Monthly Reflections

Read this month's Counselor's Corner by Fred Cavaiani

June 1
“You will show me the path to life, fullness of joys in your presence, the delights at your right hand forever.” Joy comes from God. The roadmap of life is given to us by God. Peace and happiness in this life will come from God. Jesus is always coming toward us with Love and Guidance. Open your heart. Become quiet and reflective so you can see and hear the Lord guiding you and loving you. You are precious in the eyes of God. “And I have given them the glory you gave me.”
June 2
"The Holy Spirit will teach you everything and remind you of all I told you.” We are continually being taught by God. The more time we spend in daily prayer and meditation the better listeners we become. The message of, follow me, is continually given to us. Follow the Lord in love and compassion. Follow the Lord in prayerful silence. No matter what happens we will discover an inner peace when we follow the Lord. Nothing can separate us from the love and peace of God. Marcellinus and Peter were two men who followed Christ in the 4th century and died for this conviction. Yet they had inner peace because they experienced the Lord in a profound and personal manner. No matter what happens God is with us.
June 3
“Rivers of living water will flow from within him who believes in me.” Faith is a surrender to God from our hearts. We become refreshed and energized in this surrender. “I will send to you the spirit of truth: he will guide you to all truth.” We are not left alone by God. He is always there sending us the Spirit, sending us guidance and energy. Be confident and unafraid. You are always being helped, guided, and loved by God.
June 4
Feast of Pentecost. Today we recall the Holy Spirit coming upon the Apostles gathered together behind locked doors. When they received the Holy Spirit, they were no longer afraid. They went out and preached bravely to everyone. Their message was an overflowing of their Divine Experience of God. This is how we are to live. But we must make the time to let ourselves experience the awesome love and wisdom of God. So take slow, quiet times with God and be filled with the Holy Spirit.
June 5
Jesus is rejected because he consistently spoke of the Love and Mercy of God. He didn’t get caught up in rules and regulations, but rather he was filled with the Love and Mercy of God, which he wanted to tell everyone about. This is the great priority in life, “Love one another as I have loved you.” “God Is Love.” This is not idealism. This is not pie in the sky spirituality. This is real. Love must permeate our whole life. Rules and regulations are nothing without Love. Every aspect of life must be based on Love.
June 6
Today Jesus reminds people to, “Render to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” He reminds us to keep God as an absolute priority in our life and not to rationalize away our dedication to God. We can easily deceive ourselves to avoid surrendering to God in a deeper manner. To surrender our whole person to God is the best way to find joy in life. Spend time listening to God today.
June 7
Today we remember Blessed Anne Garcia, a humble Carmelite nun, who was the secretary of St. Teresa Avila. Her humble attitude helped her document her experiences with Teresa of Avila. She was also with Teresa at her death. When we stay humble we become open to so many profound experiences and so many profound and caring people. “He guides the humble to justice. He teaches the humble his way.” God will teach us so much when we remain humble and open.
June 8
What is the basic foundation of all spiritual life? Today’s gospel tells us that it is all about love of God and love of neighbor. We love God by our open hearts which become very receptive in quiet prayer and meditation and also when we open our hearts to our neighbor. Our neighbor is everyone. Be prayerful and contemplative. Be loving and kind. It is that simple. We so often want to complicate things and rationalize things away. So stay silently reflective and compassionately loving. Everything will then fall into place and become very simple in your life.
June 9
“Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him and we will come to him.” When our minds and hearts are open to God, God can dwell in us, heal us, and guide us into peace. The spiritual life is not complicated. God is always coming to dwell within us in this present moment and draw us even closer to Him. Turn toward God and let it happen. Today we remember St. Ephrem who spoke so eloquently about God that people wept when they heard him speak. In your love toward others in the present moment you will make God present for other people and bring them joy.
June 10
Today we remember Ana Maria Taigi, a mother of seven children of whom three died in infancy. This very loving and holy woman had many people seeking her out for advice. Her simple love and dedication to God in prayer became a light of love to so many in Rome in the 19th century. When God is our priority we can face anything and bring love to everyone.
June 11
The Feast of The Holy Trinity! Today we are reminded that all of the spiritual life is relational. God is always in a relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. So also we are always in a relationship with one another and with every aspect of creation. Spirituality is never stagnant. It is always connecting with something or someone and in this connection we are connecting with God. Energy is always flowing between you and God, and you and everything.
June 12
“Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.” We experience the goodness of God in meditative prayer and in the compassionate listening to others. “Look to Him that you may be radiant with joy.” The more we turn toward God the more we are filled with Light and Love of God which will then shine brightly through us. “I am the Light of the world.” “You are the light of the world.” Let your light shine brightly.
June 13
Feast of St. Anthony, this kind, spiritual and humble Franciscan Saint has been known throughout the ages as the Patron Saint of lost things. Anthony’s humble simplicity has helped many people find lost objects. When we stay humble so much of life opens up to us. We began to relax and allow God’s grace to positively influence us.
June 14
“Teach me your paths, O Lord and guide me in your truth.” God always wants to teach us His paths and guide is in His truth. But he needs us to turn toward Him and listen and receive His guidance and truth. We listen to God when we take quiet time to be prayerful and meditative. We also listen to God speaking to us when we carefully listen to others. Amazing how well this works!
June 15
The righteousness of God is always about being more loving. “Unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” When we are loving and compassionate we experience the Kingdom. When we are angry and critical, we enter into the opposite of the Kingdom, which is selfishness, anger, and negativity. Get back into the kingdom with Love and Surrender to God’s Love with meditation and compassionate words and actions. Love is what nudges us into this glorious kingdom of joy and peace.
June 16
Whatever gets in the way of each us being kind and loving needs to be dropped. It becomes a distraction and blocking of two things necessary in life to find happiness: To be quiet with God and to be more kind and loving towards everyone. Today we remember John Francis Regis, a Jesuit priest who spent his life preaching and hearing confessions with such compassionate and love. He was bright light of Love in poor mountain parishes in 17th century France. Be a Light of Love to everyone.
June 17
“The Lord is kind and merciful.” Scripture constantly reminds us of this. We so quickly forget this. “The love of Christ impels us.” The driving force in our lives is God’s Love embracing us and inspiring us. Pay attention to this each day. Know that you are so deeply loved by God and God simply wants you to be loving and kind to everyone.
June 18
Feast of Corpus Christi, The Body, and Blood of Jesus. Today we remember the powerful principle of the Presence of God experienced at every Mass and experienced every time we enter a Catholic Church. This realization of the Presence of God under the external species of bread and wine has been with the Church for so many centuries. This Sacred Presence has made God so real for so many people. Be grateful for this foundational element of your faith. Enter into it. Spend some time in Church reflecting on this.
June 19
“Behold now is the acceptable time, now is the day of salvation.” Life is always about God coming to us in the present moment. The present moment is always the time for us to enter into a deeper relationship with God. The present moment is always the acceptable time to encounter God more deeply.
June 20
“Be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Christ knows that we as human beings will never become as perfect as God. But this passage is to tell us that we become like God when we are loving and kind. This decision to be loving and compassionate at all times opens us up to be empowered and inspired By God. It helps us to become like God in our life. This makes both us and those who meet us better persons.
June 21
Feast of St. Aloysius Gonzaga. This was a young Jesuit seminarian who came from a wealthy family. He asked his superiors if he could go out and care for those dying from the plague in the latter part of the 16th century. He died ministering to others. The young man who grew up having servants became a servant to others. He also died, expressing love to his fellow brother and sister in life. What a beautiful example of how to live. He died peacefully at age 23. So young but so absorbed in God.
June 22
Today we remember Thomas More, chancellor of England who would not compromise his Faith. We also remember John Fisher, an English Bishop and friend of Thomas More. He also would not compromise his faith. Both were men of integrity who put personal faith and integrity above convenience and dishonest compromise. When God is our main priority, we live honest and well-balanced lives. Better to live in harmony than in dishonest convenience.
June 23
Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus; we remember the symbol of the Sacred Heart of Jesus today. It represents in a very symbolic manner the total unconditional Love of God for each of us. In an age when religion seemed to be filled with coldness, rules, and regulations this beautiful feast started to remind us of getting back to basics. This is the immense Love of God for each of us. Celebrate this today. Remember it. Become immersed in this great principle of absolute Divine Love for each of us. “I have loved you with an everlasting love.”
June 24
“Since my mother’s womb you have been my strength.” From the first moment of our existence to our last breath on this earth, God is always with us and giving us the strength to carry on with courage and wisdom. Be still and know that God is always with you, loving you and guiding you. This is always happening to you. You are filled with God’s Love and strength.
June 25
“Lord, in your great love, answer me.” “In your great kindness answer me with your constant help.” We are always being constantly helped and guided by God. Jesus tells us to, “fear no one.” We never have to live our lives in fear because God is always with us and always loving us. If god is always with us there is no fear or problems that needs to overwhelm us. We have God with Us. “I will be with you always.” “Do not be afraid.” “Peace be with you.”
June 26
“Blessed be the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.” You have been chosen to be a daughter or son of God. You have been chosen from all eternity to be part of God’s own family forever. What a powerful awareness! You are profoundly part of the family of God. God will always love and be with you and give you strength to overcome everything. We are all so blessed!
June 27
“Whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name.” We need to remember to ask for help from God. Sometimes we forget to ask for what is good for us. Ask for what you need. He wants you to depend on Him. Whatever the answer will be, it will be for what is best for you. But don’t forget to ask.
June 28
“The Lord remembers his covenant forever.” The covenant of the Lord is that He has chosen to create us and love us and help us forever. God’s covenant is that He wants a deep relationship with us and will always seek us out with Goodness, Kindness and Love. The covenant is this: We are always connected to God. Don’t run from this covenant. Don’t run away from this Divine Connection.
June 29
Solemnity of Peter and Paul: Today we remember two of the greatest Saints in the Church, St. Peter and St. Paul. They were the pillars of the early Church. They had their faults and admitted them and surrendered deeply to Christ. As a result they became God’s instruments for promoting the amazing Love of God to the whole world. It is what God wants to do with you also.
June 30
Jesus touches a leper today in the Gospel. In His day people avoided lepers. Not Jesus. He touched the leper and made Him clean. It was the Love of Jesus that healed this leper. It is our love that will heal our families, the world and everyone who comes into contact with us. Be a healer by surrendering to God’s Love for you. You will be healed internally. Those who experience you will also feel this healing Power of God.