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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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

God's Healing Words

Proverbs 4:20-22
My child, be attentive to my words; 
incline your ear to my sayings. 
Do not let them escape from your sight; 
keep them within your heart. 
For they are life to those who find them, 
and healing to all their flesh.
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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Thank you Lord...

Gracious God, in the busyness of my day, I sometimes forget to stop to thank You for all that is good in my life.
My blessings are many and my heart is filled with gratefulness for the gift of living, for the ability to love and be loved, for the opportunity to see the everyday wonders of creation, for sleep and water, for a mind that thinks and a body that feels.
I thank you, too, for those things in my life that are less than I would hope them to be. Things that seem challenging, unfair, or difficult. 
When my heart feels stretched and empty and pools of tears form in my weary eyes, still I rejoice that you are as near to me as my next breath and that in the midst of turbulence, I am growing and learning.
In the silence of my soul, I thank you most of all for your unconditional and eternal love.
Amen.
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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

FORGIVENESS

Three years ago, a friend said something to me that hurt very deeply.  
I was speechless. 
I could not believe she could say that and mean it. 
When I had no response, she said, "I love you and don't want to see you hurt." 
My thought was, 'if you love me, how could you say such a terrible thing about someone I love dearly'.  
But I was still speechless and just couldn't respond.
Days and weeks passed and it still bothered me.
I prayed about it a lot and I thought I had forgiven her, but I couldn't forget. 
Weeks and months went by. 
I didn't dwell on this, but occasionally after my prayers at bedtime, I would think about it and couldn't seem to clear this from my thoughts. 
Therefore, I would have a restless night.
Two years passed and I began to doubt that I had forgiven her.
I decided I would talk to her about it and tell her how much her words had hurt. Before I could talk to her, I wanted to think about what I would say that wouldn't hurt her.
(I'm not really sure she would even remember what she had said to me.)
I prayed about this and asked God to give me the right words to say. After four days of praying about this, I began thinking God wasn't listening to me.
Then suddenly it became clear. God had heard and had answered my prayers. The answer was to say NOTHING. JUST FORGIVE. 
I did -- and a sense of peace came to me. I have had no more restless nights over this.
We all do and say things at time that hurt someone. 
We need forgiveness and we need to be able to forgive. Let us all pray for those who hurt us and ask God to give us the Grace to forgive them. 
Forgiving them gives us relief from our hurt. When we can truly forgive, it allows healing to take place in our spiritual lives.
God knows He has to forgive us a lot.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

A Little Rain

I asked this question, of my Father above, "Why do bad things happen to the people I love?" 
The answer has long been misunderstood,
Why tragedy occurs to the just and the good.
The Lord whispered softly, in a voice sweet and low, "You'll find the answer in the Book I left you, centuries ago."  
He allows the rain to fall on His sheep, To keep us humble, forgiving, and meek.
A little rain must fall on every life. 
This world is full of sorrow and strife. 
He makes the rain fall on the lost and unjust, In order to gain their repentance and trust.
He hopes to increase our virtues And to get our priorities straight, So, when the death angel comes, to carry us home, He'll be waiting for us at the gate.
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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Joy in my heart

Gracious God, I feel such joy in my heart this day.
Somehow the sun seems brighter, the air clearer, the colors more alive.
It is as if the shadows that have kept me in the forgotten places of life have been swept away.
I pray that your grace will protect my joy so that I taste and smell it with full attention.
When the mighty feelings begin to wane, I pray that joy’s scent will remain, so that no darkness will ever be so black that I cease to believe in the light.
I ask this for the sake of your love.
Amen.
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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

A Spirit of Sharing

Heavenly Father, you have flooded my life with fullness as vast as a field of wheat stretching to the horizon. 
Because life comes at me fast, and sometimes with ferocity, it is easy for me to forget the blessings you give with such liberality. 
Then when I see someone else’s need, I am suddenly aware again of the abundance in my own life. 
When I have such a moment of recognition, O God, help me realize that I may be the blessing you have brought to that person’s life. Give me courage to respond to them with love.
 Amen.
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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

How we criticized our priests

It is so difficult to live with criticisms:
If the priest is good looking: Why didn’t he marry?
If he is unattractive:
He did not find anyone to marry! 
If it wears civilian clothes: he is a worldly one.
If it wears his clerical suit: he is a traditionalist conservative.
If He does not treat to people with affection: He radiates coldness!
If he treats you nice with a smile:
Careful, he has doubtful intentions!. 
If he has long hair: oh, these revolutionary priests!
If he has short hair: HOW old fashioned!
If he remains in the parochial house: he does not visit the families.
If he starts making some visits:
oh, he’s never in the parish! 
If he starts doing some Repairs: he’s throwing money out of the window. 
If he does not do it: he has everything abandoned
If he celebrates baptisms and marriages to ALL:
He is not following the sacraments!
If He insists on the previous preparation: oh, he makes it so difficult for people.
If he has parochial advisers:
He lets others run his life!
If it does not have parochial advisers: he is an individualist!

If he restores anything at the parish:
what came over him now? 
If he makes no changes: He never does anything at this parish! 
If his Homily takes over 20 minutes: He’s like a radio station, will never finish speaking!
If his homily is brief: he does not explain the things well.
If it speaks with strong voice: he yells too much!
If he does in natural tone:
oh he can’t talk! 
If he touches social problems: he’s getting into politics.
If he speaks of Devotion and commitment:
He’s old fashioned, get rid of him!! 
If he walks alone: he’s a hermit and keeps to himself
If he walks with men:
aha, I think he likes men, maybe he's gay?
If he walks with women: aha, bet he’s in love and soon he’ll leave the church or who knows ! ! !
If he is young:
he has no experience, I will not listen to him! ! ! 
If he is old: He should retire or move to a senior's home already!
But… if he goes away or dies: Oh he is really irreplaceable!We'll never be able to forget him!!! He was the best we had!!

******That's why I do not pay attention to any criticism******
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