Sunday, October 22, 2017
We are not called to serve merely in order to receive a reward, but rather to imitate God. Nor are we called to serve only now and again, but to live in serving. Service is thus a way of life; indeed it recapitulates the entire Christian way of life; serving God in adoration and prayer; being open and available; loving our neighbor with practical deeds; passionately working for the common good.
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Lord, when I hear how others praise and pray to you, giving themselves to you without reserve, I am ashamed of my own misgivings and half-heartedness. Fill me with such love for you that I may long to give myself to you too. Let the lesser loves of everyday life take their proper place in my affections, leaving you first. Grant that with your love I may be big enough to reach the world and small enough to be at one with you.
Friday, October 20, 2017
O Lord, restore to humankind the true peace of your name, that peace which the world cannot give, and the calm of social harmony. Under your favor and inspiration, may people overthrow the rule of greed and bring back the love of God, justice, charity toward neighbor, and temperance in all desires. May your kingdom come.