A Runner’s Thoughts: “For the person who has learned to let go and let be, nothing can ever get in the way again.” (Meister Eckhart)
A Runner's Thought: “Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.” (Meister Eckhart)
A Runner’s Thoughts: “You can run full speed into a door that is closed or you can pull back just a little and go through the open door.” (John Bingham) So let God help you find that open door… Feel the touch of God in your life today…
A Runner’s Thoughts: “We ask Mary that, as the first disciple, she teach us to remain watching, that she accompany us in patience, strengthen us in hope; we ask that she lead us towards the meeting with her Risen Son; that she free us from fear, so that we cans hear the announcement of the angel... to announce it to others who need it so much.” (Pope Francis)
A Runner’s Thoughts: In the first reading (Isaiah 40: 25-31) from today’s mass Isaiah writes, “They will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint ….” As I read these words this morning I could not help but think about running, walking or moving through life in other ways. I don’t know any runner, except maybe the elite runners who when starting out on a training run or a race does hope that they will run and not grow weary. It is the vision of every runner to run strong and to finish. It is the vision of any person who runs, walks or moves through life another way.
It is the hope of every person of faith to live life to the fullest, to remain strong and faithful and to finish. St. Paul tells us to run life focused on the finish line. We need to always look ahead not behind. Pope Francis during this Holy Year of Mercy has us looking ahead and has challenged us not to grow weary in our service as a Church to the poor, the homeless and the hungry.
Running is a wonderful metaphor for life. When we run we are reminded of the challenges of life but also the gifts of life. As Isaiah says, “They that hope in the Lord, will renew their strength, they will soar as with eagles’ wings; they will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint.” Running is about having hope, faith is about having hope and in each case hope leads us at time to making the impossible – possible!
A Runner's Thoughts: “Whatever God does, the first outburst is always compassion.”
A Runner's Thoughts: "Mary does not lose herself in logical arguments, she does not place obstacles in the Lord's way, but she promptly entrusts herself and leaves room for the action of the Holy Spirit." (Pope Francis)
A Runner's Thoughts: “Wisdom consists in doing the next thing you have to do, doing it with your whole heart, and finding delight in doing it.” (Meister Eckhart)
A Runner’s Thoughts: “Shift from thinking to feeling–feel yourself accomplishing your goal. Take that feeling out of your head and put it into your heart. Embrace it as the reality.” (Erin Taylor) So to in the spiritual life…Take your faith out of your head and put it in your heart!
A Runner’s Thoughts: The human body can only do so much. Then the heart and spirit must take over. (Sohn Kee-chung) May our heart and spirit lead us to the healing presence of God this day.
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run!"
A thought from time to time about Running and Life!