The oldest of human striving is to be at one with our fellow human beings
A life is either all spiritual or not spiritual at all. No man can serve two masters. Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire.
There are stars who's light only reaches the earth long after they have fallen apart. There are people who's remembrance gives light in this world, long after they have passed away. This light shines in our darkest nights on the road we must follow.
While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.
Once Jesus was asked to support of the death penalty.
He replied, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone".
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
God created all things... elastic waistbands are my favorite!
We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience. Pierre Teilhard De Chardin
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.
St. Francis of Assisi
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres...
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13
The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.
Jalal ad-Din Rumi
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
There are only two ways to Live your Life. One is as though nothing is a Miracle. The other is as if Everything is a Miracle.
Love IS the Rule
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' "This is the great and foremost commandment. "
And a second is like it, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets." (Matthew 22:37-40)
“We are not called upon to do all the good possible but only that which we can do”
Mother Theodore Guerin
"You don't have to be extraordinary, just forgiving." Mattafix
We can disagree on the death penalty, we can disagree on homosexuality, we can disagree on the status of women and still bind our hearts together in a common, united, generous, friendly, loving commitment
"If you are a theologian, you pray truly; and if you pray truly, you are a theologian"
“Those who have a 'why' to live, can bear with almost any "how.'”
We Have Been Called...
We have been called to heal the wounds,
to unite what part has fallen apart,
and to bring home those who have lost their way.
St. Fancis of Assisi
Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
Charter for Compassion
We know that every moment is a moment of grace, every hour an offering; not to share them would mean to betray them. Our lives no longer belong to us alone; they belong to all those who need us desperately."
A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another.
If the minds love one another
The home will be as a beautiful as a flower garden.
But if these minds get out of harmony with each other
It is like a storm which plays havoc
With the garden.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
USF: New Beginnings 2007-08
Friday evening the incoming freshman at the University of Saint Francis had their orientation cookout. It was a time for families, students, faculty and staff to get to know one another. It was time for the parents to meet some of the student leaders on campus.
The picnic was under a gigantic white, three tiered tent next to MirrorLake.
On one side there was the southern half of the lake with its island, the Campus Ministry building and beyond it Bishop D’Arcy Football Stadium. On the northern side were the BassMansion and the newly acquired buildings across the road. Next to the tent were the JohnPaulIICenter and the clock tower.
The setting was beautiful, the food great, the fellowship lively. And the weather, well, the weather was feeling over looked and decided to become noticed.
So, an enormous storm blew in and the tent had to be evacuated. All the speakers and audio equipment were quickly brought in, tables were torn down and people, all the people were directed into the PopeJohnPaulIICenter! All the speeches were abandoned, The close camaraderie that was so valued was stretched as groups met in various rooms throughout the Center. And yet, it was a wonderful success. Families spent time with students, friends and wandering staff and faculty. Behind a protective wall of glass the storm on the lake provided some spectacular entertainment. The planned bonfire that was to be the hallmark of the evening was replaced by movies and snacks in Bonzel Hall. What was obvious was that people were enjoying the evening. If you looked down the hall of the PJPIICenter, or over the balcony to the first floor or toward the community space in front of the memorial wall everybody was smiling and laughing. Even the staff that had to move quickly to save the day were happy. I was reminded of the song, How Can I Keep From Singing? This was a great beginning!
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