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, March 1, 2021

THE DOLL AND
THE WHITE ROSE

I hurried into the local department store to grab some last minute Christmas gifts. 
I looked at all the people and grumbled to myself. 
I would be in here forever and I just had so much to do. 
Christmas was beginning to become such a drag. 
I kinda wished that I could just sleep through Christmas. 
But I hurried the best I could through all the people to the toy department.
Once again I kind of mumbled to myself at the prices of all these toys and wondered if the grand-kids would even play with them. 
I found myself in the doll aisle. 
Out of the corner of my eye I saw a little boy about 5 holding a lovely doll.  
He kept touching her hair and he held her so gently. 
I could not seem to help myself.
I just kept looking over at the little boy and wondered who the doll was for.
I watched him turn to a woman and he called his aunt by name and said, "Are you sure I don't have enough money?"
She replied a bit impatiently, "You know that you don't have enough money for it."
The aunt told the little boy not to go anywhere, that she had to go get some other things, and would be back in a few minutes. 
And then she left the aisle. The boy continued to hold the doll.
After a bit, I asked the boy who the doll was for. 
He said, "It's the doll my sister wanted so badly for Christmas. 
She just knew that Santa would bring it."
I told him that maybe Santa was going to bring it. 
He said, "No, Santa can't go where my sister is.
I have to give the doll to my Mamma to take to her."
I asked him where his sister was. 
He looked at me with the saddest eyes and said, "She was gone to be with Jesus. 
My Daddy says that Mamma is going to have to go be with her."
My heart nearly stopped beating.
Then the boy looked at me again and said, "I told my Daddy to tell Mamma not to go yet. 
I told him to tell her to wait till I got back from the store."
Then he asked me if I wanted to see his picture. 
I told him I would love to. 
He pulled out some pictures he'd had taken at the front of the store. 
He said, "I want my Mamma to take this with her so she don't ever forget me. 
I love my Mamma so very much and I wish she did not have to leave me, but Daddy says she will need to be with my sister."
I saw that the little boy had lowered his head and had grown so very quiet. 
While he was not looking I reached into my purse and pulled out a handful of bills. 
I asked the little boy, "Shall we count that money one more time?"  
He grew excited and said, "Yes, I just know it has to be enough."
So I slipped my money in with his and we began to count it.
Of course it was plenty for the doll. 
He softly said, "Thank you Jesus for giving me enough money."  
Then the boy said, "I just asked Jesus to give me enough money to buy this doll so Mamma can take it with her to give to my sister, and he heard my prayer. 
I wanted to ask him for enough to buy my Mamma a white rose, but I didn't ask him, but he gave me enough to buy the doll and a rose for my Mamma. 
She loves white roses so very, very much."
In a few minutes the aunt came back and I wheeled my cart away. 
I could not keep from thinking about the little boy as I finished my shopping in a totally different spirit than when I had started.  
And I kept remembering a story I had seen in the newspaper several days earlier about a drunk driver hitting a car and killing a little girl and the Mother was in serious condition. 
The family was deciding on whether to remove the life support. 
Now surely this little boy did not belong with that story.
Two days later, I read in the paper where the family had disconnected the life support and the young woman had died
I could not forget the little boy and just kept wondering if the two were somehow connected. 
Later that day, I could not help myself and I went out and bought some white roses and took them to the funeral home where the young woman was.
And there she was holding a lovely white rose, the beautiful doll, and the picture of the little boy in the store.
I left there in tears, my life changed forever. 
The love that little boy had for his little sister and his mother was overwhelming.  
And in a split second a drunk driver had ripped the life of that little boy to pieces.


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Fr Tomás Del Valle-Reyes
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Monday, February 22, 2021

Lord, Give me Courage

Almighty God, who gives strength to the weak and upholds those who might fall, give me courage to do what is right, for those that trust in you have no need to fear.
Make be brave to face any danger which may now threaten me. 
Give me the help that you have promised to those who ask it, that I may overcome my fears and go bravely forward.

Fill me with courage, that nothing which is my duty to do, may be too hard for me. Let me put my trust in your power and goodness.

Thank you my Lord.

Amen.

Descubriendo el Siglo 21
Discovering 21century
Fr Tomás Del Valle-Reyes
P. O. BOX 1170
New York, NY 10018
(212) 244 4778

Monday, February 15, 2021

A FIERY SERMON

A member of a certain church, who previously had been attending services regularly, stopped going. 
After a few weeks, the preacher decided to visit him.

It was a chilly evening.  
The preacher found the man at home alone,
sitting before a blazing fire.

Guessing the reason for his preachers
visit, the man welcomed him, led him to a comfortable
chair near the fireplace and waited.
The preacher made himself at home but said nothing.

In the grave silence, he contemplated the dance of the flames around the burning
logs.


After some minutes, the preacher took the fire tongs, carefully
picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the
hearth all alone then he sat back in his chair, still silent.

The host watched all this in quiet contemplation. 
As the one lone ember's flame flickered and diminished,
there was a momentary glow and then its fire was no more. Soon it was
cold and dead.
Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting.

The preacher glanced at his watch and realized it was time to leave. 
He slowly stood up, picked up the cold, dead ember and placed it back in the middle of the fire. Immediately it began to glow,once more with the light and
warmth of the burning coals around it.
As the preacher reached the door to leave, his host said with a tear
running down his cheek, 'Thank you so much for your visit and especially
for the fiery sermon. 

I shall be back in church next Sunday.'
We live in a world today, which tries to say too much with too little.
Consequently , few listen. Sometimes the best sermons are the ones left
unspoken.

The Lord is my Shepherd ----- that's a Relationship! 
I shall not want ----- that's Supply!
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures ----that' s Rest!
He leadeth me beside the still waters -----that's Refreshment!
He restoreth my soul ----- that's Healing!
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness --that's Guidance!
For His name sake ----- that's Purpose!
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death--that's
Testing!

I will fear no evil ----- that's Protection!
For Thou art with me ----- that's Faithfulness!
Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me -----that's Discipline!
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine
enemies
------that's Hope!

Thou annointest my head with oil ----- that's Consecration!
My cup runneth over ----- that's Abundance!
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my
life----that's Blessing!

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
-----that's Security!
Forever ----- that's Eternity!


Fr. Tomas Del Valle-Reyes
Descubriendo el Siglo 21/Discovering 21 Century
P.O.BOX 1170
New York, nY  10018
Tel- 212-24-4778
www.descubriendoelsiglo21.com/

http://radiosiglo21.blogspot.com/   
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Monday, February 8, 2021

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. 

Fr. Tomas Del Valle-Reyes
Descubriendo el Siglo 21/Discovering 21 Century
P.O.BOX 1170
New York, nY  10018
Tel- 212-24-4778
www.descubriendoelsiglo21.com/

http://radiosiglo21.blogspot.com/   
Programa de Radio “La Tertulia”

Monday, February 1, 2021

Don't give up.......

One day I decided to quit...
I quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality. .. I wanted to quit my life.
I went to the woods to have one last talk with God.
"God", I asked, "Can you give me one good 
reason not to quit?"
His answer surprised me...
"Look around", He said. "Do you see the fern and the bamboo?"
"Yes", I replied.
"When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, 
I took very good care of them.
I gave them light.
I gave them water.
The fern quickly grew from the earth.
Its brilliant green covered the floor.
Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo.
In the second year the Fern grew more vibrant and plentiful.
And again, nothing came from the bamboo seed.
But I did not quit on the bamboo. 
He said.
"In year three there was still nothing from the bamboo seed.
But I would not quit.
In year four, again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed.
I would not quit." He said.
"Then in the fifth year a tiny sprout emerged from the earth.
Compared to the fern it was seemingly small and insignificant. ..
But just 6 months later the bamboo rose to over 100 feet tall.
It had spent the five years growing roots.
Those roots made it strong and gave it what it needed to survive.
I would not give any of my creations a challenge it could not handle."
He asked me. "Did you know, my child, that all this time you have been struggling, you have actually been growing roots".
"I would not quit on the bamboo.
I will never quit on you."
"Don't compare yourself to others."
He said.
"The bamboo had a different Purpose than the fern.
Yet they both make the forest beautiful."
"Your time will come", God said to me.
"You will rise high"
"How high should I rise?"
I asked.
"How high will the bamboo rise?" He asked in return.
"As high as it can?" I questioned.
"Yes." He said, "Give me glory by rising as high as you can."
I left the forest and brought back this story.
I hope these words can help you see that God will never give up on you.
Never, Never, Never Give up.
For the Christian Prayer is not an option but an opportunity.
Don't tell the Lord how big the problem is,
tell the problem how Great the Lord is!
Heavens door opened this morning, God asked me... My CHILD....
what can I do for you?" and I said "Protect and bless the one reading this message.
God smiled and answered ... "request granted ............
This message is now in your hands.
What will YOU do with it?
send this to your friends and family so they too will have their
lives in God's hands
You never know when GOD is going to bless you!! Good things happen when you least expect them to !!!!!!!!
Fr. Tomas Del Valle-Reyes
Descubriendo el Siglo 21/Discovering 21 Century
P.O.BOX 1170
New York, nY  10018
Tel- 212-24-4778
www.descubriendoelsiglo21.com/

http://radiosiglo21.blogspot.com/   
Programa de Radio “La Tertulia”

Monday, January 25, 2021

The United States Map

A father wanted to read a magazine but was being bothered by his little girl, Shelby.
She wanted to know what the United States looked like.
Finally, he tore a sheet out of his new magazine on which was printed the map of the country.
Tearing it into small pieces, he gave it to Shelby and said,
"Go into the other room and see if you can put this together. This will show you our whole country today."
After a few minutes, Shelby returned and handed him the map, Correctly fitted and taped together. 
The father was surprised and asked how she had finished so quickly.
 "Oh," she said, "on the other side of the paper is a picture of Jesus. 
When I got all of Jesus back where He belonged, then our country just came together."
When we are not sure which road to follow, our Lord Jesus, Makes it easy
 !!!AMEN!!!!!


Fr. Tomas Del Valle-Reyes
Descubriendo el Siglo 21/Discovering 21 Century
P.O.BOX 1170
New York, nY  10018
Tel- 212-24-4778
www.descubriendoelsiglo21.com/

http://radiosiglo21.blogspot.com/   
Programa de Radio “La Tertulia”

Monday, January 18, 2021

ANGELS IN THE ALLEY

Diane, a young Christian university student, was home
for the summer. 
She had gone to visit some friends one
evening and the time passed quickly as each shared
their various experiences of the past year.
She ended up staying longer than she had planned
and had to walk home alone.
 But she wasn't afraid because
it was a small town and she lived only
a few blocks away.
As she walked along under Publish Poster the tall elm trees,
Diane asked "God" to keep her safe from harm and danger.
When she reached the alley, which was a short cut to
her house, she decided to take it.
However, halfway
down the alley she noticed a man standing at the
end as though he was waiting for her. 
She became uneasy and began to pray, asking for
"God's" protection.
Instantly a comforting feeling of quietness and
security wrapped around her, she felt as though
someone was walking with her.
 When she reached the
end of the alley, she walked right past the man
and arrived home safely.
The following day, she read in the paper that a young
girl had been raped in the same alley, just twenty
minutes after she had been there.
Feeling overwhelmed by this tragedy and the fact that it
could have been her, she began to weep.
 Thanking the Lord
for her safety and to help this young woman, she decided to go
to the police station.
She felt she could recognize the man, so she told them her
story. 
The police asked her if she would be willing to look
at a lineup to see if she could identify him.
 She agreed and immediately pointed out the man she had seen in the
alley the night before.
When the man was told he had been identified, he
immediately broke down and confessed.
The officer thanked Diane for her bravery and asked if there was
anything they could do for her.
She asked if they would ask the man one question.
Diane was curious as to why he had not attacked her.
When the policeman asked him, he answered,
"Because she wasn't alone. 
She had two tall men
walking on either side of her."
Don't underestimate the power of Prayer.
As I walk God walks with me!
~3 nails + 1 cross = 4given~


Fr. Tomas Del Valle-Reyes
Descubriendo el Siglo 21/Discovering 21 Century
P.O.BOX 1170
New York, nY  10018
Tel- 212-24-4778
www.descubriendoelsiglo21.com/

http://radiosiglo21.blogspot.com/   
Programa de Radio “La Tertulia”