Dear Jesus, Saints Basil the Great and Saint Gregory Nazianzen were dear friends, united in love for You. Inspired by their example, I want to grow in my friendship with You. Bless every alliance in which I’m involved, and if any are not of You, remove them from me. I ask Saints Basil the Great and Saint Gregory Nazianzen as special saints to pray that I grow in patience, understanding, and service to the people God has placed in my life. Help me, Lord Jesus, to give to You all the grudges, resentments, misunderstandings, and prejudices that have been interfering with my friendships. Replace these sinful tendencies with Your Perfect Love. Saints Basil and Gregory, pray for me. Amen.
Quotes for Today
Saint Gregory of Nazianzen (330-390 A.D.)
Doctor of the Church
Different men have different names, which they owe to their parents or to themselves, that is, to their own pursuits and achievements. But our great pursuit, the great name we wanted, was to be Christians, to be called Christians.”
Saint Basil the Great (329-379 A.D.)
Doctor of the Church
Boasting of God is perfect and complete when we take no pride in our own righteousness but acknowledge that we are utterly lacking in true righteousness and have been made righteous only by faith in Christ.”
Saint Seraphim of Sarov (1759-1833 A.D.)
Feast day January 2
God is a fire that warms and kindles the heart and inward parts. Hence, if we feel in our hearts the cold which comes from the devil — for the devil is cold — let us call on the Lord. He will come to warm our hearts with perfect love, not only for Him but also for our neighbor, and the cold of him who hates the good will flee before the heat of His countenance.”
The prayer above is from Terry Modica’s book Daily Prayers with the Saints.
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