Daily Reflection with Fr. Tomas Del Valle-Reyes

Dear Friends: Praying is not easy. Our daily routine calls for our full attention. And the world around us puts little value on prayer; our lives are full of material things but at the same time are getting emptier in God’s value.

For this reason, I will post a daily reflection and as you visit this site may the Holy Spirit within you come to your aid and guide you gently to the God who loves you

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Whatever you plant!!

Whatever you sow, that, shall you also reap; the man slowly looked up.
This was a woman clearly accustomed to the finer things of life.
 Her coat was new.
 She looked like she had never missed a meal in her life.
 His first thought was that she wanted to make fun of him, like so many others had done before.
"Leave me alone," he growled...
To his amazement, the woman continued standing.
She was smiling -- her even white teeth displayed in dazzling rows.
 "Are you hungry?" she asked.
"No," he answered sarcastically.
"I've just come from dining with the president.Now go away."
The woman's smile became even broader.
Suddenly the man felt a gentle hand under his arm.
"What are you doing, lady?" the man asked angrily. "I said to leave me alone.
Just then a policeman came up. "Is there any problem, ma'am?" He asked.
"No problem here, officer," the woman answered.
 "I'm just trying to get this man to his feet. Will you help me?"
The officer scratched his head "That's old Jack. He's been a fixture around here for a couple of years. What do you want with him?"
"See that cafeteria over there?"She asked. "I'm going to get him something to eat and get him out of the cold for awhile."
"Are you crazy, lady?" the homeless man resisted. "I don't want to go in there!"Then he felt strong hands grab his other arm and lift him up. "Let me go, officer. I didn't do anything."
"This is a good deal for you, Jack," the officer answered. "Don't blow it."
Finally, and with some difficulty, the woman and the police officer got Jack into the cafeteria and sat him at a table in a remote corner.It was the middle of the morning, so most of the breakfast crowd had already left and the lunch bunch had not yet arrived. The manager strode across the cafeteria and stood by his table.
"What's going on here, officer?" he asked.
 "What is all this, is this man in trouble?"
"This lady brought this man in here to be fed," the policeman answered.
"Not in here!" the manager replied angrily.
 "Having a person like that here is bad for business."
Old Jack smiled a toothless grin."See, lady. I told you so. Now if you'll let me go. I didn't want to come here in the first place."
The woman turned to the cafeteria manager and smiled.
 "Sir, are you familiar with Eddy and Associates, the banking firm down the street?"
"Of course I am," the manager answered impatiently.
 "They hold their weekly meetings in one of my banquet rooms."
"And do you make a goodly amount of money providing food at these weekly meetings?"
"What business is that of yours?"
I, sir, am Penelope Eddy, president and CEO of the company."
The woman smiled again. "I thought that might make a difference." She glanced at the cop who was busy stifling a giggle.
"Would you like to join us in a cup of coffee and a meal, officer?"
"No thanks, ma'am," the officer replied. "I'm on duty."
"Then, perhaps, a cup of coffee to go?"
"Yes, ma'am. That would be very nice."
The cafeteria manager turned on his heel;
"I'll get your coffee for you right away, officer."
The officer watched him walk away.
"You certainly put him in his place," he said.
"That was not my intent. Believe it or not, I have a reason for all this."
She sat down at the table across from her amazed dinner guest She stared at him intently."Jack, do you remember me?"
Old Jack searched her face with his old, rheumy eyes "I think so -- I mean you do look familiar..."
"I'm a little older perhaps," she said. "Maybe I've even filled out more than in my younger days when you worked here, and I came through that very door, cold and hungry." 
"Ma'am?"The officer said questioningly.He couldn't believe that such a magnificently turned out woman could ever have been hungry.
"I was just out of college," the woman began. "I had come to the city looking for a job, but I couldn't find anything. Finally I was down to my last few cents and had been kicked out of my apartment.
I walked the streets for days... It was February and I was cold and nearly starving. I saw this place and walked in on the off chance that I could get something to eat." 
Jack lit up with a smile. "Now I remember," he said.
 "I was behind the serving counter.You came up and asked me if you could work for something to eat. I said that it was against company policy."
"I know," the woman continued. "Then you made me the biggest roast beef sandwich that I had ever seen, gave me a cup of coffee, and told me to go over to a corner table and enjoy it.
I was afraid that you would get into trouble!
Then, when I looked over, I saw you put the price of my food in the cash register I knew then that everything would be all right."
"So you started your own business?" Old Jack said.
"I got a job that very afternoon. I worked my way up. Eventually I started my own business that, with the help of God, prospered." She opened her purse and pulled out a business card. "When you are finished here, I want you to pay a visit to a Mr. Lyons. He's the personnel director of my company."
"I'll go talk to him now and I'm certain he'll find something for you to do around the office."
She smiled. "I think he might even find the funds to give you a little advance so that you can buy some clothes and get a place to live until you get on your feet. If you ever need anything, my door is always opened to you."
There were tears in the old man's eyes.
 "How can I ever thank you?" he said.
"Don't thank me," the woman answered."To God goes the glory. 
Thank Jesus.... He led me to you."
Outside the cafeteria, the officer and the woman paused at the entrance before going their separate ways. "Thank you for all your help, officer," she said.
"On the contrary, Ms.. Eddy, "he answered.
 "Thank you. I saw a miracle today, something that I will never forget. And thank you for the coffee."
If you have missed knowing me, you have missed nothing. 
 If you have missed some of my emails, you might have missed a laugh.
But, if you have missed knowing my LORD and SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST, you have missed everything in the world
Have a Wonderful Day... May God Bless You Always?
And don't forget that when you "cast your bread upon the waters," you never know how it will be returned to you.
God is so big He can cover the whole world with his Love and so small He can curl up inside your heart.
When God leads you to the edge of the cliff, trust Him fully and let go, only 1 of 2 things will happen, either He'll catch you when you fall, or He'll teach you how to fly! 
'The power of one sentence! God is going to shift things around for you today and let things work in your favor.
If you believe, send it. If you don't believe, delete it. 
God closes doors no man can open & God opens doors no man can close. 
 If you need God to open, some doors for you...send this on. Have a blessed day and remember to be a blessing….

Father Tomas Del Valle-Reyes
Discovering 21 Century
P.O. BOX 1170
New York, NY 10018

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


Drops of blood, were mixed with tears,
but He was
strong, and showed no fear.
For He trusted...the Father above.
That His will, was mixed with love.
I'm sure He felt alone up there.
When all the people did was stare.
The mocking and the hateful words...
Was all the comfort that He heard.
Drops of blood were mixed with tears.
View the cross, and see His pain.
Let the image of Him remain... Branded in your mind...forever.
His sacrifice, so freely given.
He paid the debt, for all our sins. And suffered hell, so we could win...
The victory over Satan and death. An inheritance of eternal rest.
Drops of blood were mixed with tears.
So now, let's follow His command.
And spread the news to every land.
That Jesus suffered; He died and rose...
So we could live with Him, eternally.
No longer, must we live with guilt.
For with the Cross, our Savior built....
A toll free bridge to God above.
To show us of His wondrous love.
Drops of blood were mixed with tears.

Father Tomas Del Valle-Reyes
Discovering 21 Century
P.O. BOX 1170
New York, NY 10018


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

" You are a Bridge Over Troubled Water"

My Lord, You are a bridge over troubled water.
He restore my soul and gives me peace.
He lifts me up when I have fallen,
takes my troubles and makes them cease.
My Lord is a bridge over troubled water.
He wipes away every tear, knows me by name.
His arms are open, ready to embrace.
He gives sight to the blind and walk to the lame.
If you believe in Him, your sins He will erase,
all you have to do is confess and ask.
He will help you with any problem
for He is equal to any task.
My Lord is the shield of my soul,
Protecting my every want and dream.
Molding my wants to fit his goal,
Always providing every need.
My Lord is a bridge over troubled water.
He lifts me up when I am down.
He gives me strength for every sorrow,
replaces with a smile my every frown.
My Lord is a bridge over troubled water.
His way is easy, His burdens light.
He puts great joy within my heart
and with His love makes everything bright.

Father Tomas Del Valle-Reyes
Discovering 21 Century
P.O. BOX 1170
New York, NY 10018

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

I pray for the World

"JESUS of NAZARETH has triumphed over Death.
His Reign is Eternal. He is coming to conquer the world and the time.
"Mercy, my God on those who blaspheme You,
Forgive them, they know not what they do.
"Mercy, my God, for the scandal in the world,
Deliver them from the spirit of Satan.
"Mercy, my God, on those who run away from
You Give them an appreciation for the Holy Eucharist.
"Mercy, my God, on those who come to repent at the foot of the Glorious Cross. May they find Peace and Joy in God our Savior.
"Mercy, my God, so that Your Kingdom may come,
but save souls, there is still time; for the time is near, behold, I am coming. Amen
Come, Lord Jesus."

Father Tomas Del Valle-Reyes
Discovering 21 Century
P.O. BOX 1170
New York, NY 10018

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


One day I dug a little hole 
And put my hurt inside 
I thought that I could just forget I'd put it there to hide.
But that little hurt began to grow 
I covered it every day I couldn't leave it and go on 
It seemed the price I had to pay.
My joy was gone, my heart was sad Pain was all I knew.
My wounded soul enveloped me Loving seemed too hard to do.
One day, while standing by my hole 
I cried to God above And said, "If You are really there They say, You're a God of Love!
And just like that -- He was right there And just put His arms around me 
He wiped my tears, His hurting child There was no safer place to be.
I told Him all about my hurt I opened up my heart He listened to each and 
every word To every sordid part.
I dug down deep and got my hurt I brushed the dirt 
away And placed it in the Master's hand 
And healing came that day.
He took the blackness of my soul 
And set my spirit FREE! Something beautiful began 
to grow Where the hurt used to be.
And when I look at what has grown 
Out of my tears and pain I remember every day
 to give my hurts to Him And never bury them again.

Father Tomas Del Valle-Reyes
Discovering 21 Century
P.O. BOX 1170
New York, NY 10018

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

God Loves you

New in the neighborhood, Meagan was eager to make friends,
so when six-year old Lauren invited her to go to Sunday 
school with her family, little Megan immediately asked 
permission from her mom.
Mom agreed, anything to grab a couple hours t
herself on a Sunday morning.
Megan and her Mom didn't know much about God.
Church had never been a part of their lives. 
She was a single mother, working two jobs just to scrape by,
nothing beyond that held much importance.
Sunday morning came and Megan was excited to be
going somewhere with her new friend.
It didn’t really matter where.
She put on her prettiest dress and “dress-up” shoes, saved for special occasions.
At Sunday school, the children laughed and welcomed Megan.
The grandmotherly teacher hugged her and told her that she loved her and that God loved her, too.
The pastor told her that, also.
Several people said that very same thing to her and
one member tied a balloon to her wrist as they left the church.
On the balloon was printed that same thought…"Smile, God loves you.” Meagan was smiling.
She was happy and she had never felt so loved.
Dropping her off at home, Lauren and her family
waved and reminded her, “We love you and God loves you, too.”
She wanted to run in to tell Mom all about the Sunday school, the teacher and all the kids who were glad she was there.
She could hardly wait to tell her all about the singing and about Jesus and that God loves her and that He loves her Mother, too.
But first she wanted to be alone to think, for a few minutes,
about what it all meant. Kicking off her shoes,
which were pinching her feet by then, she sat on the curb
just to remember everything she had learned.
She remembered that the pastor told her that he loved her and so did God
and that all she had to do was to pray and ask Jesus to be her friend.
So, right there on the curb, quietly, that’s exactly what Meagan did…then she
went in to tell Mom all about it.
Author Unknown

Father Tomas Del Valle-Reyes
Discovering 21 Century
P.O. BOX 1170
New York, NY 10018

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

By Faith

I gaze up to the heavens and know
within its vastness
that this is your creation planned and effected within eternity
By faith
I pluck an ear of corn and know
within its symmetry lies the chemistry of life
the potential of creation within my hand
By faith
I listen for your voice and know the whisper that I hear
breathed a world into existence
yet listens to the prayer within my soul
By faith
I strive to do your will and know
the door that I approach may lead me to shadows
where my roll is to become your light
By faith
I cling to your word and know
the strength that I receive has it’s source within the love
that is at the centre of all things!

Father Tomas Del Valle-Reyes
Discovering 21 Century
P.O. BOX 1170
New York, NY 10018