O Lord, you promised that if I build my life on the rock of your word, I will stand fast. And yet, there are times when waves of trouble and anguish seem ready to overwhelm me. In those moments of distress, strengthen me to pick up my tools again and keep building as you command.
When I feel alone and afraid, help me hold fast to your promises. When fear and worry threaten to sweep away my house, help me shore up its foundations by not being anxious about tomorrow (Matthew 6:34). Let your words of love sink into my weary heart to renew me and ward off despair and self-pity.
My God, whenever the winds blow, remind me to plead with you, using the very words you inspired. “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I walk about mournfully because the enemy oppresses me?” (Psalm 42:9). Remind me to comfort my soul with the prayer of your psalmist: “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God” (42:5-6).
O Eternal Word, you are with me and in me! I need never feel empty, for you fill my house to overflowing with your presence, your peace, and your love. I need never give in to fear, for you are faithful, and your deeds are marvelous. I need never submit to weakness, for your grace can make me strong.
Lord, I believe that as I walk by the light of your word, all gloom will vanish, and my spirit will be refreshed. So let the rains fall. Let the floods come. Let the winds blow and beat upon my house! It will stand and not crumble, for it is built on you, who are my Rock!
“Come, let us sing to the Lord and shout with joy to the rock who saves us! Let us praise the truthfulness, fidelity, and magnificence of our God! Come, let us lift up our heads and join in the chorus of saints and angels who stand before his throne. Let us make Mary’s words of praise our own: ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!’ (Luke1:46-47), Let us build on and with the living Word of God!"
"Deafened to God's knocking and immersed in the spirit of this world by looking at the world without faith and constantly maintaining the absurd conviction that we gain everything we have on our own, we turn away from God."
(Open Wide the Door to Christ, pg. 15)
"God, by knocking on the door of your soul, expects you to entrust to Him the mystery of the whitewashed tomb. He expects that you will not hide the truth about yourself under the mask of the Pharisee."
(Behold I Stand at the Door and Knock, pg. 19)
"When we lose every illusion that we can be good Christians, parents, or spouses on our own, there will be born in us the prayer of trustful begging, wherein we ask God to direct us." (God Alone Suffices, pg.82)
"Ignorance of the bible is ignorance of Christ. Therefore, you may be the only bible some people will ever read so be careful how you live." (St. Jerome 345-420)