Daily Prayer: Give us, O Lord, a steadfast heart, which no unworthy affection may drag downwards; give us an unconquered heart, which no tribulation can wear out; give us an upright heart, which no unworthy purpose may tempt aside. Bestow upon us also, O Lord our God, understanding to know you, diligence to seek you, wisdom to find you, and a faithfulness that may finally embrace you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen! (Prayer by St. Thomas Aquinas)
A Runner’s Thoughts: “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. But you need to honor what you've accomplished, rather than thinking of what's left to be done.” (John Bingham)
Daily Blessing: Tuesday greetings and blessing to everyone and Happy Feast of St. Ann and St. Joachim! It is a busy day here at St. Ann’s. Thinks started at 4:00 am here with confessions followed by the first mass of the day at 4:30 am and the masses and services are many throughout the day with the closing mass at 7:30 pm.
Daily Thoughts: Today’s reading from the Book of Jeremiah I think was written for us today. It is so easy to really like this prophet; his writing so often reveals his heart. Jeremiah is said to be a type and model of Jesus Christ. The reading guide section of the Catholic Study Bible points out the many ways his life runs parallel to the life of Jesus.
Loving God, we pray:
that through the glorious Apostle, Saint James,
who by reason of his fervent and generous heart was chosen by Jesus
to be witness of Christ’s glory on Mount Tabor, and agony in Gethsemane.
A Runner’s Thoughts: As prayerful runners let us not run with a sense of expectation that something significant will happen spiritually. Let us run only asking that our run be in the presence of God and that we will run with a heightened awareness of God’s presence. If we run this way occasionally insights will come our way and we might feel a special closeness to God, but usually we will simply know that we are not running alone and we will carry with us the sense of a shared journey long after we have finished our run!