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, May 26, 2014

HOW MUCH DOES A
PRAYER WEIGH

Louise Redden, a poorly dressed lady with a look of defeat on her face, walked into a grocery store. She approached the owner of the store in a most humble manner and asked if he would let her charge a few groceries. She softly explained that her husband was very ill and unable to work. They had seven children and they needed food.
John Longhouse, the grocer, scoffed at her and requested that she leave his store. Visualizing the family needs, she said: "Please, sir! I will bring you the money just as soon as I can." John told her he could not give her credit, as she did not have a charge account at his store.
Standing beside the counter was a customer who overheard the conversation between the two. The customer walked forward and told the grocer that he would stand good for whatever she needed for her family.

The grocer said in a very reluctant voice, "Do you have a grocery list?" Louise replied, "Yes sir."

"Okay" he said, "put your grocery list on the scales and whatever your grocery list weighs, I will give you that amount in groceries."
Louise hesitated a moment with a bowed head. Then she reached into her purse and took out a piece of paper and scribbled something on it. She then laid the piece of paper on the scale carefully with her head still bowed.
The eyes of the grocer and the customer showed amazement when the scale went down and stayed down. The grocer, staring at the scales, turned slowly to the customer and said begrudgingly, "I can't believe it." The customer smiled and the grocer started putting the groceries on the other side of the scales.
The scale did not balance so he continued to put more and more groceries on them until the scales would hold no more. The grocer stood there in utter disgust.

Finally, he grabbed the piece of paper from the scales and looked at it with greater amazement. It was not a grocery list. It was instead a prayer which said: "Dear Lord, you know my needs and I am leaving this in your hands."The grocer gave her the groceries that he had gathered and stood in stunned silence. Louise thanked him and left the store. The customer handed a fifty-dollar bill to the grocer and said, "It was worth every penny of it."It was sometime later that the grocer discovered the scales were broken; therefore, only God knows how much a prayer weighs.- 

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Monday, May 19, 2014

It is not easy to say
NOOOOOO

When the going gets tough
the tough get going.
It is easy to say 'No'
to take the easy way out easy to play safe
and live to fight another day.
Like Peter, who loved you
with such a passion, Lord filled with such energy
so impetuous ready to speak first
and ask questions later.
Except when asked if he was with you, Lord
except when his faith was seriously challenged
when the road to the cross became dangerous.
You knew Peter
knew the caliber of the man what would happen
before the cock crowed twice
But it didn't stop you choosing him
the rock upon which
your Church would be built.
There is comfort for us, Lord
in Peter's frailty
reassurance that your love
and confidence extends
to both strong and frail
as you look to our potential
and in your love forget
our momentary weakness
How often when weary do we sigh 'The spirit is willing,
but the body is weak.'

How often when in prayer are thoughts distracted by
sounds or circumstance or prayers diverted
by trivial concerns? Baggage carried with us
rather than left at your feet.
How often do we find ourselves
apologizing to you for our abbreviated prayer life.
And yet you draw us still to be in your presence
as you did the disciples at Gethsemane
You want us to share in your life
to play our part.
You told your disciples to watch and pray
so that they might not fall into temptation
Do you ask the same of us
and do we also fail you
each time we whisper
'The spirit is willing,
but the body is weak.'
Grant us the strength, Lord
of body and of spirit
to offer you the sacrifice
of our lives

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Monday, May 12, 2014

THE FIRE

An article in National Geographic several years ago provided a penetrating picture of God's wings.
After a forest fire in Yellowstone National Park, forest rangers began their trek up a mountain to assess the inferno's damage. One ranger found a bird literally petrified in ashes, perched statuesquely on the ground at the base of a tree.
Somewhat sickened by the eerie sight, he knocked over the bird with a stick. When he struck it, three tiny chicks scurried from under their dead mother's wings.
The loving mother, keenly aware of impending disaster, had carried her offspring to the base of the tree and had gathered them under her wings, instinctively knowing that the toxic smoke would rise.
She could have flown to safety but had refused to abandon her babies. When the blaze had arrived and the heat had singed her small body, the mother remained steadfast. She had been willing to die so those under the cover of her wings would live.
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. Psalm 91:4

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Monday, May 5, 2014

IF YOU HAVE A DREAM

Don't wait for some distant day to come, it may be too late before you've even begun.
Not everyone will agree with all you decide.
Be true to yourself first and foremost.
The only important thing in life is what you do with the time you spend here on earth.
Don't cloud today with things that can't be undone.
You have no more control over yesterday or tomorrow, than you do the raging of your passions.
Do not quiet these dreams nor quench your desires.
For if you do, your journey is ended.
You have only today to begin anew and follow your dreams.
For in the end all we have are our memories.
When the twilight comes to us, let there be, no excuses, no explanations, no regrets!
~~ Author Unknown ~~

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Mother's Day Prayers

God our Creator, we pray:
for new mothers, coming to terms with new responsibility ; 
for expectant mothers, wondering and waiting; for those who are tired, stressed or depressed; 
for those who struggle to balance the tasks of work and family; 
for those who are unable to feed their children due to poverty;
for those whose children have physical, mental or emotional disabilities;
for those who have children they do not want; 
for those who raise children on their own; 
for those who have lost a child; 
for those who care for the children of others; 
for those whose children have left home; 
 and for those whose desire to be a mother has not been fulfilled. 
Bless all mothers, that their love may be deep and tender, and that they may lead their children to know and do what is good, living not for themselves alone, but for God and for others.
Amen.

Gracious God

Gracious God,
We thank you for adopting us into your family through the miracle of your grace, and for calling us to be brothers and sisters to each other. Today, loving God, we pray for our mothers:
 • who cared for us when we were helpless 
• who comforted us when we were hurt 
• Whose love and care we often took for granted. 
 Today we pray for: 
• those who are grieving the loss of their mother, 
• those who never knew their biological mother, and now yearn for her
• those who have experienced the wonder of an adopted mother's love 
• The families separated by war or conflict. 
• Lord, give them special blessings. 
Keep us united with you and with each other, so that we can be and become all that we are meant to be. 
Amen.

Thank you for our Moms

Loving God,
we thank you for the love of the mothers you have given us, 
whose love is so precious that it can never be measured, whose patience seems to have no end. 
 May we see your loving hand behind them and guiding them. 
We pray for those mothers who fear they will run out of love or time, or patience. 
We ask you to bless them with your own special love.
We ask this in the name of Jesus, our brother. 
Amen.