20 October 2014

Thank You, Lord

Thank you, Lord, for inspirations to praise and thank You and to thank others who encourage us or assist us in anyway.

Burke Ingraffia on Gratitude

"Everyone likes to hear the words, 'Thank you.' It is uplifting when someone directs gratitude your way. When you say these two short words, you are really saying, 'You could have made a different choice, and yet the choice you made was in my best interest.'"

In a recent commentary, writer Burke Ingraffia reflected on gratitude and our relationship with God..

To access her complete post, please visit:

Ignitum Today: Gratitude, Whos, and Whats (19 OCT 14)

Reflection Starter from Fulton Sheen

"The proud man counts his newspaper clippings, the humble man his blessings." - Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

18 October 2014

Thank You, Lord

Thank you, Lord, for Your kind and loving Providence.

Msgr. Pope on God's Providence and Its Timing

"One of the great mysteries of God’s providence is that He often leaves things unresolved or unattended to for a very long time. Often, despite our fervent prayers, He doesn’t rush to fix everything, and He has His reasons for this.
"Perhaps it is that we often grow through struggles. We discover strengths that we did not know we had.
"Sometimes, suffering brings wisdom, and we learn more by living our questions for a while, rather than getting quick answers."

In a recent commentary, Monsignor Charles Pope (pastor of Holy Comforter-Saint Cyprian Parish, Washington, DC) reflected on why God often seems to fix things slowly.

To access Msgr. Pope’s complete post, please visit:

Msgr. Charles Pope: God leaves many things unresolved. Here are some reasons why. (17 OCT 14)

Reflection Starter from Psalm 117

"His mercy for us is strong; the faithfulness of the LORD is forever." - Psalm 117:2

17 October 2014

Thank You, Lord

Thank you, Lord, for the beauty of clouds.

Pope's Message to Catholic Charities USA

"Poverty, in particular understanding its root causes and finding innovative ways to reduce it, was the focus of Catholic Charities USA's annual national gathering Oct. 4-7 in Charlotte.

"Discussions had extra urgency given the stagnating number of Americans living at or below the poverty line. . . .

"A message from Pope Francis could not have been more fitting for the 500-plus people from Catholic Charities agencies and partners across the United States as they opened their proceedings.

"'Be merciful,' the pope said, speaking in his native Spanish in a personalized video message. 'I ask you to place the poor ahead of yourselves in everything you do.'. . .

"He commented on the NASCAR-tinged theme, 'Setting the Pace, Changing the Course.' Charlotte is home to one of the auto racing association's main offices.

"'I really like the theme . . . because it's really fitting with what I wanted to share with you,' Pope Francis said.

"'You are the very hands of Jesus in the world. Your witness helps change the course of many people, many families and many communities,' he continued. 'You are the engine of the church that's responsible for the church's love, or caritas. You set the pace for the church to be present in the world, day in and day out.'"

A recent article in the Boston Pilot reported the Catholic Charities USA's conference and the Pope's message to conference participants.

To access the complete report, please visit:

The Boston Pilot: 'Place the poor' ahead of everything, Catholic Charities workers told (17 OCT 14)