Father Edward McIlmail, LC
Matthew 7:6, 12-14
to his disciples: "Do not give what is holy to
dogs, or throw your pearls before swine, lest they
trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to
pieces. Do to others whatever you would have them do
to you. This is the Law and the Prophets.
Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide
and the road broad that leads to destruction, and
those who enter through it are many. How narrow
the gate and constricted the road that leads to life.
And those who find it are few."
I believe in the power of prayer, Lord. This
time spent with you is the most important time
of my day. Let me be confident of your
presence and your love, in order to take full advantage
of these privileged moments.
help me appreciate better the beauty of the Christian faith.
Our True Values: We take great care to guard what
is most valuable to us, right? The truth is,
we often take great risks with what is most precious.
We say we value life and limb, but think
nothing of speeding in heavy traffic. We say we want
to get to heaven, but we dabble in sin,
even serious sin, almost daily. We surf racy Web
sites. We cut down people in office gossip. We close
our hearts to the needy. We habitually vote for
politicians who defend abortion. We take sin oh-so-lightly. Likewise,
we might let the holy things of our faith languish.
We might neglect the sacrament of reconciliation. We receive
Communion unworthily. We stay silent when a relative brags
about using contraception. We do nothing when a child
withdraws into the world of Internet for five hours a
day. Is there something about which I should be
2. Do unto Others: To decide what to do
in any given situation, we can ask ourselves how
we would like to be treated. "For the measure
with which you measure will in return be measured out
to you" (Luke 6:38). The respect we have for
ourselves is often reflected in the respect we show
others. Rudeness, indifference and irritability toward others bespeak a
problem in us. The Golden Rule isn´t just for others;
it is also to guard our own dignity. Are
there people toward whom I am routinely uncharitable? Do
I realize that this lack of charity can hurt my
character more than it hurts their feelings?
3. The Broad
Road and the Narrow Gate: Modernity is like a 24/7
convenience store. We can get anything, anytime. We can
end up thinking that everything about life should be
easy, be it marriage, self-discipline or even our salvation.
The illusion of ease shouldn´t fool us. Working toward our
salvation is hard work. Original sin left a deep
mark on all of us. Struggling toward salvation takes
prayer, sacrifice and constant vigilance. Do I sense that
the living of my faith in today´s world is easy?
If so, I´m probably not living it well. Where
have I avoided the narrow road of holiness? Am I
too attached to food, clothes or the opinions of
Conversation with Christ: Help me to see,
Lord, that my real dignity lies in treating others
well, and in renouncing my disordered passions. Let me
shake off mediocrity in my spiritual life and make the
most of the time you give me.
Today, I will make a special sacrifice
for a loved one.