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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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Lord, grant me Success

Almighty God, whose hands hold all matters of life, give me grace of success in the work that I do.
Help me to give it the careful thought and the strict attention that will lead to success.
Watch over me and govern my actions, that I may not mar its perfection. Show me how to give my best, and let me not despise the toil that is necessary to complete it.

Make my life a successful one, in that every duty you give to me, I do it well.
 Give me the blessing of your help and guidance, and suffer me not to fail.

In Jesus' name.

Amen.

Father Tomas Del Valle-Reyes

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

God....Why?? why????

We do need to realize every day that there is a reason for everything;

IF ONLY we would trust that what happens in our daily lives does happen for a reason.

Me: God, can I ask you a question?
God: Sure.
Me: Promise you won't get mad.

God: I promise.
Me: Why did you let so much stuff happen to me today?
God: What do you mean?
Me: Well, I woke up late.
God: Yes.
Me: My car took forever to start.
God: Okay.
Me: At lunch they made my sandwich wrong and I had to wait.
God: Huummm.
Me: On the way home, my phone went dead! just as I picked up a call.
God: All right.


Me: And on top of it all, when I got home I just wanted to soak my feet in my new foot massager and relax, but it wouldn't work!!! Nothing went right today! Why did you do that?

God: Let me see, the Death Angel was at your bed this morning and I had to send one of the other angels to battle him for your life. I let you sleep through that.
Me: (humbled): OH...

GOD: I didn't let your car start because there was a drunk driver on your route that would have hit you if you were on the road.
Me: (ashamed)
God: The first person who made your sandwich today was sick and I didn't want you to catch what they have, I knew you couldn't afford to miss work.


Me: (embarrassed): Ok...
God: Your phone went dead because the person that was calling was going to give false witness about what you said on that call, I didn't even let you talk to them so you would be covered.

Me: (softly) I see God.
God: Oh and that foot massager, it had a shortage that was going to throw out all of the power in your house tonight. I didn't think you wanted to be in the dark.

Me: I'm sorry God.
God: Don't be sorry; just learning to trust me.....in all things, the good and the bad.
Me: I will trust you.
God: And don't doubt that my plan for your day is always better than your plan.
Me: I won't God. And let me just tell you God, thank you for everything today.

God: You're welcome child. It was just another day being your God, and I love looking after my children.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Prayer on Easter

Blest are you, Lord Jesus who came to us a little child one of us, flesh and blood to share in our humanityFor God so loved the world
ALL: That all might have eternal life

Blest are you, Lord Jesus who came to us as carpenterand yet in whose creative hands a world was fashionedFor God so loved the world
ALL: That all might have eternal life

Blest are you, Lord Jesus who came to us as fishermanand yet pointed to a harvest that was yet to come For God so loved the world
ALL: That all might have eternal life

Blest are you, Lord Jesus who came to us as teacherand opened eyes to truths that only the poor could understandFor God so loved the world
ALL: That all might have eternal life

Blest are you, Lord Jesus who came to us as healerand opened hearts to the reality of wholenessFor God so loved the world
ALL: That all might have eternal life

Blest are you, Lord Jesus who came to us as prophet, priest and king and yet humbled himself to take our place upon the crossFor God so loved the world
ALL: That all might have eternal life

Blest are you, Lord Jesus who came to us as servantand revealed to us the extent of his Father's love for human kindFor God so loved the world
ALL: That all might have eternal life

Blest are you, Lord Jesus, who rose from the ignominy of a sinner's deathto the triumph of a Savior’s resurrectionFor God so loved the world
ALL: That all might have eternal life

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son for the sake of meand youand other sinners too God so loved the world Blest are you Lord Jesus, our Savior and Redeemer
From the beginning you knew the final outcome watched as the jigsaw pieces were slotted into place saw the significance of every moment. As your body was anointed with oil at the table of Simon the Leper the picture was becoming clearer not only in your eyes but to an unknown woman and one of your closest friends. Judas sensed that this was his moment sacrificing trust that had been so freely given on the altar of selfish gain for his fifteen allotted minutes of fame and thirty pieces of silver The woman recognized the moment. She gave generously unselfishly a costly gift, freely offered. A fragrant sacrifice of perfume and love remembered forever in your heart.And as Judas slipped away unnoticed your disciples saw none of this failed to see the significance of the moment.Two sacrifices, one of trust and one of love. But you noticed, Lord as you notice each day our sacrificial offering and betrayal.


Father Tomas Del Valle-Reyes

Thursday, May 16, 2013

WHAT HAPPENS IN HEAVEN

I dreamt that I went to Heaven and an angel was showing me around.
We walked side-by-side inside a large workroom filled with angels. My angel guide stopped in front of the first section and said, "This is the Receiving Section. Here, all petitions to God said in prayer are received."
I looked around in this area, and it was terribly busy with so many angels sorting out petitions written on voluminous paper sheets and scraps from people all over the world.
Then we moved on down a long corridor until we reached the second section.

The angel then said to me
, "This is the Packaging and Delivery Section. Here, the graces and blessings the people asked for are processed and delivered to the living persons who asked for them. "I noticed again how busy it was there. There were many angels working hard at that station, since so many blessings had been requested and were being packaged for delivery to Earth.

Finally at the farthest end of the long corridor we stopped at the door of a very small station. To my great surprise, only one angel was seated there, idly doing nothing. "This is the Acknowledgment Section," my angel friend quietly admitted to me. He seemed embarrassed "How is it that there is no work going on here?" I asked.
"So sad," the angel sighed. "After people receive the blessings that they asked for, very few send back acknowledgments ."
"How does one acknowledge God's blessings?" I asked.
"Simple," the angel answered. Just say, "Thank you, Lord."

"What blessings should they acknowledge?" I asked.
"If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of this world. If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish, you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy ."

"And if you get this on your own computer, you are part of the 1% in the world who has that opportunity."
"If you woke up this morning with more health than illness ... you are more blessed than the many who will not even survive this day ."
"If you have never experienced the fear in battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation ... you are ahead of 700 million people in the world."
"If you can attend a church without the fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death you are envied by, and more blessed than, three billion people in the world! ."

"If your parents are still alive and still married ...you are very rare ."
"If you can hold your head up and smile, you are not the norm, you're unique to all those in doubt and despair."
Ok, what now? How can I start?

If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you as very special and you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all.

Have a good day, count your blessings, and if you want, pass this along to remind everyone else how blessed we all are.

ATTN:

Acknowledge Dept.: "Thank you Lord, for giving me the ability to share this message and for giving me so many wonderful people to share it with."
If you have read this far, and are thankful for all that you have been blessed with, how can you not send it on???? I thank God for everything, especially all my family and friends!!

Blessings with love


Father Tomas Del Valle-Reyes

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Infinite Holiness

It's the mystery
infinite holiness
and majesty
that draws me to your throne
it’s my dependency
on your father
your limitless
love that holds me there
It's your humility
total selflessness
and sacrifice
that draws me to your cross
It's my dependency
on your graciousness
your limitless
grace that holds me there
It's your constancy
always there
warm embrace
that draws me into your arms
It's my dependency
on your gentleness
your limitless
patience that holds me there.


Father Tomas Del Valle-Reyes

Thursday, May 2, 2013

TO REMEMBER ME

The day will come when my body will lie upon a white sheet neatly tucked under four corners of a mattress located in a hospital busily occupied with the living and the dying.
At a certain moment, a doctor will determine that my brain has ceased to function and that, for all intents and purposes, my life has stopped.
When that happens, do not attempt to instill artificial life into my body by the use of a machine.
And don't call this my deathbed. Let it be called the Bed of Life, and let my body be taken from it to help others lead fuller lives.Give my sight to the man who has never seen a sunrise, a baby's face or love in the eyes of a woman.
Give my heart to a person whose own heart has caused nothing but endless days of pain.Give my blood to the teenager who was pulled from the wreckage of his car, so that he might live to see his grandchildren play. Give my kidneys to one who depends on a machine to exist.
Take my bones, every muscle, every fiber and nerve in my body, and find a way to make a crippled child walk. Explore every corner of my brain. Take my cells, if necessary, and let them grow so that, someday, a speechless boy will shout at the crack of a bat, and a deaf girl will hear the sound of rain against her window.
Burn what is left of me and scatter the ashes to the winds to help the flowers grow. If you must bury something, let it be my faults, my weaknesses and all prejudice against my fellow man. If, by chance, you wish to remember me, do it with a kind deed or word to someone who needs you. If you do all I have asked, I will live forever.


Father Tomas Del Valle-Reyes