A Runner’s Thoughts: I was struck by the reading at morning prayer today, so I offer it to you as a little inspiration to help us on the journey of life – From St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans… “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 hinderance in [our] brother [or sister’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 [people]. Let us, then, make it our aim to work for peace and to strengthen one another. (Rom. 14:12-13, 17-19)
A Runner’s Thoughts: Let’s live in a spirit of gratefulness today. Before we begin our day let’s declare our intention to look upon all we encounter with the freshness of the unexpected. Let us live with a sense of miraculous expectation and allow a feeling of gratitude for the extraordinary and the ordinary to flow through our being. As we live today let us be thankful to God for life! (Adapted from Roger Joslin – Running the Spiritual Path)
A Runner’s Thoughts: “Every run is a work of art, a drawing on each day's canvas. Some runs are shouts and some runs are whispers. Some runs are eulogies and others celebrations. When you're angry, a run can be a sharp slap in the face. When happy, a run is your song. And when your running progresses enough to become the chrysalis through which your life is viewed, motivation is almost beside the point. Rather, it's running that motivates you for everything else the day holds.” (From the Runner’s World Daily Kick in the Butt by Dagny Scott Barrios) This is also true for those of us who walk or moving through life another way and as a friend and brother in the Passion often says – “So to in the spiritual life!"
A Runner’s Thoughts: As prayerful runner we always seem to find it inadequate to sit and wait for the Spirit to appear. As prayerful runners, we always want to run towards God but if we are prayerful runner’s what we always find is that God is running toward us at twice the speed! (Adapted from Roger Joslin – Running the Spiritual Path) So too when we walk or move through life another way…
A Runner’s Thoughts: It is Sunday so…”Let us come to God not [just] with our feet but with our affections; let us come not [just] by moving from one place to another; but by loving. When someone is transported by the heart, he or she changes affection by the movement of the heart.” (St. Augustine of Hippo)
A Runner’s Thoughts: “Not just exercise, but a way to get in touch with and reclaim myself in an often fragmenting world, running also serves as a powerful antidote to clinical depression, a metaphor for the creative process, and, in its most profound moments, a spiritual practice.” (Alison Townsend) The same can be said for walking and moving through life another way…
A Runner’s Thoughts: This morning as I was praying the morning prayer of the Church I read, prayed, this passage for Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians (4:29-32) – “Never let evil talk pass your lips; say only the good things people need to hear, things that will really help them. Do nothing that will sadden the Holy Spirit with whom you were sealed against the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, all passion and anger, harsh words, slander, and malice of every kind. In place of these, be kind to one another, compassionate, and mutually forgiving, just as God has forgiven you in Christ.” - I pray these word on Friday every four weeks. Good words to consider and live by today and always!
A Runner’s Thoughts: “Not just exercise, but a way to get in touch with and reclaim myself in an often fragmenting world, running, [walking or moving through life another way] also serve as a powerful antidotes to clinical depression, metaphors for the creative processes, and, in their most profound moments, spiritual practices.” (Adapted from Alison Townsend)
A Runner’s Thoughts: Today accept your run, walk or movement through life another way for what it is, remembering that this is a spiritual practice that, like any discipline, requires persistence through experiences of success and seeming failure. (Adapted from Roger Joslin – Running the Spiritual Path)
A Runner’s Thoughts: I have two thoughts for you today… Remember that if we are meditative movers through life, if we are movers at prayer then with each run, walk or movement through life another way we are fortunate to have found a way to refreshes not only our bodies but also our spirits. You might say with each movement through life we give ourselves the change to be born again in friendship with God! (Adapted from Roger Joslin – Running the Spiritual Path) – “You only ever grow as a human being if you're outside your comfort zone.” (Percy Cerutty)
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run!"
A thought from time to time about Running and Life!