A Daily Personal Prayer Journal

January 23

Daily Thought from the Saints

"What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like."

– St. Augustine

Daily Scripture Verse

"For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me; when you seek me with all your heart, I will be found by you, says the Lord."

Jeremiah 29:11-13

Daily Meditation

"Not to try to live in interior silence is equivalent to giving up the effort to lead a truly Christian life. The Christian life is a life of faith, lived in the invisible for what is invisible. Anyone who is not in constant contact with the invisible world runs the risk of remaining always on the threshold of a true Christian life. ... Solitude is the stronghold of the strong. Strength is an active virtue, and our power of keeping silence marks the level of our capacity for action. 'Without this interior cell, we would be incapable of doing great things, either for ourselves or for others.'"

— Raoul Plus, S.J.

Daily Catholic Wisdom

We want to create an image of God that is in our image—not necessarily who he really is. We don't want an image of God who is going to say anything that's difficult. But being faithfully obedient and doing the will of God is ultimately essential to our faith and our ability to follow Jesus. Some of that stuff is just hard, but it's always motivated by love.

— Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR
from “Metanoia: A Journey with Christ into Conversion”

Daily Journey with the Pope

"The prayer of praise is helpful to us… It must be practised not only when life fills us with happiness, but above all in difficult moments, in moments of darkness when the path becomes an uphill climb… Giving praise is like breathing pure oxygen: it purifies the soul, it makes you look far ahead, it does not leave you imprisoned in the difficult and dark moment of hardship."

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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