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A Daily Personal Prayer Journal

July 24

Daily Thought from the Saints

"Announcing the Gospel is the first and greatest act of charity."

— St. Arnold Janssen

Daily Scripture Verse

"What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? Or what can one give in exchange for his life? For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory, and then he will repay everyone according to his conduct."

Matthew: 16:26-27

Daily Meditation

"We have to accustom ourselves to pray in all places and at all times. The real place to pray in is the soul, for God dwells there. If we wish to obey our Lord’s counsel, when we pray we should enter the chamber of our soul, close the door, and speak to the Father, whose loving eyes seek ever our own. This inner chamber of our soul is the true temple, the sacred sanctuary, and we carry it with us and can at any time either remain there or quickly return to it, should we have been obliged to leave it."

— Dom Augustin Guillerand

Daily Catholic Wisdom

Remember, Jesus, Word of Life, how you loved me and even died for me. I also want to love you to folly. I also want to live and die for you. You know, O my God! All that I desire is to make you loved and one day be a martyr. I want to die of love. Lord, my desire, remember.

— St. Thérèse of Lisieux
Quoted in the book “Saint Thérèse of Lisieux: Living on Love”

Daily Journey with the Pope

If we learn to truly rest, we become capable of true compassion; if we cultivate a contemplative outlook, we will carry out our activities without that rapacious attitude of those who want to possess and consume everything; if we stay in touch with the Lord and do not anaesthetize the deepest part of ourselves, the things to do will not have the power to cause us to get winded or devour us. We need – listen to this – we need an “ecology of the heart”, that is made up of rest, contemplation and compassion. Let us take advantage of the summer time for this! It will help us quite a bit.”

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 CatholicWisdom.org.

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