Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A Walt Disney Quote About Doing The Impossible

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible"
Walt Disney

The Church needs people who are willing to "put out into the deep" and try the impossible (with creativity)  to evangelize in the modern world. NJA

Thursday, February 16, 2017

A Good Definition of Pride by St. John Climacus

We all suffer from some of it or a lot of it....it's one of the deadly sins and with good reason......pride creeps into our psyche in subtle ways....

"Pride is the denial of God. An invitation of the devil. It is the mother of condemnation, the offspring of praise, a sign of barrenness. It is a flight from God's help, the harbinger of madness, the author of downfall. It is the cause of diabolical position, the source of anger, the gateway of hypocrisy. It is the fortress of demons, the custodian of sins, and the source of hardheartedness. It is the denial of compassion, a bitter Pharisee, a cruel judge. It is the foe of God. It is the root of blasphemy."
(St. John Climacus-Abbot of St. Catherine Monastery-579-649)

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Be Resilient! Advice for the New Year....Happy New Year!!

Never give up...keep trying...be resilient....everyone who has ever achieved their goals were all resilient, they all persevered.....In the spiritual life, perseverance is very important. NJA

"I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I've been trusted to take the game winning shot.....and missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."

 Michael Jordan- considered one of the greatest Basketball Players of all time-Born in Brooklyn, NY

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

St. Teresa of Calcutta's Quote on Being Bold

"I am very sure of God. I trust God's love. I hope many things or rather everything from God. That is what has made me dare so far." St. Teresa of Calcutta

We have to be more bold and daring for God. Like St. Paul, like so many of the saints, we have to dare to go above and beyond and be guided each day by the Spirit. The modern world demands boldness from the disciples of Christ!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Importance of Light

I know not a single word fine enough for light........holy, beamless, bodiless, inaudible floods of light."
John Muir

Sunlight streaming across the bay, light that gives life. Jesus said, I am the Light of the World.
NJA

Friday, September 23, 2016

Be Creative for Christ!

"Find your voice, shout it from the rooftops, and keep doing it until the people that are looking for you find you."
Dan Harmon

The Church and all Christians need to be more creative, think outside the box and start showing others all the good and depth that is a part of who we are. NJA

Sunday, August 21, 2016

John Muir Quote on Walking in Nature

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than they seek."
John Muir  (also known as "John of the Mountains." Muir was a Scottish-American environmentalist, naturalist, author and early advocate for protecting the wilderness in America.)

According to studies I've read walking in nature is good for the soul, mind and body......walking in nature in sunshine lessens depression and lifts one's spirits and improves overall mental health.
NJA