A Runner’s Thoughts: As we enter these days of Triduum perhaps, we should take to heart these words from Pope Francis…
“But never forget that your life of prayer and contemplation must not be lived as a form of self-absorption; it must enlarge your heart to embrace all humanity, especially those who suffer.
Through intercessory prayer, you play a fundamental role in the life of the Church. You pray and intercede for our many brothers and sisters who are prisoners, migrants, refugees and victims of persecution. Your prayers of intercession embrace the many families experiencing difficulties, the unemployed, the poor, the sick, and those struggling with addiction, to mention just a few of the more urgent situations. You are like those who brought the paralytic to the Lord for healing (cf. Mk 2:2-12). Through your prayer, night and day, you bring before God the lives of so many of our brothers and sisters who for various reasons cannot come to him to experience his healing mercy, even as he patiently waits for them. By your prayers, you can heal the wounds of many.” (Pope Francis)
A Runner’s Thoughts: “Judging others makes us blind, whereas love is illuminating. By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just as entitled to as we are.” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
A Runner's Thoughts: As we journey through life during this Holy Week let us remember that each moment of our journey can help us embark on a pilgrimage of the ordinary which often leads us to the extraordinary and sacred!
A Runner’s Thoughts: “You see things; and you say ‘why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘why not?’” (George Bernard Shaw)
A Runner’s Thoughts: Breath is usually expressed in Greek as pneuma, which can also mean air, wind, or spirit. In Hebrew ruah is translated as breath, but it can also mean creative energy or life-giving force. As we live life let us have an awareness of our breath as spirit, as our capacity to bring God into our being as we take in oxygen into our lungs. If we see each breath this way, we will begin to allow our life to become prayer! (Adapted from Running the Spiritual Path by Roger Joslin)
A Runner’s Thoughts: “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.” (St. Teresa of Calcutta)
A Runner’s Thoughts: “Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory.” (William Barclay, Scottish Theologian)
A Runner’s Thoughts: “There is only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything.” (Vince Lombardi)
A Runner’s Thoughts: “If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.” (Mark Twain)
A Runner’s Thoughts: “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice.” (Meister Eckhart, O.P.)
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run!"
A thought from time to time about Running and Life!