A Runner’s Thoughts: “Except for .001 percent of the running population, everyone's in the exact same position: There will always be people slower than you, and people faster.” (Ask Miles) – So too if you walk or move through life another way and so too in the spiritual life…
A Runner’s Thoughts: When we run, walk or move through life another way in a spiritual way, we are brought into the process of God-ing. Meaning as we run, walk or move through life another way, we are not moving toward God but interacting with God along the way. Our run, walk or movement through life another way becomes a direct physical, emotional and spiritual way of becoming who we are, our authentic selves. In the process we open up vast and unlimited opportunities to connect with God in new, life giving ways!
A Runner’s Thoughts: We need to always remember that there are different forms of prayer, of communication with God and that they are possible in everything we do, even when we run. So, as I have often said, let us allow our run, our walk or our movement through life another way today to be a prayer – a prayer of thanksgiving, a prayer of petition or intercession, a prayer of praise, a prayer of struggle, or a prayer seeking help or perhaps just a prayer that says hello God how are you today?
A Runner’s Thoughts: Mother Teresa saw Christ in the face of everyone she met; it is possible to conduct a run, a walk or a movement through life another way that models her behavior. So as we run, walk or move through life another way let’s place a smile on our face and thus offer a blessing to everyone we meet today!l
A Runner’s Thoughts: Shakespeare once wrote, “Now bid me run, and I will strive with things impossible.” Jesus said, “…with God all things are possible.” Thus, if we run, walk or move through life another way with God then as we strive with things impossible they will become possible! Have a great run, walk or movement through life another way today and stay cool.
A Runner’s Thoughts: Remember we can make our runs, walks or movements through life another way holy by bringing to our runs, walks or movements through life another way, a sense of God’s presence in us.
A Runner’s Thoughts: “As marathoners, we may or may not become someone else physically. At least not in such a dramatic manner. But our role is a challenging one, and it certainly changes us. Finish a marathon and you emerge tougher, stronger, more tenacious. Also, oddly, a bit more humble.” (Mark Remy) So to in the spiritual life…
A Runner’s Thoughts: “When you have the enthusiasm and the passion, you end up figuring how to excel.” (Deena Kastor) So too in the spiritual life…
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) – So too when we walk or move through life another way with purpose… and so too in the spiritual life!
A Runner’s Thoughts: Remember it is possible to begin a meditation run, walk or movement through life another way simply by stepping onto the pavement and putting one foot in front of the other. In fact, the simplicity of this is one of the great joys of running, walking or moving through life another way. No elaborate gear, accessories, or training are required. We can simply step into the run, a walk or a movement and see what unfold, see how God is present in our life today! (Adapted from Roger Joslin – Running the Spiritual Path)
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run!"
A thought from time to time about Running and Life!