Daily Thoughts: As I celebrated mass this morning and read the Gospel (Luke 14: 1-6) I could not help but think about all the article, comments, reflections and commentaries that I have heard and read over the last month concerning the Synod of the Family. Many of the comments concerned the doctrine and laws of the Church and people’s concerns as to whether things would change or not. There were fights over words and translations.
Daily Blessing: Happy Halloween everyone! And a special shout out to my niece Kelly who celebrates her birthday today! I hope your morning is going well; it is a busy one for me as I try to get some projects done or at least moving along. The day here in Pelham is dreary yet a little on the mild side but they say winter will be upon us this weekend. The weather for Sunday’s New York Marathon looks to be cold and windy.
Daily Prayer: O God, lover of all who hope in you, without whom nothing has foundation, nothing is holy, grace us in abundance with your love, compassion and mercy and grant that, with you as our friend and guide, we may use the good gifts that are within and around us in such a way so that we will hold fast to a hope that will endure. We make our prayer today through Jesus Christ our Lord in whom the love of God for us is always present. Amen!
A Runner’s Thoughts: Some words of inspiration and faith for today are – “I run because long after my footprints fade away, maybe I will have inspired a few to reject the easy path, hit the trails, put one foot in front of the other, and come to the same conclusion I did: I run because it always takes me where I want to go.” (Dean Karnazes) And I believe, I have faith in God, in Christ, in the Spirit, because long after I am gone maybe I will have inspired a few to reject the easy road, hit the Eucharist, prayer and community, put one foot in front of the other, a
Daily Thoughts: “To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything [God] has given us - and [God] has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of [God’s] love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from [God].
Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.” (Thomas Merton)
Daily Prayer: Good Saint Rita, during your entire life on earth you found your happiness by following the will of God. Help us to be as trusting of God in all of what God asks of us this day and always. Help us this day to give ourselves to God as you did, without limit, without fear, without counting the cost. Help us to be – generous in serving the needs of others, patient in all difficulties, forgiving toward all who hurt us.