Daily Thoughts: “God is always trying to give good things to us, but our hands are too full to receive them.” (St. Augustine of Hippo) I was thinking about these words from St. Augustine in terms of our Gospel today (Matthew 24: 42a, 44). Yes, I know that Jesus is focused on the end time, whether it be his final coming or the day that God calls each of us individually. Yes, we need to be awake and ready because not be ready, not being awake has dreadful consequences, (see wailing and grinding of teeth).
Daily Blessings: Thursday greetings to all! This is my last full day in Long Beach and what a beautiful day it is! A breeze off the ocean, low humidity, sunny blues skies, what more could I ask for. Tomorrow I begin my journey to St. Louis and another new adventure in the living of life.
Daily Prayer: O God, to know you is life. To serve You is freedom. To praise you is the soul's joy and delight. Guard us with the power of Your grace here and in all places. Now and at all times, forever. Amen. (Adapted from a prayer by St. Augustine)
A Runner’s Thoughts: “The act of running is simple, one foot in front of the other. The art of becoming a runner is achieved through a new mindset and commitment to change, especially if it’s new to you. It’s tough, challenging, painful, sometimes lonely, regularly uncomfortable and often excruciating…but the rewards are second to none.” (Terry Lander) And so too in the spiritual life…
Daily Thoughts: I might be tempted to make this another day of “Woe” given Jesus “Woe to…” statements that we once again hear in the Gospel but I have decided to focus on something different this morning. I have decided to focus on mothers!
Daily Blessings: Happy Hump Day and Wednesday blessings to all! I hope your day has started off well and that you have been gifted at least by nature with a beautiful day!
In the spirit of St. Monica whom we honor today a shout out to all mothers that the gift of St. Monica’s spirit will be with you throughout your journey as mothers. And a prayer of thanks to all mothers, both living a deceased for their strength, courage, faithfulness and love!