A Runner’s Thoughts: “Every one of us will have to give an account of ourselves before God. Therefore, we must no longer pass judgment on one another. Instead we should resolve to put no stumbling block or hindrance in our sister or brother’s way. The kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of justice, peace, and the joy that is given by the Holy Spirit. Whoever serves Christ in this way pleases God and wins the esteem of humankind. Let us, then make it our aim to work for peace and to strengthen one another.” (From St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans 14:12-13; 17-19)
A Runner’s Thoughts: “Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.” (St. John XXIII)
A Runner’s Thoughts: “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice.” (Meister Eckhart)
A Runner’s Thoughts: “It takes practice and perseverance, but as long as I hold on to my dreams, I know they'll become a reality.” (Florence Griffith Joyner) So to in the spiritual life…prayer takes practice and perseverance and if we hold on to the dream the Kingdom will become a reality in our life!
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: “Whatever you may be missing right now - a person, a place, a feeling, maybe you are injured and missing running - whatever it is, have peace and take heart - remember that any goodbye makes room for a hello.” (Kristin Armstrong)
A Runner’s Thoughts: “Be the change you want to see in the world.” (Mohandas Gandhi)
A Runner’s Thoughts: “Keep this in mind, friends. Let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger, for a person’s anger does not fulfill God’s justice. Humbly welcome the word that has taken root in you, with its power to save you. Act on this word. If all you do is listen to it, you are deceiving yourselves.” (From the Letter of St. James)
A Runner’s Thoughts: It's important to know that at the end of the day it's not medals or where we finished that we should remember. What we need to remember is the process, the journey – what we learn about ourselves, about our relationship with God by challenging ourselves, the experiences we share with other people, the honesty that living, that prayer demands – these are things to remember because nobody can take them away from us whether we finish last or first.
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)
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run!"
A thought from time to time about Running and Life!