Minute Meditation – My God and My All

An observer once watched as Francis prayed throughout the length of an entire night. To his amazement, Francis spent the whole time simply repeating, over and over, “My God and my all! My God and my all!” This simple act, so undramatic, so seemingly modest, in fact was an incredibly intense celebration. Francis truly believed that God was all, and he realized that the only celebration worthy of God is wonder-filled and grateful acknowledgment of God’s allness. Pageantry and pomp and circumstance aren’t needed to celebrate the living God. All that’s required is the heartfelt conviction that nothing—absolutely nothing—is more real or important. When we reach this point (if  we reach this point) our belief in God is a simultaneous celebration of God. Which is exactly how things should be.

— from the book Perfect Joy: 30 Days with Francis of Assisi  by Kerry Walters

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Saint of the Day – September 29 – Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels

The Archangels St. Gabriel, St. Michael, and St. Raphael share a feast day on September 29th. These are the only three angels mentioned by name in Sacred Scripture.

St. Gabriel means “Power of God.” He is the messenger or herald angel most famous for appearing to the Blessed Virgin Mary at the Annunciation (Luke 1:11-38).

St. Michael means “Who is like God?” He is the warrior angel, the famous foe of Satan, who is the champion of God’s people and guardian and protector of the Church (Rev. 12:7-9).

St. Raphael means “God has healed.” He is a companion and healing angel, most famous for curing a man’s blindness and for traveling with Tobiah in the book of Tobit (Tob. 12).

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Verse of the Day – Confidently Approach the Throne of Grace

“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has similarly been tested in every way, yet without sin. So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.” Hebrews 4:14-16

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Meditation of the Day – Humility

“Once, while I was wondering why Our Lord so dearly loves the virtue of humility, the thought suddenly struck me, without previous reflection, that it is because God is the supreme Truth and humility is the truth, for it is the most true that we have nothing good of ourselves but only misery and nothingness: whoever ignores this, lives a life of falsehood. they that realize this fact most deeply are the most pleasing to God, the supreme Truth, for they walk in the truth.”— St. Teresa of Avila, p. 175-6

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Morning Offering – Live a New Life

“Keep to the ancient way and custom of the Church, established and confirmed by so many Saints under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. And live a new life. Pray, and get others to pray, that God not abandon His Church, but reform it as He pleases, and as He sees best for us, and more to His honour and glory.” — St. Angela Merici

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Bible Love Notes – New Year’s Prayer

♥ May I discover new and wonderful things in your Word (Psalm 119:18).

♥ May I listen more closely to Your voice (Proverbs 8:32-34).

♥ May I forget what is behind and focus on what is ahead (Philippians 3:13-14).

♥ May I realize that Your love is greater than my mind can comprehend (Ephesians 3:17-19).

♥ May I experience Your peace that is beyond my understanding (Philippians 4:6-7).

♥ May I trust You and not myself (Proverbs 3:5-6).

♥ May my heart be more transformed by Your truth and less conformed to the world (Romans 12:1-2).

♥ May I forgive all who offend me (Colossians 3:13).

♥ May I readily confess my sins to You (1 John 1:9-10).

♥ May I confess my sins without excuse to those I’ve offended (James 5:16).

♥ May I see Your purposes each day, each minute (Ephesians 2:10).

♥ May I give You my all (Philippians 3:7-14).

Amen! 
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I encourage you to read these 1-minute devotions:
4 Ways to Be More Faithful in Prayer
Prayer is a Wonderful Mystery
5 Ideas for More Effective Prayer
5 Requirements of Prayer