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

Monday, February 27, 2017


I said, " The path is steep."
He said, " I'm at your side."
I said, "But I am weak."
He said, "For you I died."
I said, "Dark valleys come."
He said, "I'll guide you through."
I said, "But I'm not brave."
He said, "I'll walk with you."
I said, "Be light to me,
And strength as I go on."
He said, "I'm more. I'm love,
You'll never walk alone."
~Author Unknown~~

Father Tomas Del Valle-Reyes
Discovering 21 Century
P. O. BOX 1170New York, NY 10018

Monday, February 20, 2017


It is a beautiful Spring weekend as I write this.
 Children are outdoors running, laughing, riding bikes
and playing basketball.
Dogs are sleeping in the afternoon sun content just to be alive.
A family of ducks are waddling back home to a neighbor’s farm after taking a quick swim in a stream that runs behind the local grade school.
Adults are talking on their porches and swinging slowly on their porch swings.
Everywhere around me I can feel the gentle kiss of God’s wind on my cheek and love in my heart.
It is one of those special times when you can hear the voice of love, peace, and joy coming from your own soul and saying:
"See, I was here all the time. You only needed to slow down long enough to notice me.
"I only wish that everyone in this world could have a quiet moment like this when they could see that the love, joy, and peace that they chase after so desperately and try to find in so many things was within them all along.
Maybe then they would sit down and get to know that love in their hearts, joy in their souls, and peace in their lives.
Maybe then they would quit trying to get so much out of life and start putting something back into it.
Maybe then they would see that choosing and sharing love and joy is really what life is all about.
God gives us so much. Life gives us so much.
There is beauty, wonder, peace, joy, love, goodness, and delight all waiting to be chosen and all waiting to be shared.
Let’s stop chasing madly after them then.
Let’s instead sit down, notice them smiling at us from within our own souls, take them by the hand, and give them to the world.
Let’s do our work with our joy, live our lives with our love, and share our goodness with everyone we meet. Let’s make all of our days a glorious gift of love from our souls to God.

Father Tomas Del Valle-Reyes
Discovering 21 Century
P. O. BOX 1170
New York, NY 10018

Monday, February 13, 2017


A girl in love asked her boyfriend: "Tell me, who do you love most in this world?"
"You, of course!""In your heart, what am I to you?" 
ask the girl...The boy thought for a moment and looked intently in her eyes and said,  
"You are my rib. In the Bible, it was said that 
God saw that Adam was lonely. During his sleep, 
God took one of Adam's rib and created Eve. 
Every man has been searching for his missing rib. 
Only when you find the woman of your life will 
you no longer feel the lingering ache in your heart."
After their wedding, the couple had a sweet and happy life for a while. 
However, the youthful couple began to drift apart due to the busy schedule of life and the never-ending worries of daily problems. Their life became mundane.
All the challenges posed by the harsh realities of life began to gnaw away at their dreams and love for each other. The couple began to have more quarrels, and each quarrel became more heated. One day, after a quarrel, the girl ran out of the house. At the opposite side of the road, she shouted, "You don't love me!" The boy hated her childishness, and out of impulse retorted, "Maybe it was a mistake for us to be together! You were never my missing rib!"Suddenly, she turned quiet and stood there for a long while. He regretted what he said, but words spoken are like thrown away water -- you can never take them back. With tears, she went home to pack her things and was determined on breaking up.
Before she left the house, the girl said, "If I'm really not your missing rib, then please let me go." She continued, "It is less painful this way. Let us go on our separate ways and search for our own partners."
Five years went by. He never remarried but he had tried to find out about her life indirectly. She had left the country and came back. She had married a foreigner and divorced. He felt anguished that she never waited for him. In the dark and lonely night, he lit his cigarette and felt the lingering ache in his heart. He couldn't bring himself to admit that he was missing her.
One day they finally met -- at the airport -- a place where there were many reunions and good-byes. He was going away on a business trip. She was standing there alone, with just the security door separating them. She smiled at him gently.
(b): "How are you?"

(g): "I'm fine. How about you. Have you found your missing rib?"
(b): "No."
(g): "I'll be flying to New York on the next flight."(b): "I'll be back in 2 weeks time."(g): "Give me a call when you get back. You know my number. Nothing has changed."
With a smile, she turned around and waved good-bye.
One week later, he heard of her death. She had perished in New York -- in the event that shocked the world.
Midnight. Once again, he lit his cigarette. And like before, he felt the lingering ache in his heart. He finally knew that she was the missing rib that he had so carelessly broken. -
Sometimes people say things out of moments of fury. Most often than not, the outcome could be disastrous and detrimental. We vent our frustrations 99% at our loved ones. And even though we know that we ought to "think twice and act wisely," it's often easier said than done.Things happen each day, many of which are beyond our control. Let us treasure every moment and everyone in our lives. Tomorrow may never come. Give and accept what you have today.

Father Tomas Del Valle-Reyes
Discovering 21 Century
P. O. BOX 1170New York, NY 10018

Monday, February 6, 2017


Lord, throughout this day,
As I try to follow You,
Let this be my rule to live by:
What Would Jesus Do?
When a friend or loved one
Asks me for a moment or two,
May I think of one thing only:
What Would Jesus Do?
In all my dealings, help me
To be honest, fair and true,
To measure each decision by:
What Would Jesus Do?

When I'm feeling troubled
And I turn in prayer to You,
Give me wisdom to decide:
What Would Jesus Do?
And let me promise each new day
To live my whole life through,
In love and peace, remembering:
What Would Jesus Do?
Then when the day is ended,
May I resolve anew
To guide tomorrow by the motto:
What Would Jesus Do?
Author Unknown

Father Tomas Del Valle-Reyes
Discovering 21 Century
P. O. BOX 1170New York, NY 10018