (p. 36).

Thank you, Jesus, that you are committed to making me whole.  Help me to be as patient with myself as you are (p. 37).

“Father, help me to see your strength at work in the weakest areas of my life today”
(p. 38).

“Father, thank you for giving me a name that can never be taken from me”
(p. 39).

“Jesus, thank you for the power of your love and the hope of heaven!” (p. 40).

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Sacred Heart – Corpus Christi, TX

February 5 – 11, 2017: 5th week in Ordinary Time

“Lord, help me to shine your light everywhere I go” (February 2017, p. 27).

Jesus, you are the Messiah!  Heal me, and let me experience your love for me (p. 28).

“Father, your majesty shines through everything you have made— even me!” (p. 29).

“Jesus, I want to love you first and foremost, and I want that love to impact everything I do today” (p. 30).

Lord, help me to reach out to those who feel like outsiders.  Help me show them your love and mercy (p. 31).

“Jesus, help me to notice the unnoticed, speak for the voiceless, and share your love with all” (p. 32).

Father, thank you for your generosity to me.  Lord, I trust in you!” (p. 33).

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Our Lady of Good Counsel – Brownsville, TX

January 29 – February 4, 2017: 4th week in Ordinary Time

Thank you, Jesus, that your kingdom will come.  I place my hope in you (January 2017, p. 49).

Thank you, Lord, for having changed me.  Now help me to be an effective witness to your power (p. 50).

Jesus, I don’t want to hide from you.  Come, and touch me with your healing love (p. 51).

“Lord, may your grace flow through me to everyone I meet today” (February 2017,
p. 23).

“Holy Spirit, help me to recognize you as you break into my life today” (p. 24).

Lord, thank you for the people in my life who have helped me grow closer to you.  Help me to imitate their faith so that I can continue this “unbroken chain of witnesses” (p. 25).

“Holy Spirit, move my heart with Jesus’ compassion so that I can respond with love at any moment” (p. 26).

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Our Lady of Good Counsel – Brownsville, TX

January 22 – 28, 2017: 3rd week in Ordinary Time

Come, Lord, and heal all divisions.  Make our churches and families beacons of your love (January 2017, p. 42).

Lord, you have loved me with a love beyond understanding.  I worship and adore you, Jesus, for your incomparable gift of salvation (p. 43).

Jesus, give me the wisdom and grace I need to make my relationship with you my highest goal and my deepest desire (p. 44).

Jesus, you long for unity more than I can imagine.  Give me your desire that all may be one, and help me do all I can to make it happen (p. 45).

“Holy Spirit, teach me how to reach out to people I meet at church” (p. 46).

Lord, I trust you to bring about my growth.  Help me cooperate with your work of grace (p. 47).

Father, thank you for the gift of faith!  Help me to take one more step forward today (p. 48).

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Sacred Heart – Corpus Christi, TX

January 15 – 21, 2017: 2nd week in Ordinary Time

Jesus, you are the Lamb of God.  Come, Lord, and open my eyes! (January 2017, p. 35).

Jesus, reveal yourself to me today!  Let me see the hope I have in you
(p. 36).

Thank you, Father, for the hope and confidence that your promises give me.  Thank you for anchoring me to you! (p. 37).

Holy Spirit, open my heart to my brothers and sisters.  Unite us so that, together, we can witness to your love (p. 38).

Jesus, thank you for knowing me and loving me so completely.  I lift my face to you.  Come and touch me to the very core of my being (p. 39).

Jesus, thank you for choosing me as your ambassador.  Help me know you more deeply so that I can represent you today (p. 40).

“Jesus, thank you for your blood poured out for me!” (p. 41).

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Sacred Heart – Corpus Christi, TX

January 8 – 14, 2017: Epiphany of the Lord / 1st week in Ordinary Time

Holy Spirit, thank you for guiding me.  Help me to follow your lead today (January 2017, p. 28).

Thank you, Father, for reminding me how precious I am to you and how much you have in store for me (p. 29).

Father, open my eyes to your loving authority.  Help me to imitate you in all of my relationships (p. 30).

Jesus, help me to know you more.  I want to follow you all the days of my life (p. 31).

“Lord, thank you for stretching out your hand to touch me” (p. 32).

Jesus, I choose to turn to you.  Show me what it means to rest in your presence (p. 33).

Lord, thank you for being with me in my times of strength and times of temptation.  Help me to recognize your presence.  I receive all the grace you have for me (p. 34).

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Our Lady of Perpetual Help – Corpus Christi, TX

January 1 – 7, 2017: Solemnity of Mary, holy mother of God / 2nd week of Christmas

Jesus, let my soul magnify you.  Let my spirit rejoice in your salvation (January 2017, p. 21).

“Father, thank you for loving me and making me your child” (p. 22).

Lord Jesus, your name is my salvation.  May your name— Jesus— be ever in my thoughts, on my lips, and in my heart (p. 23).

Lord, thank you for what you have already done in my life.  May I never lose sight of you and your grace (p. 24).

Lord, help me seek peace in my relationships.  Give me the grace and courage to take the plunge toward healing (p. 25).

Thank you, Jesus, for the gift of faith.  Lord, I believe in you! (p. 26).

Jesus, change my ordinary life into something excellent and extraordinary so that it overflows with your life and love (p. 27).

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