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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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

To loved and to be loved

If I live in a house of spotless beauty with everything in its place, but have not love, I am a housekeeper . . . not a homemaker.
If I have time for waxing, polishing, and decorative achievements, but have not love, my children learn of cleanliness . . . not godliness. 
Love leaves the dust in search of a child's laugh.
Love smiles at the tiny fingerprints on a newly cleaned window.
Love wipes away the tears before it wipes up the spilled milk.
Love picks up the child before it picks up the toys.
Love is present through the trials.
Love reprimands, reproves and is responsive.
Love crawls with the baby, walks with the toddler, runs with the child, then stands aside to let the youth walk into adulthood.
Love is the key that opens salvation's message to a child's heart. 
Before I became a mother I took glory in my house of perfection. Now I glory in God's perfection of my child. As a mother, there is much I must teach my child . . . but the greatest of all is "LOVE."
Author Unknown

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

To Dance With Angels

Have you ever seen an angel, or heard an angel sing, 
Have you ever felt their presence or heard the ruffling of their wings?
Have you ever seen them dance at night when your fast asleep,
Singing out their wonderful song in voices , oh so sweet?
Rejoicing in the heavens for nothing more than life, filling man with peace and love to help relieve his strife..
Some sing and play their harps and others simply dance,
Bringing peace to all men’s hearts and serving them for life.
They come to guide the lost and fill their lonely hearts,
They do not question when or where but simply do their part.
And when they find a lonely heart filled with love from within,
This person might be asked if he would like to join in.
To dance the dance of angels is a joy beyond belief,
And fills the hearts of many with calm and relief.
So if asked to dance with angels open up your heart, and allow these wonderful beings to do their vital part.
So dance the dance of angels let them fill your hearts with light,
Sing their song and rejoice and let them help you ease your plight.
~ Author Unknown ~

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Psalm 23 Prayer

1. The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.


2. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters.

3. He restoreth my soul; He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.

4. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.

5. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; Thou anointment my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

My Quilt

As I faced my Maker at the last judgment, I knelt before the Lord along with all the other souls. Before each of us laid our lives like the squares of a quilt in many piles.
An Angel sat before each of us sewing our quilt squares together into a tapestry that is our life. But as my angel took each piece of cloth off the pile, I noticed how ragged and empty each of my squares was. 
They were filled with giant holes.
Each square was labeled with a part of my life that had been difficult, the challenges and temptations I was faced with in everyday life. I saw hardships that I endured, which were the largest holes of all.
I glanced around me. 
Nobody else had such squares. Other than a tiny hole here
and there, the other tapestries were filled with rich color and the bright hues of
worldly fortune. I gazed upon my own life and was disheartened. 
My angel was sewing the ragged pieces of cloth together, threadbare and empty, like binding air.
Finally the time came when each life was to be displayed, held up to the light, the
scrutiny of truth. The others rose, each in turn, holding up their tapestries.
So filled their lives had been.
My angel looked upon me, and nodded for me to rise. 
My gaze dropped to the ground in shame. I hadn't had all the earthly fortunes. 
I had love in my life, and laughter. But there had also been trials of illness, and death, and false accusations that took from me my world as I knew it. 
I had to start over many times. I often struggled with the temptation to quit, only to somehow muster the strength to pick up and begin again.
I spent many nights on my knees in prayer, asking for help and guidance in my life. I had often been held up to ridicule, which I endured painfully, each time offering it up to the Father in hopes that I would not melt within my skin beneath the judgmental gaze of those who unfairly judged me. And now, I had to
face the truth. My life was what it was, and I had to accept it for what it was.
I rose and slowly lifted the combined squares of my life to the light.
An awe-filled gasp filled the air.
I gazed around at the others who stared at me with wide eyes. Then, I looked
upon the tapestry before me. Light flooded the many holes, creating an image,
the face of Christ. Then our Lord stood before me, with warmth and love in His eyes. He said, "Every time you gave over your life to Me, it became My life, My hardships, and My struggles. Each point of light in your life is when you stepped aside and let Me shine through, until there was more of Me than there was of you.
May all our quilts be threadbare and worn, allowing Christ to shine through.

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