A Runner’s Thoughts: I always use as my running theme, “I run for Life!” Wherever and whenever you run, walk or move through life in a different way today – run, walk or move in the spirit of Elizabeth and Mary, run, walk or move for life! Let us be signs, witnesses and proclaimers of just how wonderful life is and can be!
A Runner’s Thoughts: Let us think of each run, walk or movement through life another way that we make as having two distinct parts. I will call them the outward run, walk or movement and the inward run, walk or movement. The outward is what we encounter as we run, walk or move through life another way, creation, people, sounds, experiences, how we feel, the distance involved. The inward is what we encounter about ourselves. How we are feeling. What struggles we have physically, emotionally and spiritually. What we bring on the run, walk or movement through life another way that is within us, good and bad. Both parts of our runs, walks or movements through life another way are physical, emotional and spiritual. So, let us be aware, let us listen, and let us focus outwardly and inwardly because each part can bring us to God.
A Runner’s Thoughts: As we run, walk or move through life another way today let us consider the unknown and known God that we worship and then ask ourselves, “How can we make this day a time for rediscovering the grace of the God – in whom we live and move and have our being?”
A Runner’s Thoughts: Let us remember in the midst of our run, walk or movement through life another way, when running, walking or moving through life another way gets harder, when we get tired, when we are climbing a steep hill, when we don’t feel like continuing, when it just don’t seem worth it, these are reminders to come home to our breath, to the awareness that God is running, walking, moving with us! (Adapted from Roger Joslin)
A Runner’s Thoughts: Run walk or move through life today with a strong heart. If you run, walk or move through life in the midst of the ordinary, you will often find yourself touched by the extraordinary presence of God. Run, walk or move through life another way strong into the heart of God today!
A Runner’s Thoughts: “If you run, into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” (Michael Jordan) So to in the spiritual life…
A Runner’s Thoughts: Remember running can be humbling and elevating at the same time. When we run and see the beauty of creation we realize how insignificant and tiny we really are when it comes to all of creation, yet God did create each of us as “very good.” Each of us carries the image and likeness of God within us. So, as we run let us run with God helping to create a better world and a better person! – This also can happen when we walk or move through life another way…
A Runner’s Thoughts: “Winning has nothing to do with racing. Most days don’t have races anyway. Winning is about struggle and effort and optimism, and never, ever, ever giving up.” (Amby Burfoot) True whether we run, walk or move through life another way…
A Runner’s Thoughts: “The woods are lovely, dark, and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.” (Robert Frost)
A Runner’s Thoughts: “There is a lesson to be learned from running in various emotional states, just as there are lessons to learn from running in a wide range of environmental settings. Don’t shy away from running in an unaccustomed state of mind or an unusual situation. Opportunity for enlightenment often waits in the unfamiliar.” (Roger Joslin) And another thought, “Run often. Run long. But never outrun your joy of running.” (Julie Isphording) Both of these thoughts are also true for those who walk or move through life another way!
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run!"
A thought from time to time about Running and Life!