Moved to Greater Love
Moved to Greater Love

Monday, March 3

Today’s Grace

I pray for the gift of gratitude for the ways God has been laboring to bring forth life in me.

Scripture/Reading

Reading via the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops website.

1 Peter 1:3-9
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading,
kept in heaven for you
who by the power of God are safeguarded through faith,
to a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the final time.
In this you rejoice, although now for a little while
you may have to suffer through various trials,
so that the genuineness of your faith,
more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire,
may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor
at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Although you have not seen him you love him;
even though you do not see him now yet you believe in him,
you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy,
as you attain the goal of faith, the salvation of your souls.

Reflection Questions

  1. Today, I pray for gratitude. At this very moment, am I grateful? If so, I give thanks and praise. If not, I speak with God about it and ask God to grant me this grace.
  2. What, of God's many gifts to me, am I particularly grateful for today? I give thanks to God for these particular gifts.
  3. The young man went away sad, having many possessions. What possessions am I clinging to? How might the grace of gratitude aid me to let these possessions go? I speak with God about this.

Reflection

From the De statu Societatis, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus’ 2012 summary of the state of the Society of Jesus in the world:

Let me put it another way. I am convinced that the key for determining the spiritual health of the Society depends on whether Jesuits continue to have the ability to give absolutely everything to the Lord, as Ignatius did and so many after him till the present day. This is the key and Ignatius left some very helpful directions towards this in the consideration on the “Three Degrees of Humility.” We are still amazed at the great service and the daring courage of great Jesuits in the past, who did incredible things in the midst of almost impossible odds. But behind their achievement we always find a passionate dedication to serve God and to help others, a passion that was the real driving and integrating force behind all their work.

Other Resources

View the daily readings at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops website.

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