Daily Thoughts: The Gospel for today (Matt. 13:44-46) talks about the Kingdom of God and Jesus uses two images for the Kingdom, a buried treasure and a fine pearl. In the case of the treasure the person sells everything and buys the field where the treasure is buried and in the case of the pearl the merchant too sells everything in order to buy the pearl. In other words when it comes to the Kingdom of God we must be all in because it is worth more than anything else.
Daily Blessing: Happy Wednesday everyone! Yes, it is “Hump Day” once again but our “Hump Day” camel is on vacation!
I hope your day has started well and will become even better as you journey through it. If not hang in there because there is always tomorrow and the chance for a better day!
Enjoy your “Hump Day” everyone and may God bless your day with many good experiences and people! Peace in Christ’s Passion…Fr. Paul
O loving God, teach us to be generous
to serve you as you deserve to be served
to give without counting the cost
to fight without fear of being wounded
to work without seeking rest
and to spend ourselves without expecting any reward
but the knowledge that we are doing your holy will.
Amen (Adapted from a prayer by St. Ignatius of Loyola)
A Runner’s Thoughts: “I run because if I didn’t, I’d be sluggish and glum and spend too much time on the couch. I run to breathe the fresh air. I run to explore. I run to escape the ordinary. I run…to savor the trip along the way. Life becomes a little more vibrant, a little more intense. I like that.” (Dean Karnazes)
I run to pray. I run to give glory to God. I run to have a little one on one time with God. I run to encounter the gift of God’s creation. I run to make God a little more real in my life. And I like that!
Daily Thoughts: “You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.” (Thomas Merton) I thought of these words by Merton today as I celebrated mass on this Feast of St. Martha. I think Martha fits these words well.
Daily Blessing: Tuesday greetings to everyone! I hope everyone had a good Monday and that your week has gotten off to a good start.
My Monday was a rather busy one as I began preparations for my Lourdes Pilgrimage which begins next Monday (August 4th). I hosted the fourteen people who will be traveling with me last night so that we could get to know each other and talk about our journey together beginning next Monday.