Do you JOYFULLY help others? -Reflection by St. John Chrysostom

Today is the feast of St. John Chrysostom, the great preacher. Take a minute to reflect on his commentary about helping others in a spirit of joy:

“Helping a person in need is good in itself. But the degree of goodness is hugely affected by the attitude with which it is done. If you show resentment because you are helping the person out of a reluctant sense of duty, then the person may stJohnchrysostomrecieve your help but may feel awkward and embarrassed. This is because he will feel beholden to you. If,on the other hand, you help the person in a spirit of joy, then the help will be received joyfully. The person will feel neither demeaned nor humiliated by your help, but rather will feel glad to have caused you pleasure by receiving your help. And joy is the appropriate attitude with which to help others because acts of generosity are a source of blessing to the giver as well as the receiver.”

St. John Chrysostom, help us to fill our lives with joyful preaching, through word and example. Pray for us!

On the Feasts of Sts. Monica and Augustine

“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts our restless until they rest in you.” -St. Augustine

Do you have family, friends, neighbors, or coworkers away from the Catholic faith? Pray to Sts. Monica and Augustine. St. Monica prayed ceaselessly for the return of her son, Augustine, to the Church. She had the immense blessing of seeing him return to God before she passed away, and thereafter Augustine went on to become one of the greatest theologians, writers, and orators the Church has ever known.

There is hope for your loved ones to come home. Keep praying for them!

Sts. Monica and Augustine, pray for us!

CCH Featured Bible Passage: Do Not Be Anxious

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.”

Do you often get overwhelmed and anxious about what the future holds? Matthew 6:34 reminds us to trust God by living in the present moment.

“Pray, hope and don’t worry. Anxiety doesn’t help at all. Our Merciful Lord will listen to your prayer.” -Padre Pio

From the Holy Father: Moses and Intercessory Prayer

“In fasting, Moses shows he is waiting for the gift of God’s law as a source of life: it will reveals God’s will and nourish the human heart, making him enter into a covenant with the Almighty that the source of life: it is Life itself!”

Read more here!

Can you think of more powerful examples of intercessory prayer in Scripture or in the lives of the saints?

Message of His Holiness Benedict XVI for Lent 2011

“The Lenten period, which leads us to the celebration of Holy Easter, is for the Church a most valuable and important liturgical time, in view of which I am pleased to offer a specific word in order that it may be lived with due crucifixdiligence. As she awaits the definitive encounter with her Spouse in the eternal Easter, the Church community, assiduous in prayer and charitable works, intensifies her journey in purifying the spirit, so as to draw more abundantly from the Mystery of Redemption the new life in Christ the Lord (cf. Preface I of Lent)…”

Read the rest of his message here.

Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul!

Today we celebrate the feast of the conversion of the great “apostle to the st-paulGentiles.” After his conversion, St. Paul spread the Gospel fervently and with tremendous love for the Lord about whom he preached.

Read about the conversion of this great saint here.

St. Paul, great evangelist and example of God’s mercy, pray for us!