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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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

God of Grace

God of Grace
In whom I put my trust Be my rescuer when sins ensnare
The liberator of my soul The still small voice that says
‘Be free’ God of Love
In whom I put my trust Be my joy and comfort at all times
The source of all my thoughts and words
The still small voice that says ‘Rejoice!’
God of Peace In whom I put my trust
Be my tranquility in times of turmoil
The steadying hand in raging seas
The still small voice that says
‘Be calm’ God of Power
In whom I put my trust Be my confidence when faith is challenged
The sword and amour that protects
The still small voice that says
‘Be strong!’

Travel with Father Tomas Del Valle to China and Holy Land. For more information, please visit our webpage http://www.discovering21century.com/  
Rev. Fr. Tomas Del Valle-Reyes
Discovering 21 Century
330 West 38 Street
Suite 503
New York, NY 10018
Radiosigloxxi@aol.com
Office Cell 917-499-9715
Office Tel- 212-244-4778

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Mustard Seed

Can we really move mountains
with a mustard seed of faith?It seems rather a difficult task.
Could we maybe start with a molehill
and work our way up gradually?
But that’s not the way it works, is it, Lord?
So often you challenge us with the mountain
when we feel so unprepared
unequipped for the task.
It’s then that we have to put self aside
and fear and pride and cling tightly to your hand.
It is only then that we really feel
the warmth of your touch
the certainty of your love
the power of your presence.
It is only then
that our faith begins to grow
and we begin to see
our real potential.
Thank your, Heavenly Father
for mountains
and mustard seeds.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

DEAR JACK

Jack took a long look at his speedometer before slowing down: 73 in a 55 mph zone. Fourth time in as many months. How could a guy get caught so often?
When his car had slowed to 10 miles an hour, Jack pulled over, but only partially. Let the cop worry about the potential traffic hazard. Maybe some other car will tweak his backside with a mirror.
The cop was stepping out of his car, the big pad in hand.
Bob? Bob from Church?Jack sunk farther into his trench coat. This was worse than the coming ticket. A Christian cop catching a guy from his own church. A guy who happened to be a little eager to get home after a long day at the office.
A guy he was about to play golf with tomorrow.
Jumping out of the car, he approached a man he saw every Sunday, a man he'd never seen in uniform.
"Hi, Bob. Fancy meeting you like this.""Hello, Jack." No smile.
"Guess you caught me red-handed in a rush to see my wife and kids.""Yeah, I guess so."
Bob seemed uncertain. Good. "I've seen some long days at the office lately. I'm afraid I bent the rules a bit -- just this once."Jack toed at a pebble on the pavement. "Diane said something about roast beef and potatoes tonight. Know what I mean?"
"I know what you mean. I also know that you have a reputation in the precinct."Ouch. This was not going in the right direction. Time to change tactics.
"What'd you clock me at?""Seventy. Would you sit back in your car please?""Now wait a minute here, Bob. I checked as soon as I saw you. I was barely nudging 65." The lie seemed to come easier with every ticket.
"Please, Jack, in the car."
Flustered, Jack hunched himself through the still-open door. Slamming it shut, he stared at the dashboard. He was in no rush to open the window.
The minutes ticked by. Bob scribbled away on the pad. Why hadn't he asked for a driver's license?
Whatever the reason, it would be a month of Sundays before Jack ever sat near this cop again. A tap on the door jerked his head to the left. There was Bob, a folded paper in hand. Jack rolled down the window a mere two inches, just enough room for Bob to pass him the slip.
"Thanks." Jack could not quite keep the sneer out of his voice. Bob returned to his police car without a word. Jack watched his retreat in the mirror. Jack unfolded the sheet of paper. How much was this one going to cost? Wait a minute. What was this? Some kind of joke? Certainly not a ticket. Jack began to read:
"Dear Jack, Once upon a time I had a daughter. She was six when killed by a car. You guessed it -- a speeding driver.
A fine and three months in jail, and the man was free. Free to hug his daughters. All three of them. I had only one, and I'm going to have to wait until Heaven before I can ever hug her again. A thousand times I've tried to forgive that man. A thousand times I thought I had. Maybe I did, but I need to do it again. Even now. Pray for me. And be careful, Jack, my son is all I have left. Bob."Jack turned around in time to see Bob's car pull away and head down the road. Jack watched until it disappeared. A full 15 minutes later, he too, pulled away and drove slowly home, praying for forgiveness and hugging a surprised wife and kids when he arrived.-
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Travel with Father Tomas Del Valle to China and Holy Land. For more information, please visit our webpage http://www.discovering21century.com/  
Rev. Fr. Tomas Del Valle-Reyes
Discovering 21 Century
330 West 38 Street
Suite 503
New York, NY 10018
Radiosigloxxi@aol.com
Office Cell 917-499-9715
Office Tel- 212-244-4778

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

When I Say I'm A Christian

When I say... :"I am a Christian"
I'm not shouting: "I'm clean livin.'"
I'm whispering: "I was lost, now I'm found and forgiven."
When I say... "I am a Christian"
I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.
When I say... "I am a Christian" I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I'm weak and need His strength to carry on.
When I say... "I am a Christian" I'm not bragging of success I'm
admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.
When I say... "I am a Christian" I'm not claiming to be perfect,
My flaws are far too visible But, God believes I am worth it.
When I say... "I am a Christian" I still feel the sting of pain.
I have my share of heartaches so I call upon His name.
When I say... "I am a Christian" I'm not holier than thou,
I'm just a simple sinner who received God's good grace, somehow!
Phil 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me"

Travel with Father Tomas Del Valle to China and Holy Land. For more information, please visit our webpage http://www.discovering21century.com/  
Rev. Fr. Tomas Del Valle-Reyes
Discovering 21 Century
330 West 38 Street
Suite 503
New York, NY 10018
Radiosigloxxi@aol.com
Office Cell 917-499-9715
Office Tel- 212-244-4778