Daily Prayer: Lord God, we have no idea where we are going. We do not see the road ahead of us. We cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do we really know ourselves, and the fact that we think that we are following your will does not mean that we are actually doing so. But we believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And we hope we have that desire in all that we are doing. We hope that we will never do anything apart from that desire.
A Runner’s Thoughts: “There is something magical about running; after a certain distance, it transcends the body. Then a bit further, it transcends the mind. A bit further yet, and what you have before you, laid bare, is the soul.” (Kristin Armstrong)
Daily Blessings: Sunday blessings and greetings to all wherever this day finds you! I hope you are having a good weekend and have or will dedicate a little time to God today. It is a beautiful day here in Pelham and I hope the same is true where you are.
I will be off to St. John and St. Mary Parish in Chappaqua for the noon mass and then it will be on to St. Francis de Sales Parish for the 6 pm mass so I have a bit of a busy day ahead but as I mentioned above it is a beautiful day here so that will make my traveling around much easier.
Daily Thoughts: There is a quote from Fr. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J. that I have always liked – “The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason for hope.” It came to mind today as I reflected on our Gospel reading.
Lord, teach us to be generous;
Teach us to serve you as you deserve;
To give and not to count the cost;
To fight and not to heed the wounds;
To toil, and not to seek for rest;
To labor, and not to ask for reward - except to know that we are doing your will.
(Adapted from a prayer by St. Ignatius of Loyola)
A Runner’s Thoughts: You might say that John Bingham is also talking about the spiritual life when he talks about running – “It was being a runner that mattered, not how fast or how far I could run. The joy was in the act of running and in the journey, not in the destination. We have a better chance of seeing where we are when we stop trying to get somewhere else. We can enjoy every moment of movement, as long as where we are is as good as where we'd like to be. That's not to say that you need to be satisfied forever with where you are today.