A Runner's Thoughts: Let us accept our next run for what it is, remembering that this is a spiritual practice that, like any exercise, requires persistence through experiences of success and what seems like failure.
A Runner's Thoughts: “If you want to become the best runner you can be, start now. Don’t spend the rest of your life wondering if you can do it.” (Priscilla Welch) So to in the spiritual life…If you want to be a person of faith start today so you don’t spend the rest of your life wondering if you can.
A Runner’s Thoughts: “Only after a marathon can I say I have given everything. Because of the enormity of the attempt, the cleansing of the pain, I can sit, even stiff and blistered, and know a kind of peace.” (Kenny Moore) So to in the spiritual life…
A Runner’s Thoughts: “It is distance, not speed, that holds the answers. The reward comes with crossing and confronting the boundaries of fatigue.” (John Bingham) So to in the spiritual life reward comes from the journey of faith!
A Runner's Thoughts: “When people ask me why I run, I tell them, there’s not really a reason, it’s just the adrenaline when you start, and the feeling when you cross that finish line.” (Courtney Parsons) So transform an ordinary run into a sacred run by bringing to the run a sense of God presence in you!
A Runner's Thoughts: “You have to wonder at times what you’re doing out there. Over the years, I’ve given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement.” (Steve Prefontaine) So remember if we have the desire to run with God, then the specifics of the techniques used do not matter very much just keep hold of the desire and God will be with you!
A Runner's Thoughts: “Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.” (Marilyn vos Savant) Remember it is your intention that sets you apart from every other runner. So today and every day have the intention of life and the willingness to celebrate the gift of life with every step of your run.
A Runner's Thoughts: Remember that if during our runs we have the desire to run and pray then our runs can transform the simplest moments into divine encounters!
A Runner's Thoughts: Remember if you run towards God, God runs twice as fast towards you. Thus, to draw closer to God it is only necessary to move in God's direction!
A Runner's Thoughts: “Vary your training, your running partners, and your environment. Only your imagination limits the ways you can spice up your running routine.” (Bob Glover) Try to transform your run today from just a run to a sacred experience by letting God run with you!
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run!"
A thought from time to time about Running and Life!