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, June 29, 2015

Thy Promise

Our Lord! not for nathing
You have created us all this!
Glory to Thee! Give us
Salvation from the Penalty
Of the Fire.
Our Lord! any whom Thou
Dost admit to the Fire,
Truly Thou coverest with shame,
And never will wrongdoers
Find any helpers!
Our Lord! we have heard
The call of one calling
Us to Faith, 'Believe you
In the Lord,' and we

Have believed. Our Lord!
Forgive us our sins,
Blot out from us
Our iniquities, and take
To Thyself our souls
In the company of the righteous.
Our Lord! Grant us
What Thou didst promise
Unto us through Thy Messengers,
And save us from shame
On the Day of Judgment;
For Thou never breakest
Thy promise.

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Fr. Tomas Del Valle-Reyes
Discovering 21 Century /Descubriendo el siglo 21
330 West 38 Street
Suite 503
New York, NY 10018
212.244-4778
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Monday, June 22, 2015

Heavenly Father, Almighty God.



I humble myself before your Presence, 
I ask you to forgive me my sins and the sins of brothers and sisters.

Almighty Father, we have offended you, our ancestors have offended you and we all continue to offend you daily. 
Lord, have Mercy on us.

Almighty God, I ask forgiveness for my sins and the sins of my brothers and sisters. 
Forgive us Lord for breaking your commandments; forgive us Lord for not listening to your Word. 
Lord my God, with shame I present to you the state of this poor humanity as I implore your Mercy and compassion.

Lord I am so sorry to confess my sins and of my brothers and sisters, we are guilty Lord, we have insulted you with our pride, and we have defied you with our sins.


Lord I disapprove of to see how my own brothers and sisters are immersed in atheism, but have so many false gods.

Lord I see how children have turned against parents because they try to teach them what is right, I see rebellion in children, young people and grown ups.

Crime is on the increase in every city throughout the world, all laws are

despised and your laws are totally ignored. 
There is corruption even inside governments and most people will do evil at the cost of others.
Please Lord open up our ears to hear your voice, open our eyes to see the truth and our hearts to love one another.
Amen


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Fr. Tomas Del Valle-Reyes
Discovering 21 Century /Descubriendo el siglo 21
330 West 38 Street
Suite 503
New York, NY 10018
212.244-4778

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Lord, My Cross is too heavy

Just remember, God never send us a cross that our shoulders cannot carry it… Please read till the end.
Fr. Tomas





We all carry our own crosses in life….


Sometimes it seems so heavy

It is easier to complaint!


And choose what seems to be convenient

Always looking for the easiest way out!

Very soon we get tire of it and keep complaining!

We think, we can cheat and go choose to our convenience

Unfortunately, sometimes we choose wrongly

If your cross is too heavy, don’t complaint! Your Heavenly Father is always at your side, always!!






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Need a Bible? We have them in English and Spanish, please visit our website or call us.
Fr. Tomas Del Valle-Reyes
Discovering 21 Century /Descubriendo el siglo 21
330 West 38 Street
Suite 503
New York, NY 10018
212.244-4778
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Monday, June 8, 2015

The Rosary

Jim Castle was tired when he boarded his plane in Cincinnati , Ohio , that night in 1981. 
The 45-year-old management consultant had put on a week long series of
business meetings and seminars, and now he sank gratefully into his seat
 ready for the flight home to Kansas City, Missouri .
As more passengers entered, the place hummed with 
conversation, mixed with the sound of bags being stowed. 
Then, suddenly, people fell silent. 
The quiet moved slowly up the aisle like an invisible wake behind a boat. 
Jim craned his head to see what was happening, and his mouth dropped open.

Walking up the aisle were two nuns clad in simple white habits bordered in blue.
He recognized the familiar face of one at once, the wrinkled skin, and the eyes warmly intent. 
This was a face he'd seen in newscasts and on the cover of TIME. 
The two nuns halted, and Jim realized that his seat companion was going to be Mother Teresa!
As the last few passengers settled in, Mother Teresa and her companion pulled out rosaries.
 Each decade of the beads was a different color, Jim noticed. 
The decades represented various areas of the world, Mother Teresa told him later, and added, 'I pray for the poor and dying on each continent.'
The airplane taxied to the runway and the two women began to pray,
their voices a low murmur. 
Though Jim considered himself not a very religious Catholic who went to church mostly out of habit, inexplicably he found himself joining in.
By the time they murmured the final prayer, the plane had reached cruising altitude. 
Mother Teresa turned toward him. 
For the first time in his life, Jim understood what people meant when they spoke of a person possessing an 'aura'. As she gazed at him, a sense of peace filled him; he could no more see it than he could see the wind but he felt it, just as surely as he felt a warm summer breeze.
'Young man,' she inquired, 'do you say the rosary often?' 'No, not really,' he admitted.
She took his hand, while her eyes probed his. 
Then she smiled. 'Well, you will now.' 
And she dropped her rosary into his palm.

An hour later Jim entered the Kansas City airport where he was met by his wife, Ruth. 'What in the world?' Ruth asked when she noticed the rosary in his hand. 
They kissed and Jim described his encounter.
Driving home, he said. 'I feel as if I met a true sister of God.'
Nine months later Jim and Ruth visited Connie, a friend of theirs for several years. 
Connie confessed that she'd been told she had ovarian cancer. 'The doctor says it's a tough case,' said Connie, 'but I'm going to fight it. I won't give up.' Jim clasped her hand.

Then, after reaching into his pocket, he gently twined Mother Teresa's rosary around her fingers. 
He told her the story and said, 'Keep it with you Connie. It may help.'
Although Connie wasn't Catholic, her hand closed willingly around the small plastic beads. 'Thank you,' she whispered. 'I hope I can return it.'
More than a year passed before Jim saw Connie again. 
This time her face was glowing, she hurried toward him and handed him the rosary.
'I carried it with me all year,' she said. 'I've had surgery and have been on chemotherapy, too. Last month, the doctors did second-look surgery, and the tumor's gone. Completely!' 
Her eyes met Jim's. 'I knew it was time to give the rosary back.'

In the fall of 1987, Ruth's sister, Liz, fell into a deep 
depression after her divorce. She asked Jim if she 
could borrow the rosary, and when he sent it, she hung it
 over her bedpost in a small velvet bag. 
At night I held on to it, just physically held on. I was so lonely and 
afraid,' she says, 'yet when I gripped that rosary, I felt as if I held 
a loving hand.'
Gradually, Liz pulled her life together, and she mailed the rosary back.
 'Someone else may need it,' she said.

Then one night in 1988, a stranger telephoned Ruth. 
She'd heard about the rosary from a neighbor and asked if she could borrow it to take to the hospital where her mother lay in a coma. 
The family hoped the rosary might help their mother die peacefully. 
A few days later, the woman returned the beads. 'The nurses told me a coma patient can still hear,' she said, 'so 
I explained to my mother that I had Mother Teresa's rosary and that when I gave it to her she could let go; it would be all rosary in her hand.
Right away, we saw her face relax. 
The lines smoothed out until she looked so peaceful, so young.
' The woman's voice caught. 'A few minutes later she was gone.'

Fervently, she gripped Ruth's hands. 'Thank you.'
Is there special power in those humble beads? 
Or is the power of the human spirit simply renewed in
 each person who borrows the rosary? Jim only knows that requests continue to come, often unexpectedly. 
He always responds though, whenever he lends the rosary, 'When you're through needing it, send it back. Someone else may need it.'
Jim's own life has changed, too, since his unexpected meeting on the airplane. 
When he realized Mother Teresa carries everything she owns in a small bag, he made an effort to simplify his own life.
'I try to remember what really counts - not money or titles or possessions, but the way we love others,' he says.

MAY GOD BLESS YOU ABUNDANTLY, MAY MOTHER MARY ASK HER SON JESUS TO SHOWER YOU WITH GRACES.


Please feel free to pass this mail on, especially to all those in despair so that they might know that they are not alone in their hour of need.

The reason I sent you this mail is because I know the power of the prayers of these simple beads and I wanted to share it with you.

Every sacrifice has a fruitful reward. Every failure has a second chance.

We only have to be strong thru God's grace and persevere in life's many tests! May GOD bless you always.

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Need a Bible? We have them in English and Spanish, please visit our website or call us.
Fr. Tomas Del Valle-Reyes
Discovering 21 Century /Descubriendo el siglo 21
330 West 38 Street
Suite 503
New York, NY 10018
212.244-4778
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Monday, June 1, 2015

Blessed are...

Blessed are they who give
without expecting even thanks in return,
for they shall be abundantly rewarded.

Blessed are they who translate
every good thing they know into action,
for ever higher truths shall be revealed unto them.

Blessed are they who do God's will
without asking to see results,
for great shall be their recompense.

Blessed are they who love and trust their fellow beings,
for they shall reach the good in people and
receive a loving response.

Blessed are they who have seen reality, for they know
that not the garment of clay but that which activates
the garment of clay is real and indestructible.

Blessed are they who see the change we call death
as a liberation from the limitation of this earth-life,
for they shall rejoice with their loved ones
who make the glorious transition.

Blessed are they who after dedicating their lives
and thereby receiving a blessing, have the courage and faith
to surmount the difficulties of the path ahead,
for they shall receive a second blessing.

Blessed are they who advance toward the spiritual path
without the selfish motive of seeking inner peace,
for they shall find it.

Blessed are they who instead of trying to
batter down the gates of the kingdom of heaven
approach them humbly and lovingly and purified,
for they shall pass right through.


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Need a Bible? We have them in English and Spanish, please visit our website or call us.
Fr. Tomas Del Valle-Reyes
Discovering 21 Century /Descubriendo el siglo 21
330 West 38 Street
Suite 503
New York, NY 10018
212.244-4778

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