Jesus, the gift of
faith permits me to soar higher. I believe in you! I lend myself to this intricate duty of faith,
and with a hopeful trust, I leap toward your infinite love. I love you, Lord. I have come to spend
this time with you just because I want to be with you.
me to live with purity of intention.
1. Seeking Human Praise:
Jesus said, I do
not accept human praise. Why? His Father deserves all the credit for anything that exists because,
after all, he created everything. Knowing and accepting this is indeed a quick path to holiness.
Jesus is God, but he leaves us a splendid example of how man should search for God's glory and not
his own. When we look for our own "fan club," we are really stripping God of the glory that he alone
deserves. When we seek praise from men and work hard to be accepted by them, we are standing before
a guillotine that severs a head from its body. However, by purifying our intentions and glorifying
God alone through all our actions and thoughts, eternal life is merited for us and for many souls.
2. The Proper Motives for Our Deeds:
Self seeking doesn't work. True, selfless
love does. There are some advantages to living a life that seeks only God's glory. The benefit
achieved is order. We learn to maintain the proper hierarchy in our values and to keep things in
their place. When parents need to punish a wayward child, their question is: Are we punishing him
because he has done something wrong and needs to be taught a lesson? Or do they allow their anger to
get the best of them, and the punishment then becomes a release valve for their fury? Likewise, in
our use of the material goods we have at our disposal, do we use them out of pure love of God or
only for our comfort?
3. True Peace of Heart:
When children do something wrong,
they usually act nervously when their wrongdoing is uncovered. However, when they are mistakenly
blamed, they show a convincing innocence, and the accuser retracts in time to avoid harm. The same
could be said about purity of intention. If a soul labors only for God's glory, then a certain
guarantee of fulfillment necessarily accompanies his destiny. No matter how many obstacles and
misunderstandings might besiege him, the soul who follows God's will enjoys
Conversation with Christ:
Lord Jesus, you teach me in the Gospel to add a
to all my enterprises and efforts. This mortal existence on earth
mere drop in the ocean compared to eternity that will quickly engulf me.
Help me to do all for your greater glory.
my conversations today, I will not brag about myself. I will try to focus the conversation on
the interests of others.