A Runner’s Thoughts: “Never let evil talk pass your lips, but only such as is good for needed edification, that it may impart grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were sealed for the day of redemption. All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling must be removed from you, along with all malice. And be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ.” (Ephesians 4:29-32)
A Runner’s Thoughts: “Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” (St. Francis Of Assisi)
A Runner’s Thoughts: “Spirituality is not to be learned by flight from the world, or by running away from things, or by turning solitary and going apart from the world. Rather, we must learn an inner solitude wherever or with whomsoever we may be. We must learn to penetrate things and find God there.” (Meister Eckhart)
A Runner’s Thoughts: “Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.” (Meister Eckhart)
A Runner’s Thoughts: “Struggling and suffering are the essence of a life worth living. If you're not pushing yourself beyond the comfort zone, if you're not demanding more from yourself - expanding and learning as you go - you're choosing a numb existence. You're denying yourself an extraordinary trip.” (Dean Karnazes)
A Runner’s Thoughts: Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it. (Attributed to The Talmud)
A Runner’s Thoughts: “Keep your dream in front of you. Never let it go regardless of how farfetched it might seem.” (Legendary running coach Hal Higdon) So to in the spiritual life – the pearl of great price!
A Runner’s Thoughts: As prayerful people let us not live today with a sense of expectation that something significant will happen spiritually. Let us live only asking that our day be in the presence of God and that we will live with a heightened awareness of God’s presence. If we live life in this way occasionally insights will come our way and we might feel a special closeness to God, but usually we will simply know that we are not living life alone and we will carry with us the sense of a shared journey long after we our day is done! (Adapted from Running the Spiritual Path by Roger Joslin)
A Runner’s Thoughts: “Believe me, the reward is not so great without the struggle.” (Wilma Rudolph) and “Each day, it is good to stop halfway through the day for about five minutes, look around, and enjoy the surroundings. It can remind us of why we are alive and why we need to love it so much.” (Adapted from a reflection by Anita Ortiz)
A Runner’s Thoughts: Remember living life is always an opportunity to search for God amid the commonplace, humdrum and ordinary activities that most often occupy our life. That is ultimately the point of each day of our life – we are trying to find a way to mix the mundane with the mystical, to blend the sacred with the profane, to find heaven on earth. Living each day of our life is a sacred time when we have the opportunity to encounter the gift of God! (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!