One Minute Reflection – 14 December – The Memorial of St John of the Cross (1542-1591) Doctor of the Church
In all truth I tell you, unless a grain of wheat
falls into the earth and dies,
it remains only a single grain;
but if it dies it yields a rich harvest…John 12:24
REFLECTION – “O you souls who wish to go on with so much safety and consolation, if you knew how pleasing to God is suffering and how much it helps in acquiring other good things, you would never seek consolation in anything; but you would rather look upon it as a great happiness to bear the Cross of the Lord.”…Saint John of the Cross
PRAYER – Lord God, You gave St John of the Cross, the grace of complete self-denial and an ardent love for the Cross of Christ. Grant that by following always in the footsteps of Christ and by the prayers of St John of the Cross on our behalf, we may come to the eternal vision of Your glory. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, in unity with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.
One Minute Reflection – 21 January
After I have been with you all this time, you still do not know me?……….John 14:9
REFLECTION – Jesus Christ is very little known by those who claim to be His friends.
We observe them seeking in Him – not His sorrows – but their own consolation……St John of the Cross
PRAYER – Lord Jesus, let me know myself and know You. Grant me the grace to follow You in Your sorrows, accepting all the sorrows of my life for Your sake. Help me to learn from this child Martyr, Agnes, who understood so much more than I do, who joined her pain to Yours, accepting them for love of You. St Agnes, teach me and pray for us all, amen!
Thought for the Day – 14 December
John, in his life and writings, has a crucial word for us today. We tend to be rich, soft, comfortable. We shrink even from words like self-denial, mortification, purification, asceticism, discipline. We run from the cross. John’s message—like the gospel—is loud and clear: Don’t—if you really want to live!
“O you souls who wish to go on with so much safety and consolation, if you knew how pleasing to God is suffering and how much it helps in acquiring other good things, you would never seek consolation in anything; but you would rather look upon it as a great happiness to bear the Cross of the Lord.” – Saint John of the Cross
St John of the Cross Pray for Us!