A Runner’s Thoughts: Let us remember that if we run, walk or move through life another way on a spiritual path, God is the source of our strength, God is our footpath, and God is the finish line. If we move through life with the intention to move closer to the presence of God, then our movement, the sound of our breath becomes a profession of our faith! (Adapted from Roger Joslin, Running the Spiritual Path)
A Runner’s Thoughts: “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” (Tommy Lasorda)
A Runner’s Thoughts: Holiness is not something we can build into a run, a walk or a movement through life in another way. Running, walking or moving through life another way does not make us holy. However, we can make our run, walk or movement holy by bringing to our run, walk or movement a sense of God’s Presence. Thus, we can transform our run, walk or movement from the ordinary to the sacred. (Adapted from Roger Joslin- Running the Spiritual Path)
A Runner’s Thoughts: In an ancient rabbinic saying it is said that when we humans begin a journey we are preceded by angels crying, “Make way! Make way! Here comes the image of God!” So when we run, walk or move through life another way next let us remember that we are the image of God!
A Runner’s Thoughts: “To be a consistent winner means preparing not just one day, one month or even one year - but for a lifetime.” (Bill Rodgers) I know Bill Rodgers is talking about running, racing, but I also think you can apply what he says to life and to faith. Living life and being a person of faith is a lifetime of preparation, work and investment. We need to be about living life and being faithful to our relationship with God each and every day!
A Runner’s Thoughts: A smile as we run, walk or move through life another way can help us remain focused, it often causes others to smile back which can be uplifting and perhaps most importantly it can remind us that that we have been graced by God. So as we run, walk or move through life another way today let’s put a smile on our face.
A Runner’s Thoughts: Samuel Shoemaker once said, “Prayer may not change things for you, but it for sure changes you for things.” Let's make our next run, walk or movement through life another way a prayer and allow ourselves to be changed!
A Runner’s Thoughts: “There are no strangers at the starting line. Just fellow runners who haven’t met yet.” (Suzy Shapiro) So to in the spiritual life...
A Runner’s Thoughts: Running can be a time for finding out who we really are, it is time on the road, the sidewalk, the trail with no one to measure our distance but ourselves. Running can be finding out our true character as we run lap after lap. It can be not giving up when exhausted and journeying to the finish. Running can help us to trust in ourselves and know somehow that God’s grace is enough for us. This can also be true if we walk or move through life another way…
A Runner’s Thoughts: If we approach each run, walk or movement through life another way as a pilgrimage and believe that the realizations of our goals of this pilgrimage happens with each step taken, then we are truly wandering down a sacred path. Our runs, our walks or our movements through life another way become holy. If we run, walk or move with a sense of the sacred in our heart, we transform the earth beneath us into holy ground. If we run, walk or move with the intention to find God, then we become pilgrims. If we have the pilgrim’s sacred intention then we change a simple, humble run, walk or movement into “God’s Run! God’s Walk! God’s Movement!” (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!