Associates of the Sisters of Bon Secours

Daily Reflection

Today's Reflection: Encourage

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There are people whose presence is encouraging.

One of the most beautiful gifts in the world is the gift of encouragement.


When someone encourages you, that person helps you over a threshold

you might otherwise never have crossed on your own.
– John O’Donohue

  • April 19

    Simply do this: Be still, and lay aside all thoughts of what you are and what God is; all concepts you have learned about the world; all images you hold about yourself. Empty your mind of everything it thinks is … Continue reading

  • April 17

    Breath into me Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may be holy.   Move in me, Holy Spirit, that my work may be holy.   Attract my heart, Holy Spirit, that I may love only what is holy.   Strengthen me, … Continue reading

  • April 16

    The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence. No, not at all. Fences have nothing to do with it. The grass is greenest where it is watered. When crossing over fences, carry water … Continue reading

  • April 15

    Nothing escapes the Creator’s cycle.  Not plants, horses, trees, birds, or human beings.  Each soul is a gust of God’s breath unfolding in the great energy that surrounds us like an ever-moving stream.  The goal is not to cheat death, … Continue reading

  • April 14

    If I had my life to live over again, I would ask that not a thing be changed, but that my eyes be opened wider. Jules Renard

  • April 13

    Our walls of division do not rise all the way to heaven. Metropolitan Philaret of Moscow

  • April 12

    Blessed are those who have confessed their erring ways, who have asked for forgiveness. Blessed are those whose burdens have been lifted, who are able to respond with love. For the Beloved walks with them and speaks to them in … Continue reading

  • April 11

    Be as simple as a child: always see the best in everyone and with good intention; excuse the one who hurts you, seeing whatever harm he does as the result of some temptation.   What destroys community is judging other … Continue reading

  • April 10

    There’s a thread you follow.  It goes among things that change.  But it doesn’t change. People wonder about what you are pursuing. You have to explain about the thread. But it is hard for others to see. While you hold … Continue reading

  • April 9

    Change is a fundamental element of consciousness. It is what calls our attention, awakens it, stimulates our questions. We see the red coat in contrast to the white snow… Without change, our minds become dull and unaware. by Anodea Judith … Continue reading

  • April 8

    Forgiveness is not just some nebulous, vague idea one can easily dismiss.  It has to do with uniting people through practical politics.  Without forgiveness there is no future.  To forgive is the only way to permanently change the world. Desmond … Continue reading

  • April 7

    It’s when we change the level of our awareness that we start attracting a different reality. Gaston St. Pierre

  • April 6

    We are simply asked to make gentle our bruised world. To be compassionate of all, including oneself, Then in the time left over to repeat the ancient tale, And go the way of God’s foolish ones. adapted from Peter Byrne, … Continue reading

  • April 5

    Holy Spirit of Wisdom, You refresh us with your life-saving power. You have entrusted us with a share in leadership. Help us to share ideas and plans with each other. Keep us kind and courteous to one another. Give us … Continue reading

We are called by God and sent by the Church to reproduce in ourselves:
Christ healing... Christ consoling... Christ always aware of the needs of others.