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
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Monday, October 26, 2020

A prayer for open doors

I NEED A DOOR TO OPEN...
Father in the name of Jesus, I pray you open doors 
for the person
who sent me this as well as those I am sending it to.
Only you can open doors no man 
can close and for that we honor you today.
Thank you for the open doors of life,
health, strength, prosperity, wealth, and love. 

Also, thank you for closing the doors of death, 
sickness, weakness, despair, poverty, and bitterness.
We love you today Lord and give you all the glory
and all the praise.

I seal this prayer in Jesus' name, Amen!!!
If you need God to open a door, pray 
this prayer for the person who sent it to you 
and for those you are sending it to.
Believe in your heart
and you shall receive what God has for you.
I need a door to open...
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 it on, and if you don't
need God to open some doors for you pass it on anyway.



Fr. Tomas Del Valle-Reyes
Descubriendo el Siglo 21/Discovering 21 Century
P.O.BOX 1170
New York, nY  10018
Tel- 212-24-4778
www.descubriendoelsiglo21.com/

http://radiosiglo21.blogspot.com/   
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Monday, October 19, 2020

Protect my Children

"Heavenly Mother, keep us always in mind of 
Your Son's great mercy and understanding as we pray for 
our children.
They are grown up now and have left us and are 
living their own lives according to their own ideals.
We feel anxious and worried because they do 
not seem to feel the need for Christ.
To understand the wisdom of His ways, or to be 
fully at ease with us or themselves.
 Intervene, dearest Mother, in their lives at the moment 
You know to be right and help them to understand the
things that lead to their peace.
Help them to see the need of Christ and to experience the greatness 
of His love, so that we may all proclaim as 
You did, that His mercy truly is from generation to generation.
 Amen"
Fr. Tomas Del Valle-Reyes
Descubriendo el Siglo 21/Discovering 21 Century
P.O.BOX 1170
New York, nY  10018
Tel- 212-24-4778
www.descubriendoelsiglo21.com/

http://radiosiglo21.blogspot.com/   
Programa de Radio “La Tertulia”

Monday, October 12, 2020

How Lucky I am..

I pause for a moment and think of the love and the grace
 that God showers on me:
I am created in the image and
 likeness of God;
I am God's dwelling-place.

Lord, may I never take the gift of freedom for granted.
You gave me the great blessing of freedom of spirit.
Fill my spirit with Your peace and Your joy.
I remind myself that I am in the presence of the Lord.
I will take refuge in His loving heart.
He is my strength in times of weakness.
He is my comforter in times of sorrow.

I take my time to read the Word of God, slowly, a few times,
 allowing myself to dwell on anything that strikes me.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.

Fr. Tomas Del Valle-Reyes
Descubriendo el siglo 21
P. O. BOX 1170
New York, NY 10018
212.244-4778

Monday, October 5, 2020

Loving God

Loving God your love be the centre and the focus
of our lives
Healing God
heal the hurts and wounds the scars that form
within and without
Forgiving God
may we know forgiveness and being forgiven
know release?
Liberating God liberate our hearts and minds our faith and
our theology restoring god restore the damaged rebuild the broken
make us whole.

Fr. Tomas Del Valle-Reyes
Descubriendo el siglo 21
P. O. BOX 1170
New York, NY 10018
212.244-4778

Monday, September 28, 2020

Fears:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.


And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same
As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Fr. Tomas Del Valle-Reyes
Descubriendo el siglo 21
P. O. BOX 1170
New York, NY 10018
212.244-4778

Monday, September 21, 2020

THE QUILT

As I faced my Maker at last judgment, I knelt before the Lord along with the other souls. 
Before each of us laid our lives, like the squares of a quilt. 
An angel sat before each of us sewing our quilt squares together into a tapestry that is our life.
But as my angel took each piece of cloth off the pile, I noticed how ragged and empty each of my squares was. 
They were filled with giant holes. 
Each square was labeled with a part of my life that had been difficult, the challenges and temptations I was faced with in everyday life. 
I saw hardships that I endured, which were the largest holes of all.
I glanced around me. 
Nobody else had such squares. 
Other than a tiny hole here and there, the other tapestries were filled with rich color and all the bright hues of worldly fortune. 
I gazed upon my own life and was disheartened. 
My angel was sewing the ragged pieces of cloth together, threadbare and empty like binding air.
Finally the time came when each life was to be displayed, held up to the light, the scrutiny of the truth ...The others rose, each in turn, holding up their tapestries. 
So filled their lives had been.
My angel looked upon me, and nodded for me to rise. 
My gaze dropped to the ground in shame.
 I hadn't had all the earthly fortunes. 
I had love in my life, and laughter. 
But there had also been trials of illness and death, and false accusations that took from me my world as I knew it.
I had to start over many times. 
I often struggled with the temptation to quit, only to somehow mustering the strength to pick up and begin again. 
I had spent many lonely nights on my knees in prayer, asking for help and guidance in my life. 
I had often been held up to ridicule, which I endured painfully: each time offering it up to the Father in hopes that I would not melt within my skin beneath the judgmental gaze of those who unfairly judged me.
And now, I had to face the truth. 
My life was what it was, and I had to accept it for what it had been...
I rose and slowly lifted the combined squares of my life to the light. 
An awe-filled gasp filled the air.
I gazed around at the others who stared at me with eyes opened wide.
Then I looked upon the tapestry before me.
Light flooded the many holes, creating an image, The Face of Christ. 
Then our Lord stood before me, with love and warmth in his eyes. 
He said: "Every time you gave over your life to me, it became my life, my hardships, and my struggles. Each point of light in your life is when you stepped aside and let me shine thru, until there was more of me than there was of you." 
- AUTHOR UNKNOWN -

Fr. Tomas Del Valle-Reyes
Descubriendo el siglo 21
P. O. BOX 1170
New York, NY 10018
212.244-4778

Monday, September 14, 2020

What do you think of Christmas?

Seeing the stores all decorated with Christmas wreaths, and trees plus plenty of holiday catalogs coming thru mail months before Christmas, it makes me think and meditate in the real meaning of Christmas.
Seeing all these, I knew that I had to write something about it, and I have been searching for words but “the right words” or the “key words” to express and describe how I feel are not easy, since I see that Christmas has become a multi-million dollar profit for all stores worldwide.
But before I start typing away my thoughts and ideas, I need to ask myself:
1-"What does the word Jesus Christ mean to you?"
2- "What does Christmas Holiday mean to you?"
3- "How do your Catholic beliefs contribute to your quality of life, your expectations of your life and your life experiences?"


I believe the life of our Lord Jesus Christ was an example for us to follow, remembering, not forgetting his sorrowful ending, but the most important legacy for us Catholics and Christians are his teaching along the way.  
And that’s how I have learned thru the Holy Gospel:
Follow His mission.- If it is a strong call, it may result in conflict with your earth-family, friends and community but your greater calling will always be to Your Creator, our Heavenly Father. 
The satisfaction you feel out of acting on your calling will far exceed your discomfort from breaking off on your own.
When you do something that is new to others, you might be seen as a fool or dupe, but follow your heart and spirit. 
Remembering that Jesus is your guide. 
Many of us experience loneliness but remember that you are truly never alone.
Heal those that seek healing but know that some people find healing through their experience with physical hardship. Suspend judgment; do not think less of those that choose the "hard way".
Knowing your true connection to our Heavenly Father is wonderful, but does not mean that life will be "easy" or that your knowledge will improve all problems. 
In fact, knowledge always brings responsibility. 
Those with greater knowledge have a greater share of responsibility.
Everyone is a child of our Heavenly Father, treat everyone with respect.
Working with friendly people is a joy, but reaching out to those that believe and think differently than you is what it is all about.
I respect other people's beliefs about what the Jesus Christ's life means to them. 
My experience is that when one focuses on the "negative", the negative seems to be there in full force, ready to be seen and experienced. 
Those that are fully connected to reality but working through love and compassion will find that life is full of joy and hope. 
One doesn't want to run away from reality, but one doesn't want to be stuck in unconstructiveness, sorrow and guilt either.
Now to bring things back down to earth a bit, perhaps we can look at the birth of Jesus in a general way. 
I like to think about his birth and reconnect with his human incarnation, linking it to all of the births that had come before and still are today. 
How miraculous is the birth of a child.
I pray that each child will be looked upon as miracle, a Chris, since we are all a part of the same God.
I encourage you to seek out what your particular religious tradition believes. 
 I would also encourage you to remain or become curious of other beliefs. 
I know that in doing so; you will find your concept of life expanding and your options with also expand. 
And never be afraid to allow your view of God to grow and change as you grow and change.


May the Lord Jesus Christ bless you and your family, now and forever, Amen.


Fr. Tomas Del Valle-Reyes
Descubriendo el siglo 21
P. O. BOX 1170
New York, NY 10018
212.244-4778