Tuesday, November 14, 2017

"If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking......"

Pure Emily....

"If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain:
If I can ease one life the aching, Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain."
Emily Dickinson

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

St. Benedict Quote on What's Really Important

"Gracious and holy Father, give me wisdom to perceive you, intelligence to fathom you, patience to  wait for you, eyes to behold you, a heart to meditate upon you and a life to proclaim you, through the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ our Lord."
St. Benedict

Sunday, August 13, 2017

St. Frances de Sales on Being Patient With Yourself

"Be patient with everyone, but above all with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfection but instantly set about remedying them-every day begin the task anew."
St. Frances de Sales

Or as St Teresa of Calcutta would tell her nuns when they failed or made a mistake---"Begin Again!"

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Henry David Thoreau on Nature

"We need the tonic of wildness....We can never have enough of Nature. We must be refreshed by the sight of inexhaustible vigor, vast and titanic features."  Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

One way to feel the presence of God is to surround ourselves with the beauty of Nature and quiet our souls and just be.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Misuse Of Creation and Its Resources

"The misuse of creation begins when we no longer recognize any higher instance than ourselves, when we see nothing else but ourselves."
Pope Benedict (quoted by Pope Francis in the encyclical letter "Laudato Si")

If only President Trump reads the encyclical that Pope Francis gave him as a gift today in Rome, at the Vatican ....If only he reads it and it changes his ideas about the environment and how crucial it is to support policies that help the environment and stop the degradation of the earth and its resources. NJA

Friday, April 28, 2017

It's Never Too Late.....

It's never too late to be what you might have been.

George Eliot

Do you ever wonder what your true destiny in God is? Are you all you were meant to be? Do you listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit as the saints did? Not easy to find true meaning, your true calling and the purpose of your life, according to God's plan for you.  But it is achievable through prayer and persistence.

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