"It was not you who chose me, it was I who chose you to go forth and bear fruit." ~~John 15:16~~

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015!

Jesus said to his disciples: "I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you."
John 16:12-15
Sacred Art: Icon of Holy Liturgy, Michael Damaskenos, 16th C. [PD]

Today, I'm praying for all those with chronic illnesses who seek God's healing.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Tuesday, May 12, 2015!




Jesus said to his disciples: "But now I am going to the one who sent me, and not one of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I told you this, grief has filled your hearts. But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes he will convict the world in regard to sin and righteousness and condemnation: sin, because they do not believe in me; righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will no longer see me; condemnation, because the ruler of this world has been condemned."
John 16:5-11


Sacred Art: The Holy Trinity fresco, ceiling entrance Vatopedi Monastery (pictured below), 10th C, Athos, Greece. [PD-US]

Monday, May 11, 2015

Monday, May 11, 2015!

Jesus said to his disciples; "When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth that proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me. And you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.
"I have told you this so that you may not fall away. They will expel you from the synagogues; in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering worship to God. They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me. I have told you this so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you."
John 15:26-16:4a
Sacred Art: Saint Joseph's Church window, Zabrze, Poland. [CC-GNU Free Document]

Today, I'm praying for Katy, a young woman with a two-week old infant. Katy was just diagnosed with leukemia and needs prayers!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mother's Day, May 10, 2015!

Jesus said to his disciples: "As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete. This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you: love one another."
John 15:9-17

Sacred Art: Pieta, Michelangelo, 1499. [CC-GNU Free Dist]

Happy Mother's Day!

Today, I'm praying for all mothers, living and deceased, for those who long to have children and especially for those who have lost children. 

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Saturday, May 9, 2015!

Jesus said to his disciples: "If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you. Remember the word I spoke to you, ‘No slave is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. And they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me."
John 15:18-21
Sacred Art: John the Apostle resting on the bosom of Christ, Swabia/Lake Constance, early 14th century; oakwood with little remaining of the original coloring, John's coat recolored later. [PD-US]

Today, I'm praying for all those who are persecuted for their faith.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Friday, May 8, 2015!

Jesus said to his disciples: "This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you: love one another."
John 15:12-17


Sacred Art: Christ's Farewell to His Apostles, Duccio Maesta, 1308-1311. [PD-US]

Today, I'm praying for the Cross My Heart Prayer Team, that the work of our hands will bear good fruit. God bless you!

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Thursday, May 7, 2015!

Jesus said to his disciples: "As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete."
John 15:9-11
Sacred Art: Sacred Heart at the center of a rose window, Santa Ifigênia Church, São Paulo, Brazil. [CC Universal PD]

Today, I'm praying for unity among friends and families, communities and nations.