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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Sunday, August 7, 2022

STEP BY STEP

He does not lead me year by year
Nor even day by day
But step by step my path unfolds;
My Lord directs my way.
Tomorrow’s plans I do not know,
I only know this minute;
But He will say,
“This is the way, By faith now walk ye in it.”
And I am glad that it is so.
Today’s enough to bear;
And when tomorrow comes,
His grace Shall far exceed its care.
What need to worry then, or fret?
The God who gave
His Son Holds all my moments in
His Hand And gives them one by one.
Author, Unknown.

Fr. Tomas Del Valle-Reyes
Descubriendo el Siglo 21/Discovering 21 Century
P.O. BOX 1170
New York, NY  10018
Tel- 212-24-4778
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Sunday, July 31, 2022

NAILS IN THE FENCE

There once was a little boy who had a bad temper.
His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that 
every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail
into the back of the fence.
The first day,the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. 
Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, 
the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down.
He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence. 
Finally the day came when the boy didn't lose his temper at all.
He told his father about it and the father suggested that 
the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he
was able to hold his temper.
The days passed and the young boy was finally able
to tell his father that all the nails were gone.
The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. 
He said, 'You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. 
The fence will
never be the same.  
When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one.  
You can put a knife in a man and draw it out... but It won't matter how many times you say I'm sorry, the wound will still be there.
A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one.
Remember that friends are very rare jewels indeed.
They make you smile and encourage you to succeed; 
They lend an ear, they share words of praise and they always want to open
their hearts to us.
Please forgive
me if I have ever left a 'hole' in your fence.


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Sunday, July 24, 2022

FORGIVENESS

Three years ago, a friend said something to me that hurt very deeply.  
I was speechless. 
I could not believe she could say that and mean it. 
When I had no response, she said, "I love you and don't want to see you hurt." 
My thought was, 'if you love me, how could you say such a terrible thing about someone I love dearly'.  
But I was still speechless and just couldn't respond.
Days and weeks passed and it still bothered me.
I prayed about it a lot and I thought I had forgiven her, but I couldn't forget. 
Weeks and months went by. 
I didn't dwell on this, but occasionally after my prayers at bedtime, I would think about it and couldn't seem to clear this from my thoughts. 
Therefore, I would have a restless night.
Two years passed and I began to doubt that I had forgiven her.
I decided I would talk to her about it and tell her how much her words had hurt. Before I could talk to her, I wanted to think about what I would say that wouldn't hurt her.
(I'm not really sure she would even remember what she had said to me.)
I prayed about this and asked God to give me the right words to say. After four days of praying about this, I began thinking God wasn't listening to me.
Then suddenly it became clear. God had heard and had answered my prayers. The answer was to say NOTHING. JUST FORGIVE. 
I did -- and a sense of peace came to me. I have had no more restless nights over this.
We all do and say things at time that hurt someone. 
We need forgiveness and we need to be able to forgive. Let us all pray for those who hurt us and ask God to give us the Grace to forgive them. 
Forgiving them gives us relief from our hurt. When we can truly forgive, it allows healing to take place in our spiritual lives.
God knows He has to forgive us a lot.
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Sunday, July 17, 2022

Did you know?

Just something to think about.
Did you know the people that are the strongest are usually the most sensitive? 
 Did you know the people who exhibit the most kindness are the first to get mistreated? 
Did you know the ones who take care of others 
all the time are usually the ones who need it the most? 
Did you know the three hardest things to say are I love you, I'm sorry, and help me? 
Sometimes just because a person looks happy, you have to look past their smile to see how much pain they may be in. 
To all my friends who are going through some issues right now--let's start an intentional avalanche. We all need positive intentions right now.

Fr. Tomas Del Valle-Reyes
Descubriendo el Siglo 21/Discovering 21 Century
P.O.BOX 1170
New York, nY  10018
Tel- 212-24-4778
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Sunday, July 10, 2022

Open my Heart oh Lord

Today, Creator, grant me the courage and the will to forgive the people I love the most.
Help me to forgive every injustice I feel in my mind, and to love other people unconditionally. I know the only way to heal all the pain in my heart is through forgiveness.
Today, Creator, strengthen my will to forgive anyone who has hurt me, even if I believe the offense is unforgivable.
I know that forgiveness is an act of self-love. Help me to love myself so much that I forgive every offense.
Let me choose forgiveness because I don’t want to suffer every time I remember the offense.
Today, Creator, help me to heal all the guilt in my heart by accepting the forgiveness of everyone I have hurt in my life. 
Help me to sincerely recognize the mistakes I have made out of ignorance, and give me the wisdom and determination to refrain from making the same mistakes. 
I know that love and forgiveness will transform every relationship in the most positive way. 
Thank you, Creator, for giving me the capacity to love and forgive. 
Today I open my heart to love and forgiveness, so that I can share my love without fear. 
Today I will enjoy a reunion with the people I love most.
Amen.
Descubriendo el Siglo 21
Discovering 21century
Fr Tomás Del Valle-Reyes
P. O. BOX 1170
New York, NY 10018
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Sunday, July 3, 2022

A Piece Of Cake

Sometimes we wonder, "What did I do to deserve this," or
"Why did God have to do this to me."
 Here is a wonderful explanation!
A daughter is telling her Mother how everything is
 going wrong she's failing algebra, her boyfriend broke
up with her and her best friend is moving away.
Meanwhile, her Mother is baking a cake and asks
her daughter if she would like a snack, and the daughter says,
"Absolutely, Mom, I love your cake."
"Here, have some cooking oil," her Mother offers.
"Yuck" says her daughter.
"How about a couple raw eggs?" 
"Gross, Mom!" "Would you like some flour then? 
Or maybe baking soda?" 
"Mom, those are all yucky!"
To which the mother replies:
"Yes, all those things seem bad all by themselves.
But when they are put together in the right way,
they make a wonderfully delicious cake!
Life works the same way.
Many times we wonder why God would let us go through such bad and difficult times.
But God knows that when He puts these things all in His order,
they always work for good!
We just have to trust Him and, eventually,
they will all make something wonderful!
God is crazy about you.

He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning.
Whenever you want to talk,
He'll listen.
He can live anywhere in the universe, and He chose your heart.
~ Author Unknown ~

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”

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

*~Change Me~*

Dear Lord change not Thy will in my life, Or trial and sorrows to be;
renew my faith and make me strong,
Change not Thy will, change me.
Though teardrops fall when trouble comes, 
Like storms on a rolling sea;
Let Thy beacon guide my ship to port,
Change not the storm, change me.
When Thy Holy Word I don't understand and 
Thy glory I cannot see;
Teach my eyes, give me sight and wisdom,
Change not Thy Word, change me.
If the fruit Thou hast given me to eat, Taste bitter and sour, I plea;
 Let not my will but Thy be done, Change not the fruit, change me.
If sometime I murmur and grumble, dear Lord, 
about the cross I carry for Thee; 
Keep it firm on my shoulders, but hold my hand,
Change not the cross, change me.
If You change Thy ways to please me, dear Lord, 
I would soon grow cold and turn from Thee; 
That You may hear my prayers, dear Lord, 
Change not Thy ways, and change me.
There's a valley that I must cross, 
Someday Thy face to see; 
Lest I forget what power is Thane, 
Change not the valley, change me.
~ Author Unknown~

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