Certain Places – Good News for October 6

6 10 2010

Luke 11:1-4

Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say:

Father, hallowed be your name, your Kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread and forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us, and do not subject us to the final test.”

The Daily Path: Do you have a certain place that you find ideal for prayer? I like the outdoors and serene settings for my chats with God. But how often can we actually benefit from those surroundings? We probably spend more time stuck in a crowded commute scene or in the midst of rushing about or some stress. Perhaps I should be better at making my “certain place” for prayer Ground Zero of chaotic settings.





Asking – Good News for July 25

25 07 2010

Luke 11:1-13

Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.”

He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread and forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us, and do not subject us to the final test.”

And he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend to whom he goes at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey and I have nothing to offer him,’ and he says in reply from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked and my children and I are already in bed. I cannot get up to give you anything.‘ I tell you, if he does not get up to give the visitor the loaves because of their friendship, he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of his persistence.

“And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. What father among you would hand his son a snake
when he asks for a fish? Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?”

The Daily Path: Today is Sunday. It’s a good day to knock.

Room to Chat: Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me.





“Roll the Highlight Reel!” – Good News for June 17

17 06 2010

Matthew 6:7-15

Jesus said to his disciples, “In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

“This is how you are to pray:

‘Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.’

“If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.”

The Daily Path: You’ve likely heard someone say “My life flashed before me.” Have you ever experienced your transgressions flashing before you? I can’t say that I’ve had the entire reel play in my head, but I have had some highlights. Not a pretty picture.

I do hope those whom I have harmed in some way during my life have or will eventually find it in their hearts to forgive me. They act as a reminder that I have no business holding back forgiveness – even if it is difficult because the wound still lingers. Although not a film I enjoy watching, seeing my transgressions in re-runs can serve a useful purpose… just as long as the network doesn’t decide to bring it back to prime time!





Daily Bread – Good News for October 7

7 10 2009

Luke 11:1-4

Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.”

He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your Kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread and forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us, and do not subject us to the final test.”

The Daily Path: Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of my “career” as a blogger. However, I prefer to look back at October 6, 2008, as the day I made a conscious effort to begin each day with God. I’ve already commented on how starting the day by reading the Gospel and reflecting on its meaning has had miraculous results for me.

I have been blessed with incredible and radical grace during this year. The Holy Spirit has inspired me to write things that were once impossible for me to even imagine, let alone put to words. My morning’s with Christ have been a time for great personal healing, as so often my anger has been transformed into peace and compassion. This time has also bolstered my faith and provided courage during a period when I have been so afraid. It has been my daily bread.

Thank you for being part of my journey.

Room to Chat: Father in heaven, hallowed is your name. Thank you for the grace and blessings you have bestowed on me each morning over the past year. Help me to continue hearing your voice and seeing your hand in all things. Thank you for the new friends you have brought into my life and the opportunities to share my journey home with so many. Bestow your love on each of them just as you have touched me.

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Quiet Storm – Good News for March 3

3 03 2009

Sanctuary found!

Matthew 6:7-15

“In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

“This is how you are to pray:

Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy Kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

“If you forgive men their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.”

The Daily Path: Last evening, I attended a beautiful candlelight Mass at St. Monica’s. Our pastor, Fr. Wayne Campbell, brought all the parents of this year’s First Communion class together around the altar for an intimate Eucharistic celebration. 

I watched the faces around me, lit only by the flickering candles. Each one had a most noticeable look of peace about them. A piercing inner quiet seemed to lock out all of the individual worry and chaos. (From all their distress God rescues the just) Sanctuary found!

It struck me that this is how God works. Through silence. He doesn’t shout at us in a thundering voice (although He has on occasion). Yet His voice still booms in a perfect calm, like the eye of the hurricane. As I think about it, that’s when I heard his voice calling me back home. Amidst the quiet, not the noise.

Room to Chat: We just received today’s prompt… the Lord’s Prayer.





Lord’s Prayer – Good News for October 8

8 10 2008

Luke 11: 1-4

Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.”

He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your Kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread and forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us, and lead us not into temptation.”

The Daily Path: Try one of these Lord’s Prayers. Go ahead. Just say one. See what happens.