by Blessed James Alberione
This is the way it happens: first, perhaps, one neglects prayer for light reasons; then he will reduce it more and more; finally he finds himself in a sort of forest, confused, with no sense of direction - with all the consequences, because he no longer finds himself on the right path. "Lord, give me light so that I may know myself as You will make me know myself on the day of Your judgment. I want to present myself to You already judged and pardoned."
From A Year With Blessed James Alberione,
Compiled by J. Maurus
Prioritize your values, plan your day, week, month and your life.
The time to be made optimum use of is that which is set aside for personal reflection.
There are persons of average intelligence with no exceptional gifts but who are assiduous in the quest of the good. These achieve much more in life than those with greater intelligence but fail to make good use of it.
What Strikes Me Most Today
What strikes me most today is the idea of asking God for the light to know myself as He will make me know myself on the day of His judgment of me. Although the thought scares me, I would rather know now, because I know I won't like what I see, and I would rather have the time to change what needs to be changed now, rather than when it's too late. Still, even though the thought of standing before God at my judgment is scary, I remind myself it is my loving Father looking at me and judging me. Even when I am extremely disappointed in behavior of my children, I know how much I still love my children. How much greater is God's love for each one of us - He sacrificed His only Son to atone for our sinfulness - that degree of love is almost too awesome to comprehend!
What strikes you most today?
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