“And this is God’s doing. For [God] has graciously granted you the privilege not only of believing in Christ, but of suffering for him as well.”
– Philippians 1:28-29
“Once upon a time, the story goes, a preacher ran through the streets of the city shouting, ‘We must put God into our lives. We must put God into our lives.’ And hearing him, the old monastic rose up in the city plaza to say, ‘No, sir, you are wrong. You see, God is already in our lives. Our task is simply to recognize that.'”
– Joan Chittister, OSB, Wisdom Distilled from the Daily: Living the Rule of St. Benedict Today
It is all yours, O God; everything we possess, know, and experience. You established the planets and sun in their place; you created us with the greatest attention to detail; you know us better than we know ourselves. It is all yours. May we give it all back to you through obedience to your will. Amen.