Today’s Thoughts: Today is a travel day for me and it will be a long one. I will be leaving the Passionist Retreat House here in Detroit, where I have been since last Sunday, for New York. I have to make the drive all in one day as I have a program in Queens tomorrow morning. So I offer you a few random thoughts from others in the hope that they will just give you a little food for thought…
"We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, spread love. Be poor among the poor. We need to include the excluded and preach peace." (Pope Francis)
“Everywhere I looked, hope existed - but only as some kind of green shoot in the midst of struggle. It was a theological concept, not a spiritual practice. Hope, I began to realize, was not a state of life. It was at best a gift of life.” (Sr. Joan D. Chittister, O.S.B.)
"To maintain a joyful family requires much from both the parents and the children. Each member of the family has to become, in a special way, the servant of the others." (St. John Paul II)
“Totally love Him who gave Himself totally out of love for you.” (St. Clare of Assisi)
"Stupidity is also a gift of God, but one mustn't misuse it." (St. John Paul II)
“My strength returns to me with my cup of coffee and the reading of the psalms.”
"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)
“Without love, deeds, even the most brilliant ones, count as nothing.” (St. Thérèse de Lisieux)
"See everything, overlook a great deal, correct a little." (St. John XXIII)
Have a great Friday everyone!
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run"
Just a few thoughts to help you on your journey through life...let me know from time to time what you think...