Daily Reflections

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May 1

"Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy, for it means pushing back a boundary line and adding to one's liberty." - Henry Frederic Ameil

What difficulties have I conquered recently?

May 2

Sun reflecting off water"There are as many nights as days, and the one is just as long as the other in the year's course. Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness."
- Carl Jung

How can I trust my dark nights will be followed by happy days?

Photo by Gene Carmichael, S.J.

May 3

Two people walking across a bridge"Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born." - Anaïs Nin

As I think about my friends, what specific ways have they shown me a new world?

Photo by Gene Carmichael, S.J.

May 4

"We should all know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color." - Maya Angelou

What image do I envision when considering diversity in my life?

May 5

"Even to your old age I am your God.
Even when your hair turns gray,
I will carry you.
I have always supported you, and I
will continue.
I will carry you to safety." - Isaiah 46:4

May 6

Person climbing side of a building"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do."
- Eleanor Roosevelt

What thing must I do?

Photo by Gene Carmichael, S.J.

May 7

"Would any among you give a stone to your
child who is asking you for bread? Or if your
child asks for fish, will you hand over a
poisonous snake? If you then, who can do
wrong, give good gifts to your children, don?t
you think that your Father/Mother in heaven
will give you good things when you ask?" - Matthew 7: 9-11

May 8

"The life given us by nature is short; but the memory of a life well-spent is eternal." - Cicero

In what ways do I make the most of my life?

May 9

A bridge"I am where I am because of the bridges that I crossed. Sojourner Truth was a bridge. Harriet Tubman was a bridge. Ida B. Wells was a bridge. Madame C. J. Walker was a bridge. Fannie Lou Hamer was a bridge." - Oprah Winfrey

Whose bridges have I crossed?

Photo by Gene Carmichael, S.J.

May 10

Person in a field

"The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not our circumstances."
- Martha Washington

Do I give in to circumstance? If so, how can I work to change my perspective?

Photo by Austin Riker

May 11

"Time teaches and time disappears...The purpose of time is not accumulation. The purpose of time is to alert us to ourselves so that we can become the only thing it is really worth our time to be: a totally human, deeply spiritual human being." - Joan Chittister, OSB, from Growing Into Life

How can I become a more deeply spiritual human being?

May 12

"Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be full." - John 16:24

May 13

Serenity and Satisfaction

"It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation, which give us happiness." - Thomas Jefferson

Where do I find serenity and satisfaction?

Photo by Cassie Kennedy

May 14

"In quiet and trust you shall find your strength." - Isaiah 30:15

May 15

"Just remember the world is not a playground but a schoolroom. Life is not a holiday but an education. One eternal lesson for us all: to teach us how better we should love." - Barbara Jordan

How can I love better?

May 16

Three children walking along dirt road

"Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence."
- Henry David Thoreau

What is it that I am pursuing? Am I on the path that will reach my goal?

Photo by Kathryn Franchini

May 17

A sculpture"Expectations become definitions." - Sue Bender

Does this frustrate me or am I comfortable with such definitions?

Sculpture by Paul Simon

May 18

"Love is the essence of human experience and emotion. It is at the root of all and everything we, as humans, do. Without love what do we live for?"
- Anonymous

How is love rooted in my life?

May 19

"Even if the mountains should leave their place and the hills be shaken,
My love will never leave you." - Isaiah 54:10

May 20

Person staring at art"Good is the enemy of great." - Jim Collins

In what ways can I go from good to great? To keep from being overwhelmed, how do I know when good is good enough?

Photo by Gene Carmichael, S.J.

May 21

"In God we love and move and exist." - Acts 17:28

May 22

"If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded." - Maya Angelou

For whom do I care? Are there others who may benefit from my care?

May 23

"The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly." - Thomas Paine

What do I cherish because of the difficulty in achieving or obtaining it?

Photo by Gene Carmichael, S.J.

May 24

"If I have been of service, if I have glimpsed more of the nature and essence of ultimate good, if I am inspired to reach wider horizons of thought and action, if I am at peace with myself, it has been a successful day." - Alex Noble

What brings me peace? When do I consider my day successful?

May 25

"People living deeply have no fear of death." - Anaïs Nin

How have I been living?

May 26

"I pray for the God of our Lord Jesus Christ to give you a spirit of wisdom and clarity as you get to know God. May the eyes of your heart be filled with light so that you may know the hope to which God calls you, the riches of God's glorious inheritance to be shared among the saints." - Ephesians 1:17-18

May 27

Two people laying under a tree"A growing relationship can only be nurtured by genuineness."
- Leo F. Buscaglia

When am I most genuine? When is it most challenging for me to be genuine?

Photo by Gene Carmichael, S.J.

May 28

"Do not be afraid; I have redeemed you.
I have called you by name; you are mine." - Isaiah 43:1

May 29

"Nobody sees a flower, really; it is so small we haven't time, and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time." - Georgia O'Keefe

How might I teach myself to see more? to be more attentive?

May 30

"The holiest of all holidays are those
Kept by ourselves in silence and apart,
The secret anniversaries of the heart..."
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

What are my secret anniversaries?

Photo by Gene Carmichael, S.J.

May 31

"This isn't the end, but the start of something much better."
- Jimmy Gimenez, serving his 9th year in Marion Correctional Institution, helps others to have hope.

Do I tackle new challenges with faith?

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