April

Daily Reflections

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April 1

"Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found." - Anne Morrow Lindbergh
What transformations in my life have helped me feel secure?


                                                                Photo by Gene Carmichael, S.J.

April 2

"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, in humility consider others better than yourselves." - Philippians 2:3
 

April 3

"Every individual has a place to fill in the world and is important in some respect whether he chooses to be so or not." - Nathaniel Hawthorne

What qualities do I possess that make me special?
 

April 4




"Never let the fear of striking out get in your way."
- Babe Ruth
What do I avoid because I am afraid of being unsuccessful? Who decides what is "unsuccessful"?


Photo by Gene Carmichael, S.J.

 

April 5



"I deepen my experience of God through prayer, meditation and forgiveness." - Marianne Williamson
How do I deepen my experience of God?
                                                                                                                        Photo by Tai Piazza
 

April 6

"Yesterday is a cancelled check; Tomorrow is a promissory note; Today is the only cash you have, so spend it wisely." - Kim Lyons
What one thing can I do today to spend my time wisely? What does "wisely" mean to me?
 

April 7

"Why, O LORD, do you stand far off?
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?" - Psalm 10:1


April 8
 


"Character is much easier kept than recovered."
- Thomas Paine
What character traits do I value in a person? Do I see those traits in myself?
Photo by Tai Piazza
 

April 9

"Listen, I am standing at your door and
knocking. If you can hear me, open the door
so I can come in and eat dinner with you." - Revelation 3:20
 

April 10

"When the door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us."
- Helen Keller
What "doors" have I been looking at for too long? What opportunities can I seize?
 

April 11


"In the faces of men and women I see God."
- Walt Whitman
Where do I see God?

 
                                                                                 Photo by Meghan Snyder

April 12

"Let knowledge grow from more to more/But more of reverence in us dwell;/That mind and soul, according will,/May make one music as before."
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson
How do new experiences and information strengthen the connection between my mind and soul?

Photo by Gene Carmichael, S.J.
 

April 13

"Dream lofty dreams and as you dream, so shall you become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall at last unveil." - James Allen
What are my dreams?
 

April 14

 
"You are precious is in my eyes. I honor you
and love you." - Isaiah 43:4
 

April 15


"The truth must dazzle gradually or every man be blind." - Emily Dickinson
What are some of my moments of truth (the "ah-ha!" moments)?
                                                                                      Photo by Gene Carmichael, S.J.
 

April 16

"God decides the number of stars
And gives them all their names." - Psalm 147:4
 

April 17

"The really happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour."
- Anonymous
What detours in my life have turned out to be meaningful?

 

April 18



"Practical people would be a lot more practical if they were a little more dreamy." - J.P. McEvoy
If money were of no concern, what would I do with my days?
 Photo by Gene Carmichael, S.J.
 

April 19



"Talent develops in quiet places, character in the full current of human life." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Which talents do I develop in quiet places? How does my character grow through my relationships?
                                                                                                             Photo by Meghan Snyder
 

April 20

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." - Mahatma Gandhi
Which areas of my life are in harmony? Which are dissonant?

April 21

"All that happens to us works together for our
good as we love God and respond to God’s
call and purpose." - Romans 8:28
 

April 22

 
"The love of life is necessary to the vigorous prosecution of any undertaking." - Samuel Johnson
What brings me joy in my life?
 
Photo by Heidi Mallis

 

April 23

"You formed all the inner parts of my body.
You knit them together while I was in my
mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderful." - Psalm 139: 13-14
 

April 24

"The Latin root for the word 'perfect' means only 'finished', not 'without flaws.'...to be whole doesn't mean we have to be perfect." - Sue Bender
"...the word 'perfect' really means, be who God intended you to be; be fully mature and ripe. That's a much more inviting concept than our usual idea of perfect, which is rooted in perfectionism." - Kathleen Norris
When do I have unrealistic expectations for myself? For others?

April 25

 
"It's the circle of life, and it moves us all, through despair and hope, through faith and love, till we find our place, on the path unwinding." - Tim Rice and Elton John, The Lion King
What is inevitable in my life? How do I accept life's inevitabilities?
                                                                                                             Photo by Emily Huebener
 

April 26


"For every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven." - Ecclesiastes 3:1
What is happening in my life now for which the timing seems just right?

Photo by Gene Carmichael, S.J.

 

April 27

"The family is one of nature's masterpieces." - George Santayana
Are there other masterpieces in my life?
 

April 28

"You are a glorious crown of beauty
in the hand of God,
a royal diadem held lovingly,
for your God rejoices in you." - Isaiah 62: 3-4
 

April 29
 



"Hard work, sacrifice and focus will never show up in tests." - Lance Armstrong
What are my life's commitments?
Photo by Gene Carmichael, S.J.



April 30

"My soul is a mirror of God
my spirit rejoices in God, my Savior.
God has looked with favor on my lowliness.
Surely from now on, generations will call
me blessed.
God has done great things in me;
holy is God’s name." - Luke 1: 46-49