A Runner’s Thoughts: “True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” (Arthur Ashe)
A Runner’s Thoughts: “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted." (Luke 14:11)
A Runner’s Thoughts: Some words of inspiration and faith for today are – “Running isn't a sport for pretty [people]...It's about the sweat in your hair and the blisters on your feet. It’s the frozen spit on your chin and the nausea in your gut. It's about throbbing calves and cramps at midnight that are strong enough to wake the dead. It's about getting out the door and running when the rest of the world is only dreaming about having the passion that you need to live each and every day with. It's about being on a lonely road and running like a champion even when there's not a single soul in sight to cheer you on. Running is all about having the desire to train and persevere until every fiber in your legs, mind, and heart is turned to steel. And when you've finally forged hard enough, you will have become the best runner you can be. And that's all that you can ask for.” (Paul Maurer, The Gift - A Runner's Story) And if you add the word faith alongside the word running you have a picture of a runner and a person of faith!
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: “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: “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, Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner)
A Runner’s Thoughts: “not the good of the world, but God. Not riches, but God. Not honors, but God. Not distinctions, but God. Not dignities, but God. Not advancement, but God. God always and in everything. (St. Vincent Pallotti)
A Runner’s Thoughts: “Whatever you may be missing right now - a person, a place, a feeling…whatever it is, have peace and take heart - remember that any goodbye makes room for a hello.” (Kristin Armstrong)
A Runner’s Thoughts: “Let us remember the past with gratitude, live the present with enthusiasm, and look forward to the future with confidence.” (St. John Paul II)
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run!"
A thought from time to time about Running and Life!