Daily Bread

From Today's Office
Give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.
Psalm 86:12
We are asked, first and foremost, to be watchful with regard to ourselves. The Christian’s enemy is within, and not outside him or her. Watchfulness means fighting to defend our inner life, to avoid being distracted by worldly seductions, or overcome by life’s distractions. —Enzo Bianchi, Echoes of the Word, Paraclete Press
Prayer of the Day

Even though many of the people around Bartimaeus tried to discourage him, he believed that you, Lord, would accept him. He continued to call out into the darkness. Help me to believe that you stand ready to reach out to me today in spite of circumstances and people who might try to discourage me. Amen.

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