Endurance and Hope

Saturday, October 17

This post was provided by Mary Welsh

 

 

Heal the World

from The God Minute

 

 

 

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Friday, October 16

This post was provided by Deacon Frederick Toca

 

 

You Cry A Lot After 50

by Frederick M. Toca

 

Once you reach the magic number,

the time line

Thoughts of life are deeper,

feelings more meaningful.

Certain little things much more important.

 

Heart swelling and eyes filled with water,

Cause

you’re getting older,

the children are growing up,

you haven’t done all those things

you were going to do,

maybe life has passed you by,

you can’t run as fast as you used to,

the world keeps changing -

inside and outside of your life.

 

And a lump wells up in your throat

to answer all these things.

Then suddenly small puddles, growing

larger, spilling over and gently

rolling down your cheeks.

 

You cry a lot after 50.......

 

Life is......

Making sure you’ve  eaten lunch;

saying yes to the right and sometimes

the wrong things;

Not always remembering;

Hurt feelings,

Being able to laugh at yourself

in spite of it all.

 

Love is......

Caring enough to ball you out;

Saying no;

Remembering the special little things; Putting up with life’s day-to-day

trials;

Feeling hurt because you do;

Tears rushing to your eyes when -

your heart reaches out,

you see love shared,

watching an old movie.

 

Happiness is......

Bringing life and love together in the

right measure and at the right times.

And caring enough about it

to cry.

 

You cry a lot after 50.....

 

Family........sons, daughters, moms, dads,

husbands, wives, aunts, uncles......

 

The same core of a million mixes

no one like any other, but the same.

Bonded together through genes, through

love, through growth, through

happiness, through sadness, through

feelings good and bad.

Flooding your emotions to overflowing,

with caring,

with sharing,

with laughing,

with talking,

with silence,

bring tears to be given and exchanged.

 

In love and in sorrow,

In joy and in anger,

Until removed by time.

 

You cry a lot after 50.

 

Tears of a lifetime - released

some for the first time

some for the last,

but all good.

 

Tuesday, September 29

This post was provided by Deacon Frederick Toca

 

 

Things I Have Learned

Widely and Anonymously Sourced 

 

I've learned...That when you're in love, it shows.


I've learned...That just one person saying to me, 'You've made my day!' makes my day. 


I've learned...That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.


I've learned...That being kind is more important than being right.


I've learned...That you should never say no to a gift from a child.

 

I've learned...That I can always pray for someone when I don't have the strength to help the person in any other way.

 

I've learned...That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.

 

I've learned...That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.

 

I've learned...That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.

 

I've learned...That money doesn't buy class.


I've learned...That it's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.

 

I've learned...That under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.


I've learned...That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.

 

I've learned...That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.


I've learned...That love, not time, heals all wounds.


I've learned...That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.

 

I've learned...That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.

 

I've learned...That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.

 

I've learned...That life is tough, but I'm tougher.

 

I've learned...That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.

 

I've learned...That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.

 

I've learned...That I wish I could have told my mother that I love her one more time before she passed away.

 

I've learned...That one should keep one's words both soft and tender, because tomorrow one may have to eat them.
 

I've learned...That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.

 

I've learned...That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in their little fist, you're hooked for life.

 

I've learned...That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.

 

I've learned...That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.

 

 

 

 

Friday, September 11

This post was provided by Father Desmond Drummer

 

On this anniversary of the 11 September attacks, and following upon our commemoration of the Memorial of Saint Peter Claver (a patron saint of racial justice), we continue praying and working for authentic peace. 

As the singer and songerwritter Arlissa says, "The love and the hate we give becomes the house we live in." 

- Father Desmond Drummer

 

The House We Live In

by Arlissa

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, September 5

This post was provided by Father Desmond Drummer

 

Memorial of Saint Teresa of Calcutta (Catholic Church)

International Day of Charity (United Nations)

September 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, September 3

This post was provided by Rhonda Haney

 

 

The Group of Frogs

As a group of frogs was traveling through the woods, two of them fell into a deep pit. When the other frogs crowded around the pit and saw how deep it was, they told the two frogs that there was no hope left for them.

However, the two frogs decided to ignore what the others were saying and they proceeded to try and jump out of the pit. 

Despite their efforts, the group of frogs at the top of the pit were still saying that they should just give up. That they would never make it out.

Eventually, one of the frogs took heed to what the others were saying and he gave up, falling down to his death. The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and just die.

He jumped even harder and finally made it out. When he got out, the other frogs said, “Did you not hear us?”

The frog explained to them that he was deaf. He thought they were encouraging him the entire time.

 

Moral of the Story

People’s words can have a big effect on other’s lives. Think about what you say before it comes out of your mouth. It might just be the difference between life and death.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, September 1

This post was provided by Father Desmond Drummer

 

Visit the Catholic Mobilizing Network to more about how the Catholic Church is fighting against the death penalty. 

 

Prayer for Healing

by Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ

 

 

God of compassion,

You let your rain fall on the just and unjust.

Expand and deepen our hearts so that we may love as you love,

even those among us who have caused the greatest pain by taking life.

For there is in our land a great cry for vengeance,

As we fill up death rows and kill the killers in the name of justice, in the name of peace.

Jesus, our brother, you suffered execution at the hands of the state,

But you did not let hatred overcome you.

Help us to reach out to victims of violence so that our enduring love may help them heal. 

Holy Spirit of God, You strengthen us in the struggle for justice. 

Help us to work tirelessly for the abolition of state -sanctioned death

and to renew our society in its very heart

so that violence will be no more.

Amen.