Let your soul be refreshed each morning dwelling upon God’s boundless mercy.
How often do we start off the day in a grumpy mood, not looking forward to what lies ahead?
What if we started each morning thanking God for his mercy and the great love he has for us?
The more we dwell upon the mercy of God, the more grateful our heart will be, seeing everything through his merciful gaze.
The 19th-century book The Catholic Monitor reflects on this reality.
The mercy of God is an unfailing source of the richest blessings not only for this life, but for that which is to come. They are new every morning. The sleep that refreshes us, the light that cheers us, the food that nourishes us, and all the comforts of life are from God. Him we should acknowledge and praise in each … What a rich source of encouragement and comfort … Whatever occurs in the course of providence, still God is kind and faithful.
God is always faithful and gives us so many blessings, no matter how sinful we might be. He lavishes his love upon us every day, even when we are ungrateful!
May we begin each day thanking God for his mercy and for his countless blessings that he continually gives to us.
Life is short and every moment should be used wisely, leading us to our ultimate end.
Each new year reminds us of how quickly time passes. It provides for us a great opportunity to reflect on our own lives and question whether we are “seizing the day” in the spiritual realm.
The 19th-century book The Catholic Monitor provides such a reflection to consider.
What is time compared with eternity! It is but as a dream, as a tale that is told as waters that pass away. How short and transient is the period of human life! How soon do its years and days elapse! The business of it however is vast and important. It is the season allotted me, in order to my preparation for a future — an everlasting state. Let me frequently and seriously think of the shortness and uncertainty of time. Considering how much of it is past … let me redeem the time in a faithful attention to the great duties and ends of life in their reference to the glory of God, the honor of my Redeemer, my own salvation, and the best interests of my fellow men.
As we look forward to the future, may we not forget the present moment and how every moment that passes can bring us closer to God.