A Daily Personal Prayer Journal

April 21

Daily Thought from the Saints

"Here is a rule for everyday life: Do not do anything which you cannot offer to God."

— St. Jean Marie Vianney

Daily Scripture Verse

"And Samuel said, 'Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.'"

1 Samuel 15:22

Daily Meditation

"There is not a moment in which God does not present Himself under the cover of some pain to be endured, of some consolation to be enjoyed, or of some duty to be performed. All that takes place within us, around us, or through us, contains and conceals His divine action. It is really and truly there present, but invisibly present, so that we are always surprised and do not recognise His operation until it has ceased. If we could lift the veil, and if we were attentive and watchful God would continually reveal Himself to us, and we should see His divine action in everything that happened to us, and rejoice in it. At each successive occurrence we should exclaim: 'It is the Lord', and we should accept every fresh circumstance as a gift of God. We should look upon creatures as feeble tools in the hands of an able workman, and should discover easily that nothing was wanting to us, and that the constant providence of God disposed Him to bestow upon us at every moment whatever we required."

—Fr. Jean-Pierre de Caussade

Daily Catholic Wisdom

The centrality of obedience becomes most clear in the drama of Jesus's prayer in the Garden where Jesus surrenders to the Father's will for our salvation. According to Cardinal Ratzinger, this is the place we can see the two natures of Christ most clearly, His divine nature and His human nature. In the words, ‘not my will but yours be done,’ we can see the freedom of the human will of Christ who submits His divine will.

— Deacon James Keating
from his book “A True and Mature Obedience”

Daily Journey with the Pope

“Sin brings torment; evil has its price… Of ourselves, we cannot remove it. Only God takes it away, only He by His mercy can make us emerge from the depths of our misery… We need to let ourselves be forgiven, to ask heartfelt pardon of the Lord. We need to open our hearts to being forgiven. Forgiveness in the Holy Spirit is the Easter gift that enables our interior resurrection. Let us ask for the grace to accept that gift, to embrace the Sacrament of forgiveness. And to understand that Confession is not about ourselves and our sins, but about God and His mercy.”

Pope Francis

"Thoughts from the Saints," Scripture Verse of the Day," and "Daily Meditation" are all taken from "Your Morning Offering" by The Catholic Company. "Daily Catholic Wisdom" is taken from

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